Gearbox Software and 2K Games’ Borderlands 2 is one of the most celebrated video games of all time, receiving universal praise from critics and gamers upon its release, winning numerous awards for its engrossing role-playing gameplay and memorable characters, and selling an astounding 13 million+ copies worldwide.
Now, Borderlands 2 is no longer available only on PC and consoles as a new Android version of the game has just launched on Google Play. Available to download exclusively on NVIDIA’s SHIELD family of devices—SHIELD Android TV and SHIELD Tablet—the new edition of Borderlands 2 packs the same phenomenal post-apocalyptic punch as the award-winning original on other platforms. Here’s a look at why SHIELD owners definitely don’t want to miss out on one of the best games to ever hit Google Play.
Hands-Down One of the Best Co-Op Games Ever Made
Set five years after the epic conclusion of the original Borderlands game, Borderlands 2 casts players as four brand new playable vault hunters who have set out to find a vault rumored to be located on planet Pandora containing even greater riches. As our new quartet of heroes—Axton the Commando, Maya the Siren, Salvador the Gunzerker, and Zer0 the Assassin—players will also encounter Handsome Jack, the tyrannical president of the Hyperion Corporation, who now rules over Pandora and its inhabitants from an orbiting satellite.
Borderlands 2’s imaginative sci-fi storyline boasts great dialogue, humor and a truly unforgettable cast of characters and villains. While this all makes for a genuinely rewarding and worthwhile single-player gaming experience, Borderlands 2 is, without question, one of the most enjoyable games to play together with a group of friends. Up to four players can play through Borderlands 2’s story driven campaign in co-op, which also conveniently allows players to easily drop in and out of the co-op campaign at any time.
Stunningly Crisp Sci-Fi Visuals and Action
Instead of hyper realistic graphics frequently seen in many high-profile first-person shooters, Borderlands 2 features bold, hand-drawn visuals and characters that feel like a graphic novel come to life. While its distinct art style has sometimes been described as cell-shaded, the developer has explained that Borderlands 2’s environments, characters and set pieces are all illustrated by hand, and then scanned, colored in and altered with computer software.
Packs the Same Award-Winning Experience as the Next-Gen and PC Version
While Borderlands 2 features stylized art direction, its visual presentation is no less spectacular. The game’s visuals and effects also take advantage of the next-gen NVIDIA Tegra processing technology powering SHIELD Android TV and SHIELD Tablet, which allow SHIELD owners to enjoy PC and console quality graphics.
On top of its high quality visuals, SHIELD owners get the full blown Borderlands 2 experience with all of its gameplay features. Make no mistake, this is anything but a watered down mobile port of the full game.
You Can Only Play the Android Version on SHIELD
Borderlands 2’s arrival on Android was made possible by the graphical horsepower of Tegra. And as mentioned in this article, you can only play the Android version of Borderlands 2 on a SHIELD device. If you don’t already own the best Android gaming device out there, a SHIELD Android TV or SHIELD Tablet gives you access to the most advanced games on Android including titles optimized to look and play great on Tegra as well as SHIELD exclusive Android games like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Doom 3: BFG Edition, Resident Evil 5, Half-Life 2: Episode 1 & 2 and more. Gearbox’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which takes place between the events in Borderlands and Borderlands 2, is also on Android exclusively for SHIELD.