Set in a post apocalyptic world, this First Person Shooter/Role Playing Game hybrid is set apart by its excellent cell shaded graphics. Looking rather like a playable Manga cartoon, four characters are available to play, each with a unique set of skills, weaponry and a special ability.
The game is a standard FPS with RPG elements such as Hit Points, Experience, Character Levels and a host of weaponry, armour and items to collect as you explore the world of Pandora, searching for an ancient Vault containing powerful alien technology.
Initially appearing dull and muted, the dark colours used throughout the game do hold an atmospheric appeal, and fit the game perfectly, particularly in conjunction with a first class musical score.
Like any RPG, there are quests galore to complete for items, cash and experience, and the more of these you complete, more areas of the game will unlock. All quests can be completed in single player, although two players on the same system works just as well, as does three or four people playing together via the internet. All quests offer a set number of experience points, but experience gained through monster kills depends upon the level of the character and the level of the monster he is slaying; more experience for tougher monsters, and little or no experience for very weak monsters when your character is far more powerful.
The main quest is compelling, the side quests good, and with four lots of DLC available, there is enough here to keep you playing for months. If you can get used to the cell shaded graphics and enjoy your games violent and gory, BORDERLANDS is certainly a game you should try. A large amount of available Trophies is an added incentive to play this excellent game.