Borderlands The Pre-Sequel First Impressions

If you guys are anything like me, then you like to wait for a game to come down in price or be chosen for a Steam sale before you buy it.  There are some games, however, that have provided a record of quality that almost demands they be purchased immediately.  Borderlands is one of those series that demands my attention.  According to Steam records I have put in over 500 hours of game time in the first two Borderlands games.  What can I say, those guys really know how to make an awesome game.  That hours played number is probably skewed a little by me walking away from the computer with the game still running but that’s still a lot of time.  This first impressions review is going to be extremely spoiler free.  I like experiencing games for myself so I’m going to write like you guys do too.

To put it bluntly, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel lives up to it’s predecessors so far.  This is going to be quick and dirty so get your boots on and strap in:

The classes are well built and less generic, though Wilhelm is a little dull in the beginning.  There are some of the recurring characters but they’re only peppered in and not dominating the story lines.  The lowered gravity on the moon allows for more movement oriented fighting styles, and they take advantage of it with Oz kits.  The vehicles have interesting new weapon types.  There are more guns than you could possibly use.  And most importantly, CL4P-TP is as funny as ever.  I’m playing through with Conrad and Bryce so I’m getting the co-op experience and I am LOVING IT!

I hope this was enough to get you guys interested.  I say that for purely selfish reasons, I want 2K and Gearbox to keep making Borderlands games. ^_^

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Ten Things To Do In Payday 2 While You’re Waiting For The Drill

This list is for those of you who use preparation and cunning rather than amateurish brute force.

Congratulations! You have managed to successfully control the situation, there’s no cops, and your thermal drill is grinding away on a vault. It takes roughly five thousand years for the drill to make any progress, so you’ve got time to spend. Just make sure not to kill any civilians. Unless of course it’s a bank job, then you can kill the tellers. Bain gets mad, but honestly who cares about him? Anyway, you and your crew are now left with nothing to do. I know in my crew attention spans are short, so I’ve come up with a list of things you can do while the slowest drill in the universe carves through the vault door with what appears to be a drain snake:

  1. Move hostages – Put hostages in the dark corner where they’re going to live until someone finds them. This is a productive activity that will prevent passers by from doing something stupid, like calling the cops. Make sure to leave the hostages food and water because by this point it’s unlikely anyone will see them for a while.
  2. Body bag guards – It’s probable that you and your crew have killed a GenSec guard or two to get to this point. You’ve answered their pagers otherwise you wouldn’t have the opportunity to read this list on account of the bullets flying towards you. However, after answering their pagers, you discover that you have this annoying body just laying on the floor announcing your actions to the world. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement to bag the bodies and move them to the same dark corner you put the hostages. That way the body won’t be seen by anyone, and the hostages have a gentle reminder of their place in what’s going on. Clear communication is important in every relationship.
  3. Repair the drill – It’s nice that Bain has someone who is skilled enough to place thermal drills where they’re needed. I’m especially impressed with the drill expertly delivered on the back of a truck in the bank parking lot. But the guy who flies it in on a chopper is okay too. Everyone’s special. Regardless of how it got there, the drill is a piece of junk that breaks down every thirty seconds or so. If one of your crew is good with drills they may have set it up so the stupid thing will turn itself back on occasionally. But most likely someone is going to have to go over and fix it. This task takes only about 5 seconds, but is important to success.
  4. Break open ATMs – This would be a really fun thing to do. Unfortunately for you, your crew didn’t bring enough ECM jammers. I would also like to mention the possibility of using a saw to open the ATMs, but it’s most likely that the guy who could bring it chose not to because guns are cooler. Also, if you’re being sneaky you might not want to alert everyone to what you’re doing. Your call. I don’t judge.
  5. Dazzle the hostages – You’re a bank robber. It’s a respectable trade. But deep in your soul lays the heart of a poet, and right now you have the most captive audience ever! I’m sure they’ll love it.
  6. Destroy everyone’s stuff – You’ve only got so much room in the van, but that won’t stop you from destroying everything these people have. Besides, you only needed a handful of bullets, but you brought so much more!
  7. Play Charades – It’s the ultimate time waster!
  8. Knit a sweater – Come on, you’ve always wondered if you could. Now’s the perfect time to learn!
  9. Call your mother – Your S.O. has been reminding you to do it all week. At least now you won’t have to lie when you say you did it already. Besides, she’s worried about you.
  10. Catch up on Game of Thrones – Whether you’re reading the books or watching the show, you know you’ve picked a side. You have chosen who you want to keep the Iron Throne. You have plenty of time.

This list is usually enough to occupy my crew and I throughout the slow agony of waiting for the drill. Feel free to add to and change it to suit the needs of your crew.

Moving Stories: Part 2

I wish I was an artist sometimes. Not because I have an untapped well of human experience that I want to share with the world, no. I wish I was an artist because I’m not sure I can properly express in words the amount of frustration that has oozed from my family and I since we moved here. Frustration that I am channeling inward towards my inevitable ulcer, possibly aneurysm. I’m not good with biology.

It’s been two weeks since my last update. Since then, I have managed to lose my Blizzard account authenticator. I should have used the phone app, I know that now. But losing my fob is just the start. The list of things we’ve done to make this place a home is impressive. The list of tasks yet to be done feels staggering. Everyone says moving is an unpleasant thing to do. But any word one uses to describe it feels insufficient in the moment. I guess that’s true with a lot of things. It pleases me to think that a year from now this will just be ‘that one time’ when we spent weeks at our wit’s end. It’s one of the things keeping me going, honestly. However, being as this is called ‘Moving Stories’ I should probably tell you guys one.

I have one word to say to the electrician that wired this house. Schooling, as in, get some. I won’t presume to know the kind of work that goes into wiring a house. I’ve never done it and I’ve never watched it be done. However, I know a flawed design when I see it. Flaw number one, major appliances don’t always have their own circuits. Flaw number two, major appliances that don’t have their own circuit share it with huge chunks of the rest of the house. Flaw number three, whatever it is that makes slightly different parts of the house lose power when the same circuit blows. Seriously, it’s weird. The last flaw is that there’s no surge protector on our 100 amp electrical panel. I just recently learned that 100 amps is completely insufficient for a house of five gamers all of whom like to enjoy their electronics when they’re home. But we knew about that problem going in, and it will be fixed soon.

On a more positive note, the new Borderlands game comes out on the 14th. My goal is to have time to play it by then. I’m really looking forward to playing as Claptrap. Some people find him annoying but I think he’s hilarious.