Borderlands 2 – Campaign Length Revealed and New Details on the “Badass System”

The wait is almost over as Borderlands 2 the sequel of one of the best first person shooting, role playing action games arrives on PS3, 360 and PC. Created by Gearbox Software, the game will have players going through over 58 hours of campaign content alone or with up to three friends. You heard me correctly…FIFTY EIGHT! And that’s just for one of the five character’s available.

Compare that to say Call of Duty or Battlefield 3 and 58 would seem pretty extensive, the difference however is that unlike CoD or BF 3, Borderlands 2 is a RPG and thus has elements found in those types of games. 58 hours of gameplay is extremely impressive to say the least, when you consider most games these days on average consist of anywhere from 10, 15, 20 hours tops. To prove the 58 hour mark, Gearbox had a few play testers try the game out.

Some guide guys just did a playthrough of Borderlands 2 and they reported back to us that it takes 58 hours to play through the campaign – and that’s just one playthrough with one character. 

In an interview with GamerZines, Gearbox’s VP of Marketing, Steve Gibson went on to say that all of this will be on a PvE system and that the PvP aspect of the game is being scrapped due to it not being popular enough to stick around for the sequel.

“It was hardly used, so what we invested in instead was the co-op stuff. Like the “Badass Ranking System” is kind of a measure of stick which says, ‘Look how awesome I’m doing in this world.’ So what we’ve invested in rather than Arena stuff is drop in/drop out split screen co-op, and being able to readjust your quest line a little to match up with other players.”

Essentially the “Badass Ranking System” works like this, you’ll get points which can be converted into “Badass Tokens”. These points are acquired by doing death-defying feats, or simply blowing through enough enemies alone or with friends all Rambo style. Once enough tokens are earned, you will be able to permanently unlock stat-boosts for ALL of your characters in your profile. For example, some of these may include having a bigger grenade blast radius or upgrading the amount of damage your weapon deals. Furthermore not only are these unlocks permanent to all the characters on your profile but they are stackable to each one. This clearly will make it easier if you were to say start playing the game again with a previously used character.

Borderlands 2, is slated for a September 19th release on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Interview quotes from Gamerzines

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