gamers (65%) found this review helpful
Borderlands is at its most basic level a first person shooter game that thinks its a massively multiplayer online game (also known as a MMO). If you have played World of Warcraft or Everquest, you will be familair with the feel of the game world. Because its NOT a MMO, the game world seems a bit empty and lonely...but you will only notice if you play single player. In my opinion this is a game you should NEVER play in single player mode....multiplayer adds so much to this game that it cannot be stressed enough. Even if you only play in split screen mode with a friend, the fun level of the game goes through the roof compared to single player mode.
This game is the FPS equivelant to a dungeon crawler rpg...gameplay is almost entirely "go fetch this" or "go kill that" over and over through text based quests. This might sound boring, but you end up getting so hooked into finding out what crazy weapon the game will spawn in the next treasure chest you find that you could care less about why your there to begin with. Actually, its so fun to simply go around blowing stuff up in search of weapons that its easy to completely forget to even pick up quests.
And yes the weapons in the game can be THAT cool. So far my personal favorite is the shotgun that shoots orbs of electricity that stay in one spot for a few moments once they hit and send out waves of electrifying auras. There are grenade modifyers as well...allowing you to have grenades that teleport to your opponets and burn them with fire. Even cooler is the fact that more and more unusual guns show up the higher you level up....so just when you think you have seen everything, the game busts out with something to rock your world.
I would have liked to see a better story line and the quests being text only is a letdown. But in all honesty, its easy to overlook these bad points when you are having so much fun.
Borderlands is the lovechild of Unreal and Diablo. Anyone with an affinity for streamlined physics shooters (Unreal, Halo, etc) and Action/RPG gaming MUST try this game out. Imagine Unreal Tournament, with larger maps and very fine tuned graphics; with an experience system, skill tree and a nearly infinite list of weapons and loot.
The story is nothing spectacular, but the sense of humor in the progression is plenty entertaining. I found myself chuckling time and again while reading mission summaries and listening to in game banter.
Graphics are gorgeous. The developers of Borderlands have mastered a form of cell shading that is very convenient to gameplay and still remarkably beautiful. Everything "pops" a bit because of an outline that covers most objects. This does not detract from the realism of the experience. While it looks "cartoony" at first, I adapted quickly and loved it throughout.
Sound is perfectly done. Surround sound makes this game a very engaging experience!
Replayability was surprisingly good as well. I found myself trying every class, and leveling multiple characters of different classes to play with buddies online.
You may read complaints about the "Millions of guns" being merely random statistics and parts slapped together to make these guns. While this is true, I don't find it to be a problem... The loot works the same way as Diablo and many MMOs and I found myself always excited to open a new treasure chest, hoping for that perfect gun for my character.
All in all, I can't imagine any means to make this game better... Worth every penny!
posted by punkydude (SWEET VALLEY, PA) Jan 10, 2010
Member since Oct 2004
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Great game I played it completly thru finishing all side missions before finishing the end of the story. It took me a month!!!
I can only offer 3 small complaints 1. After killing boss characters ..if you revisit the same area again, they are back and still kickin. They should be Dead. 2. The car steering stinks but is still great improvement over walking everywhere as in Fallout .
Load times between maps is a bit long.
Thats it folks . everything else is good to go! I really hope that the developers BRING IN BORDERLANDS 2 Perhaps a bigger city enviroment with more buildings n stuff with rooms and rooftops to snipe from. Scoring extra XP points if you find special sniper targets or hidden foes as you explore.