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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 inAs 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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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. 90
    This game has single-handedly stolen my soul since it arrived at my doorstep and I find myself needing to level up once a night, much like my wife and her World of Warcraft addiction.
  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 is unique, it's different, and it's hard to classify. But it's not for everyone. It's not for the stereotypical CoD/Halo crowd. It's not revolutionary, but it is interesting. And, crucially, it's a hell of a lot of fun, but only, long term at least, in co-op.
  6. In actuality, in spite of these congruities, all of its parts are tailored toward the shooter genre, so it's not an RPG at all really, it's just a multi-layered FPS, which, to be honest, is brilliant.
  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: 81 out of 123
  2. Negative: 12 out of 123
  1. Dave
    Jan 7, 2010
    10
    Awesome hybrid Fps. I can't to thinking about it. I'm hooked. The guns are amazing and I love how it effects enemys. If you enjoy Awesome hybrid Fps. I can't to thinking about it. I'm hooked. The guns are amazing and I love how it effects enemys. If you enjoy rpgs comics and fps this game IS for you! Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    My personal favorite game of this console generation. So much replay value! I've probably put in 200 hours and still get the itch to play it!My personal favorite game of this console generation. So much replay value! I've probably put in 200 hours and still get the itch to play it! The only other thing to say is I want more! Can't wait for the sequel!! Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2011
    9
    This game is INCREDIBLE... ok! This is how games should be like. Everything is perfect... the gameplay style, the graphics, the story and allThis game is INCREDIBLE... ok! This is how games should be like. Everything is perfect... the gameplay style, the graphics, the story and all that **** But 1 thing is missing :( There are so few dialogs. You feel lonely in the game. You want someone to talk sometimes. Hearing gun shots or other sounds is good but you barely hear someone talk in the game. That's the only thing. Or else I would give it a 10. Expand
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    8
    I normally suck at fps but this game allowed me to get better at them and the same time enjoy them the thing that ade me get this game was theI normally suck at fps but this game allowed me to get better at them and the same time enjoy them the thing that ade me get this game was the rpg elements and I have to say they work pretty well but when you play with people who have modded guns (like me) and you don't it is a little frustating and it's because of that, that I realized I was tired of the game; after playing as every character and defeating the game on hard a couple of times I realized there wasn't much else to the game to keep me entertained. after that it was only about helping some newbies get levels fast and trying to get rare weapons. I really wish they make a sequel and they put a better competitive mp and fix the vehicules and also more variety of enemies and weapons and maybe the possibility to change to third person view so u can see ur own looks Expand
  5. Dec 30, 2019
    8
    A really good mixture of RPG and FPS with a loot system with nearly endless possibilities. It did make the genre of loot shooters quiteA really good mixture of RPG and FPS with a loot system with nearly endless possibilities. It did make the genre of loot shooters quite popular and perfected it in later installments. What does it do different than other FPS games? You character choice matters. They are not different skins with slightly altered abilities. Each character has a unique base ability and 3 unique skill trees. As you are leveling up you make decisions about the characters skills and abilities. You can add new effects, improve stats or gain new skills that help you a lot. It is worth experimenting because you wont learn every skill in the game (You can always reset the skills and test other options). The loot system is pretty good balanced. You get a lot of loot but the better staff is rare enough that you feel rewarded it you earn your legendary equipment. They used cel shading for the graphics which is a turn off for many people. I will say the cell shading graphics age very well and it gave the series their individual style. I will also say it looks a bit boring sometimes. The music is good especially the intro. The story is a bit on the generic part (go here than there) and the villains are nothing to write home (They delivered both in Borderlands 2 with one of the best video game villains of all time). Overall a good start for a new IP and the foundation for the Borderlands series. Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2012
    7
    Okay, the graphics are cell-shaded, the audio is sub-par, and the game play is about as repetitive as a paddle ball.The humor of the game isOkay, the graphics are cell-shaded, the audio is sub-par, and the game play is about as repetitive as a paddle ball.The humor of the game is pretty good, and the feel of the game play is okay for about an hour or two. But after about an hour the game gets a little drab and boring, the only thing it leaves you with is the humor. The enemies are just EXP fodder, and the bosses couldn't be any easier. Really, it's not worth the hype it gets. Expand
  7. Mar 19, 2012
    0
    Alright. This game is not a game for RPG fans, it's for first person shooter fans. Speaking from an RPG perspective, everything about thisAlright. This game is not a game for RPG fans, it's for first person shooter fans. Speaking from an RPG perspective, everything about this game absolutely sucks. The split screen doesn't split the screen properly if you play with friends (in the menus), all the quests are fetch quests (kill this 7 of these monsters), there is no character development, the story is horrendous, and the ending contains no closure. Expand

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