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GF Rating
8.1

29905 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Guns guns and more guns.

posted by lordkor (MANAHAWKIN, NJ) Dec 11, 2009

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Member since Mar 2008

152 out of 166 gamers (92%) found this review helpful

WHAT I LIKED:
Guns. There were so many different types of guns it was hard to decide which one to use. Rifles, shotguns, Rocket Launchers, Pistols, Future Tech guns. Each with different strengths and added attributes like acid damage or explosive rounds. I liked the semi-open ended environment. You don't have to do any of the main missions right away you can just do side missions and explore the maps. You can level up with enough XP and add points to your skills, which are different depending on which character you play with. Weapon skills increase the more you use a particular weapon, i.e. pistol. Ammo is rather plentiful, you'll find junk piles, chests, crates, or drops that contain ammo so it's not that easy to run out of bullets, and these items respawn after a time. So a crate or safe you opened will replenish a time later.

WHAT I DISLIKED:
Although the maps are fairly big, there isn't much of a reason to walk around them searching every nook. There also isn't much NPC interaction and most repeat the same thing over and over again. Missions are typically assigned through a bounty board so you hardly every actually talk to anyone. More interaction would have been better. You can't kill or rob anyone, unlike games like Fallout or Oblivion. These are all minor issues that you'll over look as you play.

THE GOOD
Tons of guns.
Semi-open ended
Plentiful ammo.
Good amount of missions.
RPG Elements

THE BAD
Little NPC interaction.
No reason to thoroughly explore maps.

THE UGLY
Nothing notable.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Pandora's Loot

posted by CrdvJavier (TULSA, OK) Aug 22, 2010

Member since Jul 2010

8 out of 8 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The Vault is a chamber that is said to hold everyone's desires and only opens every 200 years. You, like others, are set out to find this legend in the planet of Pandora. From the get go, you are guided by an unknown woman and helped by the residents of this mad land. The aim of the game is to find as many clues as possible and the only way is to follow along with missions assigned by residents or bounty boards. Pandora lets you explore from vast deserts and urban dumps to even snowy mountains.

You start out with a choice of four characters, all with exclusive powers and skills that make them stand out. The hunter can send out a bird for help, the siren can become invisible and damage foes, the soldier builds turrets for backup, and the berserker goes fist first. You begin with rusty guns but it's not too late when you first start to pick up new gear. Enemies range from those without shields, those with extra armor, dogs, spiders, worms, and so on. The fights can be chaotic as the enemies can take cover, snipe from afar, or even take their own lives just to prevent you from getting to their leader or valuables. The bosses are few but challenging; rewarding you with equipment that can't be found anywhere else. If you are gunned down there is a second win system that gives you another chance if you kill an enemy within a time limit. With mods for shields, grenades, and your skills, getting through a mission comes down to strategy. Pandora is massive and getting from place to place is made easier with armed vehicles or teleporting junctions. With a countless number of weapons and treasures at every corner, Pandora is itching to be explored.

Even with the maddening missions it doesn't forget to have a sense of humor. The game is beautiful but it does have hiccups. Shading and rendering problems are present as you set foot into a new area. At times you can experience lag and also see an enemy get stuck in a wall. However, this is a game is a must and has co-op in mind.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Borderlands is a great game

posted by UberBoob (CLARKSTON, MI) Oct 26, 2009

Member since Aug 2006

239 out of 271 gamers (88%) found this review helpful

WoW + CoD + Diablo = Borderlands

Elements from each of these games was used to put Borderlands together. You can tell the developers were fans of MMO style games, twitch shooters like CoD, and intense loot hunting of Diablo.

If you like:
- Hunting for loot
- Questing
- Upgrading character stats
- Playing with/Experimenting with endless number of weapon combos
- Playing Co-Op with your friends
- Blowing heads off

...then you'll absolutely get addicted to this one.

Not a 10 because:
The story and end of this game is laughable. So if you're looking for an enriching story and satisfying ending, too bad.

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