Have You Performed… Borderlands 2?

The Borderlands collection is aesthetically and tonally constant. Borderlands 2 has the identical precise temper as its predecessor, and its sequel, and no matter you’d name Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in that scheme of reference. It’s a type of collection the place despite the fact that there’s solely 4 most important installments (admittedly with near-infinite DLC), it turns into very tough to recollect which explicit bits or characters appeared through which video games, with out spending time enthusiastic about it.

Nonetheless, there are events after I discover myself tackling simply such a problem. And after I do find yourself puzzling over whichever Burgerlungs Sir Hammerthingy confirmed up in, or which one had the large yellow robots, I’ve discovered a foolproof methodology of attending to the precise reply shortly: I take into consideration what room I used to be in on the time.

It appears weird, now, that the unique Girderloins got here out in 2009. It appears endlessly in the past, particularly for a collection that also manages to retain an odd air of being “new”, regardless of a way of humour caught solidly within the early 2000s. However sure, I may inform you it was 2009 with out having to look it up, as a result of it was through the 12 months I spent dwelling with my dad and mom in London, after I was 25. That was the one time I spent dwelling with them as an grownup, so it’s bizarre to recollect Brick having a roar and all that, juxtaposed with the pale cream paint on the chest of drawers in my previous bed room.

Bastardluge three is less complicated, ‘cos it was final 12 months. I monstered it over the weekend for assessment on this very website, within the overly heat conservatory-office hybrid at our final home. I’ll bear in mind it for that, but in addition for the commentary of (lately departed however sorely missed) Matthew Fort, who co-op marathoned it with me. I gained’t bear in mind an excessive amount of else, as a result of we had been fairly sleep-deprived for lots of it, and since I haven’t performed it this 12 months, the recollections have decayed like info crammed for an examination. All I’ve is that this picture that I despatched to Matthew after we performed, and which I really feel is best with out rationalization:

I didn’t really play Bungledudes: The Pre-Sequel, however I did watch a Let’s Play of the entire collection, in mattress on the hideous attic in Lewisham the place I lived for a 12 months earlier than shifting to Walsall in 2016. I bear in mind it as a result of I saved questioning whether or not the rustling sounds I may hear had been from the video, or the mice within the kitchen. It was all the time the mice. As for Battlelunge 2, I performed that sitting on the carpet of the flat I lived in earlier than that, which was additionally in Lewisham, however nicer. It was often too chilly, and the carpet was blue with white flecks.

I realise that’s barely an olive of Bubblebutts 2 in a Martini of navel-gazing, however hey, it is a Have You Performed… in spite of everything. Nostalgia is the secret. Properly, no, the secret is Barterbloops 2. However you get my that means. I suppose it’s simply odd how, once you attempt to bear in mind some video games, you find yourself remembering the stuff that was past the sting of the display screen as a substitute.

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