Here's a Look at Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's Ruthless Gladiator in Action

Tank you very much.

Over the next few weeks, GameSpot will be giving you an extended look at three playable characters in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Today we begin with gameplay video of Athena the Gladiator.

Who is Athena? Well, anyone who played The Secret Armory of General Knoxx from the first Borderlands may just recognize her as a foe-turned-ally who helped the vault hunters take down that DLC's titular villain. But this time around, Athena is more than an ally. She'll be butt-stomping enemies on the moon as one of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's main characters.

Athena employs an action skill called Kinetic Apsis, a shield that lets her absorb incoming damage and throw it right back at her enemies for double the damage. Upgrades to this skill let her store elemental damage, as well allow her Apsis strikes to chain between a group of foes should they be standing in close proximity.

But as the tank of the group, Athena's skill tree lets her focus on frenzied, close-quarters combat. Maelstrom is a stack system that lets her chain together more and more elemental damage so long as she continues dishing it out in rapid succession, while Blood Rush is a skill that turns her standard melee swipe into a full-on charge attack designed to let her quickly close the gap between enemies.

Watch the video above and you can see for yourself just how Athena performs out in the wild. And as an added bonus, you'll be able to get a look at a new single-person hoverbike making its debut in the Borderlands franchise. Want to see more? Be sure to come back next Thursday for a look at another playable character in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

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Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

Pass.. I wait for the true sequel and I hope it has more rpg elements than previous games. The game is fun but the formula is starting to wear down now. How about adding more active abilities for one...the one ability thing is wearing thing now. 


The series needs some new blood not a rehash of the first two games. 

Cxera
Cxera

ROFL @ 0:34 "your other left you fu~~ head - " He seemed angry..

maximo
maximo

what is LAST FM? ITs so irritating

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

Hopefully they've fixed the levelling in this one. In BL2 you would often end up way over-levelled & gain about 1XP for every enemy you killed if you spent time doing all the side missions. Side missions were worth it for the extra story & humour but wading through waves of weak enemies felt like a grind

Trev9421
Trev9421

I really enjoyed Borderlands 2 and it's dlc, so I'm excited for this one. It'll hold me over for several months.

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

You know a game is good when all the skills sounds completely overpowered! Because you know they went for FUN and also each skill point makes a huge different so it's gonna feel unique each build!

Gallesh
Gallesh

Elizabeth from Bioshock ?

Gwarpup
Gwarpup

Playing Defiance reminds me so much of Borderlands.  And it's free so I'm not too hyped for another Borderlands game.  =/


kvan33
kvan33

Wake me up when the next gen Borderlands is out.

filthy_casual_
filthy_casual_

I have a fairly quick connection and GS's video player lags. IGN's doesn't as much and Youtube hardly at all. Am I the only one?

Thuaxiz
Thuaxiz

I was interested in this game, but it looks way too similar to borderlands 2. Almost like an expansion pack set on the moon. 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

if you have Borderlands 1 and 2 , why do you need this? The graphics dont look any better or anything. Its the same game

aliloush92
aliloush92

This game doesn't look much of an overhaul of Borderlands 2. It's as though they made this game just to temporarily keep us distracted while they make something epic to be released a few years later...at least I hope so because I'd be disappointed if this is all what they have to offer.

ultatk
ultatk

looks like a overly glorified bot shooting game

shingui5
shingui5

As always with Borderlands: it sucks if you're playing it on your own, but really fun in co-op.

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

Hopefully this isn't as much of a grind as BL2 was.  Seriously, farming bosses for legendaries was one of the dumbest choices they made.


Also, just wanted to note, one of them said "You can just wipe out a whole room with your action skill if you take this game changer", which hopefully means they understand now that bullet sponge enemies aren't fun and are working to rectify that.

seanwil545
seanwil545

I have BL1 and 2, but if this is more than $40 then I'm waiting for a Steam sale. 

It is bound to have gobs of DLC, so pricing will be important.

MegaHowler
MegaHowler

To be honest I'm only getting this game because BL2 wasn't as good as BL1 mechanics wise. Classes and Guns weren't as good. Hopefully they'll make up for it in this one.

mari2kde
mari2kde

who cares, another shooter... I will not pay a cent for shooters anymore.


We want more oldschool RPGs with Turn-Based Combat !!!


sime115
sime115

Add me. I play defiance and borderlands. T3ddy is a liar

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@Gwarpup 

You mean that game that went bargain bin in 3 months and can now be found for 5 dollars?

sepir
sepir

@filthy_casual_ 

Nope, I wish  they allow buffering. It's why I ignore anything that isn't written on here (well, occasionally I go to one of the articles and read the comments to see if it is worth putting up with the stuttering, but that is rare). 

Sumpskildpadde
Sumpskildpadde

@filthy_casual_ Some laptops are bad at handling hd videos if it's not connected to the power chord. Are you on a laptop, and are you only running on your battery?

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@nyran125tk Because graphics are really what define how diffrent games are? Never mind the story, weapons, abilities, mechanics or characters right?

McDog3
McDog3

@aliloush92


Oh Gearbox will certainly start development on Borderlands 3 at some point (if it isn't already in initial planning stage).  This definitely appears to be one of those games that's released to try and "bridge the gap" between core release dates.  Either way, i'm looking forward to some more Borderlands action.

seanwil545
seanwil545

@shingui5 

I've enjoyed both play modes honestly.

These days I don't have a stockpile of friends clamoring to play online. 

kvan33
kvan33

@UFOLoche Dude, let's be honest here.  Farming bosses for legendaries was a choice you made. Yeah, that can get tedious.  So why did you do it?

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@UFOLoche  I found that bullet sponge enemies were only if you were two low below their level to fight them. IF you were the same level or higher it wasn't much of an issue except for boss battles. But again if you leveled up adequately  enough above them they were easily defeated as well.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

@MegaHowler Definitely agree with the guns.  Seems like everyone of them had an attitude problem that enjoyed using up as much ammo as possible.  Never did get very far in the game because of that.  Just went back to Borderlands to continue playing.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

@MegaHowler Classes is all down to personal preference, but guns?? There were way more gun combinations in BL2 compared to BL1, and they even brought some back too.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

@mari2kde These games are actually pretty fun, and they are not your normal shooter.  The campaign for these games can go on forever with at least two play throughs or more.  Compared to most shooters having a campaign of fours hours and then only relying on multiplayer.  With Borderlands, you have single player and co-op and the equipment hunting can really eat up the time on ya.

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

@mari2kde Turn-based games were a dime a dozen pre-N64. Seriously, I've played more than I care to count. And most of them sucked. The only ones that stand out are the Chrono Triggers, the universally worshiped titles, and they don't stand out because of their battle system.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@mari2kde Most turn based games suck, and BL has more old school RPG elements than most modern RPGs.

Gwarpup
Gwarpup

@The-Neon-Seal @nyran125tk True the graphics are already about as good as they can possibly be for borderlands considering it's art style.  It just needs more depth added, more abilities and a new story/setting.  I'd like to see more multiplayer centered abilities.  Like being able to teleport a friend to a higher location out of harms way to sniper for you.  

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

@spartanx169x @UFOLoche Ehhh, in UVHM, I'd disagree, especially against certain enemies.  Ultimate Badass Skeletons for example were massively spongy, while Mage Skeletons could just become invincible for a while if they felt like it and, due to UVHM's stupidly high health regen, took a lot of ammo to kill.  It also doesn't help that going invisible negated any effects on them which meant slagging(The whole thing UVHM is based around) was useless unless their AI actually didn't take a quick potshot and then leave(Which is common for them to do).


That's just in AoDK, though, there are quite a few other enemies that were massively bullet spongy, even when I was using the proper guns and playing the character the proper way.

179107199999
179107199999

@The-Neon-Seal @mari2kde That's just an opinion.  Turn based is still fun. And I disagree that BL has more old school elements than modern RPGs. The Bethesda and what they did to fallout and how they carried ElderScrolls was way more engaging to me. BL was just a shooter.You pick a preset character and make that character grow in the way of combat that is Their style. In modern Fallouts and Elderscrolls you have a race and gender but you make the character fit the way you want to play. You don't need guns (or a sword) to take foes down.In the beginning yes but with perks and point placement your character becomes a killing machine that you want them to be.Now I dislike Skyrim's growth system when compared to  Elderscrolls4 because in 4 I thought it was cool to let my character run and increase his athletics and stamina. It was fun increasing my acrobatics and stealth and unarmed combat after I masterethe sword. My character in Oblivion grew kinda like me in terms of athletics.Borderlands didn't give me that feel. (neither did Skyrim) I couldn't get in to BL because I didn't connect with the characters and it was just a shooter.Fallout was better.Better setting.Better characters and better character growth.Taking out Deathclaws with weapons other than guns is extremely satisfying. Also I point out FO and ES because they remind me of a Paizo tabletaop RPG I played some years back. 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@The-Neon-Seal @cashandchecks  Really the only things they have  that look similar is the hit detection (numbers flying when enemy gets hit) and damage meter of enemies.  Everything else is pretty much different. The gun sights /scopes remind me  lot of KZ:SF while the landscape and speeder bikes and enemy species looks like something from Star Wars. while game mechanics (running and jumping) definitely Halo. None of which is bad in my opinion.