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  • Summary: As the first title in an all-new sci-fi action franchise, Borderlands combines the best elements of Gearbox Software's first-person action titles with player customization and vehicular combat. Borderlands features a unique content generation system allowing for near-endless variety in missions, environments, enemies, weapons, item drops and character customization. Borderlands is a cooperative experience, allowing for multiple players to share the same game experience simultaneously online. Players can freely join or leave each other’s games at anytime, or choose to play in the full single-player mode. Borderlands features life-like character animations, impressive real-time physics, and customizable vehicles. More details to follow. [2K Games/Gearbox Software] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58
  1. I timed it and it takes about a minute and a half of load time when you move from one area to the next. Like I said before though this is a stretch because each area is so large that you don’t mind because you spend so much time in the area it is worth it.
  2. Despite the pre-release co-op hype, this one’s just as entertaining for solo apocalypse survivors. While I wish more dialog was delivered through animated characters, it’s hard not to be taken in by the rest of what this ambitious shooter has to offer—great visual presentation, addictive leveling and looting, frenzied gunplay, four playable classes. Oh, and Mutant Midget Psychos.
  3. 88
    With the right blend of attitude, solid gameplay and an unapologetic focus on making a really entertaining co-op experience, Borderlands isn't just an alternative to Valve's co-op zombie-blaster this holiday season, it's really the alternative.
  4. Action-Role-Playing-Shooter…nuff said!
  5. Borderlands surprised us. We went into the experience expecting a pulse-pounding shooter with fancy cut scenes and lots of drama (no surprise, since we play more FPS on consoles than RPGs), and instead found a slower-moving and tough (but immensely rewarding) slog through a beautiful fantasy world populated by imaginative monsters and more weapons than we know what to do with.
  6. 80
    Worth your money if you have a friend or three to share in the experience, but less so as a solo experience. [Issue#185, p.72]
  7. Finally, a videogame with the balls to depict the generic post-apocalyptic wasteland as it really will be: utterly boring and lifeless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 95
  2. Negative: 13 out of 95
  1. Jun 9, 2011
    10
    I LOVE this game. It is the only game i have played 5 times and unlocked everything and got a platinum trophy and the simple reason why is that its just really really a blast to play especially with a friend. I love the presentation overall and the addictive levelling system is indeed addictive. Really hoping for a borderlands 2. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2011
    10
    Probably the best PS3 game I have played. Only downsides are the loading times and the lack of things to buy with the money you get. The weapons you find are better than the ones you can buy so you end up never using the cash you earn. Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2011
    9
    Honestly my favorite PS3 game. I love the split screen campaign and the character development system. A few minor bugs, but nothing distracting from gameplay. Great art style and soundscape. Overall lots of fun and very diverse game. There is a little bit of grinding in the middle, which does get tedious, not nothing unexpected for an FPS/RPG style game. Lots of stuff to do and explore if you're willing to look around. Expand
  4. Oct 19, 2010
    8
    If you love RPGs and FPS and you like collecting things in game.. then this game is a gift from heaven for you! Right now you can get the game and all the DLC (which are superb) in the GOTY version. Definitely a good deal right there. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    8
    I have had a lot of fun playing borderlands, so much in fact that I started a one hour trial and played through the first part then bought the game and played it again with my brother through co-op he quit halfway through so I just continued on and beat it, which this is a long game, and then recently played it again with my brother and beat it again, and then had my game deleted I don't know how many times but, this is a fun addictive game, and is best experiences with coop. The game can be kind of slow and the presentation did start out really good especially how the new characters were introduced and the new bosses but that quit halfway through the game it seemed, of course by that time you were addicted and just wanted to continue playing. Of course it could have been a lot better had the presentation been beefed up. Actually I originally had this game for a "9" but after thinking how it started and how the presentation lacked toward to second half, the cities and towns felt empty, I don't know what happend but decided to change it to an 8. Another issue was the challenge. It started off really good, but toward the end if you had been completing everything the challenge started to drop off and it just felt more like a chore. Expand
  6. Aug 6, 2011
    6
    I have always enjoyed games that have a decent story. Not necessarily epic stories complete with plot twists and gasp worthy moments, but just a narrative that helps drive the action forward. Borderlands is a game that completely lacks any sort of decent story, it even goes as far as not even having voice recordings to introduce missions to you, but rather makes you read through a passage of text which describes your task and also tries to inject some character development into these passages. This detracts from the experience for me and makes the action feel very repetitive and pointless beyond trying out your new weapon (of which there are thousands).
    Borderlands is a very interesting game in what it tries to become both visually and with regards to it's gameplay. Some will love everything about it including it's very relaxed approach to narrative as well as it's stark visual style. I, however found it tedious and lacking in direction but slightly redeemed when playing with friends either online or locally.
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  7. Jan 13, 2012
    0
    Tried the Full Game 1hour demo, a waste of my time downloading. This game is a bad-cartoony version of Fallout and sadly if you bought this i would recomened burning it an going to buy Fallout 3 Expand

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