Hello once again MSP faithful! On September 17, 2012 I stopped in to gather info and cover everything that went down at a favored GameStop of mine for the release of the latest game, Borderlands 2.
For the events that would come to pass here at the ol’ GS, I have to say, Adam kept things rather entertaining here with a game of his own design and with the options that were presented for the gamers here tonight. Upon walking in, I have to say that the crowd here helped fuel this bustling, busy feeling I’ve been missing in a shopping event… well, from a consumer side at least. GameStop was able to draw in a rather large crowd this past Monday night which I think was made possible in part to the large following that Borderlands has accumulated over the years.
As for what actually happened last week, I mentioned that one of the guys there had set up a game. In this fun activity, the shoppers had to look around to different sections into the store that were marked off by munitions brands from the Borderlands gaming franchise (Dahl, Maliwan, S&S Munitions, etc) and then find a brand, then look at the games in each section and build an armory from them. It wasn’t until afterwards that the rules were properly explained to us and that the SKU#’s were being used to make point values for the guns. Whoever had the highest score was able to take home a large Borderlands 2 poster, second and third prizes got themselves large advertisement boxes and those who placed afterwards.
Additionally, the store was allowed to run one copy of Borderlands 2 and have it playing in the interactive PlayStation 3 console at the front of the store. From what I was able to see, Borderlands 2 was refreshing in its sense of a direct transition from its predecessor; albeit with a new character cast. While each person up at the terminal selected their own characters to work with, the overall feel of Borderlands 2 had everything I loved from Borderlands and it was neatly packaged in different environments with different guns, different strategies to work with for the new characters and of course blood and dismemberment everywhere, but that’s just par for the course.
All in all, it was a lot of fun to get to hang out in the store yet again for their event and getting to hang out with the fans yet again was a lot of fun. A week later, I’ll be opening up my own copy of the game, but the delay is merely there as I try to tie up any loose ends and finish up anything I left unfinished from the first installment. For those who’ve already started playing the game, happy shooting players.