Borderlands 2 video shows off 'Mechromancer' DLC, out today for newbies to enjoy

Borderlands 2 has got plenty of DLC lined up over the coming year. But if Captain Scarlett and her Captain's Booty (due out today) sounds a bit difficult, you might be interested in Gaige the Mechromancer. See what they did there? Clever. She's actually been available for a week already for free if you pre-ordered the game, but she's available now for everyone else. And yes, she is the controversial 'Girlfriend Mode' that landed the devs in so much hot water recently. Controversy aside for the moment, check out her trailer here:

As the video demonstrates quite spectacularly, Gaige has several noob-friendly abilities available to her through her skill tree. The 'Close Enough' one sounds useful, bending bullets towards enemies if you fire in their vague direction. Although we're not sure how that would work with the accuracy-sapping, stackable 'Anarchy' condition that's meant to ensure she isn't too good. 

Clearly, she's not meant to be used by advanced players, but as a newbie-friendly way to get someone new into modern gaming, we can think of a lot less awesome ways to do it. She's available for 800MS Points / $9.99 - £7.99 when the UK PS store updates on Thursday.




  • The_King_of_Nothing - October 16, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    I got her last week (did not pre-order, on PC, so not sure exactly) and have been playing as her ever since. I love Deathtrap and find her to be hilarious. I have already found myself saying "How I do" a couple of times which is kind of scary. I don't really see the Overpower in her because I still have to work at the harder battles and I am nowhere near a noob at games, especially FPS. I am doing better with her than with Zero though. If i could come close to soloing a boss in 3 seconds I would agree she is overpowered. Also, Close Enough only has a chance to happen and only if it hits a wall. It also has reduced damage. So not that useful.
  • jackthemenace - October 16, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    Tried her out for an hour or two a couple of days ago, I strongly dislike her. I didn't realise she HAD a skill that bent bullets towards enemies, but my main reason for hating her was because one-third of her skills seemed devoted to using up an entire clip- which I just simply cannot do- and another third devoted purely to her action skill, something that's supposed to be used in moderation, I'd have thought. But now that I've found out the she has a skill that bend bullets towards enemies, Anarchy's major loss of accuracy doesn't sound like such a bad thing any more. Although I still don't like her, which is a pity, since I was so looking forward to her.
  • Fuzunga - October 16, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    How did it not occur to me that I could combine close enough and anarchy? That makes it more appealing.
  • cmdates2991 - October 16, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    Her BFF tree is for noobs but the Anarchy tree is all about advanced players. Anarchy stacking for bonus damage but lower accuracy, Discord skill for lowering your Anarchy but gaining health. She's OP with the tree but it still requires skill.
  • db1331 - October 16, 2012 5:57 a.m.

    Gaige is certainly OP. My Deathtrap soloed an early boss in about 3 seconds, and I was one-shotting most baddies with a pistol after only about 50 stacks of Anarchy. I certainly wouldn't use her on my first time through the game, but it's a fun class to mess around with, especially when your friends aren't around.

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