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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
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  1. Positive: 80 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
  1. Borderlands is a excellent title, which is a must have for fans of both FPS and RPG games.
  2. 90
    The fun I had with the rock-solid gunplay and extensive role-playing elements was considerably amplified by each additional player. Borderlands is an absolute blast that I'll go back to again and again, even if my friends aren't around to help out.
  3. One of the great things about Borderlands is that there is always plenty to do. In addition to the story missions there are always a number of other missions available, either from characters that you meet in the game or from job boards in the friendly settlements.
  4. Borderlands isn't the most complex of games, in fact it's quite simple as you're not really interacting much with anything like it somehow feels you should be able to. However the execution in the areas it does well in are well polished and entices gamers who have gaming addictions.
  5. Not nearly as epic as Fallout 3 but intriguing and addictive for level-grind-loving gamers. [Dec 2009, p.72]
  6. It’s rarely frustrating, always fun, and a total blast when it comes to multiplayer. While the story won’t change anyone’s life, the presentation and gameplay are more than enough reason to journey to Pandora.
  7. Alluringly lurid, but ultimately disposable. [Dec 2009, p.92]

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  1. Negative: 12 out of 160
  1. May 31, 2012
    I've had this game for a long time now but never got around to review it so now I'm doing my review in 2012.Borderlands in simple words to describe it is AWESOME!!!the combat,rpg elements,graphics and multiplayer are Fantastic.I can not wait till borderlands 2 comes out in a few short months.either way if you like rpgs and shooters then you're gonna love this the dlc is amazing.get this game . Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2011
    99% Perfectly made. A spot on game for any player of any genre. Outstanding gameplay, beautiful landscape, the creatures and bandits are very, very well thought through, and playable space is unbeilvably massive. A must have game for gamers who like Fallout or Call of duty. The choice of weapons can be detailed right down to your favorite color, and the skill building can be tweaked to your standards. Even the mods are fun, not those kind where people try to screw up the game on purpose but the kind where its fun to play with them on. All around, one of the first games you should have for the Xbox 360 Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2013
    The game is a different spin on the post apocalyptic world schematic. owever, it manages to create it's own mythos and fully developed niche environment.
    It's an open world with 4 different classes to choose from. All with their own different skill sets and special abilities. Each character has 3 different skill sets to build upon (and can even mix and match) to suit the main playstyles. Very long game with well made expanded content that gives alot for the money as well. Lots of side quests and a well made main quest chain. Tons and tons and TONS of different weapons. Vehilce traveling is fun as hell too and the game is challenging for sure.
    The only slight drawback may be that the graphics have a unique style. They may not be for everyone.
  4. Aug 25, 2011
    Borderlands is great. Really great. But it contains bullet sponges. Lots of them. These enemies soak up a lot of bullets, even if your using a ROCKET LAUNCHER. But that's fine, because it's a first person loot 'em up, and that's how they should work....right? Right. Borderlands does also feature more weapons than any other game ever, but that's not what keeps you playing. Apart from it being nectar to loot 'em up fans, the world is engaging and brilliantly created, and the cel-shaded styling is used to great effect. The constant tease of a new, more badass weapon (or grenade, or power up, or shield) is incentive enough to stay with Borderlands, which is all it ever needed to do anyway. Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2010
    I'd give this game more than an 8, but frame rate issues and confusing/lack of story bring it down in my books. Fantastic outing, bring on Borderlands 2!! Expand
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    Probably one of the most unique games you will ever play. Borderlands has that creativity to it that you know will keep you coming back for more, However - an uneven difficulty, poor and repetitive mission objectives, countless back tracking, and a poor multiplayer ruin the overall value. Its enjoyable but not as good as it could have been. Expand
  7. Oct 2, 2012
    An awful sad, boring to the teeth game. Even worst than the ridiculous first installment, this train wreck of a game is dull, predictable and generic to the extreme. Same old same old mediocre FPS game disguised as a very bad written RPG. Avoid at all costs. Expand

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