Case Study: Borderlands 2Target Audience: Mainly based towards men Aged for 18+ (mature) by law dueto violence and bad language but canrange from teenagers to people inthere 20s and 30s People who are into role-playingfirst person shooter games Players who enjoy having morethan one choice (having sidemissions as well as the main quest) Player who enjoy gaining XP toearn new skills to make theircharacter better.
Scheduling & FormatBorderlands 2 has been named as a 1st person role-playing shooter game which allows theplayer to have a more personal experience as display makes it feel like you are the characterinstead of just controlling the character. In Borderlands 2 you get a choice of 4 characters(Vault Hunters) to play as, A Commander (Axton) A Gunzerker (Salvador) A Siren (Maya) or aAssassin (Zero) all of which have a special power which you can develop using skill trees tomake them do different things (E.g. Fire Damage, Health Regeneration) you can also use theskill trees to develop your characters skills with different gun and different elemental effects.Quick change systems within the game allow you to customise your character changing theskins and head of your chosen vault hunter, new skins and heads can be found as droppedloot from enemies, in loot chest or as a reward for completing a quest. Levels are a importantpart of borderlands as side quests have a level rating showing the difficulty of the mission,the highest level to achieve in the game is 50 and with 18 chapters of main quests, which canbe played over and over again with the endless playthroughs, and hundreds of side quests tocomplete it may be easier than you expect to achieve the highest level. The game can costanything from £25-£40 but with so much to do on the game you could say that you get yourmoneys worth.
Video games link to violenceViolent shoot games such as Borderlands 2 have been accused of makingteenagers who play them more aggressive many viewpoints of this study havebeen put forwards with many people both agreeing and disagreeing with theaccusation. My view on this is that people are looking at it the wrong wayeveryone has a small amount of anger in them and a build up of anger can beharmful leaving to outburst but in my view this is not caused by video gamessuch as borderlands, in my opinion video games such as borderlands areaway for teenagers to release anger controllably by playing a game a fewhours a week.
Narrative ElementsBorderlands 2 contains a main quest whichincludes approximately 58hours of game playthe aim of it is defeating ‘Handsome Jack’ thecharacter killed your friends and stole ‘TheVault Key’ and his Hyperion army. Jack plans touse the vault key to open the vault andharness the power inside to destroy the planet‘Pandora’ the planet that borderlands 2 is seton. Along with this main quest there are alsohundreds of side quest that are assigned to theplayer through NPC’s (Non-player Characters)and bounty boards which can be completed togain more XP. You will encounter a range ofterrifying enemies including Robots, Banditsand much more.
Mise En SceneBorderlands 2 is animated gamegiving a comic book style to thegame. The game is set on theplanet of Pandora with over 20locations to explore all withsomething to do from missions tofreely battling enemies. Alllocations will have a fast travelsystem which is used to get onefrom one location to another injust a loading screen. Borderlands2 is a gory game includingviolence which includes enemiesbeing lit on fire, corrodedexploded, electric shocked andslagged (elemental effectproduced through eridium)
Elemental EffectsElemental effects are on guns, grenademods and shields around Borderlands 2which can be found in random loot or bebought from vending machine or shopFire:Highly effective against flesh causes extradamage to the enemy as well as on weaponshaving a chance to set enemies a lightcausing more damage to the enemy. Onshields when they are depleted causes adeadly spread damaging surroundingenemies. As a grenade mod it give thegrenade a fiery explosion instead of astandard oneShock:Highly effective against enemy shields causesextra damage to the enemy as well as havinga chance to electric shock them causingmore damage.Corrosive:Highly effective against armour (forexample Hyperion robots) causes extradamage to enemy as well as on weaponshaving a change to corrode them for a fewsecond causing extra damage. On shieldswhen shields are depleted it causes adeadly spread of corrosion damagingsurrounding enemies. As a grenade mod itadds corrosion to the grenade explosionExplosive:Has a chance to cause a deadlyexplosion once the bullet impacts aenemy or object.Slag:Slag is something which is on theborderlands games its a elemental effectwhich is created as a by product of refiningeridium it makes the enemy vulnerable andwhen enemies are slagged they take doublethe damage than usual
Sound and Vocal ElementsIn Borderlands 2 whilst in menus the common clicks and beepsthat would be expected from a game are there. In terms of musicit is calm whilst exploring freely with no problem but once incontact with a enemy the music become more up beat. More than40 people were used for the games vocal cast used as voices ofmain NPC’s as well as just voices of enemies for example bandits.
Badass Challenges andBadass RankIn Borderlands 2 there is additional challenges tobe completed these are called ‘BadassChallenges’ many of these challenges includekilling a certain type of enemies or dealing acertain amount of fire damage from thesechallenges you receive a badass rank from thisyou receive badass token you use these gain statupgrades they’re 14 stats that can upgraded onborderlands 2 these are Critical Hit Damage,Elemental Effect Chance, Elemental EffectDamage, Fire Rate, Gun Accuracy, Gun Damage,Grenade Damage, Maximum Health, MeleeDamage, Recoil Reduction, Reload Speed, ShieldCapacity, Shield Recharge Delay, Shield RechargeRate, using the tokens increases the magnitudeof the chosen stats
MultiplayerBorderlands 2 is both offline and online multiplayer for offline just simplyconnect another controller and start for offline you make your gamepublic and others join to help you fight the battles together which isgreat for when you need a little extra on the game. Up to four playerscan be playing at one time in multiplayer the more players that join thegame the challenging it can have its benefits though by adding players tothe game and making it more challenging the chance of rarer lootappearing in chests and as rewards increases.
Game Add-OnsMechromancer Pack – Released 9th OctoberThis add on was free if you got the special addition of thegame which included premier club. This add on included afifth character called the Mechromancer, later to benamed Gaige, a new relic (increases chance of rare loot),Golden guns and golden key which is used to open thegolden chest located in sanctuary which gives out rare lootsuch as guns shields and class mods.Captain Scarlett and Her Pirates Booty – Released 16th OctoberThis add on seen the release of a whole new campaign in a searchfor captain blades lost treasure as well as new gear, new guns, newmissions, new ride (Only available in the DLC area), new enemies,new challenges and new bosses. It takes place in a desert whichused to be a ocean meeting Captain Scarlett a sand pirate whoneeds your help finding the treasure but players are constantlyreminded that she will eventually betray you
Game Add-OnsMr. Torgues Campaign of Carnage-Released on the 20th November 2012This Add-on includes brand new game play which allows you to explorenew and unexplored parts of Pandora. Including new enemies to fight,more ways to play and the introduction of new NPC’s. based around thediscovery of a new vault this add on see’s the CEO off the weaponmanufacturer in the game Torgue start a tournament which yourcharacter competes in to become the champion of Pandora and be ableto open the vault.Sir Hammerlocks Big Game Hunt – Released 15th January 2013This Add-on Includes a a brand new location as well as brand newguns, skins, heads, new enemies to fight and a new vehicle. Playerswill enter the uncharted territory of Pandora where a massiveHyperion shit has crashed and is rumored to have a great deal of loota board it and itsnot just you who is after it a brand new villain is introduced to thegame ‘Professor Nakayama’ leading his army against you.