Friday, June 3, 2011

Video Game: Borderlands


A friend of mine and I just finished going through the game Borderlands on the PC in co-op mode a few days ago.  I really liked it and recommend you try it out if you haven't done so already.  I think Borderlands could best be described as a fusion between many other popular game elements and tying them into one cohesive game.


 Borderlands is a first person shooter with fairly tight controls.  It also has the look of a wasteland, bandit like enemies, and the words "The Vault" that all evoke a sense of a post-apocalyptic fallout setting.  It incorporates talents and leveling up like an RPG.  Depending on which of the four characters you pick, you will have a host of different talents to try.  For instance, the Soldier has the ability to throw a sentry turret out for a time to attack enemies, while the Hunter has a bird companion that can be set off to attack.   As well, you upgrade your armor, which works like a Halo rechargeable shield, as well as grenade upgrades, class mods and of course a plethora of choices for weapons.
  


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The game is stylish, with cel shaded graphics and a rock like soundtrack that compliments the action.  The game's storyline isn't its strong suit, but in the case of a game like this, that isn't much of a problem.  The storyline, to me anyway, seemed there to loosely connect the player with a sense of involvement and forward momentum, but the game really seems a lot more about leveling up and upgrading your equipment, trying out new weapons and the like.  In all honesty, in this department, it reminds me of a first person version of one of my favorite games of all time, Phantasy Star Online.  In both games, there is a vague story about what you are doing, but in the long run, the emphasis is on character progression and fun gameplay.  I think Borderlands pulls it off well.  After you finish the game, you can run through it again on a hard-mode to continue to level up and find even more fantastical weapons.  There is also a host of downloadable content that can be acquired separately or by buying the game of the year edition.  Like many games, I made the purchase on Steam during a ridiculously good deal, which I always condone doing.



The developers, Gearbox, are the same group that inherited and put the final touches on in a sense, Duke Nukem Forever, to be released soon.  After playing Borderlands, I have a new-found respect for the development team and am a little more anticipatory of the return of Duke.   Here's hoping that game will turn out all right and Gearbox will show consistency with quality!  Once again, if you are looking for a game that blends many gameplay elements into one union and pulls it off famously, try out Borderlands.  It is a fresh take on tried and true game-play.

32 comments:

  1. i'd say my vote goes for duke nukem! but nice review on all of them

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  2. Duke Nukem, I got balls of steel.

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  3. fallout 3 is sick game but duke nuken forever title says it

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  4. I liked this game. Didn't finish it though.

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  5. The game is badass. Duke Nukem will be better!

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  6. dude, borderlands rocks, put a lot of hours in to this thing, gotta pick it up again and try the xpacs soon.

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  7. o god phantasy star is obnoxious in all the right ways

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  8. I haven't really heard good things about borderlands, but reading this I might have to check it out. Fallout 3 was fun though, never played any of the dlc for it.

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  9. great review for a great game =)

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  10. I'm really curious to see how Duke Nukem actually turns out... not much longer now!

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  11. borderlands in co-op is fantastic

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  12. yeah always liked borderlands

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  13. Borderlands sounds like a great game. And that Duke Nukem, I've been a fan of earlier parts, so I really can't wait for it's release!

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  14. i quite enjoy borderlands, it is a shame my disc is all messed up

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  15. borderlands was awesome

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  16. I just checked and i own this game on steam but i haven't played it yet.. Wtf.

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  17. it sucks, what's good in solo grinding?

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  18. I love this game, though it's unplayable without friends, it's an awesome experience with them.

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  19. Borderlands looks worth looking into.

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  20. I really love borderlands. It'll be the first game I buy if i ever get back into gaming.

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  21. The orignal Duke nukem was a classic, I don't think we will be saying the same thing about Duke nukem forever in ten years. Might check out borderlands though! Great read!

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  22. Aw man, I want to try this game. So many games, so little money..

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  23. I'm waiting for duke nukem forever, for 10 years

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  24. beat this when it first came out on xbox i have a lvl 50 hunter. never got any expansion though

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  25. looks like a lot of fun =D

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  26. I wanna play duke so bad!!!! Ima get the game asap.

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