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Borderlands review
by patjans5

The Borderlands series is easily one of the most popular and well known first-person shooters in gaming, and it's easy to see why. 2009's Borderlands may be unpolished compared to the rest of the series, but it has aged incredibly well all things considered. 

Borderlands takes place on the wasteland planet of Pandora, where four vault hunters, each with their own unique abilities, sets out to search for an ancient alien vault that only opens once every two hundred years. You can play as any one character, customize your approach to the game, and take on a variety of tasks as you fight and shoot your way to the vault. 

The game focuses mainly on shooting combat, looting for better weapons to give you the edge in combat, and progressively challenging enemies as you progress through the game. All this things makes Borderlands an absolute thrill to play through. Overall the combat holds up well for being over a decade old.

On the subject of the game holding up well, let's talk about the game's beautiful and stylistic cel-shaded graphics. It looks a tad dated in comparison to the rest of the series, it did come out over 10 years ago now, but it still looks great. I love the cartoonish yet disturbing apocalyptic setting of Pandora, the goofy and insane character looks, unique guns, and everything in between that makes the world of Borderlands so iconic. It makes a wasteland like Pandora a treat to travel through. 

As fun as the gameplay is, and as great as the graphics are, Borderlands is severely bogged down by repetition for me. A large bulk of the game includes extremely repetitive missions, both side quests and main missions. Even the story doesn't feel very focuses until closer to the end. Honestly this wouldn't be an issue for me if the game was shorter, but at over twenty hours, it got tiring after awhile.

Still, Borderlands is an iconic game that paved the way for it's sequels to improve on what it has to offer. There is the enhanced edition of this game that recently came out, and if you were to play any versions, play that. That is if it doesn't lag on you severely like mine did. 

Rating: 7/10

Other reviews5

Entertaining for the first hours, then it gets repetitive and boring.

Too much focus on stats: two level below target? Cant kill anything. Two levels above? No challenge at all.

Lack of FOV change made me dizzy in the more confused fights.
Highly recommended
«Can’t stop playing»
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
A pretty successful Game, which I enjoyed for a long time. Borderlands is a Mix of Shooter and Role-playing. The Story is about the Hunt for the so-called Chamber, a Kind of alien treasure trove on the Planet Pandora. During this Hunt one is accompanied by some Main Characters, for Example the funny (but also slightly annoying) robot CL4P-TP, also called Claptrap. The Story is really well incorporated into the Game area at the Beginning, later you often only run to an Area for a single Mission. I feel like that there also the Number of individual Missions is decreasing. Often just a story mission and few Side Missions. More on these: In addition to the Main Story, there are quite a few smaller Missions, some of them are related, some are just simple Tasks like "Kill this Person." Often they are funny, but sometimes in the Long run they become somewhat monotonous. In itself, the Game has a (from my Point of view) pretty funny humor. Partly totally pointless, stupid or macabre, there is often something to laugh about, at least for those who like this Kind of Humor. The Game world basically consists of post-apocalyptic Elements. Rough Desert Landscapes where Scrap mountains tower up, Bandit villages, mountain and Ice Landscapes shape the Face of Pandora. Everything is in a comic it graphic Style. Personally, I had to get used to it first. One can play as four different "Classes," as a Soldier who can put up a Gun, as well as a Hunter who can send his "Bird of prey" to attack Enemies. Plus, there's the Siren, which can (simply put) make itself invisible, and the Berserker attacking Enemies with bare Fists (and pretty clean in the process). You can level and improve the Characters as the Game progresses. Borderlands is most Fun in Multiplayer, where up to 4 Players are possible. In Principle, the Game is also a lot about Looting. Almost everywhere there are containers around that can be opened. In Multiplayer, therefore, it can sometimes happen that all Players want to run to Loot Chests as quickly as possible and grab the Weapons. It's best, you play with Friends and talk to who gets what Guns. From that point of View, you find enough anyway. The Music of the Game contributes to its Atmosphere, often keeps discreetly in the Background (if any). First of all, the Game. Borderlands can't really be compared to another Game (I know), so just take a look. As a Numb, this results in: Graphic: 7/10 Story: 7/10 Characters: 9/10 Environment and Environment: 8/10 Atmosphere: 9/10 Total: 8/10 Now to the Extensions, of which there are 4. "Dr. Nds Zombie Island" adds an Island where creepy Things happen. Who hasn't guessed it now: It's robo ninjas. Of course not, it's Zombies! Where they come from, together with the slightly suspect Dr. Ned, you have to find out. Grim atmosphere, and I don't think the Story is bad either. "The Secret Armory of General Knoxx" is about the aspiring General Knoxx of the Crimson Lance. The Expansion promises plenty of Loot, as does a "secret" Boss who is the highest Level (61) and who is best defeated with 4 Players. But everyone should find out for themselves. What I like are the well-known Characters we meet again (E.g. Mad Moxxi, Scooter, Marcus). Personally, I think this Enlargement is the best, as it is quite large. "Mad Moxxi's Underdome" adds an arena mode. You can face the Hordes of Enemies in different Arenas. This is not even so easy and is highly recommended for the Multiplayer. After some Time, however, this can become a bit monotonous. In "Claptraps Robot Revolution," Claptrap seeks Domination. The Story is made with Humor and I liked it. In this Extension, there's a Room full Of Looding Chests that you can keep getting into. If you want to know how to do this, you should just play the Expansion. Another Point I think is very good is that Characters from the other Extensions are included here. Borderlands is a Game that plays well with Friends. If you like the Game, you have a lot of it. I can definitely recommend it.
I've completed this game around 10 times on the different platforms and I extremely like almost everything about this game: great visual style, really fun co-op mode and Diablo-like loot and level systems but in the action form.
«Can’t stop playing»
«Better with friends»