Borderlands 2 is out tonight: launch trailer derails hero train, reiterates made-up number

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As I write, Borderlands 2 is about seven hours away from release in North America. Eee! But before letting it march out of pre-purchase prison at midnight, Gearbox had to jingle the cell keys one last time.

That stretch of a metaphor of course refers to today's launch trailer, which pretty much summarizes Borderlands 2's beginning, middle, and end: Handsome Jack is introduced as a Very Bad Man, the heroes assemble, and an army of robots and shirtless men try to trample them. Then a double-gun-finger logo suicide, naturally.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.