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Borderlands 2 tops the gaming charts but why is it so popular?

Borderlands 2, the epic shooter-come-RPG, has taken the UK gaming chart by storm – going straight in at the top.

Not only has Gearbox’s Borderlands follow-up beaten off some very stiff competition, but it’s immediately become the highest-selling game of 2012 so far.

The title beat Mass Effect 3’s sales haul, the previous 2012 title holder, by 4,000 units – not bad for a game whose first installment was written off before it was even released!

What is even more impressive is that Borderlands 2 has achieved this sales success in what was the biggest week for game sales so far this year.

Here’s how the top 10 chart shaped up:

  1. Borderlands 2 (new entry)
  2. F1 2012 (new entry)
  3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (new entry)
  4. Sleeping Dogs (ranked 1 last week)
  5. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (ranked 3 last week)
  6. LittleBigPlanet (PS Vita) (new entry)
  7. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (ranked 4 last week)
  8. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (ranked 2 last week)
  9. Guild Wars 2 (ranked 7 last week)
  10. Max Payne 3 (ranked 10 last week)

With two hugely anticipated sports games in the form of PES 2013 and F1 2012, Borderlands 2 certainly had its work cut out. But it held its own and outsold its predecessor by a rate of four to one to leave the F1 and the football titles in its dust. But why is the title so popular?

Borderlands 2 – tried and tested formula

No one really expected the original Borderlands to do that well when it was released back in 2009, but its glorious mix of cartoon-style characters, OTT action and a dash of humour saw it become a hit.

These factors are everything a gamer wants from a shooter title, along with some great gameplay of course.

So what has Gearbox done with Borderlands 2? Kept everything the same. We have the excellent multiplayer format, the same unique design and some very funny moments.

Borderlands 2 – key improvements

Of course, not everything is exactly the same. Gearbox has made some key improvements in areas that were a little lacking in the first game.

Single player mode is still not what it should be, but more characters, a better storyline and a genuinely funny script make it a much more enjoyable experience.

Multiplayer is still the jewel in the crown though, and the excellent four-player co-op mode alone makes this one of the games of the year.

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