Reviews for Borderlands

64

Fun, exciting, adventurous but....a bit overrated

DragosLoL | July 16, 2014 | See all DragosLoL's reviews »

Borderlands has become a popular game among FPS RPG fans but it wasn't what I expected everyone was saying it was. The game definitely holds onto its RPG standards with damage counters and skill trees but I felt really limited due to slow leveling and not enough enemies to grind in one zone before I moved onto a higher level zone. It kind of bored me out and the quests weren't as exciting since most of them were go collect this or go activate this beacon. Boss fights were fun though as it actually put a challenge in the game. But other than that, I wouldn't say this game is for RPG fans. I would recommend this game to anyone who's looking for a good FPS game but not the combination of two. If you don't like grinding exp, then probably not the game for you.

69

Fine for co-op purpose.

Furrek | July 5, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

When I first time saw Borderlands it was advertised as "Diablo as FPS game", or something like that. It was few years ago so I don't remember it well, but that was a reason for me to pick up this game. So when I did, at first I had great time. I didn't played it alone, so the fun was doubled. Finding new weapons with random stats and colors, getting new levels, skills, fighting harder and harder enemies - yup, for a time it seemed like FPS Diablo game. Well, the only thing is, this game is only fun when you are playing with friends. Playing alone this game would be so boring. It's one of these games where you just need someone to play with. After finishing this game for the first time I tried to play a bit alone and I was bored. As for the game, it's not like it's amazing, one in a kind etc. It's just a fun co-op title, that you will enjoy. You might want to check the DLCs, because they were more fun then main game.

85

Loads and loads of weapons.

reginleifx | July 4, 2014 | See all reginleifx's reviews »

Borderlands is definitely one of my favorite games of all time. The plot might not be excellent, but it still is entertaining. (Not going into much detail, since it's easy to spoil.) I've read somewhere, that it's basically a "Elder Scrolls/Diablo/Fallout" mashup, and it kind of feels that way. The random drop system works kind of like Diablo's and one of the game's most appealing features is the weapons that can be dropped. There are literally millions of possible weapons. There are also different kinds of weapons, with your character getting better with them as you use them. Gameplay-wise, it feels like an FPS/RPG hybrid, that's why some people compare it to The Elder Scrolls. There are four playable characters, each one has different passive skillsets, and an active skill. There are different skilltrees, which allow players to try different builds out. It's a challenging game, and it's also long (took me 30 hours to beat, 45 hours with DLCs. The soundtrack is kind of good, to be honest.

95

This Game

Rcoder97 | July 3, 2014 | See all Rcoder97's reviews »

I picked up Borderlands ages ago not knowing a thing about it except that it had lots of guns. I heard a rumor that there were over 60 guns! They were right but there are waaaaaay more than 60. This game takes you to Pandora, while an unoriginal name, is a planet full of wonder, danger, and treasure. You choose from 4 characters. Roland is the soldier who can deploy a turret to help you out. Mordecai is a master sniper and gunslinger who can throw his bird Bloodwing which ruins enemy's days. Lilith is the siren who can Phasewalk (go invisible). Lastly Brick is the beserker who can drop his gun and punch everything to oblivion. The story is to find the vault, but you aren't the only ones trying to get its treasure. It's a race! There are tons of missions and side missions plus dlc that you can buy to keep the fun going. I love this game.

65

A nice game, but overrated

bcf623 | June 11, 2014 | See all bcf623's reviews »

Borderlands, in all honesty, is just another RPG. I think what makes it special is the very large amount of weapons that are available in the game and also the bits of humor that can be found in it. Other that that, this game really isnt much different from somebody telling you to do something, you doing it, and then turning it in afterwards. Where this game really does shine is when playing co-op with three other friends. My problem with this is that a game should not rely on having friends with you to be enjoyable because nearly anything can be fun with a group of good friends.

88

Very good blend of RPG and FPS elements

zveer1 | June 10, 2014 | See all zveer1's reviews »

Borderlands, a great combination of RPG elements like gaining levels and spending skills points on desired skills with a fast pace FPS, It has a lot of different passive skills, 4 characters to choose from, ton of weapons with various effects and some humor. It can be played as a single player or in co-op where co-op makes enemies stronger but it gives better rewards so it's worth it

Granted, there are some mistakes like balancing the power of revolvers that are much more powerful than snipers or rocket launchers.

Quests are various from standards like go get that and bring it or kill that guy to funny and creative ones so they don't get boring. Total number is probably around 100 if not more of side quests distributed by maps so you don't have access to all at once making it a nice way to get more experience between main missions and to have fun.

By doing all the quests the games has to offer you will be playing at least 50 or more hours so it was worth it's money when it was new, now it's a must have.

85

Badassery at it's finest

Dyzzles | May 23, 2014 | See all Dyzzles's reviews »

If you're looking for a game where you'll shoot people in the face with over-the-top guns, then this is the game for you! The game features 4 playable characters, so naturally, that means 4 player co-op is possible. The game also offers a seemingly endless amount of loot, meaning you can play in various different ways along with the different skill trees that the 4 characters have. The game is also quite lengthy, especially if you have the DLC content which is also definitely worth every penny in my book. Graphics wise, the game isn't meant to look realistic obviously. It has a cartoony/comic-book style, but don't be surprised if there's some gore here and there! It is a game with guns, after all.

Overall, the game is amazing, but I recommend having a friend or two to play with!

99

Fantastic game

UberRoxor | May 4, 2014 | See all UberRoxor's reviews »

Couldn't recommend this game highly enough. It will have you coming back for more and more and more. I think I've played this game about 8 times, trying new characters and different skill tree builds.

The gun variety is incredible, and playing with co-op is a blast.

72

Seems ok

Kalmado07 | April 22, 2014 | See all Kalmado07's reviews »

A few hours in and it's a fun shooter, but seems like a typical "go here shoot this come back click" game. Idea behind it seems good and it's definitely different, but we'll see if it stands the test of time.

85

Best Co-Op out there

MrFreehuggs | April 21, 2014 | See all MrFreehuggs's reviews »

It's so rare to find a game with a quality multiplayer and campaign. Usually it seems like developers design a single player and force the multiplayer or the other way around. Gearbox has made one of the few with great Co-Op and campaign.

To be fair, the co-op and the campaign are the same game, but it feels natural either way you play it. I played about half of the game with friends and the other half without. Both ways were great fun. It's been a long time since I've played a great co-op game and I think Borderlands is one of the best if not the best.

The graphic design makes this game stand out. I love the cartoon/ comic book style and it's easy on the eyes. All of the characters in the game are hilarious. I've been caught off guard several times by what some of the enemies shout, in a good way.

My only major complaint about this game are the load screens. You receive several missions throughout the game that require you to travel from the area you are in to another area that requires a load screen. I found that the best way to handle this is to load up on as many missions as possible, then go to the area with the most missions and take care of them all at once. Do this without traveling back to collect rewards in between missions and you'll save yourself a lot of time.

If you are going to get this game, make sure to get the GOTY edition. The DLC adds a lot of great content to this game.

85

Put the Wicked to Rest

rahnborshko | April 19, 2014 | See all rahnborshko's reviews »

Borderlands offers FPS fans an opportunity to experience Diablo, Torchlight, and Path of Exile type mechanics in a satisfying manner.

Four classes make up the personnel and each boasts their own set of three skill trees. With each level up, your character can put their desired skill within any skill tree creating unique characteristics. Each class works well together and solo.

Much like Diablo and Torchlight, loot is randomized and will drop frequently from numerous chests and enemies. The random loot drops allow for grinding to find that special gun, shield, skill enhancement, etc.

The actual first-person shooting is done well. The shooting is fluid and responsive making for excellent entertainment. The enemies do have their variations, but don't expect a wide range of enemy types. Satisfaction comes when enemies are blown to bits and loot rains from their mangled corpses.

Playing solo has its highlights, but for the best experience, coop is a must as long as your team has a good connection.

Some things that can damper the experience are purposeless story, and eventual bland grinding. If you want a game with an excellent story, Borderlands isn't it. If your not the grinding type, then this game may be frustrating.

All in all, the game is fun and offers a different FPS experience than your typical Halo or Call of Duty. If you are a fan of Diablo or Torchlight, give it a try.

70

Bordering Brilliant

damodarko | April 9, 2014 | See all damodarko's reviews »

This game is ridiculous, it's fun and made for a party, of friends that is. Borderlands is a great game, the writing is witty and it doesn't take itself seriously. This game is light hearted, explosions and action with childish humor in every mission or sentence.

The characters themselves are diverse enough to want to try out all play styles and the bonuses really add to a group. The only problem is, if you don't have a group to play for, this game can seem like a large grind with very diminishing returns.

Get this game and play with friends, don't have friends? Get friends, then get this game. You can ditch them once you've gotten your money's worth of chaos and witty banter!

72

Single player is a grind

AkiMatti | March 21, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »

I bought this game thinking it would be good since everyone was praising it at the time. What I didn't realize was that this is a co-op game for the most part.

Since I haven't been able to play this in coop, I've been limited to single player only experience. The game feels mediocre in that regard. There is almost no story in the game and it is basically just shooting, shooting, shooting while upgrading your weapons from time to time. Some areas get very tedious for being so hard and running through them again and again feels like a chore. Not much is there to motivate.

But what does motivate to continue playing is seeing new monsters, new areas, and getting new weapons. The gameplay is solid and there are plenty of opportunities to use the environment as your cover. Different weapons give different kind of tactics to use in a firefight: for example poisonous bullets deal damage over time so you don't have to hit the enemy as often.

Mediocre game.

85

Looks different, but much the same

Gmen | March 3, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »

Everyone made a big deal about this game when it was released. The looks of the game were changed during development to be more cartoon-like, and the characters and dialogue – the overall feel of the game – is just that: it’s a big cartoon set in a wasteland not unlike that seen in the Mad Max films, albeit with some extra touches. Except it has lots of guns in it – nearly a million randomly generated ones.

Borderlands has been labelled as a role playing shooter, and this is nothing new, as we’ve had games that fit this genre for years, starting with the System Shock titles over a decade before this arrived. The inventory has been simplified, which is very common with so called FPS-RPGs or hybrids these days. In the end Borderlands doesn’t really add much. It’s the same “go here, get this” quests with some incredibly difficult boss fights thrown in, making it a bit of a slog in the end, albeit rather challenging. The ability to get in cars and drive as well as shoot from turrets does make the slogging a bit more fun, but not by much.

There is some replayability in the fact that you have different characters to choose from, all with their own special abilities, weapon preferences, and strengths, as well as several different skill trees for each character.

It’s not the most original game out there. This has been done before. This is Diablo with guns, but set in the first person. For some though, that will sound like a match made in heaven.

100

Instant Immersion

j3d1 | March 1, 2014 | See all j3d1's reviews »

From the beginning of the opening credits the game begins its process of immersion. The characters are identifiable and enjoyable. They stand on platforms of excellent writing and comedic timing. Borderlands was not only fun to play.. but entertaining as a story as well. I recommend playing through with a set group of players including DLC. I have yet to play any game since that has been so capturing...

10/10 - Cult Classic.

60

Fun with friends, tedious alone.

Maghook | Jan. 31, 2014 | See all Maghook's reviews »

Borderland is truly one of the most boring, bland, laziest, and uninspired AAA games in recent history. It is incredibly tedious and offers little challenge, even smaller reward, and almost no satisfaction from accomplishment. Its characters manage to be less than one-dimensional and are forgotten as soon as they are met. Not to mention that the colour palette comprises of little more than three hues; dull, monotonous, and ugly.

Basic expectations are not met when it comes to Borderlands, for example, character's mouths do not always move when they talk. Such a basic part of animation that has been a staple of gaming for decades, yet a game from 2009 can't bring itself to bother with something so trivial. Time and time again you will find yourself stuck on a piece of scenery, slightly raised higher off the ground than the rest of the mess strewn across Borderland's semi-expansive world, which gives it an excuse to snag a corner of your clothing, keeping you in place for a few short seconds. If you're lucky and want to take a shortcut you might even get stuck between a boulder and a cliff face or a fence and a post with no means of escape, all due to incompetent design. Hooray.

There will be times when you become so confused as to where you are that you'll travel in circles as everything and everywhere blends into one giant continuous blurry blob of colour before realising that, without the waypoint guiding you along, you have exactly no idea how you even got here in the first place. Never mind the fact that Borderlands absolutely loves reverting your video settings and keybindings once every few months, regardless of syncing them to Steam, just to keep you on your toes.

By the time any exciting variation comes along, in the form of scenery and enemies, it's almost over. One final boss battle that can be accurately summed up as throwing pebbles at a beached whale for 20 minutes until it explodes and you're done. Congratulations, you've just beaten the saddest excuse for a game in the 21st century. Now go do it again. Lovely.

82

Ending Not Very Complete

chataolauj | Jan. 22, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »

When I finished the game, I was just like "What? That's it?". It's not a terrible ending, but it leaves you wanting more. You play the game and do all these missions just to end up with an ending that doesn't show much. I would suggest buying GOTY Edition if you really want to play this game because GOTY Edition makes it feel a little bit more complete. Disregarding the ending, this game was very impressive when it came out and still is. You get to choose four characters before adventuring out, and those four characters have different attributes since this game does have RPG elements to it. Borderlands is a shooter first, then RPG, so if you're looking for an RPG first, then shooter I would suggest Mass Effect 1/2/3. Worth a try for a shooter fan that also wants a longer storyline compared to COD, Battlefield, etc.

78

A very good co-op game

Matlair | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all Matlair's reviews »

This game was awesome when me and my friend played it. We played it for hours - gathering loot, killing baddies, just casually riding in the cars... But then, we realised that it was getting repetitive. We enjoyed the missions, don't get me wrong, but more variety to them would be good. Most of the missions I remember went something like "Go to place X and kill an Y amount of Z." or "Go to place X, kill Y and collect Z from them, then get back". Borderlands was a good game, but Borderlands 2 is better now.

84

A new color of shooters

Neonberry | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all Neonberry's reviews »

Borderlands is a psychotic action and loot filled shooter spiced up with RPG elements where the player takes control of a vault hunter in search for legendary treasures. The blend of a standard cartoonish shooter and RPG elements seem to work really well. At some points I got the feeling that I am playing an FPS Diablo with each slain monster (or psycho) leaving a pile of multi-coloured text for me to go through just to find the best gun to blow more stuff up. I haven't tried the co-op mode but based on the single player it must be tons of fun (since I didn't hear anyone mention major issues with it). The characters are well made as well, and the annoying little robot helper, Claptrap even branched off to Poker games and suchlike after his debute here. All in all I highly recommend the game for anyone who is not scared off by violence and crude humor.

80

Great game. Long And steady.

brenker99 | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all brenker99's reviews »

This game is really great. Great story, great Humor And great Characters. But, The gameplay isn't quite good. (in my opinion) specially when you try to use the sniper, it never hits. Each of the Main 4 heroes as an unique Skill. Example. The Siren can become invisible. In my opinion they're skills are quite useless. i used them just when i need to regain Health. The best thing about this game its The loot system. you check every weapon twice Its really fun. The game itself doesn't have a lot of replay ability beside the fact that you when you finish the game you can restart it to level up more. To sum it up Story 9/10 Gameplay 7/10 Graphic 7/10 .Looks a bit bizarre at first but you get used to it.

91

Even alot of fun without the co-op

Fooughhy | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all Fooughhy's reviews »

I actually played through the entire game (all DLC's also if I recall correctly) alone. I never went online at all, and I still thoroughly enjoyed the entire thing.

There are an incredible amount of comedy in the dialogues and also an incredible amount if easter eggs and hints at other games etc which all enhance the experience if you are a gamer and have played a lot of different games.

The story is ok I guess, and might not (will not) completely satisfy you in the end, but it's not the entirety of the story which is so great about this game, it's the way you progress in the story.

It's a very lighthearted game, and if you're looking for a grounded and more serious game then this deffinately isn't for you. I would suggest The Last of Us for that ;)

I have also played through the game with a friend of mine, and this definately is the way the game is meant to be played as you will laugh alot together and the jokes and such that you might not get, your friend might. Also, there can be some areas around the world where you are forced to use strategies which will use your different abilities if you play as different characters which also will add to the experience.

The only downside I see here is that this is a loot-fest game, and grinding is a big part of it. Especially if you play on the harder difficulties, you will most likely need to return to the same areas several times, just to kill and loot to help you do more damage to progress in the story.

Even though I played the game alone first and this WAS enjoyable, it is most definately meant for several players and I would recommend you play it like this.

80

Welcome to the Borderlands

mulletov | Dec. 31, 2013 | See all mulletov's reviews »

Yay, Borderlands, one of the most original and colorful FPS games I've ever played. If you like character stat progression combined with item collection, this is the game to get. It's quite a large game with lots of quests and exploration to do. I played through the whole game solo because I couldn't find a good group of teammates who weren't overpowered or maxed out on stats. Even solo the game is fun. The graphics are amazing. At the time, I was using a HD 5770 and was still able to play on high settings. If you like a good story, great graphics, and loot collecting, check this game out.

93

Great solo game, even better with friends

TheBarcaShow | Dec. 27, 2013 | See all TheBarcaShow's reviews »

This is one of the most enjoyable games I've played. The graphics are a bit cartoony, reminds me of XIII for the Gamecube.

The loot system is extremely in depth, there is a huge array of weapons to loot and you can equip anything but of course there are a few natural weapons for each of the 4 classes.

The classes are also well built and can fulfill different roles and it is probably best to take a look at the skill tree before playing.

The enemies are pretty challenging too. You can't always just point the gun and shoot, lots of times you'll have to dodge the attacks and parry.

Beware there is lots of on foot travel even though you do get vehicles later on.

94

The best co-op game I've ever played

gforcesa | Dec. 24, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »

Gearbox hit the jackpot with this game.Once in the game you can pick a hero and every hero has different abilities.Roland the soldier has a sentry which can help him take out multiple enimies and heal him if upgraded.Mordecai the hunter can use his bird Bloodwing to send it to kill enemies almost instantly.Lilly the siren has more advantage with SMG's.She has the ability to shift and become invisible for some time.Brick the berserker uses his fist to pound his enemies into the ground shattering their bones.The graphics are really good and the cell shading is really well done in this game.You should definitely try this game with friends because its a hundred times fun when in co-op

85

Loot Crazy Gamers Attention! this game will suit you well!

JetStreamJam | Dec. 16, 2013 | See all JetStreamJam's reviews »

Borderlands 1 is the game that started me with the whole multiplayer co-op scene. I usually just play multiplayer online for versus modes or mmorpg. But never for co-op FPS team game. This introduced me to a whole array of looting craziness, hours upon hours of running around maps to do quests and having WTF moments with team mates when we go and deal with Boss fights.

If you enjoyed playing the latest Borderlands version (2), then you should definitely try the original. You will feel right at home with it and you will also get to know the characters and the story of Pandora a whole lot more.

Borderlands 1 is a great buy specially if you have friends you can play the game with.

82

Something different.

Argentum | Dec. 1, 2013 | See all Argentum's reviews »

Those two words above are the simplest way to describe this game. At least they were when it came out, now theres a sequel and likely a horde of rip-offs so its no longer that "something different".

Anyway, this game when it was released was a 4-player story orientated shooter that took place on an alien world - you are one of 4 classes each with a distinct set of skills and preferences but it doesn't really affect your progress though the game whoever you choose.

The point of those 4 is things become super interesting when all 4 team up, their powers (in a way) compliment each other. All specialise in a different type of gun as well, resulting in little complaints over loot sharing at the break.

It plays like a standard FPS but in a vibrant world, instead of the greys and browns of most FPSs this world is set in colour using a vibrant CellShading art style that regardless of platform looks amazing, it pairs this art style with a wicked and offbeat sense of humour that is genuinely funny and doesn't derail the story. These two pieces are what set it apart from the rest of the games out there.

Suffers from a lot of the same problems big open world rpgs suffer from and that sometimes you can get a bit bogged down in meaningless sidequests but the opponents are varied to the point where it rarely feels like a grind.

Overall a good games that stood out amongst its peers.

82

Not your everyday shooter.

TheRealParto | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all TheRealParto's reviews »

Borderlands is one of those rare games that brings something new to a genre. In this case bringing the constant loot drops of games like Diablo to the shooter genre, giving you that constant "what's going to drop next?" feel that keeps you playing for hours on end. Combined with RPG elements of having 4 classes each with their own unique power and talent trees making how you approach fights and what loot you want different for each class and a graphics style not seen before makes it a shooter like no other and well worth your time.

95

Call of Duty (or insert any other FPS) meets Diablo.

MauroR | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all MauroR's reviews »

Every time we see a new franchise most of the times we're skeptical because we ask ourselves if a particular title it'll be good or not. Well in this particular case Gearbox Software has done a good job. Just imagine Borderlands like a mix of two popular genres which you love, FPSes as Quake, Unreal, CoD plus ARPGs as Diablo. I mentioned Diablo because the loot system and the leveling it's similar to that found in the popular ARPGs series. Now that the mix is ready, you can start having fun by killing monsters, leveling up and exploring the vast world of Pandora completing several missions (or quests if you prefer this term) in the meantime. This game it's fast, fun and it has one of the best Co-Op ever seen in a modern game. If you like First Person Shooters and you love Diablo, well this game it's what you're looking, don't stay here reading my review, just get it know if you didn't do it yet.

100

Badass

itsjbro | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all itsjbro's reviews »

It's like Call of Duty in terms of shooter mechanics, and The Elder Scrolls (Oblivion, Skyrim) in terms of RPG mechanics. I sank roughly 32 hours beating the story with only a handful of side quests completed. Once you beat it you get New Game+ which lets you carry over all your cash, your loot, and your level and start the game over again. I could easily see myself sinking another 30+ hours into this masterpiece. It's a game that is beyond worth your money. And I didn't even mention that you can play the whole game from beginning to end in 4 player co-op. This, and it's sequel Borderlands 2 are the only games out right now I feel obligated to give "100 out of 100" on.

92

Excellent Game

enmass90 | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all enmass90's reviews »

This game, is quite possibly some of the most fun I've had in ages. The humor, the art direction, the storyline..all of it makes this game a masterpiece. It does suffer from some glitches and performance issues though; hence the not perfect 10 score. I have a decent rig, and it drops frames in some areas, some of the levels and missions frustratingly glitch that make you have to constantly restart at the check point.

Luckily the game doesn't have copious amounts of issues, but they are there.

Overall great effort by gearbox!

82

One of the first great co-op games

Raggzie | Nov. 13, 2013 | See all Raggzie's reviews »

Borderlands was my go-to game when I wanted to play a singleplayer type mission with a group of people. The co-op was the biggest turn on for me when playing Borderlands.

There is loads of content and the graphics are great. The Open World is great fun to explore, filled with side missions and funny characters. The vehicles are also really fun to drive around and the unique bosses are a thrill to kill.

I recommend this game to anyone and everyone who enjoys great singpleplayer content with the option of equally great co-op capabilities for groups up to 4 players.

90

Great coop game

darkonex | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all darkonex's reviews »

Borderlands 2 is a great coop game. The graphics are kind of a cell shaded look but not quite, great look overall. Very open world, tons of content in that there are plenty of main missions + side missions to do. The multiplay coop works very well, haven't ever ran into any hiccups etc. The vast amount of weapons is astonishing, so vast that I doubt you will ever see all of them as I'm pretty sure they are randomly generated as far as attributes go. If you have played the first Borderlands you are sure to like this sequel, highly recommended!

91

Stylish, Well Paced, Storied & Classy

roflmonkey | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all roflmonkey's reviews »

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.

81

Somewhat old, but still great!

BubbaSquare | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all BubbaSquare's reviews »

Borderlands 2 came out, we all know that, but does that mean the first Borderlands is no longer an enjoyable game? My answer: Heck no! The game is extremely fun, especially with friends, where wild shenanigans can happen when you least expect it! The graphics have aged well (with the cel-shaded aspect, that helps older games look pretty damn good, take Wind Waker for example) and the co-op gameplay is especially fun! I recommend it, to those who have even played the second one!

85

New Kid on the Block

Eat_Pushy | Oct. 20, 2013 | See all Eat_Pushy's reviews »

Pandora beholds a plethora to be accomplished solo or better yet with a small pose of friends for them extra difficult missions while they are still highlighted red. For starters Heavy stylized game play suits this game to a T and takes us from the normal hodge podge FPS. With large maps to get lost in and places beyond your wildest dreams, landscapes are vivid and fun to explore with loot always in reach IF you have the guile and smarts to outwit the unorthodox mobs you will face. Dont worry if you die you will get reassembled for a small price at first and get to go at it again with out losing a thing but some cash.

Widest variety of weapons and randomized so you wont come out with the same thing twice. So from random loot to quest returns and lets not for get Marcus your friendly weapons dealer and npc for quests, your sure to get a kick trying out all the weapons you get BEFORE SELLING THEM to find out how it shoots looks and feels in your own hands.

Catch a ride! witch scooter in his fantastic vehicle stations through the area, for fast and furious fun. Squish goes the mobs under your tires or kick it into turbo for a short or long burst to get you across and if that ain't enough ride in the turret while your buddy drives for even more crazed carnage. Dont forget to navigate like a good co pilot should!

Now for the classes or characters each have their very own skill tree of 4 to put your hard earned level up points to use. Mix match play and fine tune your skills with the ability to reset your points for a fee, to achieve a better you for battle or even a mission you might get stuck on. Every character has his or hers own unique style of play so it s four times the fun each time you beat the game.

Good Luck Happy Hunting !

80

Decent hybrid FPS RPG, sequel is much better

alfrodo22 | Oct. 17, 2013 | See all alfrodo22's reviews »

Borderlands is innovative because it combines the traditional first person shooter with RPG elements like tons of weapons and the ability to choose a character class and enable various skills. The game is driven by quests, both main story ones and sidequests. Some of the quests are grinding in nature, some of them are more entertaining and keep you on your toes. The sidequests are optional and many of them are a waste of time. The main story is ultimately disappointing but the action in the game is entertaining and keeps you hooked as you try to get new skills and new weapons. This game is especially fun in cooperative mode with up to 3 other players.

I think the highlight of this game, for me, was going into berserk mode with Brick, one of the characters you can choose. He can temporarily become practically invincible but can only attack with exploding fists. It seems to never get old because it is an adrenaline rush but not overpowered. The humor throughout is appreciated, in fact, the dialogue is what makes this game come alive. The graphics for the characters are great. The landscape, however, is pretty drab and monotonous. The vehicles are ok but being able to drive over and instantly kill any monster/enemy is unrealistic.

If you are unfamiliar with Borderlands and you can get it for cheap, then give it a try. If you have already played Borderlands 2 though, this game will seem archaic and boring. I'm glad I purchased it on sale and played through it because it made me appreciate its sequel even more.

91

Into the wild

MarcoCav | Oct. 2, 2013 | See all MarcoCav's reviews »

similar. But what matters most is that the whole is extremely enjoyable and fun, especially when played together in a close-knit group of friends. The repetitiveness and the consequent boredom is the number one enemy of the game especially when played alone, but this is a danger inherent to the genre. In short, the strange mix of FPS and RPG action works very very well, also supported by a sub-graph of great personality, style and charisma.

75

Singleplayer is good, Co-op is great.

nomis77 | Sept. 29, 2013 | See all nomis77's reviews »

This is simply a very enjoyable shooter. It has a fantastic sense of humour Great range of weapons and a nice range of characters with unique abilities, which will fit most players and the style of combat they prefer. You will have a lot of fun playing this, singleplayer is enjoyable but the real joy is in co-op, my flatmate and I spent a lot of hours playing this game, and barely noticed them passing. The story is nothing brilliant and the end is a bit of a disappointment but that doesn't really take away from the hours of enjoyment you will get along the way.

90

Pretty nice RPG Shooter.

asiersua | Sept. 25, 2013 | See all asiersua's reviews »

Do you like shooting? Do you like looting? Then this is the game for you! Shooting and looting, in the same game, which mixes RPG and FPS aspects to bring you a nice experience. I highly recommend playing it co-op, the fun increases exponentially! It doesn't end there, though. This game has some nice humor to it, which makes it even greater. If you're looking for a good game, which can be challenging at times (bosses, strong mobs, epic loot to hunt!), but all in all really fun to play, this is your best bet!

70

If you have friends get it!

rjb789 | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

Borderlands is a great multilayer experience, running around with your friends and shooting up bandits is about as much fun as you can get fro Borderlands. That is unless you are obsessed with guns. I found playing Borderlands on my own, quite a tedious experience, filled wit fetch quests and boring objectives that were necessary for me to upgrade my character to make it possible for me to beat the ridiculously hard bosses in the game. The graphics are decent but not great and the gameplay is fun but that doesnt take away from the lack of a fun single player experience.

63

A little Disapointing

Simao20 | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all Simao20's reviews »

I went into this game with high expectations, so many people praised it and held it in high regard but it fell flat for me. The story itself wasn't too bad and it takes around 15 hours or so, or at least for me it did. The map is pretty large and the vehicles can be fun to use at times but its got rough handling for my liking. The problem for me with this game was the RPG shooting mechanics , it just takes far too long to take down enemies which can become very tedious and boring , especially if playing by yourself. Thats what I did but this game certainly would be better with friends, as a solo player its not quite worth it but bring friends and the game will be a lot better

100

This is what defiens Shoot and Loot!

Kevduit | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Kevduit's reviews »

This is one of those games that you can just run around in for hours and shoot things and pick up the loot they drop. WHAT FUN! Me and a few friends would often get together just to play this game, and get all the best guns and weapons mods the game has to offer. The storyline is okay, I suppose, it is kind of bland. You can basically just roam a completely open world, and fight endless hoards of enemies, and after you've killed them all, they ALL come back to life for you to kill again! The weapons in this game are practically endless, as you can obtain completely randomly generated guns, with all sorts of awesome features, and epic elemental powers. This is a game that no RPG player wants to miss!

84

Best Multiplayer FPS...

jackjack7386 | Sept. 2, 2013 | See all jackjack7386's reviews »

This is one hell of a game! The wacky and qwerky things in this game are so entertaining. I reccomend this game to any gamer.

85

NAISE

fatmanpwnr | Aug. 28, 2013 | See all fatmanpwnr's reviews »

Tons of fun and easy to get into. Lots of guns, some memorable dialogue, good humor, great gunplay, skill trees, diversity, variety, and worth your money. -Antoine, Quick&Easy Reviews

93

Borderlands- The World of Pandora

Alcatraz_Inmate | Aug. 27, 2013 | See all Alcatraz_Inmate's reviews »

I don't write many reviews, but this is definitely a title that deserves one. This game has to be one of the better shooters out on the market today. The world of Pandora is at your disposal as you shoot and loot your way through TONS of enemies. Four playable characters offer various tactics and play styles to be utilized against all variations of enemies. Feel like picking off targets with a sniper rifle and supporting your fellow vault hunters? Pick up Mordecai and invest in the sniper tree. Feel like flanking enemies and setting them ablaze? Give Lilith a go and see how useful she can be with a powerful Maliwan SMG. Every NPC you meet in your journey to find the Vault feels well developed and has a distinct personality to call their own. Even the bandit lords you encounter have something radically different about them that set them apart from their minions (aside from the obvious boosted power/weapons they carry). The game rewards exploration with fun little easter eggs that give you good chuckle and just maybe you can find some legendary weapons while exploring as well. The skill trees you invest in, regardless of character, ALWAYS change your character for the better, you will never feel like there is a worthless skill in any of your tress.This game also has high replayability. Once you have beat the game you unlock the option to do Playthrough 2. Playthrough 2 offers more challenging enemies and more "badass" variants of those enemies, but due to its increased difficulty, you are rewarded with better loot. Keep in mind before purchase, that this game is a co-op shooter at heart, with a single player option. This is definitely a game you want to have a friend play alongside you, otherwise you're not getting the full experience borderlands has to offer. Not to say it isn't enjoyable solo, but you will have a much richer experience if you bring a friend along for the ride. Not to mention if they happen to get a little overconfident, you can duel them and show them who's the big dog in the borderlands. All in all I think this game is a must own to anyone, even if you're not big on the shooter genre, This game has something for everyone to enjoy.

89

Diablo with Guns

citcloud | Aug. 23, 2013 | See all citcloud's reviews »

still a very fun game even after playing for several hours, the character classes makes the game interesting enough to replay again. Good job 2k

86

Borderlands - review

balbo79 | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all balbo79's reviews »

Borderlands is an Action-RPG with the character of a FPS and the freedom of a sandbox. At first you should choose your protagonist. There are four different classes, each with unique characteristics. Each character will have their initial level, in true RPG style, which, with the passage of time and missions, will increase more and more making the character stronger and able to get ever better weapons and bonuses. At the end of each mission you will end up in shop, where you can heal wounds and improve the offensive capabilities of your character. The defense system is similar to that of Halo, ie based on the use of shields. The offensive capabilities, however, depend on the weapon used. Initially, you will be dealing with tools as simple and accurate, but with increasing difficulty even weapons will improve more and more, making the game well balanced and varied even compared to the most difficult and challenging boss. The difficulty level is proportional to the level of experience of the character. The high number of weapons also makes nice long explorations that are followed in Borderlands. The developers have made ​​sure long distances can be reduced through the use of a substantial variety of means of transport, you may encounter along the way and use freely.

98

One of the best shooters there is

nightassassin1 | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all nightassassin1's reviews »

This shooter has pretty much everything: hilarious antics, mature comedy, cars, lots and lots and lots and lots of guns, endless missions, multiplayer, a great story line, fun characters, character background logs, achievements, and lots more. This game is one of a kind. I was put off by shooters after the long line of horror or war simulators, having played them for over 10 years already, the only change is the battle systems get a little better and the graphics advance, but this cartoonish style of art and great story and game mechanics is just beyond me. You can nearly consider this witchcraft. I tried to find some reason to take points off of this and I found only two, there are some glitches, which you find in every game, and there is little emphasis put on the main story line, however if you choose to follow it (much like skyrim) it turns out very nice. It is simply amazing. Give yourself a treat and play this game as well as borderlands 2. 2 expands the story in a very good way.

100

New Mind Blow

WideChunk | Aug. 17, 2013 | See all WideChunk's reviews »

Wow this game just blow all your mind 2K games made they best games! We want to see the next game!!

100

Hours of insane fun

meower | Aug. 17, 2013 | See all meower's reviews »

This game literally has the best replay value of any game of its kind. This FPSRPG will have you hooked long past the end of the game. I would recommend this game to anybody who has the time to play this massive game.

85

Guns of FUNS

ScienceMan | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all ScienceMan's reviews »

If Quentin Tarantino made a Spaguetti Western, post-apocalyptic-esque video game, this would be it. I can't believe how much fun this game actually is. Even if you're like me and didn't play the first Borderlands, don't pass this one up so quickly. Where do I start?

GAMEPLAY: if you aren't familiar with BL, the best way to explain this is to take the addicting looting system of Diablo and combine it with the basic elements of an FPS, throwing in some RPG via an inventory and skill tree. That's essentially the mechanics of the game, and it all slams together so well here. You have four basic classes to choose to play from, and each class has three paths to focus on in a skill tree -- this means there's plenty of variation to play. In addition to these basic mechanics, the game is open-world, though it may feel semi-linear as you can only explore on an area-by-area basis (think the opposite of an Elder Scrolls game, where you can walk around the entire map without hitting a loading screen until accessing a dungeon). I have to say, with combining so many of our favorite gaming formulas, this game has so many highlights. Sometimes I felt like I was playing something akin to Skyrim. Other times, the ambiance of a specific area or the design of a specific feature reminded me of BioShock. And sometimes certain things brought me back to my Fallout 3 days. However, I never forgot I was playing a completely new adventure that easily whisked me away for hours in the unique and captivating world of Pandora. Lastly, I can't forget the guns. No joke, there are millions of guns you can find. It is so satisfying to find a ridiculous weapon and destroy enemies for the next three hours with it, only to find another weapon that is even better.

SETTING: Speaking of Pandora, it really is a fascinating world. Having a post-apocalyptic feeling yet retaining a notes of being futuristic, there are so many different areas to access. Sometimes you'll be exploring an underground cave full of chemicals. At other times, you'll be questing in a town that feels like it belongs in the Wild West after a nuclear fallout. It's crazy, and I doubt you'll be bored quickly.

STORY: one thing many BL veterans mentioned is the lack of a good narrative beyond funny one-liners in the original game. Like I said I never played Borderlands 1, but I can tell you that in BL 2 the characters are memorable, the writing is well-thought out and downright hilarious, and the story moves at a great pace with scenes of great emotion and other scenes of great sarcasm. This is all coming from a guy who is used to epic stories from Final Fantasy or Mass Effect. Also, be sure to keep your ears peeled while you fight the various enemies. They say and do some hilarious things themselves. But seriously, the writing is just super clever. I mean, what other game has a quest called, "Rocko's Modern Strife"? Classic!

REPLAYABILITY: with the various classes and varying skill trees, there is already plenty of incentive to reboot a new game or two... Or three. However, in addition to these, once you beat the game you open up more challenging modes that guarantee both tougher enemies and significantly better loot. Also, there are a healthy amount of side quests in here to help you clock in the hours that make AAA games a great bang for your buck. If you're a completionist like me, you'll probably spend 50+ hours on your first playthrough. No joke. Or, you can try a different character, pump through the story to get to the better game modes, then spend all your hours doing the side quests and finding the best loot. There are so many possibilities!

One note -- definitely not a game for kids. The gratuitous gore would scar small children, and the extremely crass sense of humor means it's not a good idea to give this to a kid/teen who probably wouldn't understand half the jokes anyway. Just saying, parents, be smart and know what your kids are playing!

In conclusion, this is one heck of a game. I feel that it combines the best of so many game genres into a single FPS while adding in a memorable story that motivates you to find out what happens next. Of course, you'll be laughing your face off the entire way.

93

The first in a series of legends

DanJamesStone12 | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all DanJamesStone12's reviews »

Both this game and Borderlands 2 are legendary, Borderlands delivers loot, adventure and humour in this crazy, action packed RPG shooter.

Alongside a great single player experience, with plenty of side quests to keep you busy in this vast, free roam world, there is a great co-op mode so you can play the Borderlands experience with your friends- great fun!

Play this alone or with your mates for a guaranteed amazing time.

95

One of the best games of 21st century!

n1njaG | Aug. 10, 2013 | See all n1njaG's reviews »

Borderlands is a mix of FPS action game and RPG game. You have RPG elements like different classes, skill trees and loot (lots and lots of it actually ...) and FPS action game elements - ACTION. The game is fairly lengthy for today's standards and you can even extend it with cheap DLCs. The only thing I did not like about the game was that there is almost no protection in multiplayer, therefore playing with random people can sometime be unpleasant due to "self-made" weapons created in editors. Playing with a friend (or even 2 or 3) is AWESOME tho!

90

Really awesome game

tomdoughnut | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all tomdoughnut's reviews »

A nice cross between a shooter and an RPG with 4 player co-op and a huge map and storyline to complete as well as all the DLC, this game is taking me ages to complete but I'm loving every moment of it! Cartoony graphics add a certain humour to some otherwise graphic and gory details

Would certainly recommend to any shooter/RPG fans out there, a brilliant game to play with friends or by yourself.

90

Lost for words

Avesomeofthat13 | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all Avesomeofthat13's reviews »

I have had Borderlands for a year and a half, and almost every time I turn on my computer, I end up playing it. It has everything a first person shooter should have; character customisation, levelling, weapons, and upgrades. It has very cartoon-like graphics, which when paired with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering looks brilliant! I bought this for the cooperative game-play, and I was not disappointed. The game tends to level the enemies in synchronisation with the game host, so someone who joins the game may be fighting enemies that are higher or lower levels than themselves. This isn't too much of an issue, as the game will adjust the experience points accordingly. It's definitely a game I'd recommend you buy and I assure you won't ever look back!

96

Wild

Infantaria | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all Infantaria's reviews »

(review copied from my own review on steamcritic.com)

If you spend some time on the forums, you can see many people bashing this game. Pay no mind to them. From the start of the game (and the excellent song - Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked), you feel in your bones that you are in for a ride. Being the sneaky guy I am, I play Mordecai.

To this day, I am still to find a game that gave me as much fun to play as a sniper, than Borderlands. The story isn't nothing to brag home about, but it is entertaining enough to be interesting. The core of the game, of course, is to always get better loot, and let me tell you, there is nothing more rewarding than receiving an upgrade for that special weapon.

From Headshotting skags a mile away, to snipe "Trash Feeder" in mid flight, Borderlands is just an absolute blast.

84

Lots of guns, tons of fun

zipnox | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all zipnox's reviews »

Borderlands is an action-packed RPG, surely catering to every gun nut out there. In all seriousness this game is great fun, especially while playing as four, the game itself gets more challenging when in greater numbers. The game is quite humorous if a bit dark, the plot is decent and there are numerous side quests in the big world of Pandora.

The game has its faults, mainly in terms of optimization, which is something that can get frustrating quite fast. The side quests get a bit tedious halfway through the game as they're more of the same as the guy in the previous town asked of you. On a bright note however, the co-op is great and very enjoyable, cruising through Pandora as a rag-tag crew of four is awesome.

If you want to get the most enjoyment out of this game, I'd recommend you play this together with three friends. It's a good game, better with company though.

92

One of the Best Co-Op Games Out There

OmittingCoder | July 27, 2013 | See all OmittingCoder's reviews »

If you don't have this game then you are committing a crime against yourself. This game is a mix between a comedy comic book and Fallout 3. And it has coop. Nothing better than teaming up with 3 of your best buds and beating the crap out of enemies and spending countless hours completing missions. This came defines the word "Loot"

91

One of the best co-op games to date

Oblaque | July 23, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »

Borderlands is a really well made game, but only if you play with your friend(s). It could be really boring if you play alone but this is a Co-op experience. With the awesome guns, the catch-a-ride, it's unique graphics it is a must play Loot-filled adventure.

96

A great different game

vaccaguy | July 22, 2013 | See all vaccaguy's reviews »

This game was a new and different view for me in terms of graphics. The cartoon like graphics appealed to me and the fact that it was fun either alone or with other people made it versatile. When I played this game, I felt that it kept me awake and was not boring me with too much plot or too much solving puzzles. The looting and the multitude of different guns made the game so much better and the funny names and occasional comments made the game feel more casual and not rigid and hardcore. Overall, the game was very enjoyable and it is definitely worth the money you pay for it.

85

Brilliant shoot-em-up game

boyschraverus | July 22, 2013 | See all boyschraverus's reviews »

The story of this game, is not good, but the gameplay mechanics and the loot system make up for this. If you just want to shoot some creatures alone or with friends (Because the coop system is great!!) This is the game for you!

90

Enjoyable with friends

cremvursti | July 12, 2013 | See all cremvursti's reviews »

The original Borderlands set a landmark in Co-op FPS-RPG genre back in 2009, when it was released. Gearbox really nailed this one, creating a vivid world where you and up to 3 other friends can unleash hell upon the poor creatures that inhabit Pandora. You'll kill bandits, monsters and midget bandits. You'll fall in love with Clap-Trap. You'll get to experience some of the over 17 milion (!!) randomly generated weapons. You'll have fun. What could you possibly want more?

85

Great Game!

PsychoticRazor | July 10, 2013 | See all PsychoticRazor's reviews »

Definetely an enjoyable game, there are so many guns in it! though I i found the quest management a little awkward. and the game NEEDS a minimap

85

Cool RPG and shooter game!

ammoh | July 9, 2013 | See all ammoh's reviews »

This is one of the first games I purchased and still play it. It is very enjoyable. Even though you can play this game on your own, it is more enjoyable with friends. You can shoot aimlessly at anything which moves really but your weapons will run out. This is important when killing bosses so use your judgement. I would recommend this game to anyone looking to kill a few hours.

100

Borderlands 2 on PC 'nuff said!

Th3HighLif3 | July 9, 2013 | See all Th3HighLif3's reviews »

For anyone who has played this title on the consoles and is wondering whether or not to make the purchase for the PC. DO IT! No questions asked. No matter how many previous play through's you have, this game remains fresh for the PC because of the amazing graphical display! Best experienced with NVIDIA is not just some washed up slogan. The PhysX capabilities displayed in this game are the first of its kind I have experienced on ANY PC game. Simply put, its like a moving, interactive,comic book. Check it out!

100

Amazing fps rpg

martinjb15 | July 8, 2013 | See all martinjb15's reviews »

this is one of the finest games i have ever played, this has a very good story and plenty of side line quests to keep everybody entertained for hours. I was a bit hesitant at first about and fps rpg and i had not know many games like this but i have to say it was an amazing experience. I always go over the game to fine new legendarys and seeing what kind of variations of weapons i can find to improve my character. It also has an amazing looting system giving you millions if different weapons to chose from and find.

96

The Borderlands

rwolson2 | July 8, 2013 | See all rwolson2's reviews »

One of my all time favorites. It survives well, both graphically and through its game play. You pick up the game and can kind of move at your own pace. For someone who isn't too crazy about FPS games, I can honestly say that Borderlands doesn't bore me. I think the RPG element keeps me coming back.

Good mechanics, interesting loot system, and fairly consistent leveling system (although good luck tying to take on anything as much as one level above you, especially at lower levesl) keeps Borderlands among my favorites.

On top of that, DLC keeps things interesting and really speaks to the more "off-the-wall" and sometimes silly elements that the main game is all about, at its core.

85

Great Start to a franchise

D3struction | July 7, 2013 | See all D3struction's reviews »

I've played plenty of this game and it is very enjoyable. I remember when it was coming out, was going to be one of the first FPS RPGs other than fallout, and it lived it to the hype surrounding it. Really good game, the story is ok but the characters are very interesting, especially claptrap. You can get tons of replayability out of this with the multiple playthroughs in which the enemies just get tougher but you do the same missions. There is no 2 guns that are the same, and thats true, although they will kinda start to look the same all the stats are different. Overall, great game a classic, pick it up sometime and you wont regret it.

89

Borderlands: It's Like Christmas

Tripleforce | July 7, 2013 | See all Tripleforce's reviews »

Can't recommend this enough, because it's that good. Take all of the loot-tastic, color-coded, stat-increasing item dropping and quest completing fun from Diablo and other action RPGs and mix it with satisfying First Person Shooter gameplay, stylized graphics, and an awesome atmosphere and you get one of the best FPS Action RPGs ever. Add some friends and go at it multiplayer style for the best possible experience. Get it. Beat it. Then get part 2.

54

A MMO without all the fun.

SethGrey | July 7, 2013 | See all SethGrey's reviews »

I'm going to start this review by saying two things: One, I dislike this game for several reasons that I'll state shortly, and Two, Borderlands 2 fixes almost all of my issues with this game.

Borderlands is a great game if you have 3 other friends with flexible schedules and too much free time on your hands, but if it's just you or you and one buddy, you may only have a lukewarm time.

Without those three other friends to keep you company and to talk with and enjoy the game with, the game's flaws quickly come obvious. Mainly it's MMO style quests where you go to point A and kill X amount of Y things with little to no story driving it, so it makes quests feel the same and boring. This doesn't matter if you have those 3 friends to make things interesting.

The combat is a mixed bag, you've fairly interesting classes with their own special skill that makes them unique, but this is watered down by the guns feeling the same and boring. I'll pick up and SMG find a new SMG look at the states and pick the one with a very slight damage boost and a new skin, it doesn't feel any different, which makes the combat quickly become stale as you wait for your skill to come off of cooldown.

I suggest if you haven't played Borderlands 1 is to skip it, go to Borderlands 2 just make sure you watch a five minute overview of the story, that's all you need. Borderlands 2 fixes most of the problems, the quests don't feel so boring and similar, the guns feel different with a large variety of different types of weapons.

So in summary, Borderlands 1 aimed for the moon and fell back to earth while Borderlands 2 made it to the moon,

90

Whos the quickest looter!

mor0se | July 7, 2013 | See all mor0se's reviews »

This game is amazing, storyline never gets old, the dlcs add even more great content, playing with friends is the best part of the game, racing to pickup the loot and finding the best weapons, dueling and an all out competition in coop, once you start you wont be able to stop

95

Borderlands Review

Lethal18 | July 7, 2013 | See all Lethal18's reviews »

The best game of 2009 by a long shot!!! The aspect of the famous Borderlands 'Shoot and Loot' tactic was displayed ingeniously in this game, the story line was very solid, quite predictable towards the end but that didn't really phase the die-hard addicts who stumbled across this game, like me, the variety of classes and abilities was excellent but i found Mordecai's Bloodwing to be a bit derpy (Hence my name for it, 'Flying Dolphin', don't ask why) other than that, it set up everything for the best gaming franchise ever created and caused such an uproar upon release of Borderlands 2!

70

Not quite there.

connorisgreat93 | July 6, 2013 | See all connorisgreat93's reviews »

If you liked Borderlands 1 then you will like this, although it's really just more of the same rather than anything really new. Although this is a solid, fairly funny FPS it is not as perfect as some people would have you think. The combat can get a bit boring after a while and although co-op is great fun the game doesn't take advantage of this enough.

92

good but not perfect

malagchonga | July 5, 2013 | See all malagchonga's reviews »

Borderlands is a hardcore grinding game like diablo 2. ITs fun is the shooter aspect and the dialoges same as the brutality in cartoon grafik. It makes alot fun to kil the bosses and achieve in the story and you can find alot of different weapons made by different companies e.q: when it dosnt kill with one shot it isnt a jacobs. So each company has a special stat where its good and one or two where its bad. The AI is really intellgient, the enemy tries to flank you and stupid berserker will always cahrge like stupid berserker. But a Sniper will keep his distance and shout for other people so they can help him. For the DLC: they are all worth it, great addons and they totaly get you when you like this kind of humor. A must buy even when you have only 1 active ability you can make an own spec so nobody else has the same class like you.

96

I completed every quest.

sovietsammich | July 4, 2013 | See all sovietsammich's reviews »

This game definitely satisfies the quench for looting and shooting bad guys in the face. Apart from it's fantastic role-playing elements and near infinite amount of guns to discover, this game has a great art style and an amazing sense of humor. I played this game all the way through and earn every achievement through the base game. All the downloadable content that comes with the game just adds to the story and game play in a great way. However, if you are planning to play Mad Moxxi's Underdome, I would strongly recommend play it with friends, because though endless waves of enemies are hard to beat without a buddy or two. Overall, a great game, I strongly recommend it.

65

Brown is Beautifulish

hale_storm | July 4, 2013 | See all hale_storm's reviews »

Tired of the same old first person shooters, with all their "engaging gameplay" or "non-repetitive quests" or "variable color palettes?" Then Borderlands is for you! With the most cutting edge graphic capabilities, this game can constantly render up to 450 shades of brown, including Autumn, Rust, Sienna, and few more! Also, the ending is really something that will leave you speechless. I wholeheartedly recommend gifting this game to anyone you hate, and watch them squirm as they try to appreciate it.

91

Very fun

Covetedbody | July 1, 2013 | See all Covetedbody's reviews »

I enjoyed this game immensely. I love the cel shaded art and gun running fun. This game is way more fun in co-op.

83

FPS + A bit of rpg = Borderlands

JorgeAM | June 22, 2013 | See all JorgeAM's reviews »

I play five hours and i think that i need to do a review of the game, at first the game looks good : several characters to choose , variety of weapons with fire,paralysis ... and the best for me the powers of each character, if this is not enough you also have vehicles. Borderlands is not the best game of the history but it's fun and will make you have a good time,I highly recommend their purchase.

100

An Amazing Game!

thegaminglyfe | June 18, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

Borderlands is easily one of the greatest games I've ever played. It is genius to mix ARPG and FPS. And they execute it perfectly. It has elements of an ARPG, large maps that you go around killing monsters for XP, finding loot like weapons and money, developing your character with different skill trees etc. But it's also an action packed FPS, you have huge guns like shotguns and rocket launchers that you have to use properly against enemies so ammo isn't a problem. You will have to conserve your ammo so you don't run out. But just like an ARPG, at the start of the game you have to conserve your potions but by the end of the game you have 100's in your private stash. By the end of this game you will have so much ammo that you don't care what weapon you're going to use. The story is immersive and sucks you in. The graphics are very nice, the world has a very unique cartoon look to it that looks absolutely beautiful. The game sounds really good too, my favorite part of the sound are when the enemies are screaming random things at you when they're fighting you. Very fun, highly recommended to anyone who loves or wants to get into ARPG's and FPS's.

88

Great looking game.

jackyboi1014 | June 17, 2013 | See all jackyboi1014's reviews »

This is a great game with an Art style that may at first seem strange but it really adds detail to the whole thing. The enemies consist mostly of Bandits, Psychos and Skags which are great to look at let alone fight, They have some funny one liners and some great and cinematic deaths when set a flame or shocked.

The boss fights do come quite rare but are fantastic, They are colorful and full of life and do require a bit of a set-up too get to them and while some of the quests seem a little repetitive, They soon pick up and you'll find yourself in car boosting over fantastic jumps and squishing enemies under your tires.

But Multiplayer is where it really hits off. The classes combine together great (Berserker is just running in and taking off heads in close combat while solider is a more strategy styled game play) Although I was quite bored and lonely when I played single player as there isn't really anyone to talk too and your stuck in a barren wasteland.

So not recommended for lone wolves or people unable to play online. Summary: A great FPS with a Great mixture of RPG magic, Grab a team-mate. Grab one of the Billions of guns, and face the madness!

85

Great FPP aRPG

Demilisz | June 14, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

If you love a lot of shooting and getting new, shiny and bigger guns - this is game for you. Add clumsy, funny little robot to mix and it is even better. And the car, yes, can't forget about a car. Pandora, The Vault and a lot of bandits to shoot dow are waiting. A must have for aRPG fans.

92

One of my favorite FPS games, period.

Supraballs | June 13, 2013 | See all Supraballs's reviews »

I gotta admit, I'm a sucker for Diablo-like games and Borderlands is no exception. There is loot galore with millions of combinations in the game for your guns. It is very lengthy and if you get all the DLC for this game, you will invest over 20 hours at a minimum. I beat everything and didn't even reach level 50, so be prepared to do some long hours if you want to experience the entire game. That said, I love the art style, the characters and Scooter is one of the funniest character ever in a game. It's hard for me to find anything I really hate about this game. This is perfect for when you get yourself ready for Borderlands 2 and just get ready for an awesome ride through a game.

90

Fast paced fun and humour.

eshanto | June 13, 2013 | See all eshanto's reviews »

The game picks up immediately, amazing fun and laughs are had through out as well as a fun combat system and great vehicle handling. If I could say one thing that needs a bit of work is the enemy selection is a bit dull but still fun. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes fast paced first person shooters that are slightly unconventional!

85

Very fun with high replayability

TCass29 | June 7, 2013 | See all TCass29's reviews »

With 4 playable characters that play VERY differently as well as New Game +, this game offers something not a lot of FPS games offer which is replayability.

This shoot-n-loot game features a fantastic art style, clever writing, hilariously imaginative guns, fun side quests, and well designed and varied areas.

It's really fun. It's more fun if you can play it with other people (which you can...the online community is surprisingly pretty active), but it's still definitely an enjoyable experience alone.

85

Great mix between FPS and RPG

triforce228 | June 3, 2013 | See all triforce228's reviews »

This game is a a good example of a great RPG-FPS. You can choose between 4 characters, each with 3 skill trees and 1 special ability to combat Psycho's, bugs and dog-like creatures called Skags. If you think this isn't great, then think about doing it with a million different guns, from handguns to rocket launchers, some of them even have special elemental powers like fire, acid, electric and explosive.

It's a really fun game to play by yourself, but it's even better when playing with friends. Even if you played the whole game through, you still have the option to play it again, keeping your items and levels. Then you will have to fight against enemies much stronger then in the first playthrough and get even better items and a higher level.

I give this game a 85/100, because I've played this for than 30 hours and still find it fun to play.

78

Extremely Enjoyable

Gamesslayer | June 2, 2013 | See all Gamesslayer's reviews »

A fun and addicting game that will keep you entertained for a good chunk of time.

86

Gunp0rn

SeverinMK | June 1, 2013 | See all SeverinMK's reviews »

This game mostly advertises with one thing: lots of guns! And they don't lie. This game is all about guns, looting and guns! You have the choice between 4 characters, each with their own skill trees and action skills. During the game you'll find a lot of guns, and I mean a lot. Though they sometimes look very similar in appearance there's a lot of variety and they all feel nice. This game is an almost perfect mixture between RPG and Shooter, with each kill or completed quest you gain XP which you need to level up, after each level up you gain one skillpoint which you can spend on different skills, each class has 3 skilltrees which allow a lot of variety as you can make a lot of different builds, the shooter mechanics feel good, like you would expect from a shooter. There's also a lot to do and there are lots of different areas. The story is a bit of a lackluster though but that's not the main appeal of this game anyway. I also highly recommend playing this game with some friends as it is the most fun like that.

75

"Come on! Catch a riiiide!"

Free_Arma2 | June 1, 2013 | See all Free_Arma2's reviews »

Skinner Box: The Game. Would be an utterly tedious grind if not for a well realized FPS/RPG hybrid system, and its humourous and fun narratives. Come for the 87 bazillion guns, stay for the ECHOnet recordings. If that sounds like your cup of tea then grab a friend or three and go skag huntin', Pandora's loot awaits!

As far as DLC, G. Knoxx is a nigh-mandatory addition to the game, Dr. Ned is a very fun diversion but not much else, and Moxxi is actually a boring slog that I suggest you avoid. I haven't tried Claptrap Revolution so I can't comment on it.

85

A must have if you have friends

bulbipop | May 27, 2013 | See all bulbipop's reviews »

Borderlands is all about fun, it's really just running or driving everywhere and kill everything to become more powerful, the art style is great !

Sure if you play it alone it will quickly become boring but with friends you can help eachothers, you can trade your guns, everyone has his own character with his own abilities.

The story isn't really a story, it's just some funny dialogues between two main quests but there's a lot of quests, I spent 50 hours on it (on the main game + all 4 DLC) to do all the quests. In addition there's also some « quest-like » achievements to do.

A great investment for a small price.

80

Fun, but missing something.

mostnatebe66 | May 27, 2013 | See all mostnatebe66's reviews »

This game is a blast to play with friends, if you ignore the story. My first play-through left me confused about what actually happened with the story. But the thing is... I didn't care. Leveling up and finding new weapons and ways to cause destruction with friends was a blast. This game is like an action rpg on steroids with the steroids being loaded into a cannon and shot into the world, all shown from a first person view.

The environment throughout is pretty neat and the game takes you from frozen tundras to caustic caverns and from deserts to high tech cities. Absolutely worth a try, especially now that you can often find it for five dollars nowadays.

73

Still love it.

superfuntime628 | May 21, 2013 | See all superfuntime628's reviews »

It's older but since it was recently on sale i bought it again. I have yet to play single player so i wont go into that. I play with a friend which i strongly recommend. It's kill or be killed. The characters are very fun and the enemies are crazy. It's a major loot fest. All in all I say get it if it goes on sale and if you have a friend or 3 to play with.

80

Solid Hours of Fun

ElitistCuisine | May 19, 2013 | See all ElitistCuisine's reviews »

Gameplay: While often considered very Diablo-esque, what with the main aspect being looting, gameplay is pretty decent. The fights are very varied, the abilities are wonderful, and the dialogue is consistently funny.

Graphics: While many loved the comic-style graphics, I personally never was very engrossed in them. They never truly seem to get in the way, and there are genuinly beautiful moments in the game. It is merely me having a different taste for realistic rendering.

Sound: The audio is fantastic in this game. There is no shortage of entertaining dialogue, as I stated before, and the guns all have a certain variety in between.

Main gripe: The story is virtually non-existant. You will often find yourself nodding off to the borish main story and enthralled in the secondary quests. Not only this, but the ending will often make you feel somewhat ripped off.

Overall: This is a wonderful game that I have spent countless hours in co-op. However, all this considered, I would recommend Borderlands 2. It is basically the same game, only with a lot more flavorful meat.

25

If You Like Wasting Your Time

JimRory | May 16, 2013 | See all JimRory's reviews »

I honestly have nothing positive to say. I would say anyone that likes Diablo and FPSes would enjoy this game (I don't enjoy Diablo). Shoot a bunch of muppets, get cash, level up, get guns, get more guns, and get more, better guns. That's literally the entire game.

It is cool to drive around and explore the world of Pandora, but the landscape of Pandora is a little dull. This game was not meant to be taken seriously, but the "humor" is downright childish and I didn't once laugh at any of the "jokes". For all the talk about the millions of guns, the guns seem to just be slight varients of around a half dozen stock weapons; you've got your shotgun, assault rifle, rocket launcher, pistol. The only difference is the damage it does, if it has fire or corrosive damage, and some other useless thing. The gameplay is also just as repetitive. Especially when limited to one class, you'll be doing the exact same thing the entire game. The game does look good, but the graphics are nothing noteworthy. Cell shading has been done in a ton of games, move along.

By the end of the game, I felt like snapping my keyboard in half to keep myself entertained. And speaking of the ending, prepare for one of the worst, anticlimactic, and flat out idiotic endings you'll play in a videogame. It's literally like Gearbox just ran out of ideas by the end. Or, perhaps Gearbox never really had any ideas, and instead tried sticking Diablo into an FPS. So, if you like Diablo and FPSes, and you don't smash things when you play an awful game while thinking of the time, money, and effort wasted on a pile of garbage, then go ahead and buy this game.

90

Psssst Vault Hunter

Joeru | May 8, 2013 | See all Joeru's reviews »

Borderlands is one of those games that is ticks a lot of the boxes of what is needed to be a truly great game.

Graphically the cell shaded graphics are amazing, the beauty of this style of art is that the graphics never really feel old or outdated which makes this a title that will be playable for years to come.

The story line is a mixture of dark and humorous with loveable characters and amusing foes. You play the role of a vault hunter on Pandora hunting the elusive vault fabled to contain alien treasures. You are guided along by a mysterious girl who appears randomly in your head and a quirky and mildly retarded robot called Claptrap, while the story itself isn't anything amazing the characters and your interactions with them are extremely funny and twisted.

The weapon system is a cool feature with randomly generated weapons allowing for some interesting combinations of stats and designs. You may find yourself wielding a poisonous lightning shot gun or an explosive sniper rifle. In combination with the talent trees you will find the character development a rewarding experience.

The biggest drawback with this game however is the diversity of enemies you engage. You will find yourself tired of killing the same reskinned skags and bandits again and again. If you can get past this fault this is an amazing game and well worth you time and money.

Additionally the DLC add a lot of fun new content and are worth checking out.

75

Lots of guns, lots of midgets with masks and skags

artigkar12 | May 4, 2013 | See all artigkar12's reviews »

This game was quite fun to play through. With that said, if it wasn't for the loot lust that the game gives you and coop this game would have not been as good as it actually is. In other words this is a game best played with friends. There is one unfortunate caveat with the PC version though in that area, it uses Gamespy for multiplayer, meaning you have to make a account for it separate for steam (if that is the version they are selling here, the GOTY edition was steam as far as I know). Steam version does support some steamworks features that it didn't at original release BTW, steam cloud saves and achievments. The game can still be fun playing alone, at least for a while, the environments (mostly desert) becomes kinda bland after a couple hours (though there is some snowy areas towards the end) and the bosses in this game is although cool looking (at least that one, the "rakki hive" (?) they aren't that fun to fight against. Especially the last boss is terrible in this regard.

87

The Best! ok maybe not

Onefatcow | May 3, 2013 | See all Onefatcow's reviews »

This game gets a lot of good reviews, coupled with comments that make it seem as though its a game thats worth any price you could pay for it. Although the game is good, this is a little bit ridiculous. The game suffers from many problems, such as being extremely repetitive, having just plain bad co-op, and offering very little variation in styles of gameplay. The game gets a bit boring after a while, and although finding new weapons can prove interesting, it doesn't change how repetitive it is. The co-op is absolutely terrible, and is almost un-workable, definitely not something to buy it for. The game also offers zero different gameplay styles, forcing players to adopt a run and gun strategy, instead of things like stealth. All in all its a good game, but maybe you should wait for a sale.

75

Solid entertainment

pikkuallu | May 2, 2013 | See all pikkuallu's reviews »

Loot everything, kill everything and lots of guns. What more can you ask? Playing with a friend or two increases the fun even more. A slight downside are the graphical settings but hey the game is not brand new and it's all better in Borderlands 2.

80

Fun shooter with great graphics

smileycup | April 28, 2013 | See all smileycup's reviews »

I personally enjoyed this game very much. I really loved the comic book style graphics. I also like the fact that the game doesn't just end like some rpg's, it lets you replay it with higher level characters. The four classes are also very fun and add for a reason to play the game over with each one seeing as they all show different aspects of the game. I do wish that they would have made the game more fun for playing by yourself though. Overall it was a great game, and worth buying.

80

Mindless Fun

smooth_jazz | April 27, 2013 | See all smooth_jazz's reviews »

While the game does a good job of combining the FPS and RPG genres and brings a unique art style to the table, it suffers from a lack of an actual plot. It doesn't suffer a lot from this, but it is a detriment.The random gun system works well and it is easy to find a weapon that matches your playing style. However, this does bring about another issue: each character has a set playing style. My first character was Mordecai the sniper, and he is only good with sniper rifles and pistols. I was fine with this until I found a good shotgun that I could use, but there was no way for me to upgrade it's abilities when I leveled up. This combined with the inability to give weapons to your other singleplayer characters made the game less enjoyable for me personally. It is still a lot of fun however and a great way to waste time.

65

Okay, monotonous.

sittinghawk10 | April 26, 2013 | See all sittinghawk10's reviews »

Not sure what the hype was all about. Decent shooter, horrible ui. Writing was ok. People say they've beaten the game dozens of times or more, but I don't see the appeal. I got the goty for less than 5, but I didn't even get past the main storyline. Just be careful of all the glowing reviews when you are deciding if you like the game.

75

Fun shooter to mess around in

mkolp0 | March 18, 2013 | See all mkolp0's reviews »

This game is an rpg shooter, meaning that as you level up, you can upgrade your character with abilities to improve their performances, also there are several classes to choose from. Combined with an almost endless supply of many different guns, each and every experience is unique. While you can play this solo, it isn't nearly as much fun as if you're playing with others. It is a lot more pleasurable to do so. But this game is basically your average shooter, you can drop the game and pick it up anytime you want, the controls are simple and easy to use. The story isn't much, you're going to pay attention more to killing things and collecting guns than trying to piece it together. While this game is amusing, it is best to play with friends, and also have the dlc, as it increases the life span of the game and raises the level cap. The game pretty much only has shooting with slight rpg elements going for it, but it is still worth playing, even if it is somewhat old

68

It's Alright

DeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »

Borderlands is an okay game. It certainly has a lot of life to its world, and the gun selection is pretty great, though not as astounding as the general marketing going into it would have you believe. Still though, it's not that fun on its own, clearly it was designed for multiplayer. And there, it's good. but the fact that playing it alone isn't much fun really hurts it. Still, if you can't afford the sequel, it's worth a shot.

94

No friends No fun

kokosabre | Feb. 3, 2013 | See all kokosabre's reviews »

Yes ladies and gentlemen,you need your friends to have a lot of fun in that game.It's not an FPS nor a hack'n slash RPG....It's a brand new FPSRPG! Random generated weapons(shotgun with x4 zoom...damn logic) and armors. And let's not forget about the fact that you can drive a car in the game and drive over your enemies just to save ammo(yeah right...).It's a must have title(because of it I made a steam account during summer sale..totally worth it). The only little problem i could say is the fact that some people manage to create bugged items but it's a problem only if you let them join you :D

60

Good but not my cup of tea

Jray264 | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all Jray264's reviews »

If you're looking for a good co-op game to kill time with friends, then consider buying Borderlands. Stylish cell shaded graphics, tons of guns, and tons of quests means that you can sink hours into this game with friends. If you're looking for a good single game, then you might want to look elsewhere. The story is nonexistent, bar a few walls of text that explain whats going on, and the shooting gets old pretty fast. The menus are really cumbersome and it's a pain to see which weapon is better and which one you should take. Like I said, if you're going to play with other people then try this game. Pass otherwise.

75

An interesting experiment

lushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | See all lushteinas's reviews »

Borderlands fuses Mad Max with sci fi and an RPG with heavy shooter elements. And not the other way around. The aesthetic is pleasing to the eye, but for an RPG - it's lacking in story department or character progression (skills). The shooting is average and sometimes even great with better guns, but the main problem is the game gets really repetetive and enemies later on tend to get bullet-spongy. The bigger ones might take a few clips to take out later in the game. Ofcourse, the game is more fun with friends, but I think it should stand on it's own as a singleplayer experience, because anything is more fun with friends and it's not a criteria. Grab if you like fun, mindless and a bit repetetive shooting, it might just be your thing. And if you have a friend to grab this with you - you shouldn't be dissappointed. Singleplayers - be wary.

80

Borderlands brings something new to the FPSRPG-genre.

xydanus | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all xydanus's reviews »

Cartoonish graphics, randomized weapon stats, crazy characters, open world with Cooperative gameplay. All this is as awesome as it sounds. Game contains many hours of intensive gameplay and if it is not enough, different character classes will each provide unique gaming experience.

Even though i'm not a fan of cartoonish styles, Borderlands looks beautiful and atmospheric, so it is easy to throw yourself in this wasteland.

And one last thing: If you are looking for COOP, then this is definitely worth of every penny.

75

A Decent Game Made Better with Friends

CrimsonWizard | Dec. 26, 2012 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »

Borderlands is a RPG shooter in the same vein as Fallout 3 with a massive desert and wild west sort of theme. There are no cowboys, but guns are power in this world, each randomly generated with all sorts of pros and cons.

Gameplay allows up to four players to quest together in the dusty wastes, shooting just about anything that moves, leveling up and boosting the abilities of your chosen class (of which, you have four option), letting you use attack birds and invisibility against your foes among other skills. However, you'll find that while good general fun with friends, it's built upon the same sort of quests of "Go here, kill all the baddies, and loot." without much variation other than the times you can drive around in your vehicle to blast things.

The plot is also paper thin and merely a means to get us to the next level when it rears it's head. The four classes or characters while visually distinguishable, have little in the way of actual impact or personality, just acting as the tool for the player to loot and plunder.

Speaking of visuals however, a positive point is that the cel-shaded look of the game gives Borderlands a neat look, making it visually distinct from some of its competition and lending itself well to some of the cartoonish situations and bosses you have to fight.

Overall, Borderlands is a competent game and has some fun co-operative action, but on it's own merits, it's lacking a certain something. A few different types of missions and locations would have helped the main game, thought the DLC does help to fix those problems a bit. I recommend it if you can get a good deal on it. While I could say it's competition in Fallout 3/New Vegas surpasses it, I see potential in this game which I hope the sequel succeeds in capitalizing on.

89

An amazing FPSRPG

DonVercetti | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

If FPSRPG were to be a genre this title would without a doubt be at top of it. The shooting in the game is perfectly worked out, every gun you find has it's own mark, look differently and have good balance in varying stats. The cartoony look to things did come to a surprise to me if you would have shown me the concept first, but in the end it seemed to work out perfectly. The world Borderlands is set in does truly have character, the starting area really fits your characters and storyline. The perfect place to roam around savaging everything you find, explore the little desert like parts as you defend yourself from the attacking Skags!

85

Cartoon shooting

abelfs | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all abelfs's reviews »

Great FPS with RPG elements and cell-shaded graphics. Borderlands is ok in singleplayer, but If you want a good Co-op game, the experience will be perfect. This game is among my beloved ones because it introduced me a fantastic group called "Cage the Elephant". Can't wait to play its sequel.

90

Nice game.

Darder | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all Darder's reviews »

Hack and slash like, this FPS will make you enjoy playing RPGs even more! I love the fact that alot of random loot can be acquire through the game, and the levels really make a difference. With its co op play, it becomes one of the best games of its year. Now, there is Borderlands 2 out, but if you really want to get in the game, or you dont have enough money for its sequel, the first one is just as good and will leave you breathless!

89

Loot addiction

V2lentin | Oct. 26, 2012 | See all V2lentin's reviews »

Borderlands manages to be a succesful mix between a FPS, an RPG and a hack'n slash, taking some features from each genre in order to obtain a game that will keep you playing for hours an hours.

The game revolves around a Vault containing legendary loot, that opens once every 200 years. You are a vault hunter, looking for the key and the location of the Vault, working for others in order to make a name for yourself. There are four characters to choose from, each one with its own abilities: soldier, sniper, berserk and siren, and each one has a unique class skill that will help you in combat. The story is not very interesting and gets repetitve after a few hours, but it's not too bad either.

What this game marketed the most is his loot system, with randomly generated weapons and shields. No 2 weapons will be the same, no matter how many times you'll replay the game. This can also get annoying after a while, when you realize that all the randomness is not helping, especially after getting weaker weapons from the most powerful bosses than you got from stores or random chests.

The co-op supports up to 4 players and saves the game for while, especially if you play with game that know how to play.

The game has nice graphics, using cell shading technique, that gives it a cartoonish like feeling, although the textures are not very detailed.

The sounds are nothing to complain about, but they don't sound bad either. The commentaries of the characters can get annoying after some time, seeing as they are very repetitive. This game is really worth its money and I'll recommend you getting the GOTY edition that adds a lot of playtime hours and new content.

90

Best played in Co-Op!

Vishnup | Oct. 23, 2012 | See all Vishnup's reviews »

Gearbox created a following for Borderlands 2 when they first created this masterpiece of a game. While the weapons do get a bit bland after playing through the game for a while, the loot system is still a ton of fun when different types of guns look way cooler than other types of guns, though they may be just as strong. The cel-shaded graphics that the game has become known for are what sets this game apart from games like Call of Duty and Battlefield which set out for a realistic gaming experience. Borderlands plays pretty well when using a mouse and keyboard, but if you're using a big monitor(TV sized), I'd definitely recommend a controller as even on high sensitivity the mouse doesn't move fast enough. The game is a stupendous work of art by gearbox. As the title says, the game is best played in Co-Op with a number of friends. There are more enemies to kill, more explosions, and of course, more loot.

75

A decent RPG-FPS hybrid

vivaramjetjr | Oct. 8, 2012 | See all vivaramjetjr's reviews »

Borderlands is a decent game: fun, but with serious failings. It offers very little variety. It advertises an extremely large number of guns, but most of them are nearly identical. Most of the environments look the same. All four classes practically feel the same. There are few enemy types, and every encounter is just as dull as the last. The enemy AI is also unintelligent; every enemy in the area rushes at you the second you pull a trigger, making stealth or sniping impossible. Randomization puts the balance completely out of whack. If you find bad guns, the game is impossible. If you find a good gun, you can take bosses out in a couple of hits and breeze through everything. There is a new game plus feature, but by the time I was finished with my first playthrough, I had no desire to try again. On the other hand, the shooting is not bad at all and there is a fairly strong tactical layer. The game has a unique sense of humor and the art style is quite pretty to look at. Playing with friends makes any battle a chaotic, messy pile of fun. Borderlands is simple fun, despite its flaws.

65

A pretty decent first attempt

pipalex | Oct. 4, 2012 | See all pipalex's reviews »

I enjoyed my first play-through for this game but after buying Borderlands 2 and seeing everything that it improves upon, this game is even more lacklustre. The only thing this game is better at is probably the menu, as its more pc friendly than that god awful one used in Borderlands 2. But for the price and if you have all the dlc, this game is pretty alright.

83

Plastic Guns, Plastic World.

das_regal | Oct. 2, 2012 | See all das_regal's reviews »

When the game starts, it's a hell of a lot of fun trying out each and every weapon you come across. Unfortunately, a few hours down the line you've started to see into the matrix and have come to realize that most of these weapons control exactly the same.

Instead of being a game of a million guns, it becomes a game of about a hundred guns that come with different skins, strengths (almost like a level up mechanic for the weapons themselves that must be looted), and elements.

The elements themselves are sadly imbalanced. There's almost no need for lightning weaponry and slow-moving explosive projectiles have extremely limited use. Acid and fire are the kings of the day.

The downloadable content that Borderlands offers is excellent however, and if you're big on co-op you could do far worse than this game. Just don't weapons to feel as different as the weapons in your favorite FPS do: they don't.

90

Great for Co-op

sanyi777 | Sept. 15, 2012 | See all sanyi777's reviews »

Gearbox made a great FPS with RPG elements and cell-shaded graphics. Borderlands is ok in singleplayer, but in Co-op, it's awesome. The story isn't important, but the fights and the gathering makes the game fun. If you want a good Co-op game, Borderlands will be perfect.

95

What a Game!

ultrapwnd | Sept. 12, 2012 | See all ultrapwnd's reviews »

There is a lot of good things to say about Borderlands, it has a huge open world, a variety of good characters and comical cell shaded graphics. The story has you looking for a "Vault" full of treasure and loot, along the way you fill fight bandits as well as other creatures. You will fight these enemies with guns...A lot of guns, the game features a huge amount of guns and you can easily spend hundreds of hours in this game. There is a fair bit of backtracking and the game can get somewhat repetitive in some areas, but there is dlc and new areas you go to to keep things fresh. A very solid game and well worth your time.

93

Awesome shooter, even better with friends

Cambah | Sept. 9, 2012 | See all Cambah's reviews »

This is an amazing game. It combines FPS, looting and grinding mechanics which form an original game. It features randomly generated weapons (too many to count), which is really refreshing and makes collecting/grinding extremely fun and hardly repetitive.

If you're looking for a good shooter with great replayability and don't care about the story TOO much, this game is for you.

76

A solid shooter, but not overly original.

Cooberstooge | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »

Despite all the hype Borderlands was getting upon release, and having bought it myself about a week later, I still don't get what people see in it. Granted, you'll find a solid shooter with a unique graphical style, but otherwise, there's little innovation to be found here.

The millions of guns the developers ranted about are definitely there, but only as modifications to a not overly large number of base models. Some of them look great and pack a nasty punch, though - especially the first shotgun you'll get. The types vary from lowly pistols to insanely overpowered sniper rifles and everything in between.

Gameplay is your basic FPS, and this is where I fail to see any of the innovation so touted by early reviewers. Borderlands is a good game, but there's nothing but the graphics that make it stand out. After a few hours of playing, the "sameness" of every enemy encounter starts getting a little old, and playing just for the story quickly becomes the norm.

Co-op is where Borderlands shines, though. Running around causing mayhem with your friends never gets old, and random massive monster encounters when you've got help for the battle to come is always good. I can recommend this game, so long as you're mostly after it for the co-op experience, since the single player campaign starts getting old pretty quick.

81

It's raining guns

Micepudding | Aug. 25, 2012 | See all Micepudding's reviews »

Celshading was always a favorite style of mine. Borderlands looks impressive, and runs well - but most of the game looks the same and more environmental diversity would have been nice. Plus a better ending.

That aside, Borderlands aims to bring RPG mechanics into shooters, with a skill tree, and more importantly, guns. Lots of guns. It's practically raining them.

As the game progresses, you notice two things about the guns. First, the shooting isn't great. Yes, they fire, but it doesn't have the oomph you might find in other shooters. And secondly, the legendary, unique weapons you're given as quest rewards tend to outshine anything else you can find or buy. The fire infused sniper you take near the start of the game will serve you well for most of the storyline, and on the off-chance you do find something better, it doesn't feel any more powerful than what you had.

A fun shooter if you can pick it up in a sale, Borderlands doesn't quite hold up to the promise it showed, but it came close. Here's hoping the sequel is flawless.

92

Borderlands is amazing game!

maciej2601 | Aug. 17, 2012 | See all maciej2601's reviews »

First-person shooter with a cooperative mode for four people. Game developers have combined the two genres: first person shooter with RPG elements in the style of Diablo. In the production area we cross another planet Pandora to perform tasks, kill enemies and collect new equipment. All of this was given in the comic book cover.

80

Awesome combination of RPG and FPS!

maciej2601 | Aug. 7, 2012 | See all maciej2601's reviews »

Borderlands is a really great game! It's about four treasure seekers on the planet Pandora. At the beginning of the game is a choice of four classes: A typical bully, soldier, sniper, and the so-called Siren. Each has its own unique skill such as in the case of a soldier pull the turret which you can expand the ability of such additional damage! In Borderlands, however, is more of a FPS than a RPG but their combination could really cool effect!

86

The FPS who is an RPG

sanyi777 | Aug. 6, 2012 | See all sanyi777's reviews »

Borderlands is a great FPS and a good RPG with nice cell-shaded graphics and exiting gameplay. The looting makes you spend hours playing Borderlands. The story isn't bad but I didn't play this game for it. If you would like a great FPS with looting, Borderlands is your game.

65

Overrated, but yet enjoyable

Thulfiqaar | Aug. 4, 2012 | See all Thulfiqaar's reviews »

The game is initially a lot of fun, but as you progress you realise it's pretty much a repeat of the same thing. The RPG side of it doesn't shine, it's just ok and the same goes for the FPS side of it. It takes to many hits to kill an opponent, the weapon loot gets confusing thanks to the colours and layout which is badly designed.

Having said that in multiplayer it's a decent co-op game. In fact I'm thinking about giving it another try, but I haven't got my hopes up.

87

RPG FPS Hybrid

Cynaris | July 30, 2012 | See all Cynaris's reviews »

Borderlands is a different take on your average First Person Shooters. You are given a semi-sandbox playgrounds, lots of things to shoot, and here comes the twist: Loot. Your character levels up, has a skill tree, a class specific ability (there are four classes), and you can have a set of four different guns, selected from many types. The game also does randomize these guns for you, so there is a Diabloesque feel to the item hunting, as your weapons can have quite different attributes, such as elemental damage.

The game also emphasizes co-op mode, with 3 other players, as you take on stronger foes for possibly better loot.

75

Great to play with friends... then rage over who gets the loot

StewartX | July 30, 2012 | See all StewartX's reviews »

Loot and more loot. If looting is your thing then this is the game for you. Great to play with friends then rage over who gets what. I finished this game twice, once with friends and once on my own and having friends around really makes all the difference. At the moment it is only $5 so give it a shot. Story: 1/10 - there is no story Gameplay: 6/10 single, 9/10 multi Graphics: 8/10 - Cell shade graphics, not as pretty as Crysis but has that artistic flare.

95

The pinnacle of co-op gaming

Stimpack | July 23, 2012 | See all Stimpack's reviews »

Borderlands. This game was incredible. The artwork is a unique blend between digitally animated and cel-shading that leaves an impression almost as grand as the gameplay itself. In what can best be described as twitched-based FPS action meets Mad Max meets Diablo, this one lives up to the hype.

Memorable enemies, a plethora of abilities, and an insurmountable amount of guns can keeps even the hardest to please gamers satisfied. Add in a 4-player co-op feature, some beautiful voice-acting, unique characters, a great storyline, and you've got yourself a success.

This game can provide endless hours of entertainment, and is the #1 recommendation to any gamer looking to gather up a party of friends and go out for some target practice. With Borderlands 2 on the way, do yourself a favor and catch up on what you've been missing!

96

Great Game

yasumz | July 13, 2012 | See all yasumz's reviews »

This game brought in a lot of old ideas, added some new ones, and threw in coop. If there is one thing that I love, its coop. The story line is original but does not play a big part in the actual game. The biggest aspect of this game is the coop and the mass amount of guns. Oh there are so many guns. Add the DLC on top of that with even more guns included, and by the end you have closer friends and an arsenal.

75

Like Crack...For a Time

ROKET | June 30, 2012 | See all ROKET's reviews »

I was excited to play this game. I bought it and 3 DLCs thinking Id get hours upon hours of fun but in the end didnt get what I expected.

The visuals of the game are bland. Plain and simple. It was stylized yes but lacked any sense of life. You traversed the vast open spaces thinking you were totally and utterly alone with no life anywhere in sight. It made for a very depressing experience.

Gameplay-wise the game is fun and solid but the guns also lacked both flare and visual variety. You ran into guns that were more powerful but looked the same as the ones before and boy was that turn off.

The story was also forgettable with nothing to really push you to go out and progress. Sure you leveled up and sure you got new abilities but you rarely felt an incentive to care.

I think it is true that the game would have been better in co-op but I think its quite stupid to build a game that HAS to be played that way to be enjoyed. Not all players have the time to sync with others and play.

I had a friend who loved the game through and through and all I could think was that it made sense considering how empty headed he was. I know thats mean but...utterly true.

94

Loads of gun fun.

PPG113 | June 13, 2012 | See all PPG113's reviews »

After this long, if you dont have Borderlands then you should stop living under a rock. With its wonderful humor often slid in an undertone, or in your face like a wet claptrap, youll find enjoyment. With over 17 million guns to collect, even the most die hard loot collector will be satisfied. Mobs whos levels rise as the player progresses allows for a constant challenge. With 69 (GOTY) levels, you can often still be leveling after finishing the base game. WIth the DLC and playthrough 2 and 2.5 you are guaranteed to lose 80+ hours of your life to this game. The DLC is not an option for this game, its a must, and frankly there is no reason not to get the DLC. Overall, the game and dialog is great. Only problems I find with the game is the fact its a console port, so FOV and controls are something to be desired. Also, the fact that mobs/npcs respawn right after clearing out an area is really annoying. If you havnt played through this game yet, Id suggest you do with all the side quests and DLC.

90

Shooter come RPG

Lingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | See all Lingwisyer's reviews »

Diablo meets UT! Well... the looting from Diablo meets the weapon mechanics from UT. This game is about the loot, not so much about the story. The colour palate isn't great but the art style together with the dialogue of both the enemies and the friendly npcs can be quite humorous. The ability to drop in, drop out of someones game and keep anything that you find (as long as a checkpoint is reached) is great and I think more games that have singleplayer coop need to have it this way.

The DLCs, not including Moxxis Underdome, are well worth the money spent opening up vast new areas with multitudes of new quests and a bazillion more new guns, which is insane as there were already a bazillion guns to begin with, though the names aren't that creative. If you're going to get the DLCs I suggest that you dl the "DLC Fast Travel Hub" which can be found on the Gearbox forums as it saves a lot of time getting from A to B.

80

Shooter Looter

Endyo | May 31, 2012 | See all Endyo's reviews »

Games like these weren't very common, though since its popularity more have come along. At it's core it's simply a shooer with a fairly neglible story. But along with that you get some mediocre RPG elements and a loot fest you probably haven't seen since playing your last hack-and-slash RPG. Taken as a whole, it's quite the show of a fairly open world with a lot of action and entertaining multiplay.

First off, I'll talk about the visuals because you'll notice straight away it's not really much like modern games. It hearkens back to a time not too long ago when cell shading was in everything... even Zelda. The cel shading gives the game a sort of cartoony appearance which, I have to say, really offsets the ridiculous amount of violence going on. I think that it gives the game a styling that is both appealing and runs well even when you don't have the best PC. It even renders distant scenes well enough that you don't get sucked out of the fun of the game.

The gameplay is kind of a mixed bag. You're pretty much just shooting no matter which class you pick. Each class has its own special skill that you build around as you level up, but no matter how you go about it - you'll still be shooting things for 90% of the game. The only thing that really pushes you forward and keeps you from being drained by the repetive elements of shooting and moving to the next area/boss fight is that there are seas of loot to be grabbed and used or sold.

While the game has a decent amount of fairly entertaining content, the repetitiveness of the combat and the simplicity of the leveling system and skill tree mean that, the only way you'll really enjoy this game is if you enjoy loot management and the things that go along with that. Being a product of a generation growing up with Diablo and many other loot-heavy RPGs, I personally found this to be a delightful mix of shooter action and picking up shinies.

83

Charming.

scottnat | April 15, 2012 | See all scottnat's reviews »

Bought it on a whim a while back when i found it cheap and had some time to kill. Didn't expect much, but was just plain silly fun. So much so i bought a gift copy for a friend for cheap also. Pictures make it look a little like a game version of the Road Warrior, and that's not too far wrong. Although is slightly more western 'feel' than they necessarily hint. The cell shading isn't going to be to everyone's liking but i personally thought gave it character. Actually, that's the word i'd use to some up the game, has 'character'. A breath of fresh air in a sea of mostly serious first person shooter releases lately.

93

One word: fun.

Epikitten | March 12, 2012 | See all Epikitten's reviews »

Borderlands, You first may be thinking, what the hell is this? Well, this isn't meant for that as this game is VERY UNDERESTIMATED.

The game has an extremely adventorus storyline and alot of big bad@#$ guns. Ranging from magnum sniper rifles to powerful rocket launchers. As enemys stand in your way and you complete the quests, The game is absolutely amazing, Graphics are very good, And the gameplay is nearly endless. So why not buy it today?

90

Don't eat when you play

meiji | Nov. 20, 2011 | See all meiji's reviews »

A typical Fps you say? NO! Not at all. play as one of the four classes. each class with their own unique set of skills and upgrades. Hilarious dialogue and literally infinite weapons. Constant DLCs and much much more. Endless quests and huge areas to explore. Any fps lover should do themselves a favor and buy this game.

86

Lots of fun, humorous dialogue!

UltraJake | Oct. 29, 2011 | See all UltraJake's reviews »

I heard that the game was pretty good, and about a year ago got it when it was on sale. Each character is unique, the sense of humor in the game is great, (and sometimes a bit dark) and the story is decently long. Not only that, but I've heard that the DLC is great too, and some of them add new features besides the new story, guns and maps. If you're a fan of FPS games and playing in a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland RPG is fun, you'll love this.

87

Surprisingly enjoyable

yamajin82 | Oct. 2, 2011 | See all yamajin82's reviews »

I bought this game half-thinking that it would bore me after a few hours as I typically enjoy very story driven games (Bioshock, Dead Space, Half Life 2 etc) and fast paced shooters (Bad Company 2, Rainbow 6, Team Fortress etc) but this ended up being quite an enjoyable game for me. So far I have put in 41 hours and am just starting my 2nd playthrough. Sure the characters are repetitive, the story is not too enthralling, and there is an annoying amount of back-tracking but the hope of finding an even more awesome gun or other loot keeps you going back for more. There is nothing quite like exploding dudes with a single shot from your newly acquired sniper rifle. Good fun, certainly worth $20 and you would have to be crazy not to get it at an even lower price.

95

Great by yourself or with up to 3 friends.

emwearz | Sept. 20, 2011 | See all emwearz's reviews »

Open world games are a dime a dozen now, it seems to be the latest fad in the gaming world. I think one of the first games outside of a strict RPG to pull the formula off correct is Borderlands.

It sports 4 different character classes which control so differently, you can easily find yourself playing through the game more than once. While the games co-op features may be its biggest draw card, this is one you can easily enjoy on your own.

Another amazing thing about Borderlands is the fact 3 of its 4 DLC's are like completely new games, adding hours and hours of new places to visit as well as weapons and new types of enemies.

With a great story, heaps of interesting side quests, hundreds upon hundreds of weapons, unique locations all wrapped up in a beautiful cell shaded style graphics. The game is really worth owning.

90

Co-op First Person Shooter Fun

blade416 | Sept. 13, 2011 | See all blade416's reviews »

Borderlands is not your standard Co-op game, by any means. It starts off with your standard choice of RPG characters, each with his own unique abilities and skills. From there you traverse the land of Pandora, blowing people, buildings, aliens, and everything in between to bits. This of course, is encouraged by the game's unique weapon generator, there are literally millions of varied weapons found throughout the game. Game play 13/15 Combat in this game is your standard first person shooter combat. You can use rocket launchers, machine guns, sniper rifles, and varied “special” weapons littered throughout the game. Combat is intense, fast-paced, and very satisfying Graphics 14/15 The game’s engine is based off of Unreal 3, and is cell-shaded. Personally, I found the game’s artistic graphics quite entertaining. The graphics were enjoyable and the character models were superb. The Unreal engine does an excellent job in displaying the land of Pandora. Sound 8/10 The sound in this game is good, each weapon has its unique sound, making the combat seem quite realistic. The voice acting was pretty good, though near the end, the enemy NPC’s started using the same lines over, which was repetitive and slightly annoying, though for an RPG, this is to be expected. Stability 10/10 I ran Borderlands on my homebuilt rig, Nvidia 8800gt, and a low voltage, low performing CPU, and the game ran very smoothly. The game never crashed, so 10/10 in this area. Controls 9/10 The controls are customizable which is to be expected in a PC game. The only slight gripe I had with the controls was that the vehicle controls were slightly awkward. About a quarter of the way through the game I became accustomed to the vehicle’s handling though, and found them manageable. Replayability 9.5/10 Replay ability, it’s a big part of RPGs, and Borderlands delivers. On your second play through there will be more loot, and more varied enemies. The storyline remains the same, but with the new loot and enemies I didn’t really notice. Multiplayer 17/20 Multiplayer is pretty straightforward, players can host games locally or online, and play with up to 4 people simultaneously. The game play online is pretty good, as there is new loot and the enemies have more health. A Gamespy account is required to play online. Overall 9/10 Overall Borderlands is an amazing game. The Co-op, the enemies, the loot, and the expansive world all offer much fun to any type of player. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes first person shooters, or Hack-N-Slash RPGs. Score~ 89.5 (rounded up) = 90

90

A personal favorite.

sudoscientist | Sept. 3, 2011 | See all sudoscientist's reviews »

As a huge fan of shooters, as well as certain RPGs, Borderlands presents a lovely little package. It's an FPS at heart, and with its practically limitless variations on weapons, that really shines through. It brings together creative and radically variable environments, funny and memorable characters (with good voice acting, to boot), and wonderfully original gameplay. The entire game is extremely fluid, and while the story isn't affected by our choices in the same way it might be for games like Fallout or Deus Ex, the primary replay value comes from the gameplay - 4 classes, each with very different features and characteristics, mean that playing through it feels very different each time. Arguably the most important thing is to bring friends. It's very similar to games like Left 4 Dead in that playing with friends makes it infinitely more enjoyable - although unlike L4D, it's still fun to do solo, and it has an actual storyline (quirky though it may be.)

85

Yay shooting stuff! Also loot.

jojot | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all jojot's reviews »

Borderlands is like Diablo, but an FPS instead of a hack n' slash adventure. Just like Diablo, there is some story and stuff happens to some characters, but none of thats important. What is important is the randomly generated loot. Borderlands has a lot of said loot nd it's all about collecting said loot and comparing the stats to see if it's worth keeping or selling. Theres a lot of variety in the loot, theres all sorts of different weapon classes, Assault Rifles, SMG's, Pistols, Shotguns, Rocket Launchers, Sniper Rifles and more, each can have wildly different specs and elemental effects like fire and acid. Sometimes you can even get odd combinations like a shotgun that fires rockets, or a rocket launcher with near automatic burst fire.

Like I said, Borderlands is all about the loot. Sometimes people will try and stop you from achieving your ultimate goal of getting all the loot, ranging from bandits to spec ops soldiers and even sometimes the local wild life. You just blow them up into tiny little pieces and then take their loot and get back to work collecting loot. In every "town" there are noticeboards with jobs for you to do, doing these gets you even more loot, as well as exp, which gives you skill points when you level up. You can then spend these points on skills that make killing things for loot or getting loot easier. Theres also some lady talking directly into your head and telling you where to go, normal you should ignore voices in your head, but this one comes with a picture, so we should trust it. It might lead us to more loot.

There are 4 classes of loot gatherer to choose from in this game. Theres the Soldier (Roland) who likes machine guns and turrets and support role stuff, and loot too, theres the Berserker (Brick) who likes to punch things while laughing maniacally and blow things up (and loot), theres the Hunter (Mordekai) who likes bondage and shooting things from afar with sniper rifles (and loot) and finally theres the Siren (Lilith) who likes tight leather pants, turning invisible and environmental effects on SMG's. Oh, and she likes loot too, but what chick doesn't?

Over all it is an excellent loot gathering simulator with slick and stylish presentation and it's a tone of fun, especially when played co-op with friends. Did I mention the loot yet?

80

Just another FPS, but with a twist

trinest | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all trinest's reviews »

For me, the best way to sell this game and talk about it is to say it is just another FPS. However it has a few RPG twists which make the gameplay that much more intresting. If we remove ourselfs from the genre and talk about the experience, players will find themselves emersed in a world filled with bandits and other monsters. Challanges will arise which allows progress and leveling up. The desolate world will also have players scavaging for weapons and ammo, which gives a whole new twist and is great playing with more then one person.

80

Loot Hoarding Co-Op Fun!

GMGReviewer | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all GMGReviewer's reviews »

Since a similar game is coming out (Dead Island) i felt like reviewing this awesome game.

The game has next to no story at all, but the overall feel of it is great! The shooting of the different type of weapons feels excellent, however the mouse does have a little smoothing, but you can disable it by editing a file.

It has a unique art style similar to Crackdown (the game). Even though it's a FPS-RTS game, the main gameplay fits more into the FPS genre. The only RPG element to it is the character upgrades and especially the weapons.

Borderlands also plays like an MMO where you meet NPC's and do missions like kill an enemy and/or collect a certain amount of item. Now that's where the problem lies, there's not enough variety in the missions and enemies. You're basically doing the same thing over and over throughout the whole game.

But wait, there's a reason why this game is so praised. And that's the vastly large amount of weapons and items you can find. Now there may be about a few upgrade-items and grenades, but there's thousands of combination of weapon (stats)! And you can explore it with 3 other players online! Which is the best part of the game, so play with other players is a must!

Most of your time playing this game will be for the farming of newer and better weapons and thats about it. The weapons and enemies are random which add hours of replayability to this awesome game.

87

Best played co-op

Johnnsen | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all Johnnsen's reviews »

Now after a few patches after a messy launch, that was troubled with terrible console UI, completely messed up surround sound and, for some people, motion sickness inducing Field Of View that you couldn't change, whats left is a fun game. The core game is fun, the weapon mechanics interesting and the co-op works well, although it uses gamespy which is a little inconvenient. The environments are fairly varied, but it all feels a bit empty and sterile, with the only things around being enemies, the only moving stuff in the levels are windmills in the distant, and the questgivers and NPCs not moving around in towns. Those are nitpicks though, and it still is a great action RPG in shooter form. If you want some fun, especially with friends, you should pick this up. It also has some DLC expansions that give you more to do. The second part will come out in 2012.

99

Game of the year, if not two.

JKaas | Aug. 21, 2011 | See all JKaas's reviews »

First off, the 'negative' points about the game(Not that there are any, but to point out things that were less good about it ): I can only think of one or two things that disappointed me the slightest bit, where are, a very catching story line, which could've ended off better, and the lack of an effective class skill for the Hunter.

When that has been said; Borderlands is most likely the best game I've played, and that has been released, the last two years. It is definitely a game that you should enjoy with either one mate, two, or three. The SP playthrough is fun, being done once, maybe twice, but add those few extra mates, and you can really start to play. This is a game that can, if it turns out to be in your liking, give you 200+ hours of game-play (Again, Co-op), and has given me such. You cannot possibly spend 15 Euro better, than on buying Borderlands. Also, look out for the sequel that is scheduled for year 2012!

(Co-op. Tonnes of weaponry, in Borderlands, there's a weapon for every possible taste, humoristic characters and great DLC's. There's even a lot of potential fun with the driving of cars - Explore the mountains, climb things you hadn't thought of as possible - You'll find that it can be great fun too!)

96

Fun Game! Funner Game with Friends.

turistas | Aug. 19, 2011 | See all turistas's reviews »

this game was great, i played it alone for a bit and it was still amusing, but then my 2 friends and brother got the game. We couldn't stop playing the game until we beat it. after we finished it, we didn't play it for a month, then we wanted to play it again, Its just as fun as a second time. fun to level up as a group, one friend like to join high level games, and get free level up, now that he got 69 so fast, hes bored with it.

84

More co-op RPG than shooter, but still a fun game

AvistTorch | Aug. 13, 2011 | See all AvistTorch's reviews »

The first thing to know: the shooting action in Borderlands doesn't play out like most shooters. For example, your character's level strongly affects how much damage you'll do. The main draws to the game are the procedurally-generated weapons (and when you find one you like, you won't want to let it go) and full co-op, which lets you go through the game with a team of friends. Co-op is the way the game was meant to be played, but I still had fun with it in singleplayer.

Just don't expect something like most modern shooters. It's also a relatively easy game. For instance, when you go down, you ahve a chance to kill an enemy and revive. Even if you die then, all you lose is a portion of your cash. The game does feature a "second loop" that's reputed to be harder, but I haven't tried it yet. Also, the AI is very simplistic. However, if you're just looking for some shooting fun and not necessarily a challenge, this game will eat your time. I've spent over 30 hours on it so far, and haven't regretted it once.

70

Feels and plays like a MMO

t20k | Aug. 11, 2011 | See all t20k's reviews »

Lots of guns, which are really satisfying to use, is probably the main selling point of Borderlands. It has great graphcs, nice vehicles and is perfect to play with some friends. I was slightly disappointed by it thought, The story is silly; the quests are repetitive and unoriginal, and it just gets boring after a while. It feels like a MMO, with both the pros (fun with friends, tons of weapons) and cons (lots of grinding, terrible storyline). I hope the sequel actually gets new types of quests and just a more diverse gameplay. It's lengthy, so it's probably worth getting at this price.

93

Borderlands, an MMO-like FPS

darkdenizen | Aug. 1, 2011 | See all darkdenizen's reviews »

This game is one of a kind. It first advertised as the baby of the FPS and RPG genres, but does it hold up?

Like advertised, Borderlands takes some hints from RPGs by featuring a level up system, stats for guns, skill trees and scaling enemies. These numbers are far from superficial as a 2-3 level difference between you and your enemies really tips the tides. Unfortunately Borderlands does take one of the most important aspects from RPG's, story. Borderlands and story don't mix unless you're pointing out the lack thereof. If you're expecting any semblance of a story in fact then prepare to be sorely disappointed. However that does not make Borderlands a bad game as its core gameplay is immersive and enjoyable. The splitting factor is that some might find it boring as a single player experience to the point that they recommend it only played as multiplayer game. If you like MMO's or just looting in general then you will enjoy Borderlands as a single player experience like I have. Not to mention the copious amounts of DLC (that give you INSANE guns) this is a must have for any FPS fan willing to try something new.

90

Fun game to play alone. great game to play with friends

wengart | July 29, 2011 | See all wengart's reviews »

You can play through Borderlands alone and it'll be alright, but play with friends at it will be great. The different hero characters mesh really well and in no time you'll have someone assassinating select enemies, tanking the hits, and providing covering fire in a wonderful TF2 styled game.

Also of note, don't buy Mad Maxxi's DLC it's the weakest of the bunch.

99

Don't know with what to shoot?

YSEByy | July 26, 2011 | See all YSEByy's reviews »

Mainly one of the best and longest game. The graphics are really intresting and the story + DLC are amazing. The variaty of guns and weapons is one of the biggest out there, what makes the game not so boring. The skill system and skills are amazing too, though it needs some grinding after some time of playing. Very good co-op MP missions. It is really worth to buy game, especially GOTY edittion.

85

Great FPS+RPG hybrid

acare84 | July 25, 2011 | See all acare84's reviews »

Plays and looks great , the RPG elements are surprisingly solid and for the most part each skill tree feels unique and interesting. Each class have 3 skill trees and a single active skill. You can modify your active skill by either equipping items with class specific bonuses or by investing points in the different skill trees. ie. The soldier active skill is an auto turret which also provides some cover, by investing few points on my medic tree it also regenerate HP of nearby alleys . I also found an item that adds a shield regeneration effect to my turret , combining the two I got an instant "Medic Station" for the whole team each time I pop the turret. So far been really enjoying the multiplayer and tho its still pretty early on (around 6-8 hours of gameplay so far) seems like a great buy for pretty much any one who enjoys FPS or RPG

80

Welcome to the Borderlands, stranger!

FreeMan85 | July 21, 2011 | See all FreeMan85's reviews »

Borderlands is more like Grindhouse style western game, than a sci-fi action game. You serach your luck on Pandora, a desert planet which filled monsters, bandit,s mercs, bounty hounters and who knows what else. You can choose from 4 characters Brick - he's the brawn; Lilth - she's hot and use phasewalk skill; Mordecai - he's silent type and the sniper; Roland - the soldierboy. You can earn skill points and use them for various skills upgrade. You can also pick up skill specific upgrade which give you health boost, bigger clip size or better team healing. There's also upgrade for granades and skills, techncly you fully customize your character. More fun if you can play with friends online with different characters. Oh, yes the loot system. It's truly give you always a new type of weapon or stuff. Or you can buy them.

Recommend you if you like western style game or the comic books like graphics. The graphics are truly amazing, you don1t need a hih-end PC for run on max settings, trust me.

90

Great game

mavillausa | July 20, 2011 | See all mavillausa's reviews »

You will have a lot of fun with this game. I bought the game, and, later on, the GOTY edition just to play the DLC. I really would advice not to buy the DLCs... the main game is way better, at least if you play -like me- alone. Graphics will not get aged soon, since they are cartoon-like. Recommended.

95

Better than "Diablo with guns"

dukenukem | July 18, 2011 | See all dukenukem's reviews »

This game is a strange case. It was advertised as "Diablo with guns" but it's actually a lot better than that. It´s one of the first succesful merges between the FPS genre and the RPG genre, doing so in an aesthetically brilliant way. But it´s not only the graphics here. The gameplay is brilliant also. From the satisfaction of the "Critical hit" text when you score headshot after headshot to the expectation when you open a chest ("what kind of crazy weapon i'm going to find here" kind of expectation) Borderlands totally nails the gameplay mark. If you want a good game which will totally be worth your time buy it. If you want the most bang for your buck buy it too, in my first playgthrough I spent 1 day and 15 hours (without playing the DLC's which are quite good from what I've heard).

90

games along with cell shading

alkimista | July 10, 2011 | See all alkimista's reviews »

I know it came out a lot, but recently I have it. The game is very good, reminds me of the style far cry 2, kill, kill, kill, but here that serves something (experience, money and equipment). - Graphics good, with a cartoon style that separates it from the realism of the COD or Battlefield. It's like a cartoon fallout. - Many quests, leveling, money, freedom, driving ... very entertaining - The world is divided into huge tracts, and only loads when moving from one area to another. - No history, I do not distinguish primary and secondary missions, and I see no connection between them ... - The characters keep the experience forever, in all game modes. - Strongly Castilian, with a doubling of good quality.

And the best MULTIPLAYER LUXURY! You can play the entire game in co-op split screen, and it is not necessary to go two together, you can go every man for himself.

99

Really really good!

shotzzzz | July 10, 2011 | See all shotzzzz's reviews »

I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this game. The cell-shaded graphics make this game so beautiful. There is a huge varieties of weapons and the humor in this game is hilarious. Playing it with friends was really fun and I played this game for hours. I had a bit of a technical problem, but it was easily fixed. Besides that it is a really great game.

81

Fun fun fun

hotmando1 | June 28, 2011 | See all hotmando1's reviews »

An amazing game that is still played by hundreds today. A fps with rpg concept is simply amazing. The graphics are really welcoming. There are virtually no bugs or glitches since they've been worked out by now. The game itself is a warm experience for anyone. With the ability to play with friends as well, it's a blast.

90

Deserved It's GOTY title

SnivMunchr | June 28, 2011 | See all SnivMunchr's reviews »

This is a wonderful mesh of RPG and FPS. Its loot system is very similar to most dungeon crawlers, but it plays like a shooter. While this game will provide hours of single-player fun, it really shines in co-op. The dialogue is superb, the bosses are over-the-top, and the action is relentless.

90

Its a sick world out there

emwearz | June 28, 2011 | See all emwearz's reviews »

Borderlands takes the best aspects from different genres and puts them all together in a game with a beautiful art style.

When you start out you may think it is just a basic shooter, but once you start exploring its massive open ended world with its unique characters and personality's to help or hurt you along the way.

The game packs the biggest range of weapons and items to deck your character out that I have ever seen in a game, while some guns may work amazingly on some enemies, they barely scratch others, you really need strategy to make it through the game.

And just when you have finished the game and think its all over, they offer a second play through at a much harder difficulty level, not to mention the DLC which breaths so much new life into an all ready amazing game.

Best played online with your buddies!

95

Fallout 3 meets Looney Toons - Brilliant!

Zniper | June 27, 2011 | See all Zniper's reviews »

If you are seeking for endless, mindlessor whatever-ness fun, this is the game for you!

The idea is simple: you are placed in a post-apocalyptic ”universe”... and I think thet everyone knows what comes next. Exactly, you shoot monsters. Also, I have to remark the brilliant idea (which is not quite original, but it is very well implemented): a shooter with a level-up and perk system! What else do you need?

Finally, considering its douzens of playable hours, great gameplay and graphics (shellshading does its job), I can not find any major drawbacks at this game. Play it now!

80

Awesine mix of action/shoot/exploring and some RPG stuff !!

PurpleEyes82 | June 23, 2011 | See all PurpleEyes82's reviews »

One of the best action shooter game af the last years, great and unusual graphic with cell shading style, awesome ambients and stages! Some similarities with fallout 3 but more easy and arcade style, so if you hated the v.a.t.s. combat mode but loved the rest of fallout 3 this is the game for you. The arsenal of the game is almost endless, weapons and objects will generate till the end of time with new names and stats and will grow up with your level up. One of the funniest thing is dialogues and voices, a mixture of black humour and bad words that will make you fall off the chair !!!

84

Great Coop Shooter

bigfoot | June 15, 2011 | See all bigfoot's reviews »

This game is a great coop shooter. The only reason I marked the score down a bit was that the story had a pretty poor ending. The game's story overall was pretty weak. I would not recommend if you are playing this game in single player.

98

Masterpiece of a game.

Res | June 12, 2011 | See all Res's reviews »

Very humerous game with many suprises along the way. The gameplay and story are absolutely Amazing. It is an experience that will blow you away. My only dislike is the Cel-shaded graphics but thats it!

77

Great game, but only with friends

Wolfear | June 11, 2011 | See all Wolfear's reviews »

Borderlands is a fps with a few rpg influences. You kill stuff, you get exp. and you get skillpoints. You can use those skillpoints for skills, but you wont notice it really with playing, it stays just shooting. But the greatest thing about the game is the Multiplayer, if you have friends to play it with, because then it stays a lot of fun. Another great thing is the humor, especially ind the dlc's. So if you want to shoot stuff with friends and quitea lot of humor, this is your game

84

Addictive, but is it fun?

OllyTrolly | June 11, 2011 | See all OllyTrolly's reviews »

There's no denying it, Borderlands is one heck of an addictive game. Using the same kind of 'level up and loot compulsively' idea as Diablo and similar games used, while combining newer FPS mechanics and luscious graphics make for a game that you could explore forever. You WILL lose hours to this game if you get sucked in. But that's the thing, it relies heavily on this addictive nature and rarely is just plain fun to play, and I found myself realising after I did yet another fetchquest in a different-but-similar-looking-region-to-the-last-one, that I wasn't really achieving anything or forwarding a narrative I cared about. Still, it was an immersive world and is a joy to explore even if the actual gameplay is repetitive.

Disclaimer: Co-op might've made this game 10 times better, but I don't have a friend to play with :P.

75

Great mix

JackFive | June 7, 2011 | See all JackFive's reviews »

There isn’t difference between the single and the multiplayer mode, both follow the same story. The purpose of the game is simple and extremely repetitive. During all the game, we must accept the missions by different people and, running all over the map, to get to the prefixed point. So, I suggest to do it in multiplayer with one or more friends and talk to them during the game. What saves the game are definitely the DLC contents. Some are really good, and the last, “Claptrap's New Robot Revolution” is the only who continues the story. I recommend to buy this game, with all the DLC, because the style of the game will keep you stuck for many hours of play.

80

Great Coop

drakaenae | June 4, 2011 | See all drakaenae's reviews »

This game is like a fps game and a rpg game combined together. It has a variety of weapons you can choose from, great music and a unique art style. There are also many DLCs which can extend the game. The multiplayer coop is pretty fun, especially when you're playing with friends with a mic.

However, the game doesn't have much of a plot after the intro and its very repetitive.

65

Good, innovative, but..

Aladar | May 25, 2011 | See all Aladar's reviews »

Let me get this straight right away: Borderlands ISN'T a bad game. It certainly has it's pluses, including somewhat innovative gameplay, very nice cell-shaded graphics, lots of lootable stuff, different classes..

BUT.

While the game does take at least some 10 hours to finish without any DLC, I found myself pretty bored by the routine of the gameplay about halfway through.. I still finished it, because, it's not like it turns "boring", but it's just the same thing all over again - and while this didn't really bother me in some other games (Diablo, anyone?), here, the excitement just.. "died". I guess it was because the game had nothing new to offer, except storyline push.. Then again, I never played it co-op, which most people really praise.

Mine final verdict would be: go for it if you don't expect tens of hours of gameplay and if you don't mind game that gets monotonous somewhat fast. It's still a great fun at least those few first hours! :)

72

It's Over 9000!

apollo3d | May 24, 2011 | See all apollo3d's reviews »

According to Gearbox, there are over 17,750,000 different variations of weapons, as of release. The game uses a procedural process to generate its various guns in certain classes, such as handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, and more, but with many variations of firing speed, reload speed, damage type and more.

The best of the game is surely the multiplayer co-op. The single can be very boring after little, because the only thing that we do is going A to B to accept different missions, and this is extremely repetitive. However the mix of RPG, FPS, Hack'n'Slash and the presence of the DLC, provide many hours of fun.

70

Spill numbers, not blood; it's more fun

MisterSlimm | May 19, 2011 | See all MisterSlimm's reviews »

Contradicting the clever and striking-but-repulsive cover and a somewhat inexplicable BBFC 18-rating (the far more realistic, violent and graphic Call of Duty: World at War got a BBFC 15), Borderlands turns out to be a fun, engrossing shooter which always has lots to do and a welcome amount of stuff to loot, buy and fiddle with. Baddies are equipped with infinite-range machine guns regardless of their graphics or loot and can shoot you in the eye from anywhere, even if they're not looking at you. It's a bit disheartening to be taken down from the other side of a level by an enemy you can hardly see with the 4.2x zoom on your sniper rifle. This means wading into a battle that is at your level tends to be a dispiriting rather than challenging experience and, while you just return when you seriously out-level them, it does indicate the balancing is slightly off. The story is impossible to follow and the world as a whole is unconvincing. But it is just fun to battle monsters and baddies and see numbers spilling out of them and the looting is highly satisfying.

90

The best

Zuykas | April 19, 2011 | See all Zuykas's reviews »

I dare to say it is one of the best co-op pc shooter game. At first it might be strange to play on art style graphics, but more you play, you more understand why it is like this. Controls are easy to understand, then you play co-op, all monsters gets stronger and you get better loot of them. All weapons are unique so everyone can find what is best for them. Choose character and start having fun. Keep your eyes open, look for robot, he can do tricks too.

82

Not any shooter

tangoak | April 5, 2011 | See all tangoak's reviews »

Broderlands goes above any standard shooter thanks to rpg elements and content generation system which makes lots of different guns, enemies, weapons and items. Shoot your way through enemies collecting loot and new weapons and leveling up. However singleplayer gets little boring so make sure to have enough friends for 4 player Co-op.

80

Loot, loot, loot! :)

moomphas | April 4, 2011 | See all moomphas's reviews »

At first I couldn't believe that a mix of RPG, FPS and Hack'n'Slash with cell-shading graphics can work out. But it actually did. There is nothing better than to team up with your friends and try together to slay those evil creatures :) And it's even better when you get sth out of it - as in any RPG game there is loads of loot to collect, which encourages you to continue playing and get even better stuff. And that's because better gear means the ability of getting rid of tougher monsters and better chance of accomplishing harder missions. It really absorbs. The best recommendation is that I didn't even notice that it took me more than 20 hours to finish it - I never felt bored playing it, however sometimes some stupid grinding may appear. If you hadn't grabbed the game before, do it now as it's worth giving a chance to it.