It's not even how dull and stupid the story is, it's how the demands of story fuck with the feeling that you're just arsing around freely doing random nonsense for people of questionable sanity.
The worst thing is that the story and character development is all about the old characters, who we already spent a million years not giving a shit about in the old game, and who are now completely nothing like their one liners and limited expressiveness made them out to be in the first game.
One of the best parts of Borderlands 1 was its complete irreverence. The writing was zany and off its rocker, because it's clear the writers didn't care.
Now it seems like they're trying
to be zany, but you can tell that they actually want a serious story, but are trying to keep the zaniness.. simply because BL1 was like that.
The humor peaked in the General Knoxx expansion for BL1, and I haven't checked, but I seriously doubt the same writers are involved.
Secondly, the way the four original heroes from BL1 are treated is downright character assassination. I mean, they had practically no character to begin with, but somehow they managed to ruin whatever little we knew about them.
I'm not just talking about all the blurbs about how the new characters are soooo much more badass (that Wilhelm crap), I'm referring to how they speak and behave, especially Lilith.
Also, from the perspective of game mechanics, the BL1 characters were far more powerful, though if it's only because Gearbox' naive skill design at the time allowed all four of the old characters to be practically invincible with the right builds.
Anyway, with regards to gameplay, they now made it so that being higher level than an enemy does not give you a damage bonus to them. Being lower level does
mean you do less damage to the enemy, though. I guess that's their attempt at preventing the whole overlevelling problem for folks that finish all the sidequests.
There's also this retarded thing that no one would ever know unless they read guides: in the NG+, you should not take any of the sidequests that give good item rewards. As in, do not take/start/activate the sidequest. Finish the entire story first, till after you've killed the last boss, THEN take (and do) the sidequests, to get the rewards at Level 50. And yes, aside from being stupid in and of itself, the fact that it is undocumented is also