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Borderlands is not the easiest game to describe to someone, on the surface it looks like your standard first person shooter with an eccentric art style, when in reality it actually combines the first person game play with the loot drop mechanics of action role playing games like Diablo, thankfully this game is more than diablo with guns. It's imaginative design ends up making it one of the most memorable games of its time.
Borderlands has a very striking presentation a large part of its personality comes from its sharp stylised visuals, the console version has some frame rate issues in large scale fights, but otherwise this game looks awesome. Environments are open and detailed and a lot of love went into the weapon models and enemy’s animate very well.
I would have liked to have seen a little more enemy variety but there is still a lot to take in there, and although the story is really nothing to ride home about the main characters are still brought to life with lively animation, good voice over work and some snappy writing. Seeing how a lot of recent games forgo this aspect entirely, it’s defiantly nice to see here.
As I said before this is primarily a loot hunting game, much fanfare has been made about the games insane number of weapons we are told anywhere from a few 100,000 to more guns, all we can say is yes there are a ridiculous number of guns. You'll find the usually assortment of weapon classes, stuff like shotguns, sniper rifles or sub machine guns and each will have unique stats to them like from reload rates to damage numbers. As a result you will constantly equip and re-equip gear to find better items, you may have to toss away trash guns, but it is really gratifying to find that one gun that really clicks for you.
In addition to the collecting the game gives you more customisation with its character class, you can choose between being a hunter, a berserker, a siren, or a solider, and each class will get a unique action skill that you use a lot during the game. As you level you also earn points that can increase your status or power up skill trees for your action skill, while you can do a lot some of the changes are sort of hard to notice. I would have preferred a greater diversity and bigger changes between each skill class, while the skills do effect how you fight for sure, I feel like more could have been done with it.
One good thing that if you want to change your character completely you can reset all your points and redistribute them accordingly, the interface for all of this is surprisingly accessible, customisation and looting aren’t the only part of this game though, the shooting is very satisfying and thanks to some really engaging enemy AI it doesn't get as repetitive as you might think.
The game has also got vehicles and although they mainly serve as ways to speed up travel, they can also be used to blow things up. However, without a doubt the best feature of this game is the multiplayer which is frantic and chaotic and highly addictive. Although you can do everything by yourself up to four people can take on the adventure co-operatively as you keep adding players the enemy will get more powerful and better loot will drop. All of your items and experience is then transferred to your own game, so there is a lot of incentive to play ass a group, one limitation is that you all generally have to be at the same part of the game if you want to do the story missions together, so plan accordingly.
The game also offers a high degree of re-playability, after you beat it you can actually play it again with all of your items and a fully levelled character and all of the enemy’s will power up as well. There are also duals in an arena that's just for some player vs player fun, so if you get into an argument over who has the better character it’s a nice little way to figure it out.
Gearbox's Borderlands is a slick and satisfying title that may surprise a lot of people, straight shooting fans may not care for all of the stat building and the looting but I found it highly engaging and rewarding if you’re looking for something a little different from the normal and have three friends that want to loot alongside you, you should definitely check it out.