Review: Borderlands

LOCK, LOAD, AND FACE THE MADNESS

Developer: Gearbox Software
Genre: Sci-Fi First Person Shooter
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: October 20, 2009
Compatability (PS3): 2.7GB Mininum Space | HD 480i / 480p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Online Broadband
Compatability (Xbox 360): 4MB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p | System Link 2-4 | Co-Op 1-2
Rating: 8.8

Borderlands is a very intense, satisfying and rewarding game which makes you want more of it even after you complete the main quest. It consists of various missions and quests on a planet called Pandora in which you will be spending loads of times killing all sorts of creatures, looting up an infinite number of things and also leveling up a detailed experience system. Borderlands may lack in its comic-style visuals and slow texture loading, but the level of fun that this game gives is one of the best around.

The main storyline consists of this “Vault” which is said to have lots of treasures and so a couple of individuals try their luck in putting their hands on this fantastic reward. You will be one of these individuals and while you are journeying to the “Vault”, you will find out how deep and action-packed the world of Pandora is. The game starts by giving you a selection of four characters to choose from, each having a unique look, style of play and abilities. You can choose to be Mordecai the Hunter (which specializes in sniping), Lilith the Siren (which is the speedy and rogue player), Roland the Soldier (the hard-killing one) and Brick as Himself (which is the Berserker and you don’t want to meet him when he’s in a rage). All of these characters have special abilities and action skills and no mistakes can be done when choosing one character or another because all of them are balanced well.

The Siren and the Hunter.

The first few moments of the game may not attract the eye, but after some time the good looking comic-style visuals make sure that Pandora is a lively and colorful world ready to be explored. The textures are not at a perfect level and the loading is sometimes a bit slow when you’re approaching something. Maybe players who like games with great graphics may see Borderlands as lacking in this area, but for this there is the style of play and fun that this games makes up for. Journeying from one place to another may sometimes seem to be always similar but each and every place has something unique which makes it different from the others. Pandora is also hostile with a massive amount of enemies and creatures that want to devour you. These enemies stay in the same place but while you are leveling up and completing quests, these same enemies become tougher by ‘transforming’ into the next level (ex. psycho becomes bad-ass psycho, bandits start wearing shields and so on).

Putting at bay these creatures is one of the most interesting and satisfying things that you can do in Borderlands. There is an immensely huge amount of weapons, grenades and shields that are needed throughout the journey to the “Vault”. Most of these weapons can be sold to the vending machines available in most places but acquiring some new and better weapon is very important to beat enemies which become tougher the more you level up. The detailed options screen may confuse you in the beginning but once you get the hang of it, you immediately know in which screen you should go to for example compare some weapons or select a new action skill for your character.

An action-packed adventure is waiting for you.

Apart from running around you can also drive a four-wheel vehicle in which you can also fire a machine gun and some rockets. These vehicles are obtained from the Catch-A-Ride stations situated in the map. Playing the single player campaign in Borderlands is satisfying but sometimes you feel that you’re alone and the world is too empty because there isn’t much contact with NPCs or other characters. This makes the co-op mode a must play because like this you can also have the knowledge of what other characters can do and what abilities they have, unless you start the game again with another character. Having said this, Borderlands is still an action-packed and satisfying experience when played in single player mode. Soundtrack is simple but strong and this keeps you focused on what you’re doing. This gets better especially during combat.

The story is nothing special especially in its final parts when you find the “Vault”. Once you complete it you can go back and do whatever you want in Pandora. With all its faults, Borderlands is a very entertaining game which will take lots of hours from your time. The big amount of enemies to kill, quests to complete, things to loot and skills to enhance give you a sense of satisfaction in this solid first person shooter.

Reviewed by Barber – February 15, 2010

Graphics
Even though the environments are detailed, some visual glitches and the slow loading textures result in a non-flawless comic-style game.
 
Sound
The few moments of voice acting is great and the game’s soundtrack complements the in-game actions.
 
Fun
The strong point in Borderlands. Killing enemies, upgrading skills, loot, loot and more loot makes this game one of the most entertaining games available.
 
Final Score

 

Responses

  1. Nice review barber, borderlands is a great game and I totally agree with the score.

    • Thanks Phil. Yes Borderlands is one of those games which is totally worth the money and has a lot of re-playability.


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