Hot off the heels of the game’s controversial “girlfriend mode” comes a new trailer for Borderlands 2. As you’d expect, the trailer, like the ones before it, is delightfully action-packed and shows off the game’s lovely classes in action.
I’m torn between who to play, though. Should I play the turret-deploying commando Axton, the gun-tastic gunzerker Salvador, the magic/elemental-infused siren Maya, or the ninja assassin Zer0? Originally, I was going to go with the gunzerker since the game seems to be all about guns, guns and guns, but the siren’s magic/elemental abilities seem cool. And Zer0 is cool not only because he’s a cyborg ninja (a cyborg ninjae!), but he has invisibility powers and a sword. Wicked!
It’s going to be a tough decision for me, but the class that has me really intrigued is the Mechromancer. It’s a post-launch class that can summon a mech, which is neat, but one of the game’s developers recently said something that has people up in arms.
Earlier it was revealed that the Mechromancer was going to have a skill tree that makes it easier for less-skilled players to play the game. That’s nice and all, but the game’s lead designer basically said that the skill tree, which was referred to as “girlfriend mode,” was made for girls since they’re not good at playing games. Understandably, people are upset about the sexist remark, regardless if it was unintentional or not, and it doesn't help sell the Mechromancer.
[Note: This article was originally and temporarily posted on BeefJack, a video game blog Gamerai currently writes for.]