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"Borderlands 2": Tips and Tricks for New Players

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"Borderlands 2" can be a fun team experience.

"Borderlands 2" can be a fun team experience.

Borderlands 2 Is for Teams of People

The first thing that you should know about Borderlands 2 is that it is intended to be played by two or more people at the same time. It also makes this clear at certain points of the game, where it seems that multiple people need to be involved for a lift to work or some other apparatus. Therefore, to get the best experience out of Borderlands 2, you should gather up to four of your friends and then go at it as a team.

As a team, you will share experience for all the kills you get, which helps all the players level up quicker. Especially if you happen to have a high-level player with you who can clear areas of enemies quickly whilst you run through and complete the objectives.

However, if you are concerned that you aren't going to be earning the full amount of experience for each kill, then maybe it may be preferable if you were to go alone.

Choose wisely from the "Borderlands 2" backpack menu.

Choose wisely from the "Borderlands 2" backpack menu.

Use the Best Weapons at Your Disposal

Borderlands 2 has a lot of weapons, shields and vehicles for you to choose from. So to make the best use of this, always try to use the best equipment at your disposal so that killing enemies is both quicker and more rewarding.

It is often recognised that the huge variety of weapons available on Borderlands 2 is its 'backbone', but whether you choose to use the ones available to you is your choice.

If you happen to be playing Borderlands 2 with some of your friends, then you should consider lending weapons to each other to make sure each player is using the optimal equipment for his level. If one of your teammates happens to not be using a weapon which is much more powerful than yours, then (assuming you can use it) you can ask him if he would lend it to you in exchange for something else.

The great trade feature on Borderlands 2 allows you to do this with ease, and I highly recommend that you put it into use.

To begin a trade, simply ...

  1. Go up to the player that you wish to trade with.
  2. Press the 'x' key on your keyboard (if you're playing Borderlands 2 on PC).
  3. Select the items that you wish to exchange.
  4. Wait for the other player to do the same.
  5. Press the trade button.


Loot Everything

In Borderlands 2, there are masses of boxes, barrels and other containers scattering the areas, which all contain either ammo, health regains or cash. These can be extremely useful to loot, as the more cash that you have available, the more you can afford to purchase better equipment, shield, guns, etc.

The other nice thing that Borderlands 2 has integrated into the game is that it allows loot sharing, which effectively allows one person from the group to loot from all the enemies, and the rest of the group gains a share of that loot. Therefore, as a strategy, you could potentially have one person from the group shoot everything and another person simply pick up what is left.

It may be worth having a good way of communication between players so that you can easily alert other players if there is an area with a lot of loot to pick up. Remember that Borderlands 2 has immense map sizes and is a free-roam game. This means that you need to be specific when telling people where to go or look for things to collect.

You have an enemy in your sight!

You have an enemy in your sight!

Kill Every Enemy

The majority of enemies will drop cash when they die, and even though this may not be a huge amount, it sure does add up in the end! To maximise the amount of money that you gain whilst playing, you should aim to kill every enemy in an area and make sure that either you or someone else in your group is looting everything that is dropped.

Not only does killing EVERY enemy help in gaining money for better items and weapons, but it also helps you level up much more quickly. This can be extra helpful when completing longer quests, which could take a long time to complete before seeing a reward for your work.

Take the Time to Understand the Storyline

Some players will become very confused very quickly if they don't take the time to listen in on what's actually happening in the game. Plus, there are many cut scenes in Borderlands 2, which are there so that you can have a better grasp on the situation, and therefore know where you need to go to progress.

Of course, there is a map and objective pointer that you can use to know where to go, although sometimes the objectives make more sense if you know why you're doing them.

Additionally, the storyline has a large aspect of humour to it that you're really missing out on if you simply do not take notice. The whole point of this game is to have as much fun as possible shooting things up whilst simultaneously getting a laugh from some of the characters like Marcus or Claptrap.

Use Your Badass Points!

A major way to make the game easier and your character more powerful is to use your badass points to improve the skills available to your character. As you progress through more of the story and kill more enemies, you gain more of these points to upgrade certain attributes for your character. Such features as reload speed, accuracy, recoil and charge delay can all be improved and upgraded by spending the points that you have earned.

It is unfortunate that many Borderlands 2 players will often not even realise that they have these points, and this means that they are missing all of the super-cool upgrades, features and abilities available to them!

Enjoy the Game!

Many Borderlands 2 players will inevitably rush through it to try to reach the maximum level the fastest, but while a good bit of competition between players is never a bad thing, this game is really meant to be enjoyed, not rushed!

So just take your time with the game and immerse yourself in the story; if you have a good selection of friends to play with, then great, but the developers of this game have made it interesting enough so that you can really experience a lot just by yourself.

However, always make sure that you do look at the online matchmaking system Borderlands 2 has and play with other players who are relatively close to your level.


ZB Mowrey on February 09, 2014:

It might be wise to note that when spending Badass Points, you should remember that these will affect all characters on the same profile. If you're thinking about playing a Psycho down the road, for example, putting points into Shield Delay will actually negatively affect some of his skills.