Thank God I Can Make My Borderlands 2 Character Stop Yapping

Thank God I Can Make My Borderlands 2 Character Stop Yapping

Considering that the point of Borderlands 2 is to use the biggest possible gun on the biggest possible dude, it sure is a chatty game. Even the guns talk! It’s basically a comedy; a machine-gun barrage of riffs, references and cheeky toilet humour. The jokes are pretty good, generally speaking, even though they have a tendency to rely on LOLspeak and juuust barely dated internet humour.

So it’s a shame that the writing comes up short in such a crucial area — the main characters. Plainly put, these people are annoying as hell.

Again: The other stuff is pretty good. The enemies? They’re funny. (I particularly like the Goliath’s “Welcome to die!” cry, which would be great even if it weren’t also a video game reference.) Your allies? Good times. (Okay, Brick is kind of a dud, but I enjoy how Lilith is just so pumped about her new powers, and Claptrap is a gift that keeps on giving.) And your enemy? Why, Handsome Jack, his voice dripping with condescension and privilege, is probably my favourite character in the whole game.

Those men/women/robots are all written with authority and verve; the jokes are dense and the performances are strong. And yet the one character who accompanies you through the whole game — your protagonist — is an annoying loser who spouts the same few catchphrases over, and over, and over. My soldier Axton, who I thought would be a strong, silent type, will not stop carrying on; he’s a fool on a level that rivals Duke Nukem. Even he doesn’t sound convinced half the time.

Kudos to Gearbox, then, for anticipating this issue and giving players a way to do something about it. I didn’t know about it for the longest time — I thought I was stuck with Axton for the first, oh, 30 hours with the game. By the time I started digging into the new DLC, I was well and truly exhausted by his constant mugging.


And yet right there, in the “Audio” menu, stands a single toggleable switch for “Player Callouts”. I turned it off and suddenly, Axton became the strong, silent type I had always hoped he’d be. Victory!

Perhaps you love the callouts in Borderlands 2 — if so, more power to you. And hey, maybe Maya and Zer0 are less annoying than Salvador, Gaige and Axton, the three characters I’ve played. But as DLC continues to come out and Borderlands 2 gets bigger and bigger, I sense that more and more people are going to get sick of hearing their character yell the same dozen lines. Thankfully, we have the power to shut them up.

Shhh, Axton. Go shoot that bandit over there. Quietly. Thanks.


  • 1. I actually enjoy a lot of the character dialogue.
    2. Enough with the Borderlands 2 posts, yes, we get it, there are a bunch of you playing Borderlands 2, you don’t have to write an article everytime you do/get/see something awesome, leave some stuff for us to find ourselves!

  • To be honest, Zer0 has the best mainly because he is always saying how badass he is. He also speaks in Haiku. Which is kinda fun to listen to as I hack and slash.

  • I had fun once, and it was awful.

    On a serious note, out of the 3 characters I’ve played past 20, Siren, Gunzerker and the Mechromancer, they’ve all had really good callouts, Gaige in piticular makes just want to hug the shit out of her. Maya, while not as likable as Lilith is a good character, and her backstory is fairly well told through ECHOs. And Salvador? How do you not love that midget?

    • Gaige makes me both want to strangle and hug her. She gets the whole “Peppy, tomboyish grad student” thing so right, but on the other hand, that kind of personality really bugs me.

  • Axton loves his turret and he’s keen on letting his enemies know this . I know it’s part and parcel of the BL humour, but when he calls it ‘honey, missus, etc.’, it rather freaks me out! Well, not any more 😉

  • Hi Kirk ,,everybody ,it would be cool like to be able to make your own insult and put it with your character or buy a set of phrases ,great game.

  • How do people like the dialogue in this game? It’s some of the worst I’ve heard, its all so obvious and crude, it just feels like it was written for children almost, the jokes are incredibly set up and the delivery of every line sounds like it was being read for the first time, claptrap is never funny ever, his voice is so annoying and everything he says is just so forced to trying to hard to be funny. This is all just my opinion though.

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