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beldin
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reply to shinjuru

Re: Borderlands 2

Mechromancer to be released today by the end of the day. Randy Pitchford announced on Twitter at around 2:00am (EDT). This is about a week earlier than previously stated.



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Hrmmmm, I wonder if it's to combat other releases happening today/this week...

Releases this week:
Today - Dishonored, X-Com: Enemy Unknown, PS3 The Walking Dead Ep. 4
Tomorrow - PC/360 The Walking Dead Ep. 4
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Meeps

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Well, finished my first playthrough of mechromancer, currently level 38, up to The Fridge on playthrough two.

I like her, but I don't.

Her left tree is filled with deathtrap power-ups and some very nice shield based skills. Middle tree contains a lot of elemental based abilities, primarily Lightning based.

Now, the right tree (Ordered Chaos) is... odd. So, you start off with a skill that increases gun damage whenever you reload during combat (only if you have an empty clip) or kill an enemy. But, like most skills in this right tree, it has a cost. The cost for this skill is accuracy. BIG cost in my opinion, but it can be combo'd up with other skills (such as Close Enough, where if a bullet misses a target, it can richochet off a wall and hit an enemy for reduced damage). This can stack 150 times, 1.7% Gun damage, -1.7% gun acc per stack (another skill increases max stack).

Honestly though, she was a letdown. Deathtrap is powerful early on, and is what I ended up specing in to for most of my first playthrough. But it's damage seems to be lacking now and I can't find any reliable skill setups which I actually enjoy using.

Overall, favourite class in Borderlands 2, for me, is still Gunzerker (mainly because of gun damage class mods and ammo based skills). Mechromancer isn't changing that.



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said by Meeps:

Honestly though, she was a letdown. Deathtrap is powerful early on, and is what I ended up specing in to for most of my first playthrough. But it's damage seems to be lacking now and I can't find any reliable skill setups which I actually enjoy using.

I think the idea was that she was supposed to be an "intro to FPS" type of character, or someone you could use to her abilities to complete some of the tougher challenges.

Might become more valuable during the DLC
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Meeps

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said by El Quintron:

Might become more valuable during the DLC

Maybe if the DLC is based around things that are weak to lightning, lol.

One you reach level 50 with her, the Ordered Chaos tree might prove to be very handy against Terra, etc. It seems designed for late game, solo play.

She seems to be a very shield-based character. She has multiple skills relating to shield restoration. I suppose if you have a Bee shield, she would be hard to beat (or at least a high capacticy shield).


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I haven't seen a single orange drop yet. I beat the game, did every mission except the goliath one in The Fridge. I can't get him to spawn to give the quest.

I did manage to get a decent orange class mod from a vendor, but no in game drops as of yet. I even solo'd the Warrior on 4 player difficulty settings and the loot was very crappy.
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said by cyrus360:

I haven't seen a single orange drop yet. I beat the game, did every mission except the goliath one in The Fridge. I can't get him to spawn to give the quest.

I did manage to get a decent orange class mod from a vendor, but no in game drops as of yet. I even solo'd the Warrior on 4 player difficulty settings and the loot was very crappy.

I haven't played Borderlands 2 yet. I've just recently finished the 1st Borderlands, and I can tell you, Orange quality weapons on your first playthrough, are few and far between.

They're almost non existent. Soon as I started a 2nd playthrough, which is a lot more difficult, Orange weapons are popping up everywhere for me.

I'm not sure if this same model is true for BL2? Just thought I'd throw that out there.


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said by Ghastlyone:

I'm not sure if this same model is true for BL2? Just thought I'd throw that out there.

I'm sure this will be the case for the main game, the DLC may have some orange loot on the first play through.

I think the only DLC that had some orange loot in the first game , on the first play through was General Knoxx.
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Well the game crashed for me and when I restarted, it said my save was corrupt and deleted my character entirely.

Apparently when the game does this it also tells the Steam cloud to delete the save as well due to corruption so you are fucked.

I got my Zero to level 38 and into the 2nd playthru and this happened and now I have nothing. If anyone has a Zero around this level and can send me a save game file, let me know. Dunno if I will start over again.

So just a warning to backup the entire save game folder elsewhere to avoid this. It's all over their forums with no official responses of course.
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Meeps

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Oh wow, that sucks. D:

Will create backups every so often from now on. Thanks for the warning.

In reguards to orange drop rate. I haven't seen any real difference between playthroughs. Orange drops are mostly based around boss monsters. For example, Rapid Infinity (Vladof orange pistol with unlimited ammo + no reloading) is Dropped by Doc Mercy (though you can get it in the slots too). Basicly, you have to farm bosses for drops by quitting/continuing/killing boss or just get lucky on your first attempt as you progress through story.



beldin
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I turned off the Steam Cloud Save first thing. I've got a flash drive that I use to copy the save files, actually the entire Borderlands 2 folder from the My Document\My Games folder each time I quit playing.



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New DLC Launches Today:

Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty DLC

»www.webpronews.com/borderlands-2···-2012-10

This game just keeps on giving
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Recommended minimum starting level for the DLC is 15. However, the enemies will scale down or up past 15.



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said by Goggalor:

Recommended minimum starting level for the DLC is 15. However, the enemies will scale down or up past 15.

Considering how much better the enemies are in this game I'd take that recommendation seriously.
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Meeps

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I'll be buying a season pass for this game tonight. I hope there will be a nice reward after the main story like in the General Knoxx and Claptrap Revolution BL1 DLC.

Got my second level 30 Confrence Call drop. So much worse than my first though. Only advantage is that it doesn't have an element, which means it will gain a damage and speed boost with Soldier (who I happen to be playing at the moment).

Has anyone summoned the Varkid boss? I'm having a lot of trouble with it. (I have the blood of terra, sitting at Varkid Ranch with a team of 4, but we can't get past ulti. Had about 10 ulti's spawn total)



Meeps

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Finished the DLC, It was alright... meh storyline, interesting unique weapons though (storyline and sidequest weapons I mean, not the seraph items). A prime example is an assault rifle from a message in a bottle sidequest that has 200% melee damage. AMAZING for melee based Zer0. I'm considering raising another Zer0 just because of this gun.

The 2 new "invincible" bosses are great, they're a LOT harder than Terramorphous/Verminous. Still, Hyperius can be killed quick using Tediore reload spam, especially if you have a few gunzerkers in your team. Master Gee is hard, like, really, really, REALLY hard. I've killed him once after about 20 deaths over 3 trips. Each of the new bosses can be fought once per day, but you can just change your computer's clock to tick it over. Bosses drop seraph crystals which you can use in Oasis to by seraph items.

Speaking of which, the new seraph item class is terrible. The relic has a random amount of HP regen (averaging around 1%) and a HP boost (averaging around 20%). The shield can have a 0.00 second recharge delay. that's about it for cool stuff. Guns are bad, low accuracy without enough damage to offset it. There was even a sniper with accuracy in the 70s...

I spent about 2 hours farming Hyperius to get the 120 crystals needed for the weapons, 2 hours wasted. The relic is the only useful item in my opinion, which costs 50 crystals

Overall... Meh. Story was meh, Seraph items are terrible. Bosses are harder, but daily (why?).

Oh, I have all classes maxed now. yay.



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Meeps: thanks for that on Hyperius the Invincible. And on the seraph stuff.

I just beat the first boss Leviathan, and now going after Hyperius.

I think it is a decent DLC (since I have the season pass) and the music is amusing along with the characters and writing.
ARR loader. Anchorman is a PITA. MineLayer is humorous. And others. Interesting weapons but the lead guy (reminds me of an annoying version of johnny depp's Fear And Loathing character)
Still some funny parts...

One thing bothering me (aside from not getting a peek at Capt Scarlett's booty and chest ... pun. yes?) is that on one particular treasure map quest, there is nothing there! No x, no dig here, nothing. It tells me I am right over the spot... but nothing. Frustrating.
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My kid drew me up as a Borderlands character for a birthday present. It came out pretty neat I think.

EDIT---Weird, it won't let me link the pic. Hmm guess it didn't like the original file name. Anyways, I think it looks cool.

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That is really cool man, now I am glad I am paying painting classes for my daughters.
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Meeps

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So yup, finished all quests on my assassin. Going to post my build here because I think it's freakishly awesome.

I'm a huge fan of this Zer0 build, one of the best builds I have created for any character in this game.
The build is based entirely around one gun, the orange flavored Vladof "Infinity" pistol dropped by Doc Mercy. It has an infinite clip and fires in an infinity symbol. Fire rate of around 10 and around 8k damage for the level 50 version.
This is combined with the "Sheriff's Badge", a purple relic dropped by the Sheriff of Lynchwood. The relic gives a significant damage and fire rate boost for pistols (21%, 56% for the one I have) and a 15% boost to your Fight For Your Life time.
The final part of the combo is Zer0's "0ne Sh0t 0ne Kill" skill, which deals extra damage for the first bullet in your clip (Infinity never uses up the first bullet, thus keeping 0S0K skill active).
Oh, and a "Bee" shield, because it's so hax (if you play Borderlands and don't know what this is, look it up. seriously. look it up).

Sniping Tree
-Headsh0t, for nice crit damage
-Precicisi0n, for accuracy, allows for more hip fire and makes it easier to aim when you are downed
-0ne Sh0t 0ne Kill, Cornerstone of this build, allows for 60% extra damage on every shot of Infinity, upped to 96% with my class mod (sniper based, +3 on 0S0k)
-B0re, makes groups easier
-Vel0city, for bullet speed boost, Pistol's only usual weakness. Damage and Crit damage is a bonus

Cunning Tree
-Fast Hands, because the build isn't melee based. easy swap out to backup gun
-Fearless, When Bee is down, you still a fire rate and damage boost. I think this works when downed (need to check sometime, probably won't though)
-Ambush, For deception/Public play
-Rising Sh0t, extra gun damage. yay
Tw0 Fang, a chance for 2 bullets per shot. nothing wrong with that

All that combined gives me a Fire rate of about 15 (more once shield is down) that hits around 80k non crits when bee is up, around 30k when it isn't. Crits gives around 200k+. Very accurate, easy to get back up in FFYL. Pretty hax overall.

All that said. I'm pretty much done with this game. I've done pretty much everything now (including soloing Master Gee the Invincible, the harder of the two DLC bosses). I'll get back in to it once a new DLC pops up, until then... GW2 probably XD.



Meeps

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New DLC is out. Based on the Torque company. EXPLOSIONS!

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWdeDm4qfd8


Meeps

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Not sure if anyone is playing it anymore... But anyways, finished the main sotryline for the new DLC.

it seemed a lot shorter than the pirate dlc, but a lot more fun. Lots of great quotes from Torque, that guy is awesome. XD

I've beaten one "invincible" boss, not sure if there is another somewhere or not yet. He drops seraph crystals, much like the invincible bosses from the first DLC. I on't know if this DLC has a different seraph vendor (I assume it does somewhere though, hopefully with different/better seraph items).

There is new gun shop type (orange color specialising in Torque guns) littered around the new DLC that require a new form of currency (which you get from drops and from completing quests). These gun shops always seem to have an Orane Torque item in the "Item of the Day" slot, but it is only a level 48 req weapon (at least it was for my level 50 Zer0).

Overall, a great (though short feeling) DLC, I'm yet to complete all the sidequests. I'll post once I've done them saying more about the DLC if anyone is interested.



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I am playing but taking it really slow, I love this game so far, still need to get the season pass for the dlc, hoping it will be on the steam sale.
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Oh yeah, I am still playing (just downloaded the new Torgue DLC too -- season pass holder here) but I don't have the kind of time I used to have for games so I'm still working my way up the main storyline at level 23. Mechromancer, Ordered Chaos build.
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Unfortunately, my PC has decided to start giving me issues and I can't get BL2 to start at all anymore. So, I'm missing out on the new DLC. I plan on wiping the boot partition and installing Windows 7 (currently running XP). I'm hoping that will resolve my issues. Plus it will allow me to use DX10 instead of DX9.



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I'm not done the Pirate DLC or the main quest yet... it's just a question of time really. I only have a couple of hours a week to devote to gaming...
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Meeps

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So I finished all the sidequests. Honestly, it was pretty disappointing.

Many sidequests were just straight repeats of the main storyline, the only change was the multiple tiers of difficulty (which caps at tier 3, then stays tier 3). This tier system allows you to repeat the same 2-minute long quest forever, which is pretty annoying for a completionist who can't get his god-damned quest tab clear because of it.

HOWEVER! Its not all bad news for the DLC, I found the new seraph vendor and the items are a HUGE improvement upon the previous vendor, the prime example being the Hoplite -




The speed decrease is barely noticable when only 1 person is using it, and the capacity is giant. A great substitute for Bee. There is also plenty of grenade mods and a relic that boosts melee damage and override.

Summation of Torque DLC - Story seems rushed and sidequests even more so. Seraph items are actually decent though.

Oh, and only 1 Invincible this time, but he turns in to a "super invincible" after you kill him the first time.


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Has anybody been getting the Golden Key codes that Randy Pitchford and Gearbox have been posting on Twitter and such? I'm up to 18 of the things now. Have only used one so far, way back at level 10.
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I did the golden key glitch just because I used the 3 or so I had and got only one usable item. It stinks to follow his twitter, get a few keys on a weekend and get all unusable or crappy items.

Then again, if you do the glitch and cherry pick the best stuff, you will be a bit overpowered on the enemies. When that happened to me, I just used the mod to make it max difficulty.
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Ya, I generally use the golden keys at lower levels or when weapons get a little stale.

So, I just wiped out my boot drive and reinstalled my OS. Went from Windows XP to Windows 7. Noticed quite a difference. Going from DX9 to DX 11 is some serious change. Things look so much better. Particles are outstanding and the Physx is pretty nice. I'm on a low-end system by today's standards, but it runs well and looks really good.

My major complaint is that I can't use wireless to connect to my router with Windows 7 and play BL2. The constant pinging of the servers conflicts somehow with the wireless data rate and I'm getting choppy/laggy/hesitating video. When I disable the wireless adapter, it's as smooth as glass. This only happens with BL2. All my other games don't exhibit this behavior. So, I'm going to have to run 100' of ethernet from my office to the router. It kinda sucks, but at least I'll be able to play online once that's done.

400+ hours and still loving the game.
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