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Stylish, Well Paced, Storied & Classy

roflmonkey | Oct. 27, 2013 | Review of Borderlands

Sneaking up on mutated foes, popping your special ability at just the right moment, and emerging victorious with a handful of experience points and a sackful of loot. Just another day in the Borderlands. This is more than a game. It is a story. It is a challenge. Borderlands is a journey in every sense. It will take you well over ten hours before you see the ending with your first character, but it's fair to assume that most people will stop and smell the poisonous roses and rotting corpses along the way.

Considering the sheer breadth of potential weaponry that falls from the pockets of enemies and lurks inside all manner of containers which are scattered throughout the harsh environment, there is a lot to be seen and found. In fact, some of the environments are downright breathtaking, and exploring the highs and lows of this dystopic caricature is never dull, or repetitive. The enemies suit their homes as well, and are satisfyingly grisly and viscous.

Each of the playable characters have their own unique abilities which can sway the tide of any battle at the push of a button. From going into a near-invincible berserk mode, to having the ability to drop a sturdy butt-kickin' turret, these abilities are fun to use, and add a thick layer of strategy in conjunction with the already dazing number of weapons. These abilities can be improved as your character levels up as well, encouraging players to push ever further into more dangerous areas, aiming for higher experience rewards and ever more epic loot.

Borderlands has taken the framework of a FPS, added a hefty dose of RPG elements, and wrapped it all up in a unique, modern art style which suits the outrageous action you will be engaged in for most of the game.

Borderlands comes highly recommended to just about anyone with a computer.