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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 18 years and over / Release Date: 2009-10-23 / Published by 2K Games

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      A great play, especially if you have friends to play with - just don't expect variety.

      Despite developer Gearbox Software recently releasing some of the most disappointing games in history - Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines - I was excited to find its 2009 title Borderlands waiting for me as a free game via Sony's excellent service PS Plus, a few months back. It's a quirky co-op shooter with a cartoon-like art style. It's a lot of fun but, unfortunately, by the end I started to lose interest as it outstayed its welcome for me. Still, it can be picked up for a relatively cheap price now so provided you have a friend to play it with, Borderlands is definitely worth playing.

      Set on the lush planet Pandora, you're a Vault hunter - someone searching for the Vault, which is the subject of many myths and tales. No one knows what's inside, as it hasn't been opened in centuries. Beginning on a bus trip across long dusty roads, you meet many different people who assist you in your hunt for the Vault. Unlike the sequel, Borderlands has a largely minimalist story. It seems at times like it's being hidden from you. You're given details through text boxes, which depict characters' speech (but they aren't actually voiced). I personally ignored these, as it's easy to know what's going on, and I wanted to get to playing rather than needlessly reading blocks of text. So, overall, I found it a rather poor storyline that was hard to care about, and the awful ending shows that Gearbox put minimal effort into making a plot. Thankfully, the disappointment of the story is made easily forgettable by the gameplay.

      Borderlands begins with you choosing your character class, with four choices in total. Each has its own special ability and upgrades. The core gameplay, however, remains unchanged regardless of the class you choose. You have a gun and you kill any enemy in your way, put simply, controlling your character through a first-person view. The first ten minutes is a tutorial section, in essence, as you learn the ropes by being faced with a few enemies. Soon you enter a small friendly area in which you accept missions and buy equipment. Borderlands has an interesting structure, allowing you to do mandatory or optional missions at your own pace. The first area of the game, Fyrestone, essentially acts as a hub area. If you want to take missions, you can, but should a mission be too hard, you can go out to face enemies and boost your skills by levelling up. The pace is eventually shaken up slightly, as you enter new areas within Fyrestone and discover a new, smaller hub.

      The game is classed as an action-RPG; in addition to the shooting, there are various Role-Playing Game elements. There are a plethora of guns you can discover, which have damage, fire rate and accuracy stats. As you go along the game, you'll constantly need to upgrade your loadout. The guns you'll find at the start will be useless a few hours in. There is a big range of weapon types, from handguns to assault rifles to shotguns. Having different types of guns is handy as being able to equip a weapon based on the situation is essential. Guns also have numerous properties. In addition to standard weapons, some guns can fire electrical, fire or corrosive bullets. Having a loadout containing only fire-based weapons isn't a good idea, as there are some enemies with a certain status. For example, the 'Burning Psycho' or 'Fire Rakk' make your fire weapons less effective. There are numerous other role-playing elements, too. Much like other RPGs you can search enemy bodies for random loot drops. Enemies may drop ammunition, guns and money which you can use to spend on weapons and health kits. Weapons are split into colours based on their rarity, white being the most common and orange being rarest; as you progress, it's more likely that the item drops will be rarer than at the start.

      There's also a levelling system. By defeating enemies and completing objectives, you earn XP. Earn enough XP, and you will level up, being awarded a skill point. Skill points can be spent in the skill tree. Reaching Level 5, you'll unlock your class power, from where you can spend points. There are three different types of skills, each one with seven bonuses in. For example, the Hunter has the Sniper, Rogue and Gunslinger skills. In the Sniper part of the skill tree, you can upgrade your sniper rifle in areas like fire rate and damage. In the rogue part, you can upgrade your class skill and finally, in the gunslinger section, you can upgrade your general skills such as melee and pistols. By going through the game you unlock more upgrades to spend skill points on. It all sounds a little bit complex, but playing it, I instantly knew what I was doing. You can also find Eridian artifacts, which improve your class power. The Soldier can place a sentry turret; the Beserker can use his fists to create stronger melee attacks; the Hunter can sent out his 'Bloodwing' to kill enemies; and the Siren can unleash a strong blast of energy and become invisible. So, finding an Incendiary Eridian artifact for the Beserker, for example, makes his fists inflict incendiary damage.

      I played the game in two-player split-screen (the maximum number of people you can play with locally) but online, you can play with up to three other people. Unfortunately, you cannot mix and match local and online play - so you can't play both at home with someone and a friend who wants to play with you from his house. Still, the co-op really is the best way to play. It is exactly the same as the single-player, but you've got someone with you to help you on your way to the Vault. Enemies become stronger based on how many people you have playing with you. There are a few advantages and disadvantages to playing with others. The good is that things become much more fun and Class mods - equipment which gives you bonuses like team regeneration - creates a sense of teamwork. Also, you can be revived when knocked down, whereas in single-player, you have to kill an enemy within a time limit to continue without being taken to the last checkpoint. The first disadvantage is that looting can be an annoying system when playing online. Loot is spread randomly when you kill an enemy, so without a headset it's hard to know whether to pick something up or leave it for another player. This could have been improved by giving you all an equal amount of loot automatically. Secondly, if you're going to play online, it's almost essential to do so with a friend, as jumping into a random person's game may leave you at an area near the end, even if it's your first time playing. Despite these flaws, it's definitely preferable to play Borderlands with other players.

      So, overall, the gameplay is rather good. Gunplay is solid, and the range of role-playing elements is great. There's a lot of fun to be had in co-op, particularly. However, I have something of a major gripe with Borderlands, which is repetitivity. I definitely wouldn't be able to play it constantly for a whole day - a three-hour playing session was enough to bore me. Plus, after thirty hours of playtime, I nearly gave up. I realised there wasn't enough variety in missions. You simply accept a mission, and go off on another fetch quest, or kill a specified target. I'll give credit to Gearbox, though, as it took me so long to realise I'd been doing the same thing over and over for thirty hours - maybe I've experienced insanity for the first time.

      The graphics are a standout feature - seeing a screenshot of the game, it's instantly recognisable as Borderlands. They're somewhat cel-shaded; there's an outline around most objects and making the game look almost cartoony. They really suit the game's tongue-in-cheek style. Even so, the graphics are very detailed; every character model looks great, and the terrain is surprisingly realistic. Unfortunately, it's not perfect. There's a big problem with texture pop-in, similar to Id Software's wasteland-set Rage. When entering an area after a loading screen, things become much less detailed and blurry. For example, when entering an area with vending machines, the images and text are unrecognisable. Otherwise, the graphical style is wonderful, unlike anything else I've seen in a game. The sound isn't anywhere close to as memorable, but it's still pretty good. There's not much to say about voice acting, as there's not much of it. Characters speak when you approach them and at the start, the bus driver says something to you, but otherwise all the dialogue is placed in text boxes. The music is definitely fitting to the game. It changes based on the location you're in and whether you're fighting or not. It creates a good atmosphere, really suiting the wastelands in which Borderlands is set.

      Overall, Borderlands is a great effort from Gearbox. Despite the disappointing story and lack of dialogue (anyone looking for a good story will find a much better plot and writing in Borderlands 2), the gameplay makes up for it for sure. There's an extremely diverse range of weapons, and the RPG elements really make things interesting. Levelling up is compulsive, and co-op play is superb, despite some of its flaws. The graphics are excellent and unique - definitely one of the best styles I've ever seen in a game - and the sound is certainly decent. In summary this is a recommended play, although it does get repetitive, letting the experience down quite a bit.

      Thanks for reading - this review is also posted on Ciao under my name YoshiCheesePuff.

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        04.11.2011 19:57

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        An excellent co-op game made for the gamer who loves to sit in for the long sessions

        Borderlands, the wasteland love child of 2k Games and Gearbox software is probably one of the best co-op games to grace the Sony PlayStation.
        Whether you are looking for a first-person shooter or a huge role-playing game, Borderlands will have a lot to offer you. Picture a damned landscape, seething with grotesque mutant creatures and the clinically insane and you are halfway to the game that is offered. Not only can you run, kill, and level up, but you can also hunt down all those weapons you have always craved, my personal favourite being the caustic sniper rifle. Yes, a caustic sniper rifle.
        The game even goes to the lengths to offer the player their own decision to how they would like to play it. Whether you are a close combat expert having honed your skills over the years through Tekken and Mortal Kombat or you are a skilled and efficient sniper having trowelled through the online escapades of COD; Borderlands will have a character for you. Just as you would expect from a massive role-playing game, your initial decision will allow your player to branch out to the exact character that you want to be, even allowing you to pick the abilities that you want to focus on.
        I must admit that the game leaves a lot lacking for single player mode, especially for the novice gamer who may struggle at first with the speed of levelling up. But, with a partner or a lot of patience you will begin to enjoy the violent and sadistic nature of the game.
        Be ready to be addicted because once you find your favoured weapon or class or even shield, you will always be wanting more and as you level up, so do the enemies and the weapons you will find. Soon you will be hunting through even single safe and doing every single mission just to find that elusive weapon you are after in order to complete your malignant arsenal.
        I would thoroughly recommend this game to anyone who has a good friend who you spend a lot of time playing the PlayStation as it is a much better and far more addictive way to spend your time than on a similar co-op game such as Resident Evil.

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        28.09.2011 12:57
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        A good-not-great FPS with lots of clever ideas and questionable design choices

        Imagine a sci-fi first-person shoot 'em up in the mould of a Fallout 3. Now replace the irradiated slum dwellers with crazed (and more than likely inbred) yokels and the dense, dilapidated U.S. wasteland with a distinctly backwater-flavoured sequence of canyons, salt flats and remote bandit encampments, and you'll have some clue as to what Borderlands is like. Distinctive and sporting a fine game engine, it stops short of greatness due to some questionable design decisions and the action rather running out of steam in the second half of the game.

        There's a hint of a storyline that guides you across the mining planet of Pandora in search of something cryptically referred to as "The Vault", but save for some of the memorably colourful inhabitants, you'll have a hard time recalling any more pressing details after the event. Of more immediate interest are the tasks you're given, which typically involve killing mutated wildlife, fetching prized or missing items, or fixing machinery for locals too lazy to do it themselves.

        At first, this works well. In fact, the opening few hours of the game are a real pleasure. The weight of control is almost perfect, making movement and aiming seem effortless, and though the greyish-brown landscapes aren't especially detailed or exciting, the distinctive cel-shaded graphics lend Borderlands a stylish veneer. The vicious skags (dogs gone wrong) and rakk (swooping, pterodactyl-like birds) make for suitably hostile foes early on and character development is palpable thanks to a whole raft of upgradable attributes as well as the ability to gently improve the proficiency of each weapon type with extended use.

        And the fantastic guns are worthy of mention in themselves. There are so many varients, the range can seem quite bewildering at times as there are so many different tweaks and alterations affecting each gun you loot. Revolvers, shotguns, machine-guns and all the other usual suspects vary through scopes, critical hit and firing-rates and the awesome shock, explosive, incendiary and corrosive side-effects sported by certain brands. Likewise you attain a variety of different shields and some funky grenades, some of which explode on impact, others teleport straight to their destination whilst some even sap energy from nearby foes and transfer it back to the player. Even if you tend to favour specific weapon types, chances are you'll branch out into different ones as they all offer something unique.

        Mission objectives are engaging for the first few hours though Borderlands is guilty of revisiting several tropes. Some, like the Circus of Death/Circus of Slaughter challenges that see you pitted against a bunch of foes in a battle arena, are a good laugh due to the immediacy and simple excitement of what they offer. Others, such as hunting down audio logs, are likable for their occasionally hilarious dialogue, but become tiresome as these, and several other "collect multiples of x" challenges appear more and more an excuse to get the player yo-yoing from one remote part of the map to another in a not-so-subtle attempt to stretch play time.

        And this leads to a more endemic problem for the game, and particularly its multiplayer co-op. Games such as Oblivion and Fallout 3 never needed multiplayer functionality because the chief pleasure of such open-world settings is the ability to explore them freely at your own pace and leisure. Various locations within Borderlands make for great battle maps, but they tend to be on the periphery of inexplicably large, empty-feeling landscapes that serve little purpose other than to make your legs/vehicle accrue some more mileage - the last thing you want to be doing in an online co-operative environment. They offer little incentive to stick around, as level-ups viciously cut the amount of experience you'll receive for killing weaker enemies, to the point where if you supersede a foe by even three or four levels, they're not worth bothering with.

        Furthermore, the second half of the game is both less ideal for co-op due to a significant increase in these dead zone environments, yet also feels less like a concerted single-player experience, as your one-man-army comes under threat from all sides and health/back-up heavy bosses such as Mad Mel feel as though they are penalising you for tackling them alone. You get to use vehicles as a means of traversing the landscape but though they handle well enough, absolutely zero imagination has gone into their integration within the game and to be blunt, they are boring to use. The developers either realised the playing area was too large to stroll across and had to compensate, or put them in under some blinkered sense of FPS obligation. And rather bizarrely, I managed to kill a mini-boss by running him over.

        Still, Borderlands deserves credit for RPG elements that, barring the curiously minimal XP rewards for completing missions, generally expand the game in a positive manner. The four different character types you can play the game as each offer a very different set of skills, as well as their own special attacks. Nevertheless, unless you really get a kick out of the co-op, it's highly unlikely you'll play the game post-completion as the combat is really the chief source of gameplay and you'll have had plenty by the time the end credits roll.

        Borderlands stands out both in terms of visual design and for its genuinely adventurous approach to the age-old FPS formula. It remains to be seen whether co-op will ever be ideally suited to such large environments and lengthy treks, but when you're in the heat of battle, playing alongside others is a real blast, and offers a bit more personality than the solid but rather impersonal single-player experience. The game's good for one playthrough, and as such represents a couple of weeks' worth of fine blasting. One to consider, though it shouldn't trouble the top of your "must-buy" list.

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          16.08.2010 18:31
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          You won't get bored-of-this-quickly-erlands

          Borderlands is a FPSRPG which stands for First Person Shooter Role-playing Game. In simple terms that means you shoot things and your character gains levels,people who have played games such as Fallout 3 will find this style of play very familiar and indeed much of the Borderlands experience feels "borrowed"from other titles, the over arching format as I have mentioned is very fallout esque, the cartoon style graphics are reminicisnt of the game XIII that was released a few years ago and even little details like the way item names are coloured to indicate their relative quality is identical to the colour scheme used in World of Warcraft. This is not necessarily a bad thing though because all the games which I noticed similarities with are some of the best games ever made so by combining small aspects of them all the developers certainly haven't done a bad thing.
          "Borrowed" features aside Borderlands is an excellent game in it's own right it is set on a wasteland planet where the player choses from one of four classes with various skills and abilities (Soilder, Beserker, Siren, Hunter) and sets of in search of "The Vault" a place said to contain massive amounts of treasure.The game proceeds through a series of missions for various NPCs doing various tasks such as killing bandits and collecting weapons parts all to help aid in their quest. The missions are generally pretty fun and they have nice variation in the objectives and boss characters but the main part of the game that stood out for me was the huge variety of weapons that are availables such as scoped machine guns that shoot lighting and pistols that fire rockets, this level of variation in weaponary really added to the game in an environment where many games now are just sticking with conventional real life firearms. Another advantage that Borderlands has over most other games is in the quality of the available DLC, a lot of the time when I pay for additional content in games I resent the fact they are charging so much just for a few extra maps or vehicles but in Borderlands each of the DLC packs added hours to the game's life span. The main feature which appealed to me though is the offline multiplayer mode, as you will doubtless be aware if you have read my other reviews I am incredibly disappointed by the amount of games which are only online since the launch of the PS3 and Borderlands really pleased me by having the full single player story mode available to play with 4 players online or 2 players split screen. This drop in/drop out multiplayer is great fun especially if you ahve real friends who you can sit and have a beer with which makes multiplayer gaming a lot more sociable than shooting a 12 year old American boy as he squeals into the headset. Although you will need the real company because the in game characters aren't particularly friendly and lack humanity.

          In summary this is a cracking game and good value for money with all the time you get out of it, I just felt it somehow didn't quite feel alive so it only gets 4 stars

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          10.08.2010 13:31
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          A really good game, if your into RPG's and FPS's and have a friend thats the same, buy it.

          When i first played this game, i thought it was pretty incredible, after a few hours of playing this game, i thought it was pretty incredible.

          Lets start off with the bad points shall we...... -cricket sounds- Well theres a serious lack of friendly NPC's.... ummmm... Nope i can't find any at the moment, shall we move onto the good points?

          I'll tell you about the multiplayer side of things first. Multiplayer RPG's enjoy massive success, we all know that from MMORPG's, but Borderlands takes things to a much smaller scale. Split-screen offers you a 2 player mode for you and a buddy, LAN Party allows you and 3 other players in the same house to play together and Online allows you and 3 other players to play together whereever you are.

          Characters saved in multiplayer mode can be used in single player, so if you play with a friend but he has to go, you can continue in single player mode until you play again, although its not your fault that your a few levels ahead of him.

          The game uses cel-shading, similar to the cutscenes on GTA games. Only characters are cel-shaded however. The graphics are fairly impressive, long draw-distance and some nice special effects leave nothing to complain about.

          The playing field of the game is large, there are several maps, which each take easily a few hours to complete the missions in them, so you won't be completing the game in a hurry most likely. In multiplayer modes however, all players must remain in the same playing field, but you probably wouldn't like to go off on your own anyway, its much better to stay in a group, facing a bunch of enemies on your own is a great way to achieve death.

          The game does feature vehicles in certain playing fields, once the player reaches level 10, he unlocks the Machine Gun Runner and the Rocket Launcher Runner, both of these have 2 seats i believe, one for the driver and one for the gunner. If your playing single player, you can use X to make the turret select a target, then hold down L2 to make the turret fire. Vehicles are very strong, about 3x as strong as a level 10 player, the XP gathered whilst in a vehicle is greatly reduced, so its probably better to use it mainly for transportation than a weapon.

          There are various enemies in the game, Skags are the most common and probably least dangerous enemies, kind of like lizard things that jump through the air and whack you, they are the first enemy the player encounters. Bandits are also a common enemy, and will attack you shortly after the beginning of the game. Psycho's are less common at the start, with only a couple of spawn points for them, however you will encounter them very frequently later on, they are dangerous and mainly use melee weapons. Rakks are rare, you will be able to see where they spawn from miles away, as they are flying creatures, they attack by doing quick diving runs in formation, a large swarm of them can kill an unsuspecting player before he knows whats happening, luckily they are very weak, a fast firing weapon is most effective, as almost anything will take them out in a few shots, combat rifles are very effective, as they are high damaging and accurate. There are several other enemies which i won't go into in this review.

          There are also 3 character classes to choose from, each one with unique skills and special abilities.

          If you want a good co-op RPG for you and your friend(s), then this is the game for you, it's truly enjoyable on your own, and great if you have a friend with you, when your facing an impending mob of death, you'll become closer than you ever possibly imagined.

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          an awesome game, excellent dlc support.

          borderlands is one of the most amazing games i have ever purchsed. it is loads of fun and so enjoyable right down to the very end. it has amazing single player which can be played splitscreen which myself and my partner found brilliant as there is a whole host of splitscreen games out there. the gameplay was fantastic along with the graphics.

          the characters are really fun to play with and you come across quite a few funny pieces along the way, like communication with other characters. the maps are really large so its not a short game. this game also has downloadable content. there are 3 extra dlcs. all of which are brilliant and make the game even bigger. one of the dlc's is a dome where you just go there and get constantly bombarded by enemies and you have to try and survive for as long as possible. ive personally never gone past the first five waves of enemies.

          i would definitely highly recommend this game if you like your first person shooters.

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          Borderlands has very good voice acting and is strongly structured.

          Borderlands is an action adventure game which is similar to the legendary Diablo game series. The game requires players to kill enemies and loot treasures. The missions involve killing numerous thugs and their bosses, completing missions and side quests, obtaining important documents and intelligence and collecting a variety of weapons from enemies.


          Initially, you will have rusty weapons that do not have much firepower and do not inflict much damage on the enemies. As the players progress, they will start getting more advanced weapons like snipers, rifles, sub machineguns etc. You can also obtain rocket launchers that I have elemental effects like lightning and fire. I can safely say here that this game is like a modern incarnation of Diablo.


          As you progress in the game and level-up, you will be required to constantly change your weapons to kill off enemies more quickly. As your character levels up, he will get points that can be spent on skill trees. These skill trees enable players to acquire new abilities like shock damage, increased endurance etc. If you die in the game, you will respawn at a safe distance and some of your cash will be reduced. Overall, this game is a great buy for players who like shooters.

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          11.05.2010 19:51
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          Borderlands is a video game that I bought for playstation three it is a shoot em up game as thats what games I like. Although borderlands is more than just a shoot em up it has been designed for an ultimate gaming experience. The game includes charctr building ellements. This is know as a role play shooter. This game gives you the oppurtunity to pick one of four awesome charcters. I just love the graphics in the game it looks so real and detailed the charcters are so alive and realistic sometimes I just think video games are just at another level now when I look at the charcter build in this game.The four characters are Roland the Soldier, Mordecai the Hunter, Lilith the Siren, and Brick a Berserker. Now each charcter has different skills which is good as I like choice and it swings the game play around a bit too. Game play may seem a bit difficult to start off with it is one game that you need to stick at to just really be able to know what is going on and how to do things. You just wont know when you stick the game on oh shoot em up lets shoot people. This game is different and thats what I like about it you need to think and then you gain your skill and it comes easier.Players are asiigned quest from people who are not playing or from bounty boards each quest completed you get rewarded either experince points or money. The game is a challenge your earn experience points by killing people and also completeing the challenges and you as a charcter these help you develop into a bigger stronger more skilful character. This game is all about combat and gaining skills and upgrading new weapons and being able to protect yourself with certain sheilds it is very detailed and I just love playing the game. It is very tactical and I have to use my brain to play the game and be the best. Borderlands has taking this shoot em up to another level. I just can not get enough of it. I give it four star I never or hardly ever rate games five star four star is the best I could give out because there is always room for improvement and I can not say what it is because it is the developers who come up with this to make their follow ups so four stars excellent game.

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          09.05.2010 16:33

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          Played the game, and completed it!

          Borderlands is a first person shooter. It is not story driven, but the story provided is well thought out and drives you to want more. Although the ending was extremely poor, ending quite quickly. When you start out the guns seem a little underpowered and some enemies are clearly out of your league and are impossible to take down. When you level up enemies seem to level up 5 times more making level ups pointless, until you reach about level 35 then the game begins to get more enjoyable!
          Graphically it is very bright and well done, the sounds and voice acting are all pretty solid, in fact the whole thing is a pretty polished product.

          For those RPG fans wondering if it is worth picking up, well it cant compete against fallout 3, but in my view nothing can. Sure there are similarities and where fallout 3 was very much about the RPG element Borderlands is about the shooting.

          The game is 2player which is good because not many games provide this any more. However, i was miss leaded with this game as i thought it would be 4 player missions but its not! But this is forgiveable. But over all the game is well worth buying and playing!

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          Easy to ignore the minor flaws, as the great gameplay is just too fun

          Borderlands is a fresh take on two gaming genres, it coined the title of RPS (Role Playing Shooter), combing the action of a shooter with the strategic elements of levelling up in an RPG.

          The cel shaded appearance adds a characteristic cartoon-ish look to the whole game, which in itself adds to the games humor. The general gameplay follows the actions of 1 of 4 characters, and involves running and gunning your way around many large maps, fighting different types of enemies, and collecting rare and powerful weapons. One of the standout features of the game is the drop-in, drop-out coop mode, which allows you and 3 others to play through the story mode together.

          The story is rather vague and not particularly engrossing, and towards the end it seems corners have been cut slightly, perhaps as they were pushed for release. However you will unlikely be fussed, as the gameplay itself is more than exicting enough to keep you entertained.

          The standard game has a level cap at 50, which although takes more than one playthrough to reach, can be got quite easily. Altough DLC (Downladable Content) is on the way to expand this level cap, this will unlikely be fixed in the main game. There are 5 sets of DLC planned for this game, 2 of which have been released so far, both have been priced at £6.29.

          Unfortunately the game suffers from a slow frame rate, this is my main problem with the game, as you quickly notice when large numbers of enemies on screen the slow down and joltiness of the image. This can be a nuisance if you've got used to faster, better polished games.

          Overall however, it is easy to ignore the minor flaws, as this RPS is a fantastic new genre combination, and definitely worth a try.

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          Awesome cell shaded bounty hunting game

          This is my first review for a while so please be kind.hehe
          But i just had to write a review about a game that has taken up allot of my spare time and in a good way!

          Borderlands is a massive underrated title in my opinion and has been a long time coming.
          The game is by top gaming team 2K (Bioshock fame) and they have spent along time mastering/fine tuning this game. Even stripped the title from its original look back in 2007 from a more realistic look to the cell shaded look it now has. And i am glad they did!

          So what is it about? Well this game is a first of its kind really genre wise.
          Its a regular first person shooter with RPG elements also. This is a fantastic mix and works really well.
          So i guess it should be called a "role playing shooter" game.

          In Borderlands you get to choose from four different characters from which you will play as 1 throughout the game. Each character has different strengths and weaknesses and a special ability move.
          so there is plenty of re play value to see how the other characters can get you through the game.



          Plot :

          You are set on a planet called Pandora (cheeky nod to Avatar) and as a bounty hunter sort of character realises there is allot of wealth to be made from this planet.
          The planet is made up of different villains and scavengers and everyone fights to stay alive and keep what is theres.

          your job is to discover "The Vault" which has the answer to all of your prayers. Money, and all other secrets.
          You have to fight through the baron wasteland discovering new challenges and missions on the way, to get to the vault

          On the way your character will level up which is where the RPG elements come in. You get to add different points to different abilities and this is allot of fun.


          Graphics :

          AMAZING!! smooth and colourful throughout. Perfect cell shading and really captures the mood of every area in the vast world of Pandora.
          The detail on the characters is great and have found no slow down.



          Sound :

          Atmospheric sound and voice acting is very funny and quite creepy. Epically when you hear a bandit going " Strip the flesh, salt the wounds"
          Sounds foul i know but it fits in with the vibe of the game.



          Overall :

          This game is truly an original title that should be in any serious gamers collection. I cant rave about it enough and my friends have purchased it on my recommendation and fell in love.

          The game is long and with constant download content being added and allot more to come, so you wont get bored easily.

          Split screen and online play will also keep this title going, playing with friends or teaming up with other players around the globe


          Not to be missed and especially now it is so cheap at Amazon and other online retailers.

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            25.01.2010 22:38
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            Quite possibly the perfect game. A must-buy

            Stripped down to its bare bones, Borderlands is an FPS/RPG hybrid with a distinctive art style and a wacky sense of humour. However, dig a little deeper and you'll soon see that it's so much more.

            You start the game as one of four characters fresh off the bus and eager for a challenge. You can play as Roland, the all-round soldier whose strength lies in combat rifles and shotguns, Brick, the tank type character who is good with his fists, Lilith, the Siren, who relies on Submachine guns and elemental weapons, or Mordecai the sniper, whose favourite weapon is somewhat unsurprisingly, the sniper.

            The mix of characters is fantastic, and while each has their own strengths and brings something unique to the table, no matter who you choose, you never feel like you're missing anything or that you might be better off if you'd chosen character X. The benefits are certainly evident, but not overwhelming as in some other RPGs, where for example, if you were playing as a mage you'd need to stay as far away from combat as possible. Here, you can choose any class and be as able as any other.

            You start the game as a fresh faced level 1 newbie with zero experience. That will soon change, however, as almost instantly you're given your first quests which help you pick up the game's basics, which are easy to master, and will be familiar to anyone who's played an FPS in their life. As the game progresses slightly, the game's RPG roots begin to reveal themselves more and more, as you get more quests, better guns and gain levels and attributes.

            These things are the real meat and potatoes of Borderlands - the loot, perhaps most importantly, is quite literally everywhere and always different. Every other enemy you kill will drop something worth picking up, and will keep you going in the hopes that you'll find the perfect weapon you've been searching for for the whole game. This holy grail of weapons doesn't seem to exist - at least in my experience - but there are a lot of times that you'll come very, very close. Weapons come in a variety of familiar styles - combat rifles, snipers, Submachine guns, to name but a few, but each can vary wildly from the last. Each style of weapon can have a multitude of enchancements, like scopes which improve weapon zoom, faster reloads, high damage, or even elements which add different types of damage, such as fire or acid. Pretty soon you'll find your favourite type of weapon, and you'll focus on making one or two particular types the best that they can be. The amount of variety in weapons is simply awesome, and this is what will keep you going.

            In addition to the variety of weapons, each class can level up in different ways which can make it completely different from somebody else's version of the same class. The soldier, for example, can become a medic who can heal his teammates or gains health upon a successful kill, an ammo builder, or a very high damage dealer. This customizability is very well implemented, and your playstyle will probably influence which aspects of your character you choose to level up.

            Co-op, incidentally, is another area in which Borderlands shines. I played with my other half, who is not much of a gamer, but who became drawn in by Borderlands' unique style. She found it very easy to pick up and really get into, which is a great statement of how simultaneously accessible and deep the game is. As a duo, combat as a whole is tougher, but loot yields are consequently higher and you can set up team-based attacks on the enemy which helps counteract the difficulty jump somewhat. Indeed, the difficulty scales based on how many of you are playing at once, as does the quality of loot you gain, so the more the merrier!

            Bosses in Borderlands are absolutely wonderful, if tough. They range from giant hulking demons to quick, regular sized humans, but each provide their own unique challenges which must be overcome to prevail. They complement the game's distinctive art style very well, and each comes with its own slightly amusing intro before the tough stuff begins.

            If you want to get the most out of Borderlands, it's not a short game. I'd guess it took around 30-40 hours to beat the game the first time round, and then after that you can unlock Playthrough 2, which is where the fun really begins. You start the game again, with the same quests you originally had, except all enemies are now level 30+, and weapons and shops are levelled up accordingly. Enemies are also renamed and are much tougher and more plentiful than they were in your initial run through. If you're brave enough to get through this mode, then you'll unlock Playthrough 2+, where enemies and weapons are now at their maximum level. This adds an unusually compelling replayability to Borderlands, which isn't usually present in RPGs, so it's a major plus.

            All in all, this game is the absolute perfect blend of FPS and RPG style gameplay, with excellent replay value, a unique art style and sense of humour. Simply put, it's almost a perfect game that no gamer worth their salt should be without.

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              An amazing fps which is truely underrated in my opinion!

              Borderlands..where do I start?!

              A game set in a fantasy (but not mystically fantasy if you know what I mean) land called Pandora, where 4 people go on a quest...and by four I mean 1 or 2...depending if you play co-operative or a lone player.

              You have a choice of 3 players

              Firstly you have Roland who is a Soldier, my other half chose this character (as he always goes for this sort throughout many games such as oblivion, dragonage and the lark) who specialises in health, ammo and team abilities.

              Secondly you have Brick the beserker - HES HUGE! he specialises in hand to hand combat, a typical brute and can go into rages modes knocking anything into a pulp with one punch haha!

              Thirdly you have Mordecai who specialises in hunting abilities, extremely good with sniper abilities, the spy style combat, good if you like splinter cell type games he also uses a pet bird called bloodwing, which is great for hunting out hidden enemies and attacking them when you need help most.

              and fourthly you have Lilith the Siren (who I chose obviously as im a girl) who specialises in SMG's and elemental abilities including a phasewalk ability to help regenerate and flee rapidly from hard battles, and boy did I use it!

              I can say i've never been a fan of FPS games...but I definately fell in love with this one, infact we're playing it through again we loved it so much!

              Graphics are well suited to the game, cel shaded 3d art makes the enemies look surreal and amazing, if they had done this game in a different style of artwork I don't think I would have liked it as much,it wouldn't have had the same appeal, think Killer7 but upgraded and you get what I mean graphic wise. The game runs smooth, some of the stuff takes awhile to render, but not too long unlike say...mass effect used too.

              There are many different enemies to encounter through the game, mostly Skags...some weird dog/zombie formation, they arrive in hordes and the game executes multiple enemies being on a screen at one time really well. Load times are pretty quick, esepcially for the amount of areas you have to go through and travel within the game, theres so much to do, it took me and my other half literally AGES to get through the game - not to mention the downloadable content!

              Co-op works amazingly well! split screen format means you don't have no dodgy camera angles and no 'stuck together' chain - you can run away from each other and well....do your own thing, not that I recommend that though! I would say the definate bonus about playing co-op is the low health situation. Once your struck down to no health you have a survival type mode which within so many seconds if you don't kill another creature in time, you die...if you manage to kill, you get a second wind! but bare in mind when you die...you have to pay..and I mean pay, the more money you have the more you cough up..which was especially annoying at one point when the h2b ran us over in a car and just as I got up to a million dollars, I had 10k of it lopped off! I was fuming to say the least, but back to my point. The bonus of co-op means you can heal each other, when the ol' dear got klonked out, I could run over to him, hold square a couple of seconds and he'd be back on his feet, no money paid, no checkpoint reset, brilliant!

              I cannot exaggerate enough how good this game is - I normally hate games, the last game I fell in love with was Mass Effect, im not a gaming girl but this definately gets my thumbs up, and it must be good if its me haha!

              Little quirks and funny pieces are put in everywhere, yet I would take heed it is an 18 game, there is some strong language in this game, boards are mostly plastered everywhere in bandit areas with mispelt offensive words on and characters at time spurt the odd foul word, yet not one to really be bothered by this language it suited it perfectly, it made the game even more moreish and hillariously funny to play.

              Baddies all have their intro in what I can only think as kill bill style, they walk in and it zooms into them with their name and something either witty or a saying of theirs in brackets, guarrenteed me a chuckle or two once read. Gearbox have really pushed the boat out and succeeded in a game thats witty and definately suits the atmosphere it wants to show us.

              Theres upgrades a plenty in this game and it becomes a mini treasure hunt to find the best guns and hunt down ammo, the only thing you can't upgrade is armor - although I guess a sheild counts - but you get what I mean, I hope!

              Even on second play through (with same characters im at level 39 now and playing from the start again!) they upgrade the enemies to suit your level range, they all get renamed new guns new everything! its like an entire new game albeit the missions stay the same, its still a great game to play.

              My only bad points are sometimes there are just too many enemies on the screen. Skags just keep and keep reproducing and coming at you until you are bored of pressing your trigger button, but as soon as its done, the loot makes up for it :)! I also found the story to be barely there...a random woman keeps flashing up telling us we must do something this is our so many challenge yadda yadda - did I mention she looks like the girl from F.E.A.R or the ring? Lol.

              all in all an amazing game with amazing graphics, a totally unique looking game which im sure will go down in a gaming history countdown at some point in game life. Its a good game, Get you one!

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