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Borderlands

Released on 23 October 2009

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

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Borderlands sends up to four co-op players to the harsh frontier planet Pandora in search of a mysterious Alien Vault. Featuring unique first-person role-playing shooter gameplay, you'll customise your character as you explore and battle enemies in frantic first-person shooter combat.

And what would a role-playing shooter be without loot? Borderlands groundbreaking content generation system creates a near endless variety of weapons and items to customise your character! Players can join and leave other players' games at any time, or choose to face the challenges of Borderlands alone. All these features combine with a deep, rich fiction and a bold art style to create a breathtaking experience that challenges the conventions of modern shooters...
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

Co-Op Design: Borderlands is built from the ground up to be an exciting, intuitive co-operative experience for up to four players simultaneously that rewards players who work together and invest in co-op skills. Split-screen is also supported.

    FPS Gameplay: In this role-playing shooter, choose one of four distinct characters, each with their own individual skill sets. As your character grows throughout this fast-paced FPS, you choose and customise your abilities to suit your style of play!

      Art Style: The distinctive art style combines traditional rendering techniques with hand-drawn textures to paint a bold and eye-catching spin on the FPS genre.

        Vehicular Combat: Jump behind the wheel and engage in high-speed vehicle-to-vehicle combat, complete with spectacular explosions and road-killed Skags!

          Frontier Planet: Search the wasteland planet of Pandora for the legendary Alien Vault. Fight your way through bandits, discover nine native (and aggressive) creatures, and help the few settlers on the planet in your search for a Vault rumoured to contain a great prize - if it even exists!

          customer Reviews

           Average rating (82 reviews)

           Basic

          | | See all bosseye's reviews (62)

          Top 100 Games Reviewer

          Whatever you do, don't buy this expecting Fallout 3 with better shooting. Its a shame to say that Borderlands is simply far too basic in both RPG terms and Shooter terms to satisfy either craving particularly well and thus the whole games never quite feels comprehensive.

          If you're approaching this expecting a decent RPG then prepare to be disappointed. Choosing from a base of only 4 characters with almost zero options to customise (although you can change the colour of you're uniform - essentially pointless in a FPS where you rarely see your character) you're plonked into a world thats entirely static and unpopulated. You can't enter buildings, you can't search random crates or storage points (everything to be found is either dropped and highlighted or in highlighted special boxes), you can't search the bodies of bandits or creatures, you can't combine items or make items, you can't find interesting clothing, food, random things - pretty much everything that you might expect to find in an RPG is absent. In fact you won't be able to find anything that isn't a gun, ammunition, weaponry modifiers or money and having played for around 8 hours now I've only interacted with a meagre 3 people. The towns are empty, the shop is empty, all buying and selling is done via machines dotted about and the result is a world that feels oddly empty and devoid of life. The few NPC's you do encounter are sat immobile in one location, never moving, purely there to give you the quests. And sadly pretty much every single quest is a 'kill this fetch that' affair with little or no imagination. In fact the bulk of the early hours involve traipsing back and forth through the same locations killing the same enemies - the ubiquitious Skags that infest every single location and come in every flavour from easy to kill to stupidly hard to kill.

          It can't really be understated how empty and dull the world is. You have a goal to reach and thats it, theres no side tracking, no exciting discoveries, no collecting anything thats not directly related to your quest. The landscape is devoid of places of interest, consisting mostly of rusty outposts full of bandits and skag holes in every cliff face. The land is also not continuous, being divided up into areas with a loading screen inbetween. Each area is fairly small, meaning most quests can be reached within a minutes walk from the empty local town. Theres simply no sense of scale or grandeur, no sense of setting out on a perilous mission.

          So really the only possible link to an RPG is that you level up as you go, which allows the spending of a skill point to be assigned to a slot of your choice - upgrade shield, improve melee, etc etc. Hardly comprehensive for an RPG.

          So. Lets discount the RPG aspect and look at Borderlands as a shooter. And whilst it does have the capacity to be entertaining, generally its far too basic to succeed purely on those terms either. Combat is utterly simplistic - enemy AI is non existent, so most foes run straight at you every time. You'l spend a lot of time running backwards shooting or circle strafing, banging away until the enemy, usually some manner of Skag, falls over. Its terribly unsubtle, and frankly repetitive. For a shooter, as before, the world is far too static. Cover is limited and non dynamic, theres no physics objects to chuck about - every fight requires pretty much zero consideration to how you interact with the environment. In some cases its easier to stand there, take the hits and simply pump shotgun rounds into the bad guys.

          Its all completely lifeless stuff for an RPG and cripplingly repetitive, lacking character and intrigue. Collecting loot is fun, but not really enough.

           Way better than I Expected

          | | See all Deadfang's reviews (15)

          I have been looking forward to play this game for a long time, but I kinda got sceptic when they changed the old art style (I still like the more realistic look over the cartoony look).
          Now that I've played the game I'm really hooked to it. I have to sya the graphics style doesn't really take away the fun. I've also been playing over at a friends house in split screen and the only drawback there is that the menu screens don't fit on split screen.
          Conclusion :
          Pro's :
          - Lot's of Guns
          - Lot's of action
          - Well worked out skill system

          Con's:
          - Car's don't handle that well
          - Bit of a repetative map design(I'm 10 hours in the game)

           THE BEST RPG EVER!! must BUY!!

          | | See all GAMEXSELLERS's reviews (2)

          This game is fantastic with so many different weapons to choose from, different choice of characters, online multiplayer, first person, story and humour of the different people. I was unsure of the cartooney effect but got used to it and now i love it, it makes it feel more like a game, it doesnt drag onn like many other rpg's. This game is a mix up of all the other rpgs with cod included but with all the bad parts taken away to make it feel more of a game. LOVE IT!!!!!

           Don't believe the hype

          | | See all Fantana5000's reviews (1)

          Sorry to disagree with everyone else but i didn't like this title. The problem is it doesn't really know what it wants to be. RPG? Not really, There's only 4 classes to choose from and there's not much to the leveling up. Yes its an FPS, but not a very good one, due to it wanting to be an RPG. If you want a good RPG buy fallout or oblivion or mass effect. Want a FPS? Buy Halo 3 or COD 4.

           27 Headshots and he's still alive!!!!!

          | | See all jonmango's reviews (9)

          I read about this game on various sites before I went ahead and bought it....as you do, and the majority of sites were 'bigging' this game up with very few rating it under 8 out of 10.

          So as of now i'm about 8/9 hours in and up until recently, I was very impressed and slightly hooked on this game. Now I could go into huge detail about how the game plays and things like that but you would just die of boredom so i'm going to name the good points and things I found incredibly annoying that made me want to snap my controller in half with rage.

          Good points - Great idea and graphics work really well.
          - Guns are awesome and really make the game different to the rest
          - Easy controls (Exactly the same as COD)
          - Not too in depth that you just get lost or bored

          Bad points - Very repetative at times
          - Lots of going backwards and forwards in the same area
          - Some enemies are just too hard to defeat
          - Having to defeat scags (these mutant dog things) over and over again

          Incredibly annoying points - Some enemies will quite happily take over 20 headshots from your most powerful weapon and still be alive.........then you run out of ammo and die.
          - When you die/respawn usually due to running out of ammo or by being constantly bitten by scag's in the balls your ammo is still empty but your enemies have miraculously regained all of their health back. This is where the repetition sets in. Buy max ammo - pull off more than 20 headshots - run out of ammo - die - respawn - go through it all again. I've never played a game where an enemy can take more than 20 headshots and still be alive. Most hardened enemies felt like major bosses at the end of a game.

          All in all, this game is good but in some parts it ends up being more annoying/frustrating than trying to storm the Reichstag on WAW on veteran!!!!

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