Although Borderlands 2 is a violently good time, it’s still just a little bit less gory than its predecessor, with limbs no longer being nearly as detachable as before. Apparently, the fans have an issue with this.
As detailed by Destructoid‘s Jim Sterling, the whole affair has led to a heated 70+ page forum debate about the violence in the game, and how it was toned down for an international release.
Now, the possibility of a patch to restore the violence of the original game to the sequel now seems to be on the table, as the Borderlands 2 community is stressing to Gearbox Software that a proper headshot involves exploding skulls:
Debate they did! The Gearbox forums have a thread on the matter that currently spans 74 pages, with some gamers even refusing to play the game until head-popping’s been patched in. Others have been more reasonable, stating it’s not a huge deal, but it’d certainly nice. At least one commenter remarked on how weirdly passionate gamers are being over the inclusion of extreme violence.
Previously, the scaled-down violence was done by the developers in order to do a worldwide release without any red tape holding things up—after all, various regions have different standards for suitable content.
If a patch for Borderlands 2 does unlock some extra gore and violence, expect it to be systematically doled out to certain countries over others. Just off the cuff, I don’t think that Australia would allow such a thing too easily.