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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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  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
    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. Overall, the game is worth the money for all those gamers who enjoy playing with a small group of friends or love looting. Still the game has various noticeable flaws which can have you caught in some pretty weird and awkward situations.
  4. Overlook-able faults aside, Gearbox has delivered one of meatiest, most wholly satisfying hybrids yet.
  5. Borderlands is a successful experiment, managing to introduce some fresh elements in the quite static FPS landscape. The gameplay mechanics and its original graphics make it fresh and entertaining, suitable both for FPS fans and the people who loves Diablo-style RPGs. If you're willing to play it cooperatively with (up to four) your friends, Borderlands will shine in its best shape.
  6. Much more than the sum of its parts, but unfortunately said parts are only an okay FPS and an okay RPG, both fairly no-frills and functional. It's a roast dinner without gravy followed by an apple pie without custard. Nothing's wrong, but you can't shake the nagging feeling that something's missing. Borderlands is a good time, but it should have been a great time.
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    Alluringly lurid, but ultimately disposable. [Dec 2009, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 178
  1. Aug 8, 2012
    10
    Borderlands is a great game, a fun shoot-em-up style with cool funky graphics and a good comedy ring to it, it is definitely more fun to playBorderlands is a great game, a fun shoot-em-up style with cool funky graphics and a good comedy ring to it, it is definitely more fun to play with your friends, trade weapons and help eachother out with the many quests. Expand
  2. JorgeC
    Oct 24, 2009
    10
    One of the best multipler experiences I have ever had with my brother. Its addicting and fun.
  3. MordecaiHunter
    Jan 14, 2010
    10
    Borderlands retains the best elements of Fallout 3, leveling, skills, open RPG environment, and the first person shooter behavior and Borderlands retains the best elements of Fallout 3, leveling, skills, open RPG environment, and the first person shooter behavior and ridiculous weapons variety of Modern Warfare, all wrapped up in an orignal and creative style. The opportunities for developing a unique character based on the choices you make in the game are nearly infinite. I love this game, a must buy! Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2012
    9
    Borderlands remains one of the few FPS to throw a massive variety of interesting enemies at you that all suit the world they live in. You'llBorderlands remains one of the few FPS to throw a massive variety of interesting enemies at you that all suit the world they live in. You'll be fighting large flying reptilian bats, burrowing insects, mutated wild dogs, a variety of crazy bandits, long legged war of the worlds style creatures, and mad mini robots to name just a few off the top of my head. You also get big awesome boss fights providing you with ample opportunity to use different tactics to overcome them either by yourself or with a party of friends. The world of Pandora is a sparsely populated wasteland but still has interesting geography features and you'll be visiting a variety of locations from junkyards, to military installations, to wide open sandscapes requiring buggy style vehicles with weapons to negotiate their girth. Borderlands deserves all the praise it gets for its unique and witty take on a post apocalyptic world with massive depth and an awesome level of RPG style character customisation not seen in usual FPS fare. Unique. Expand
  5. TB
    Oct 24, 2009
    8
    This game is great, but is only fun to play with friends because of the boredom the quests generate.
  6. Jan 2, 2018
    7
    Lleno de carisma, inspiración y sentido del humor, Borderlands aparece como un juego que como paquete completo es superior a la suma de susLleno de carisma, inspiración y sentido del humor, Borderlands aparece como un juego que como paquete completo es superior a la suma de sus partes. El sistema de disparos está bien cuidado y da espacio para la personalización, sin embargo es bastante superficial, ya que la clase elegida pone limitaciones insondeables y por lo tanto, poco moldeables.

    Sin embargo lo importante de este juego es lo que ofrece como experiencia general, un mundo inspiradísimo y la curiosidaa de explorar sus cuevas, la sorpresa de los dialogos, el carisma de sus personajes. Lamentablemente a nivel mecánico deja mucho que desear, y creo que como primera entrega es poco generosa respecto al guion, es básica y no termina en nada. Es un juego con excelentes ideas y diseño artístico, crearon un mundo entrañable, así como un sistema de recoleccion de armas divertido y variado.

    Como juego de hace casi una década no me detendré en aspectos técnicos, aún viéndolo con visión histórica me parece un buen juego, pero no uno especialmente destacable, y más aún en la generación que apareció. Jugaré la segunda entrega para ver como desarrollaron las interesantes ideas que veo aquí.
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  7. Oct 2, 2012
    0
    An awful sad, boring to the teeth game. Even worst than the ridiculous first installment, this train wreck of a game is dull, predictable andAn 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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