My history of playing Borderlands
First playthrough was ok, up to level 30 things were balanced and playable. Then i farmed the Warrior to get a lot of iridium and stocked up in the blackmarket. I gained more than 5 levels doing so.
Second playthrough was disappointing. it was much to easy (due to my grinding) and punished with for almost not getting any XP. I did not expect much XP from weak enemys, but at least some of them. Borderlands drops the given XP very fast if a player is overlevelled so beeing more than 5 levels better than the enemys was making the game not only boring, but also free of any benefit.
Somewhere middle in the second playthrough i catched up with the game and things went ok till i reached level 50, which was a few missions before i have beaten the worrior the second time. Suddenly the XP awarded have been cut down to something around 30%, this was visible for me because open missions that rewarded 28K suddenly dropped to 8K of XP so leveling up started to become very slow.
I felt betrayed by this and i hate it if a game cheats on me. i paied for the level cap increase. there was nothing in the text telling me that getting one of this levels is 4 times as difficult than gaining one level before.
Then i entered Ultimate Vault Hunter mode and was stuck the first time at around level 53. All enemys almost insta killed me and i ended up in fight for your life mode in seconds. I always hated the game for taking my money for dying so i tried to die as seldom as possible. I was stuck in level 53 for two month, ot playing anything in that time because i was so fed up with the situation.
I was only able to continue by giving up of seeing money in BL2 as anything of any value. I could only continue by accepting, that i will always respawn and get more ammo by dying and respawning even if i have no money. in fact, money is worthless in borderlands 2, it is only there to make you angry if it is stolen before you understand that it is just worthless. there is nothing in vending machins that is uesefull. there is no need to buy ammo if you die a lot.
So i accepted to die a few times for every idiot and used a lot of keys until i got a lvl 53 plasma caster with slag. Against respawning enemies i used another character that i placed in a hide near the enemys i fought so i could prevent them from respawning. (i played both in splitscreen).
Of course, due to weapons wearing out the fun did not last long before i got stuck again. i got up to level 62 because i grinded cars in the dust. they can be easyly killed with plasma casters and give double xp if killed outside a car. At level 62 i was stuck again. In the storyline i was playing the mission where you have to kill the double of handsome jack. His shield was to good to be completely depleted in one attack. If i returned from the respawn point it was fully charged again and so i could not do any damage alone.
If i would have attackjed him with both characters, i would have downed his shield a little and made some damage. but then both characters ended up at the spawn station and mr handsome double did a respawn. i needed the second char on the roof to prevent him from respawning. This issue could onbly be solved by a second player (alone i can only control one character at a time) and i have only few friends and they are no gamers. So i was stuck again and the only chance was to get decent equipment. the farming system was to frustrating for me, so i gave up at that time again and would still be stuck at level 62 if there would not have been this weeks of enhanced droprates. Most important was not the enhanced droprates but someone here in the discussion talking about farming for torque coins on lvl 50 bar brawl.
This brawl is planable, you can see your progress in coins and with lvl 62 it was not so difficult to get 613 coins and thus get an unkept harold. It was harold that did enough damage to mr handsomes double. thus i went up to level 72 and reached the final fight, but was stuck there again because i had no good weapon to get down this shield bot of handsome jack. I am sure a plasma caster would have helped me but it did not work. So i was stuck again and concentrated on getting some nice things
then there was a 3 days free xbox live prome here. Ang playing online, everything was soooooo easy. it took only seconds to get rid of handsome jack and the warrior in UVHM. One other player killed them so fast, i could not even see them loosing energy in the bar, they both were almost insta killed. So in multiplayer everything was just to easy.
the same with those overpower levels. digistruct peak is impossible for a single player who is playing fair. the chance of dying is much to high and no respawn available. Playing it online with those strange superheros was just to easy. i had some fair groups with op8 people whom i had to revive a lot but i also had people taking stranges ways through walls and killing them monsters in no time.
Also there is absolutely no need for farming online, as long as you have OP8 because OP8 equipment is laying around in some games so you can just enter a lot of games and pick up what you see. And because of the fact that only OP8 weapons are usefull for all and everything, you will almost only find OP8 equipment this way.
But the online gameplay only lasted for 3 days and so i am only OP6/OP5 and still have to use my own gear.
believe me, it is a much better feeeling to use self farmed equipment than something laying around on the floor online. but on the other side, with more than 5 to 10 difficult farming runs to go, i just loose my interest. I have been trying to farm a OP2 or OP3 Infinity on OP3, my time to kill dr mercy was something about 10 minutes per run (i finally found out how to do this jump) and it is no fun doing this because you always get into time trouble. he almost insta kills me and needs 2-3 runs to be killed because he gets ReGeNeRaTiOn on OP levels. I got really angry yesterday, maybe it was good that non of the responsible people was reachable for me in that mood. You know, Wookies always pull out some arms out of the sockets if they loose.
This game is much to difficult in singleplayer mode when you enter UVHM, i am quite sure that most playtesting was only done in 4 players coop. The documents in the devellopers diary seem to proove this assumption. Of course, the game was not sold as multiplayer only (i just would not have bought it like i never bought Titanfall, Destiny and other MP only games).
This game needs very good weapons in UVHM. You do not get them while playing the campaign, so you get struck a lot before you go farming (and there are so low droprates that many people give up)
This game is much to easy if you grind during the first 2 playthroughs
This games betrays people paying money for increase of level cap by making levels above LV 50 4 times harder to get. Especially before you hit UVHM, you have no chance of levelling up.
This game is much to easy online and there seem to be many many cheaters.
This is why i call this game the most unbalanced game ever. It could be so much fun, but it is just a pain a lot of times.
I also hated the event character of this increased droprates. I dont like it to have schedules in real life and i dont like that in a game i have some times where things are easyer and some times when things are more difficult. I dont want a game to have some impact on my real life. I want gaming to be somthing that i can do when i have time. I dont want to choose between using a good chance in a game that is gone in a few days and other real life stuff. my real life always was more important than gaming and in any other game i played the odds were the same all and every time, so i can play it today or tomorrow. I dont want to run in conflicts like doing some thing with family or staying on my console because i right now have better droprates.
In the end i want to say, gaming should be entertainment an fun for me and not something like professional sports. In other games, where they have those typical four difficulty settings (easy, normal, hard, ultra hard) i start with normal and then beat the game in hard, but most of the time Ultra hard is to much and is not fun anymore.
The biggest problem with borderlands 2 is bad balancing and any lack of adjustable difficulty. Thus gearbox must try to find a difficulty setting that pleases everyone and this is just impossible. So if they make a hardcore game, they loose the customers that like better playable games and if they make it to easy, they loost the hardcore people.
Maybe for a short solution, i would put droprates to 33% as default and have a switch that keeps old droprates. If something is found using this switch it is drawn in gold in game. dropping this item, makes it look normal again, so those folks who like to waste their time can show their state of mind by having golden guns.