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I remember seeing this game when it first came out and avoided it like the plague. I read some reviews on it but decided it definitely wasn't my kind of thing. There was too much gore, I didn't like the cell shaded like graphics the game had and just about everything I read about it put me off.
Fast forward a year or so later and I decided after hearing so many good things about the game off friends, I had to give it a go. I'm glad I did now as not only did I enjoy it but it's become my favourite game of all time. Everything that repulsed me before I loved and it only made the game more unique.
Plot: There's not really much of a plot to be honest. There's the option to play with up to three other members and it's all based around you being on a harsh planet called Pandora tasked with searching for a mysterious alien vault. You will need to find pieces of the key to open it first though.
Although that's the end goal of the game, you don't really notice it till it happens. The focus is more on random missions you get given throughout the game. Some are linked but most of them are just random bounty board missions that you can complete whenever you feel ready. It doesn't sound very exciting but then the plot isn't its strong point. Everything else is.
When it comes to the four expansion packs, you're going to be playing expansions that are all very different to each other.
With the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned as you can guess from the title, it has a zombie theme but with very similar elements to the main game (probably the closest out of the four). The main storyline is based on Dr. Ned and his undead experimentation. It's almost like a Scooby Doo story.
With Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, it's an arena based expansion pack. There's no plot to it but you have to first work through five rounds of five for three different arenas and then twenty rounds of five in the same three arenas. I found this expansion the weakest out of the four due to the repetitive element of the arenas.
With the Secret Armoury of General Knoxx, it's quite heavily based on driving from place to place. The main plot within the game involves the kidnap of a woman and you having to save her.
With Claptrap's New Robot Revolution, it's based on the claptrap's (little robots) rising up against humanity and trying to get the rights they deserve. I found it the most enjoyable out of the four due to the amusing plot.
Graphics: Like mentioned in the introduction, I hated them when I first saw them but after giving them a chance, I think I actually enjoy that art direction more then any now. From the landscapes to the sky or ever gunning people down, it's all done so well and very detailed. Considering the gore level involved in this game, it's very pretty.
Gameplay: It's basically a role-playing (RPG) first-person shooter (FPS). Bit of a mouthful I know. What that means is everything is in first person mode and you're armed with different weapons to complete your goal. The role-playing elements of the game includes the different loot you can receive who can be anything from a different type of gun or different modifications that will change your abilities like the way your grenade is thrown. There are also talent trees to choose from that you can mould to any way you want. There's not set way to do anything.
Controls: I didn't get on very well with the default controls but after a couple of clicks in the settings, I soon had the controls set exactly how I wanted them. I used about 10 keyboard buttons with the mouse accompanying them which although sounds like a lot to take in, considering you can map them out however you want, they are really easy to pick up.
Lifespan: You got about a 60 hour game in all with the main game lasting 30 hours and the four expansion packs making up the other half.
There's pretty much unlimited replay ability as you can team with a team as big as three other people and with four different classes to choose from with each having three very different talent trees there's plenty of different set ups you can try.
Overall: It may not really bring anything new to the table gameplay wise, but everything it does do, it does incredibly well.
If it can win over a person who hated everything about it to begin with, it can win over anyone. If you're in to either RPGs or FPSs then it's well worth giving this game a go. Borderlands was the first FPS I've ever played and it's made me want to check out others within the genre now.