You know how you first look at something and you go “wtf is this?” or “well, this is useless”? And then you actually get to use it, and realize it’s awesome?
The Rough Rider was one of those things. I heard about it before I got Hammerlock’s DLC, and was very skeptical. “A shield with no capacity? Are you kidding me?”.
Then I started the DLC, found the shield, and as the game went on with DLCs and whatnot, things started falling into place. The Rough Rider was perfect for Maya, for running like crazy with a Banshee class mod. Then Salvador, with improved moneyshot chance, because of no capacity. Then Krieg with Silence the Voices in OP8. The Rough Rider’s additional health and damage reduction were perfect. Plus the extra fire rate from Embrace the Pain. This item proved to be perfect for three out of six classes. And quite useful for the other three, I might add.
Then there’s Maya herself.
Before starting the game I was hyped. A Siren? How cool! She was my first pick, since I was very fond of Lilith in BL1.
Then I got the game and picked Maya. Upon hitting level 5, I got my precious first skill point. “Let’s see what we can do”. And then disappointment.
“A bubble? That’s it?” Being new to the game, and with it being more difficult at first than BL1, I was getting my butt handed to me. I was so sad. How could the BL2 Siren be so weak and terrible?
Then I got mad and then, I got better. I earned more skill points, upgrading my bubble. And after many skill points and dead bodies, I was happy again. I could wreck havoc with my bubbly Siren. What joy, hitting the f key and seeing the battlefield fill with pretty colors and screams. Then more skill points were added, and my once fragile bubble became a force to be reckoned with.
And then there’s Claptrap. Both as a class, and a place. It’s funny now, seeing all those old claptrap-hate threads. And then reading about his fantastic abilities with explosive gear. The bottom of every joke became one of the most beloved classes. As well as one of the most highly regarded DLCs. Many were unsure about the quality of Claptastic Voyage, including me. It seemed too ambitious, trying to create a new world out of that little bot. But hell, was it great. The areas, the enemies, the story, the weapons, it was all so well put together, it shattered every worry I had. What a fantastic DLC. Being Claptrap, inside Claptrap, killing other Claptraps, that’s where the party is.
So, what about you? What has been your most pleasant surprise? Let’s hear it.