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"Fun combat and a steady flow of rewards make this journey a massively enjoyable one, especially with some fellow mercenaries along for the ride." - Gamepot
"With tons of weapons to find, a great co-op system, fantastic art, and a whole bunch of exploding bodies, Borderlands is worth your money." - Destructoid
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Borderlands combines the best in first-person action with player customization and vehicular combat for incredible layers of gameplay depth. The game features a groundbreaking content generation system allowing for near-endless variety in weapons, item drops and character customization.
Borderlands allows for multiple players to share the same game experience simultaneously online in co-op gameplay. Players can freely join or leave each other's games at anytime, or choose to play in the full single-player mode. These features, along with a rich and deep fiction that touches upon the mysteries buried beneath the surface of a danger-filled planet, combine to form a breakthrough experience that challenges the conventions of modern shooters.
Gun Lust: Choose from an arsenal of hundreds of thousands of weapons, each with their unique manufacturers, specifications and advantages. A revolutionary new content generation system provides for near infinite tools of destruction
Co-op Engineered Game Design: Borderlands is built from the ground-up to be an exciting and intuitive co-operative multiplayer experience that rewards players for executing advanced strategies and tactical maneuvers
FPS Action Meets RPG Character Progression: Players earn experience and gain proficiency in a number of specialties as they do battle with enemies
Intense Vehicular Combat: Get behind the wheel of and engage in intense vehicle-to-vehicle combat, complete with extensive damage modeling and spectacular explosions
Next Big Original IP From Gearbox Software: Experience the action and creativity derived from the pedigree of one of gaming’s most innovative and respected developers
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Looks different, but much the sameGmen | 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.
Instant Immersionj3d1 | 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.
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.
Ending Not Very Completechataolauj | 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.
A very good co-op gameMatlair | 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.