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Risk of Rain 2’s big Anniversary Update includes a very cool space cowboy

Risk of Rain 2's big Anniversary Update includes a very cool space cowboy

I don’t need much of an excuse to play more Risk of Rain 2, a game I played a hell of a lot of in 2020. The Anniversary Update, released Thursday to celebrate the Early Access launch two years ago, is quite a good one, though. It adds a new playable character, the Bandit, who returns from the original 2D Risk of Rain many years ago. And there’s a lot more: New skills for several of the existing characters, more items, and a reworked final stage.

The update is out now so I downloaded it to try out the Bandit, who’s a hoot and a half. Bandit’s primary attack is a fast-firing shotgun, but the real fun of their ability kit is a revolver that fires off a single quick-draw shot for 300 percent damage. If that shot earns you a kill, it refills your shotgun and resets the cooldowns of your other skills, a saber attack that inflicts bleeding damage and a smoke bomb that stuns enemies and turns you invisible for a few seconds. I settled into a rhythm with the Bandit almost immediately, hitting baddies with a shotgun blast or two and then following up with a revolver shot to seal the kill. 

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