4.5 A Very Cool Game Millenwagon | 24/10/2009 | See all Millenwagon's reviews (34) Borderlands is quite simply a very cool game. from the funky graphics, looney characters and endless amount of weaponary, there is bound to be something you'll like about this game!The first thing you notice are the graphics, they are nothing like what we are used to (although these graphics have been used in the past occasionally). They work on a "cartooney" effect known as cel shading, which is very bizzarre at first, and kinda hard to explain but please don't dismiss borderlands because of this. The graphics are actually very nice and they work very well, it is extremely refreshing to see something a little different for a change. The voice acting in this game is excellent too, really entertaining, and the story line is good enough too, although a little aimless at times maybe.Borderlands is more of a multi tasking game rather than a straight through single player campaign, there are loads of goals to complete and you can start and stop any of these at your own will. It is very easy to navigate your way around the borderlands world thanks to its easy to read map and navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.You can also play through the game on an online co-op game which is great fun, although makes it very easy to defeat enemies as they barely stand a chance against 4 of you.It is also an RPG FPS and you level up as you progress (obviously) and can upgrade weapons and grenades etc to your preference.Vehicles add a new fun factor to borderlands with a mini gun and rocket launcher to cause extra damage, but it's much more entertaining to just run everything over! Fortunately you can stick to walking for the most part which I must admit I am pleased about because the controls for driving are just awful at first, they take some real getting used to and can be very annoying at times.Overall Borderlands is definitely worth giving a go as I think most FPS fans will find it great fun. The controls are similar to BioShock so if you are a fan of that you will feel right at home with the R2 to shoot rather than the typical R1 of most FPS games, and also fallout 3 fans will be able to see some influence here (which is only a good thing) the enemies are very similar to the raiders and creatures from the capital wasteland. Borderlands isn't copying any other games, it does stand out quite a lot, but there are some definite influences from other titles.The only down side to Borderlands is the loading times from one section of the world to another. They are disgraceful, and the loading screen images are amazingly boring! Also the vehicle handling is a big no no for me too, they could have made the controls far better and user friendly. And although The Background music works pretty well it can be a little monotonous at times, but you can turn it off or down if you wish.4 and a half starsThanks for reading and Happy Gaming.