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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: 75 out of 113
  2. Negative: 12 out of 113
  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. Jan 15, 2011
    10
    Great game. You pick 1 of 4 characters with a special action ability and 3 trees of mostly passive stat increasing talents and its a FPS.Great game. You pick 1 of 4 characters with a special action ability and 3 trees of mostly passive stat increasing talents and its a FPS. There are literally a Billion guns because of the Random Stat Generator for the guns so you'll always be able to find something you like. The game is at its best during Split Screen Co-op or Online with 3 other players. Playing solo is harder and slower and boring when you don't have someone to play with. I would get the Game of The Year Edition because it has the 4 DLCs that are well worth it and add hours onto the game. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    9
    One of the best PS3 games. Countless hours of pure fun and one of the best cooperative online experiences so far. Millions of weapons and gearOne of the best PS3 games. Countless hours of pure fun and one of the best cooperative online experiences so far. Millions of weapons and gear to collect. Cant wait for Borderlands 2 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. Jul 25, 2019
    8
    Borderlands was a bit like "a bolt from the blue". Something that not everyone expected nor was expected its great success.

    I wouldn't
    Borderlands was a bit like "a bolt from the blue". Something that not everyone expected nor was expected its great success.

    I wouldn't define Borderlands' plot as useless or inexistent. It mostly represents a pretext, it certainly does not shine by writing, humor is at medium levels, without ever exaggerating too much. Characters like Scooter, Claptrap and Zed still lack that characterization that would have made them iconic; the most interesting character is, indeed, "Angel" played by beautiful Brittani Johnson, who accomplishes to present herself as seductive and eloquent. These elements make it a light plot, which is followed with pleasure, although it can be quite boring in some parts.

    Borderlands' gameplay wanted to offer something innovative and, in a sense, it certainly succeeded. Quest diary, I must admit, is one of the best I have ever seen in a video game: always clear, it provides the information needed, it has no obvious problems of overlapping objectives; really well done. Variety of secondary quests is good, they differ in type and they entertain, although obviously some excel in quality over others. Excellent the idea of ​​creating different weapons/equipment manufacturers, each one specialized in a type of weapon and with its own recognizable peculiarities; this, I'm sure, is one of the game's success factors. Rarity system used for the loot (even the weapons) works well: colors - from white, through green, blue, purple and finally orange - give a nice visual impact at the time of obtaining the reward; a good design choice. Unfortunately, at least in the basic game, the problem relating to levels and "experience aging" is very noticeable: it becomes increasingly difficult to get EXP points, and only the most recent enemies guarantee a good leveling. As in other cases, I would have preferred an increase in the NPCs' level directly proportional to that of the player. Weapons are also subject to aging: a legendary orange but low-level weapon can easily be outclassed by a common white high-level weapon. Loot generation's random algorithm works well, but it's obvious how it would have been improved, since it's actually quite common to find weapons that are very similar. Variety of enemies is good, which is also reflected in the vulnerabilities that every type of enemy has: fire, acid, electric or explosive. In general the concept of "Role-playing shooter"... works. It turned out to be successful with the use of different classes, each one with its own UNIQUE class ability and perks, impossible to be found in other classes. Does it remind something? Yes, that's how RPGs worked until the first half of 2000s, and it's interesting to think how, looking both in 2009 and 2019, shooters incorporated elements from RPGs, while RPGs themselves lost things like "classes", which made them, well... "role-playing" video games, in fact.

    Cel-shaded graphics turned out to be a strength in Borderlands. Making good use of Unreal Engine 3 rendering, Gearbox managed to guarantee a stylish look to the game, which at the same time struggled to age: it's still nice to look at and succeeded in everything, from characters to environments, even 10 years later. In short: cel-shading ages well and better. Nothing exceptional about the soundtrack, though. Certainly a catchy song like Cage the Elephant's "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked", which is only heard during the opening sequence, is not enough to save the whole thing.

    Borderlands is a great video game. Not perfect, and not everything positive it has, eventually come to shine... but it's influence is tangible. With at least 4.5 million copies sold, the game became Gearbox's golden goose, which would then create a sequel on these basics that would eclipse this first chapter. Then, after 10 years, just think about Cyberpunk 2077 and how, as far as we know now, will use a color-based loot and rarity system similar to Borderlands.
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  6. Apr 5, 2012
    7
    It's very addictive, has LOADS of guns and other equipment, but the world is pretty boring and the quests are often tedious. Co-op is fun, RPGIt's very addictive, has LOADS of guns and other equipment, but the world is pretty boring and the quests are often tedious. Co-op is fun, RPG elements work well, and it has some great DLC. Check this out if you want a different type of shooter. 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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