News: Meet Borderlands 2’s Psycho new vault hunter

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borderlands_2_krieg_psychoGearbox Software keeps you on your toes with its Borderlands 2 add-on content. Some slot in perfectly, like Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty. Others don’t quite deliver on their promise, like Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. One thing’s certain, you never know what to expect.

Something wicked, this way comes

Something wicked, this way comes

After recently announcing the addition of a new tier of weapon, the pearlescent, which was the highest available in the original Borderlands, finally increasing the level cap from 50 to 61 and dropping a new batch of downloadable content around June this year, today’s reveal at PAX East was one hell of a surprise.

Not only has Borderlands 2 given you four new vault hunters to play through as, and Gaige the Mechromancer as an additional playable character, but now Gearbox Software is bringing another vault hunter to the party. Say hello to the crazed experiment gone wrong Krieg the Psycho Bandit.

Fans of melee combat who were a little disappointed with what the assassin Zer0 had to offer will be right at home with the snarling, maniacal madman Krieg. His action skill allows for devastating hacky slashy type stuff as well as the ability to throw his pointy weapons at enemies and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As you’ll see in the off screen video below of the Gearbox Software announcement, when downed Krieg’s second wind opportunity to revive himself operates wildly differently.

Rather than remain rooted to the spot, like his vault hunter brethren, Krieg can move about freely tossing clusters of dynamite at his foes invoking images of the Suicide Bandit adversary. When close to reviving he actually suicide bombs the poor bastard in his sigths and somehow manages to spring back to life. He’s all about soaking up crazy amounts of damage and pulling himself back from the brink of death time and time again. Way to think drastically outside of the box, Gearbox.

He’s an absolutely insane addition to the roster and is sure to breathe new life into one of last year’s most loved and most played co-operative experiences and solid game of the year contender.

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Dave Kozicki

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