Is Borderlands 2 Cooperative Mode Worth It?
Borderlands 2 is shaping up to be as successful as predicted with a ton of players leveling up their favorite class by themselves or with their friends. Borderlands makes for one of the best co-op games ever made and in Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software made it even better with their optimal quest tracking system. When you log on to the game, the menu on the right allows for you to invite players to your game or join in to their game if they have a game in progress.
One of the best features about the game is the pick-up and play system that Gearbox has provided. First of all, there’s the simple feature that you can just have a friend join your game and play split-screen no matter what part of the game you are in because your friends can save their character progression and load them in to your game if you allow it to happen. Not only can you and your friend play that split-screen game but if you and your friend happen to have a mutual friend or something online, you both can then join that online game during split-screen mode. All of these elements combined makes for the ultimate co-op experience, but the real question is, is the increased difficulty and small, extra chance at rare loot worth it?
From personal experience, I have played with up to three players in a game, we were all the same level and the mission we were on, two of us had already done it before. When I came back to do the mission in cooperative mode, it was easily ten times harder than it was by myself and my friends and I did not get one extra piece of cool loot or anything from the multiple weapon cases and bandits in the level. Yes it makes for an awesome experience when the game gets more difficult and you have to use teamwork and coordination to get stuff done but the fact that we have tried again and again and some of our best items have come from us leveling on our own and the gameplay just seems crazy difficult sometimes when we’re together needs some work. Overall I think maybe an update or two could fix the problem because players tend to forget how hard a game really is if the loot or reward is worth it in the long run. So the answer is yes, Borderlands 2 cooperative mode is worth it, only for the fact that you get to play with your friends and that CHANCE at loot may occur, but I’m waiting for the endgame content to really see if that’s when you’re meant to team up to take Handsome Jack down in a second play-through or something like that.