Like many of you I’m sure, the new DLC rekindled interest in BL2, and I’d like to play a bit more of it.
Most of my time so far has been with a Maya thought-lock build, and every time I try new characters, I feel somewhat disappointed. There’s so many variables however, and so much information about them, that I know there are suitable options that I’d enjoy, once I found them.
I tend to play a slow, cautious, and tactical game. It’s not really in my personally to get in their face, and I don’t have the skills to really be successful at it either. Maya’s action skill is exceptional for surviving a heated situation, as well as for planning interesting varieties by targeting the right character, at the right time.
Here’s a brief rundown of my experiences with others:
Zero - Bore is cool, as is OSOK and other skills that enhance sniping. Also really like Fast Hands. I didn’t spec into melee skills at all, not having much interest there. The main drawback I have with him is survival. When I get into trouble, I just can’t get out of it.
Gaige - assuming I can tolerate her shrieking, there’s some very interesting mechanics in her skill set. I don’t think I’d like playing with large amounts of anarchy, but smaller ranges are manageable, Discord is interesting, and the shock skills and IO are also cool. The problem I had here, is that it didn’t seem to scale well to higher levels, so I found myself under-powered. And longer-range tactics can be a bit annoying with Anarchy, when I can’t hit the crits.
Salvador - Despite having essentially everything in the “best gear” threads including the Grog Nozzle and legendary COMs, I die when playing him. A lot. While gunzerking. Remember the part about not having the skills for being up close and personal? There’s so much graphic fluff on the screen, I can’t see what I’m doing. I like abusing things like Money Shot and Overkill, but I’m not getting the most from the character when I can’t get the hang of his core mechanic.
Krieg - I specced most of Bloodlust, and there’s some cool stuff, especially Bloodsplosion. Not sure where to go at higher levels though, since Mania doesn’t feel like my style, and Hellborn likely leads to self-immolation.
Axton - Feels too ‘generic’ to me. I had a hard time finding anything special about him to get excited about.
So I hope the request isn’t too generally vague, but if someone could point me in the right direction[s] based on some of these comments, that would be super.