Borderlands (Gearbox Software)
Systems: PS3/Xbox360/PC Release Date: October 20th, 2009
ESRB: M for Mature
Have you ever wanted to get rich? Maybe from starting up a gun running business or becoming a mercenary and taking odd jobs that involve you shooting a lot of stupid people, or maybe your just in it for the money; a treasure hunter trying to find that lost bit of technology? If you answered yes to any of the above I’d like to invite you to the world of Pandora, A desolate war torn planet of dust, blood, and money.
Borderlands is labeled as a “RPG-Shooter” by using role playing mechanics like loot-grinding, questing, and minor stat manipulation all bundled into a first person shooter. Borderlands succeeds in being interesting and new and provides hours of gameplay if you’re the type who wants the best weapons. What it fails to do is give you a interesting setting in which to spend all this time. Mind you this is simply this humble moogles opinion but the world of Pandora for all its rough and gruff attitude is largely a giant uninspired desert. If you enjoy running around looking at the same rocks and the occasional bush and rust covered building then this game is for you. I for one didn’t find much enjoyment in exploring until I delved in to the Downloadable Content.
Borderlands features four classes: Brick the Beserker, a giant meathead that acts as your tank and over all muscle. Lilith the Siren, the only female in the group and a sort of stealth, and excels at using elemental Damage over time with her skills. Then you have Roland the Soldier, a balanced character that’s great for beginners, he uses a unmanned turret and is really good with assault rifles. Lastly you have Mordecai the Hunter, who uses sniper rifles and revolvers and is mainly your long rang backup. Each of these four character and classes have their own unique feel and offer an interesting play through each time you attempt the dangers of Pandora. Sadly the depth of character stops at how they play, as far as you know they can all be killers, and degenerates for all the background you’re given which is none. Some might say this makes it easier for you to be the character but in this game I was left wanting to know more about the mysterious Vault Hunter I was playing as.
(Something they are addressing in Borderlands 2 kupo!)
One of the best features of Borderlands is the sheer amount of weapons. There are literally thousands of combinations of guns in Pandora, these range from a sub-machine gun that spits fire to revolvers that shoot rocket propelled bullets of destruction. If nothing else finding new guns easily breaks up the monotony of fetching and go to X and kill Y quests that plague pandora’s surface. Nothing is more hilarious than finding a gun with stats that just sound to ludicrous to be real only to go into a new area and just mop the floor with the hapless bandits and insane midgets that populate the shanty towns and outposts.
Despite all my gripes I really did enjoy borderlands. It is a tight gameplay experience that unfortunately could have used a little more depth to satisfy my rpg side. The DLC is defiantly a must have and luckily comes with any game of the year edition of the game. Aside from a few hic-ups with multiplayer (needing to start and play the game at the exact same time doing the exact same quests without getting ahead or behind at all otherwise one person gets nothing out of the experience causes problems) its still enjoyable to start up and run around in four player co-op.
[ – ] Story: a bare bones story that doesn’t try to be anything more than an excuse to go from objective to objective, (call of duty/battlefield)
[ – ]Graphics: a interesting comic book inspired cell-shading creates interesting details and a unique look, sadly wasted on lack luster locals
[+]Gameplay: Solid, responsive, and enjoyable. Everything feels right at home for fans of the FPS genre and nothing feels out of place
[+]Replayablity: deceptively lots of replayablity for those who want to find more guns and try out one of the other classes, no story changes and the game simply ramps up difficulty and levels.
[+]Opinion: Worth checking out, if only to kill time between major releases or the next fun game. Interesting enough to keep you collecting weapons and the DLC adds loads of content to keep you chewing long after the core of the game is finished.
I rate Borderlands: 3/5 Kupo!