Review by Ann0nym0us

Reviewed: 04/26/10

It's a great game. Give it a try.

Alright, so let's start the Review:

Borderlands is a First-Person Shooter/ Role- Playing Game , or a Role- Playing Shooter, created by two notable companies, Gearbox and 2K. 2K is notable for the Bioshock series, and Gearbox with Half- Life expansions.

First off, the controls. Controls are your standard PC FPS with WASD to move, moving the mouse to look around, right click to aim down sight, and right mouse button to shoot. The game also uses the mouse's scroll wheel to cycle through weapons that your are currently holding ( up to 4 at once).

When you play the game, one of the first things you will notice is the variety of guns in the game. Borderlands has a claim that the game contains "87 bazillion" guns. Really, there are just several million but that's still a lot. The only disappointment when is when comes down to the gun variety, there are several classes, which are okay, to choose from. There are you standard types like Rocket Launchers, Sniper Rifle, Machine Guns, SMGs, Shotguns, Pistols, and others, but even a small difference or detail means that it's a different gun, which means you might come across a gun identical ( which is unlikely) to yours, but with slightly more accuracy. This can be fun collecting guns at first, but with the limited amount of space in your backpack, unless you modify you backpack's maximum holding capacity, through cheats or other means, it's practically useless to try and collect every single Pearl or Orange gun you can find.

Downloadable Content has also been released for Borderlands for around $10 each with a total of three expansions, which can make playing the a lot more fun.


The game takes place on a planet called Pandora, a planet plagued with bandits, Atlas soldiers, and alien creatures/ animals. You start out as a merchant on the highway, looking for a place called the Vault, a mythical location thought to have mounds of treasure and technology inside. You have to choose from 1 of 4 character classes: a Berserker, who is big, beefy, and uses his fists a lot, a Hunter, who is a slim, tactical man who uses precise measures to hunt down enemies, a Siren, a magical woman who can instantly vanish and then re- appear, and a Soldier, a man who looks like he has been on the battlefields of Pandora before.

A "Guardian Angel", whose identity you do not know of ( and I'm not going to tell you) at first, tells you to get off of the bus and talk to this short, one- wheeled, camera- eyed robot code named "CL4P- TP", but he tells you that you can call him by his local name, "Claptrap".
-- A bit later--

You find out that the Vault can only be opened once every 200 years, and that the time of opening is coming soon. To open the Vault, you need to find the Vault Key by assembling it out of Vault Key Fragments.

Think that's all I really feel like explaining about the story now.


Graphics are pretty good in this game. Once noticeable detail is the cartoon- ish art style, with the heavy, bold outlines. Texture quality is okay, but it could have been a lot better. Overall, graphics are a major part of this game.

Sound is good, with each gun class having a unique sound when you shoot them. Music is so- so, it can fit a seen pretty well, especially during a heavier fight when louder music suddenly pops up, and special music when fighting bosses, but the standard background music is usually forgettable. I do like how they have included Cage the Elephant's song "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked", though.

Play Time/Replayability:

I'm guessing it'll take the average player around 20 hours to complete this game. After you are done with your first playthrough, you can actually play the game again with a fully leveled character and everything else you had before, and the enemies will power up, which enhance the amount of play time and replay value greatly. Expansions, like I said before, have also been released, so there is a lot of extra time you can put in to playing the game, because like the game, the expansions are playable on playthrough 1 and 2 separately, so you can beat each of the three twice, but this can get repetitive and boring.

Final Recommendation:

If you are a FPS fan and can also deal with RPGs, or the other way around, then you can go ahead and buy Borderlands. As I'm not sure how you might like it, try renting it, borrowing it, or playing it with a friend.

+Solid Gameplay
+Unique Art Style
-Repetitive/ Impossible Gun Collection
-Background Music

Rating:   4.0 - Great

Product Release: Borderlands (US, 10/26/09)

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