March 12, 2010

Borderlands–Psychotic RPG Goodness

I recent­ly, after some reluc­tance, have picked up Bor­der­lands and wished I had done so soon­er, This game is well worth the $50 spent. I was reluc­tant to buy this game due to adver­tis­ing strate­gies, to me it kin­da seemed like that movie trail­er that had all the good parts in it and when you actu­al­ly saw the movie were sore­ly dis­s­a­point­ed. This how­ev­er is quite the oppisite. This game picked up on the excel­lent mechan­ics that I think made games like Fallout3 and Mass­ef­fect a huge hit, RPG FPS. Who does­nt like being able to blow stuff up, put holes in any­thing that moves while at the same time lev­el­ing char­ac­ter abil­i­ties and roam­ing a huge open world???
Bor­der­lands is obvi­ous­ly not the first to imple­ment this tech­niqe but they did a damn good job of per­fect­ing it. This game has enough con­tent to keep one busy for quite some time while keep­ing the expe­ri­ence fresh through­out the game. There are 3 things that make this game what it is . First, Story/Characters: at the start of the game you have the option of being any one of the char­ac­ters shown in the pic at the top of this post, each with their own abil­i­ties and per­son­al­i­ty to make them what they are, I espe­cial­ly appre­ci­atat­ed the per­son­al­i­ty fac­tor, it allowed me to not just play the char­ac­ter that had the abil­i­ties I want­ed but also allowed me to pick a char­ac­ter I could relate to mak­ing the expe­ri­ence a much rich­er one. Not to men­tion a goofy lit­tle robot named Clap­Trap. Sec­ond, Mechanics/Gameplay: Bor­der­lands leaves noth­ing to be desired straight from the get go. Like most games it eas­es you into it, but does so with­out mak­ing the game seem to easy or bor­ing. From the start there is com­e­dy, action, and sto­ry build­ing. It starts out sub­tle but engages the play­er in a strong grip­ping way. This game brags there are mil­lions of weapons, this so far is true, every­where I turn there is a new gun to play with, the only down­side to this is that there can only be so much weapon­ry, while each weapon is dif­fer­ent in some way you will come across the same weapon many times only it will have a slight­ly dif­fer­ent name and char­ac­ter­is­tics, but its not all bad, it give the play­er a good vari­ety or weapon char­ac­ter­is­tics and no one will be left want­i­ng when it comes to how to shoot/blow up badies. Next, the ingame char­ac­ters are quite awsome, they are half of what makes the game so good. The badies you come across will talk trash and som­times inco­her­ant bab­ble which if noth­ing else makes for a fun­ny good time. The same can be said for the plot char­ac­ters, they are well devel­oped and add not only to the sto­ry and con­tent but also give the game its robust per­son­al­i­ty. And we cant for­get the scale, some the Boss’s Ive come across are gigan­tic and fit well into the giant world that is Bor­der­lands. The devel­op­ers real­ly pulled this on off, The world is huge yet easy to tra­vers and trav­el though. And Third, Graph­ics: This is one thing that kind turned me off at first. The game has super­fi­cial car­toony look to it, which in the end is yet anoth­er thing that gives this game char­ac­ter. The graph­ics give this game a very orig­i­nal feel and offers it own vari­ant of eye can­dy.
Bot­tom line: This game offers much in the way of con­tent and unique visu­als and an over­all excel­lent unique game play expe­ri­ence. The game still retails for $50USD and in my hon­est opin­ion is well worth the mon­ey.
(This is new to me so Ill post a video when I learn how to embed video)


  1. thsoundman - March 12, 2010 12:37 pm

    You know I was look­ing at this game and I even saw one of my friends play­ing it. I just haven’t been able to get myself to buy it. Per­haps it’s somthing to do with the Car­toon drawing/art style the game uses. I’m not per­son­al­ly a big fan of this. I did­n’t like it in Prince of Per­sia either. I don’t know what it is. The premise of the game looks pret­ty damn cool though. How would you pit the game say agaist fall­out 3? Bet­ter? Worse? The same?

  2. PimpmasterF - March 12, 2010 1:06 pm

    Fallout3 was excel­lent, and in my opin­ion Bor­der­lands improves on Fallout3. I think its a stronger game with bet­ter and more thouogh­ly devel­oped con­tent and sto­ry. All around I think its a stronger, fuller game than Fallout3. I thought the car­toony look would bring it down to but 2K actu­al­ly made it work in an excel­lent way and makes the game stand out among the rest

  3. DeathProof - March 12, 2010 7:03 pm

    I’ve played through about 3 hours of the sin­gle play­er mis­sions with this one. And it is frig­gin fun. The sto­ry is cool, the char­ac­ters are cool and gun/game play is very nice. The car­toon look turned me off too, its lacks real­ism that many fps bring 2day, but makes up for it by being just enter­tain­ing. I think this one is a win­ner too, but above fall­out 3? Not too sure about that : )

  4. PimpmasterF - March 12, 2010 7:28 pm

    I would­nt say its above fallout3 but I do think it improved on what fallout3 set out to do with the RPG FPS genre. how­ev­er per­son­al­ly I pre­fer bor­der­lands over fallout3 due to its robust con­tent and vivid envi­ron­ments. I real­ly liked fallout3 but for me it got old after the 3rd DLC. How­ev­er I cant wait for New Vegas 🙂


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