You need to advance the story so the vending machines move up to a higher level. Problem is, the equipment you have makes that hard.
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Power-leveling is *one* answer. Find friends who farm Terramorphous, join the game and stay out of the way while they kill him. 20,000 or so XP for each kill. Over and over and over until you reach 50, then the stuff Terramorphous drops becomes equipment rather than just money to you. I still get frequent upgrades on Terramorphous Peak from the two chests, like E-Tech Darts that exceed the last one that dropped.
No sniper rifle I've seen dropped in a Normal game matches the one I picked up off the ground in a TVHM game I somehow managed to survive running through, but I'm not sure if that's hard luck or weapon scaling. If someone gives you the right farming equipment, you can find out for yourself.
HOWEVER, I've been in TVHM games where the stuff that kills Terramorphous barely scratches the Super Badass Whatevers, so equipment won't compensate for lack of skill down the road...
Question, if the game maxes out at 50, and you reach it, and have already beat the game, why do you keep playing the same areas over and over again? Just to get a weapon with a few more damage bonuses? Not critizing, just curious, what drives you to continue on after maxing out since every kill gives youi nothing?? I've wondered this about many games and was curious to hear your response.
4.) Why does the game make guns with low damage scores seem so great? Am I missing something (I probably am)?
Damage is only part of the equation. Some guns have different perks that make up, or even exceed, a lower-damage gun, like elemental effect (shock, fire, slag, etc.), faster firing and reload, burst fire while zoomed, ability to be thrown like a grenade during reload, etc..
If a seemingly lowered damage gun is valued higher over your currently active gun of the same type (pistol=pistol, shotgun=shotgun, etc.), it's worth trying it out to see if it works well for your play style.
Not being a big split-screen user, I'm kinda sad that the options in BL2 require me to have two real LIVE accounts to suit-up two of MY characters in a game at once. I still have a LIVE ID named MikePaulExtra with 100 Gamerscore from some duels I fought against myself in BL1 (didn't ever do friends back then) that appears to be useless for this job now since it has no other account behind it.
A friend sold his Vault Hunter relic, which I *think* is no longer possible since I can't even drop mine now, so we came up with the idea of doing split-screen on both our consoles so the new characters would also have the relic and the loot might improve because of that plus the whole 4-players thing. He had been looking at the loot more than me, and thought that the quality had improved even if just in the number of purples.
I thought the new character was giving me its Badass points because he was MikePaul(1), but today I checked and the new character has a zero Badass score each time and I don't get the points he earns. My low-level character was getting points from what the leader was doing.
Power-Leveling my own characters still seems like a good idea, so today I switched to the offline play option, thinking that maybe if I did that I could use another established character rather than a new one, but I don't see any change. All I can select is a new character to play with.
Is there something I'm missing here? Should the second controller be able to use MikePaulExtra somehow and I just don't know what buttons to push?
OK, I did finally log MikePaulExtra in and the name on the second player changed, but there's still nothing but new character options when I try to switch characters. I guess I'll just have to rely on friends...
What is it that you're even trying to do? Also, if you had BL1, then all new characters start with the Vault Hunter relic.
1) Follow @GearboxSoftware and @DuvalMagic on Twitter where they tweet codes whenever they feel like it.
The Xbox 360 code active RIGHT NOW is CJ5JJ TC59K FSR3X WRBJB BFXFR good until 3PM Eastern. Another will be tweeted today, so watch Twitter.
Edit: There are things you can do to try to get a better deal on quests. Before you turn in a quest, save and exit. When you turn it in, if the reward is a weapon or shield and you don't like the specs, exit to the dashboard and reload the game and turn it in again. I got an Inflammable version of a shield this way after a bunch of tries. The key chest, however, is one-shot non-refundable since the key(s) are stored in the profile rather than the game save. No tricks to try again if you don't like it.
2) Sure, if you want a purple item rather than what you can scrounge up.
3) You get Badass point for the discoveries. Most places have one or more to find, and when you discover one you'll see the number left to find on the screen and in your list of challenges.
4) 'Low' is relative to level. A Level 8 pistol is usually OK against a Level 8 skag. Level 38, run away. Orange guns often kick butt longer than the others due to the special features, but 17 damage only works just so long.
5) Not me...
Getting better/newer guns is always great, but at some point you have to actually USE THEM on missions. Otherwise, what's the use? I know people who spend all their time farming, but never doing. Seems pointless...
I finally finished the DLC this weekend. Was more than impressed with the content! Leviathan was a real pain solo but I finally got past him on like the 4th attempt. When I finally got to the treasure room, I was blown away by the sheer amount of chests! Really wasn't expecting that much loot, but was disappointed I didn't find any legendaries. I saw that there was another side-mission to re-enter the treasure room. So does that mean I can re-farm Leviathan and have a shot at better gear?
Yes. You can "beat" Leviathan again, although "farming" him (beating him, checking loot, then dashboarding if unhappy with not getting orange junk) would be a waste of time. No guarantee of better loot, and unless you're L50, it doesn't matter anyway. Even then, it's a waste of time, since you've likely got great gear anyway by then. If you've got a single L50 Hyperion SMG, all other guns are rendered virtually useless in comparison. Fwiw, I got one orange between two victories and that item (sniper rifle) got sold to Marcus immediately.
Loved the DLC as well, but I will say that I was disappointed with the level cap not going up to 55 however.
Cool, got it! I too wish they had raised the level cap but then I again I haven't hit level 50 yet so I still have a fair amount of gameplay ahead of me. After completing the DLC and going back to the main story missions, I'm finding I've out-leveled most of the early missions in Sanctuary. Hopefully I'll get back on track soon.