Borderlands 2 Announced for Mac

Popular first-person shooter Borderlands 2 is coming to the Mac on 20th November. Developed by Gearbox Software and brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media, the 18-rated title will cost £39.99, and be available on Steam. We’re promised this sequel to the critically-acclaimed four-player co-operative blaster Borderlands is ‘bigger, better and more badass’.

The game takes us back to the dystopian world of Pandora. It’s set five years after the events of its predecessor, when four vault hunters (the playable characters) took on and defeated a mysterious alien entity known as The Destroyer. A valuable mineral called Eridium has since been found in large quantities, and exploited by Handsome Jack, who has taken over the Hyperion Corporation. He now rules Pandora from a ‘H’-shaped satellite, which can be seen in the night sky in front of Pandora’s moon.

Rumour has it there’s another vault on Pandora, and it’s even larger than the one which housed The Destroyer. Four new vault hunters team up and try their luck. Can they find the vault and defeat whatever abomination is lurking inside it?

Borderlands 2 features four all new characters, including the Gunzerker, who can wield any two of the game’s weapons simultaneously. You can play online and over a LAN with friends, and drop in and out of the game without having to restart. Steam Play is supported.

Downloadable content packs ‘Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty‘ and ‘Mecromancer Pack‘ will be available on launch, and future packs will be made available as they’re released. If you dislike playing first-person shooters with a mouse and keyboard, the wired Xbox 260 controller is supported. Look out for a full review of Borderlands 2 in MacFormat soon. In the meantime, here’s what you need to play the game on your Mac…

Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual Core)
CPU Speed: 2.2GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 13GB
Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
Video Card (NVIDIA): Geforce 8800
Video Memory (VRam): 256MB
Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard

Supported Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce® 8800, GT 120, 320M, 330M, 650M
ATI Radeon HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6630, HD 6490, HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6970
Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4000

Gamepad support
Borderlands 2 supports the Xbox 360 wired gamepad only.

Other Requirements
Initial installation requires one­‐time internet connection or Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client.

Recommended System Specs
CPU: Intel Quad Core
CPU Speed: 2.4GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
Video Memory (VRam): 512MB