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After all the time I spent in this game I was only able to come up with one negative aspect, that is the load time between areas. I timed it and it takes about a minute and a half of load time when you move from one area to the next. Each area is so large that you dont mind too much really..... because you spend so much time in the area it is worth it. So get to it Impulse Gamers!
Borderlands is an addictive and must have purchase. Single player is great but take it for a spin online to have some great gaming moments.
The repetitive quests are really one of the only major problems that mar the experience that is Borderlands. If you’re a fan of the kill n’ loot variety of games then you will definitely enjoy this title. But should you be expecting the deep storyline of an RPG or the pure linear levels of a shooter you will be remarkably disappointed. Accepting Borderlands on its own terms is key to enjoying the experience. It may be a late comer but this is definitely one of the better games released in 2009.
Game Informer Magazine
Borderlands attempts many things, which in this medium can often end with a laundry list of features but no fully-developed ones. This is one of the rare occasions where all of the new experiences a game brings to the table work out splendidly, especially when viewed as an entire package. Co-op is a blast, the variety of weaponry lends an addictive quality to the game that's rarely seen, and it maintains a distinct sense of humor and personality. It's a long-lasting experience that manages to stay fresh throughout, and the ability to easily jump into a friend's game at any time only lengthens the appeal of an already stellar title.
Still, even with its technical drawbacks, Borderlands is a shooter for people who want something a little more engaging. It will remind you of every FPS you’ve enjoyed over the last few years, stealing bits of brilliance here and there to make its own enthralling experience. Seriously, if you know how annoyed I was when I had to stop playing and write about it, then you are probably playing it too. And if you’re planning on picking it up, just make sure work knows that you’re going to be out sick for the next month or so.
Cheat Code Central
I could go into so many more details about combat, customization, fast travel, vehicle joyriding, Second Wind, DNA Reanimation, the HUD, the maps, and inventory navigation, etc. However, why bore you with minutia? Simply know that Borderlands is a deep and engaging, RPG-shooter hybrid that needs to be played to be fully appreciated. Blending the best elements from games such as Fallout 3 and Diablo II, Gearbox and 2K Games have put together a real winner. Don't let it fall off your gaming radar this holiday season.
It's tried-and-true pew-pew with plenty of stats and chance rolls and equipment and weapons and upgrades and skill points and oh man, just go play this game already. We'll see you in a few weeks.
Game Over Online
The bottom line here is that as true hybrid games go, Borderlands is as great a success as there has ever been. You can really feel the strengths of both genres come together as you blast your way through enemies, leveling up and grabbing that phat loot. If you like shooting and looting, it doesn’t get much better than this. Single player is fun and satisfying, with four playable classes to experiment with through fifty levels of experience and a wide variety of hostile alien animals, deranged hillbilly bandits, and corporate paramilitary goon squads to blast with an arsenal of seemingly endless possibilities. Throw another three people into the mix for some four player co-op against greatly beefed up opposition and things just get plain crazy. One of this year’s must plays for anyone who has even a passing interest in shooters, and the kind of game that just might get under your skin in a big bad way.
Borderlands is one of the biggest surprises of the year not because of how good it is, but how good it is considering the lack of hype. This game has single-handedly stolen my soul since it arrived at my doorstep and I find myself needing to level up once a night, much like my wife and her World of Warcraft addiction. If you are a fan of shooters or loot gathering games do not hesitate, just buy the game already. The 50 level cap may seem like a burden, but trust me there is more than enough here to warrant a purchase. This is one of the best games out right now and easily in my top five games of the entire year.
With so much hoo-hah over the surprise redesign, it's funny to think that this little gem could've easily have slipped under the radar; the gameplay is identical, after all. As it stands, by emulating some RPG standards and reapplying them to the gorgeous setting, Borderlands actually manages to stand out. This is a significant thing, we think. With the right blend of attitude, solid gameplay and an unapologetic focus on making a really entertaining co-op experience, Borderlands isn't just an alternative to Valve's co-op zombie-blaster this holiday season, it's really the alternative.
It's a thoroughly enjoyable journey that offers a steady stream of rewards that remains convenient and accessible. It's something action role-playing game fans looking for an experience more up-close and brutal than genre entries of the third-person variety should have a blast with, and one of the more memorable products of 2009.
Regular shooter fans will find a lot to enjoy here however, thanks to the solid shooter mechanics. Despite the addition of skill points, loot, and experience, it's still a shooter at heart, something Borderlands does very well. Whether you play it alone or with friends, the game offers a huge variety of quests, a huge map to traverse, tons of battles, hidden stuff tucked away from all but the most curious, and of course, a heaping helping of loot. Oftentimes, the best games are the ones we don't expect much from, the ones that didn't get an overkill of hyperbole from gaming forums or magazine covers. Borderlands, a game most expected would blend into the background in a holiday season that has both a Halo and a Call of Duty game, might actually turn out to be the most memorable FPS of this fall, if only for the risks it's taking to stand out in the crowd... and I doubt anyone expected it.
With all the single-player blockbuster first person shooters on the market and even more to come, if you are looking to break away from all the loneliness and socialise with a friend or few in vast desert landscapes, Borderlands could be just for you.
Es sin duda un juego especial, muy diferente a todos los otros títulos en primera persona, con la misma capacidad adictiva de juegos como Diablo, con el que no dejamos de compararlo pese a que de primeras parezca que no tienen nada que ver. No es, sin embargo, un juego para todo el mundo. A los que les atraiga su estilo de juego, les parecerá una joya, uno de los mejores juegos que han salido este año. Quien espere un Call of Duty, o un Fallout 3, o simplemente se aburría con el juego de Blizzard o con otros juegos del mismo estilo, debería pensáserlo varias veces. Objetivamente, o al menos intentándo serlo, Borderlands es un gran juego, con un apartado visual llamativo, vistoso y original, ciertos toques de humor negro muy divertidos, y una jugabilidad adictiva y sorprendente que quizás peque a veces de ser repetitiva, y otras de excesivamente simple. Los que tengan ganas de comprarlo tras saber cómo es lo disfrutarán muchas horas.
Tout au long de son développement, Borderlands nous aura tour à tour inquiétés et intrigués. Mais Gearbox est finalement parvenu à remplir son contrat en mélangeant avec bonheur FPS et jeu de rôle. Le résultat de cette union délicate n'est pas sans défaut, mais la formule est tellement rafraîchissante qu'il serait presque criminel de passer à côté. Déjà très dynamique, riche et bien réalisé, Borderlands crève littéralement l'écran lorsqu'on le pratique avec une bande de potes. Nous ne saurons donc que trop vous conseiller de former un petit groupe de combattants avec vos connaissances et de les entraîner à votre suite dans les étendues inhospitalières de Pandore. Vous ne le regretterez pas.
Borderlands is a bit of a grind-fest, but that’s part of the fun, as you take on tougher enemies and hunt for bigger and badder gear. The co-op play is integrated seamlessly, and there’s a huge world to explore with friends or on your own.
But I'll tell you what: I haven't played something this constantly and for long play-throughs in quite a while. Really, Borderlands is like crack. But these 16 hour marathons have to stop. I have laundry and other things to attend to.
Borderlands' bloody comic book has a few flaws in its pitted but pretty exterior, but there is an undeniable draw. The handful of statistical attributes add more of an investment behind every bullet, and when coupled with compelling co-op, Borderlands' seamless take on the FPS/RPG hybrid is sure to keep more than a few wasteland warriors fighting for survival through Pandora's many days and nights.
For fans of loot hunting and a cooperative multiplayer experience, Borderlands will unquestionably steal their soul. Their days will be wrapped around figuring out how to put more time into Borderlands and trying to find out who they can ultimately trust as a teammate.
Even with these problems, the desire to keep leveling up, to keep getting stronger, to keep getting better weapons, better shields and better stuff is strong enough to overcome them. Packed with so much stuff to see and kill, Borderlands offers plenty of things to aim your spiffy new weapons at, all the while providing one of the best co-op experiences of the year.
Call it a first-person Diablo, an evolution of Resistance 2's co-op mode, Monster Hunter for the west, or a party game for FPS gamers. Call it the best example of the transformative power of multiplayer. Whatever you designate it, Borderlands is a decent single-player FPS/RPG that simply becomes great -- when playing with others. Besides, sheer midget panic is something that has to be shared with friends.
Borderlands si è rivelato un ottimo gioco. Su tutte va premiata la volontà degli sviluppatori di proporre qualcosa di diverso, che oseremmo definire originale, con un gameplay ibrido RPG-FPS che funziona alla perfezione. Tutta l’immediatezza dei combattimenti tipici degli sparatutto si ritrova perfettamente a proprio agio in un ambiente ricco di statistiche, drop generati causalmente in tempo reale, abilità da apprendere e così via. Se comunque l’esperienza alla lunga ci è parsa rischiosamente ripetitiva, esplorata la vera anima del gioco, ovvero la modalità co-operativa online, il titolo decolla, garantendo tantissime ore di sano divertimento. Unite tutto questo ad un comparto grafico eccellente e anch’esso a suo modo originale, e comprenderete il valore di un prodotto fresco e adatto a tutti coloro i quali amano dedicare il proprio tempo a lunghe partite online.
Zoek jij een game die je zowel offline als online met veel plezier kunt spelen, en hou je van schieten met wat RPG-elementen, dan is Borderlands een titel voor jou.
Der Genre-Mix ist geglückt und das Spiel präsentiert sich nahezu fehlerfrei im Bestzustand. Anfängliche Probleme bei der PS3-Version (die zu oft auf dieser Konsole auftreten!) wurden mit einem unsichtbaren Patch behoben … immerhin! Was bleibt ist ein absoluter Spaßmacher, der viele Mechaniken von anderen Spielen übernimmt, dafür aber beinahe alles richtig macht. Warum die Höchstwertung allerdings dennoch in die Ferne rückt ist, die Eintönigkeit, die „shooterbedingt“ bleibt. Sicherlich, es gibt viel zu tun, aber 90% davon sind Schießereien mit immer gleichen Gegnern … die aber immer wieder spaßig sind!
The weak story of Borderlands is its most disappointing feature, but elsewhere it’s largely a successful concoction of two genres, with all the compulsion of an RPG but also the tactile feedback of an FPS. Though the RPG aspect outweighs the more action orientated side, there’s still likely going to be more than enough to appease fans of both genres, leaving it as a game with broad appeal, though one that is not without minor frustrations for both parties.
To summarise, the weaker aspects of Borderlands feel almost completely negated the instant you are joined by another human player. With friends (and particularly a mix of different characters), the idea of killing continually higher-level Skegs throughout the game doesn’t feel as repetitive as it does alone, pinpointing and collecting objectives is quicker, and most importantly if you are hit in the face by a Flaming Psycho Midget there’s someone nearby to help you out. With its gore, guns, smattering of humour and addictive levelling-up system to suck you in, what this game lacks in forgettable story it perfectly compensates for in a massively fun multiplayer experience, and with split screen supported as well as online multiplayer, there’s no excuse to play this on your own.
The confusion in its design stems from trying to pander to both single and multiplayer modes. But despite how Gearbox tries to cut it, it’s a game that provides a far better experience when played in a group. The enemies are tougher, so require a bit more teamwork, but drop better quantities of loot. As a singleplayer experience it can be described as competent – I imagine most people will play it on their own for a couple of hours to familiarise themselves – but it doesn’t hold a candle to what the online brings to the mix: it gives you the ability to specialise your tech tree into something far more specialised and unique, more akin to a character you’d play in an MMO rather than the general shoot-kill-heal build you’d make on your own, and ultimately that makes the game far more entertaining.
Borderlands is a fantastic beginning to what will hopefully become a great franchise. While it lacks certain elements that would have made it more memorable, the sleek gameplay and beautiful graphics represent a stellar example of genres melting together, something which too often fails in execution. After completing the game, a second playthough is opened, turning up the difficulty and starting the story anew, something that many gamers will likely end up taking advantage of. It might be hard to find time for Borderlands in this crowded holiday season, but it shouldn’t be ignored, and is something everyone should try out.
So, Borderlands is a very fun and addictive game that offers plenty of gameplay and if “looting” and statistics is your thing then there are plenty on offer. I strongly recommend you play it with a mate or three and enjoy the experience together, as this offers a harder challenge and gives you someone to trade with. It feels like a shooter but there is no escaping the fact that it is essentially probability, maths and chance controlling the end results when pulling the trigger. The wow moments will come with the over-the-top gore but don’t expect system breaking visuals. However, do expect a unique style and a long adventure that will better cater for those that like to “grind” through a game.
Overall, Borderlands is packed to the rafters with adventure and when played with friends, provides one of the most enjoyable multiplayer offerings available this year. Still, the game has some noticeable flaws and likely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you’re into grinding, looking for interesting loot, and searching for that perfect co-op game to play with a small group of friends, you should definitely pick this up. Nonetheless, with DLC on the horizon, we hope that Gearbox sees fit to rectify some of Borderlands flaws and iron out any major issues we experienced.
Ich bin zufrieden! Zwar ist offensichtlich, dass sich Gearbox für Borderlands bei Genre-Größen – wie etwa Diablo und Hellgate: London – bedient hat. Dafür macht das fertige Endprodukt gerade im 4-Spieler-Koop-Modus eine Mordslaune! Und wo wir schon beim Stichwort sind: Im Vergleich zur internationalen Fassung musste die deutsche Version einige Schnitte hinnehmen. Ungeachtet dessen fesselt die Jagd nach immer mächtigeren und abgefahreneren Waffen-Kombinationen trotzdem über Stunden an die Glotze.
I firmly believe, as a shooter, Borderlands would be average without co-op, and abysmal as an RPG. What was lost in the apparent breeding of the two genres was a powerful story and diversity of gameplay, and so adding levels and stats doesn't quite cut it. In actuality, in spite of these congruities, all of its parts are tailored toward the shooter genre, so it's not an RPG at all really, it's just a multi-layered FPS, which, to be honest, is brilliant.
While the Pandoran locals aren’t terribly noteworthy and the scenery’s a bit rough; the combination of infinite weapons, solid FPS gunplay, sound RPG customization and addictive co-op should make the planet an interesting destination for every gamer. Borderlands is the bastard child of Mad Max, Halo and Phantasy Star Online; and yes, I’m aware that’s three participants.
Borderlands will suck players into a huge world that is just begging to be explored, but exploration isn't one of the game's strong suits. Players will undoubtedly have a great time with the different character builds, weapons, and multiplayer squad configurations, but will also be served lackluster narrative and mission structure that temper the experience. Overall, it's absolutely worth playing, however, as there is no other game that achieves cooperative RPS gameplay equivalent to what's presented here.
After you uncover the secrets of the Vault, you are once again set loose into Pandora, where you are free to quest on and remember why you enjoyed your previous hours with the game. Borderlands has tens of hours of quests to fulfill, and you'll likely find yourself enticed back to explore new skills, find new guns, and kill more enemies. Though the core action doesn't change drastically over the course of the game, it is woven together in such a way that once it ensnares you, you'll want nothing more than to plunge into Pandora at any chance you get. Combat is satisfying, and upgrading your skills and equipment is engaging. The constant stream of loot and experience is rewarding, and sharing it with some friends makes the experience that much richer and more exciting. Alas, PS3 owners will have to wait for a fix in order to fight alongside their friends. Despite this upsetting issue, Pandora is still a great planet to visit if you want to shoot some stuff and reap the rewards.
Gearbox should be praised. Borderlands is unique, it's different, and it's hard to classify. But it's not for everyone. It's not for the stereotypical CoD/Halo crowd. It's not revolutionary, but it is interesting. And, crucially, it's a hell of a lot of fun, but only, long term at least, in co-op. When you're standing over the corpses of Skags, Midget Mutant Psychos and Badass Bruisers, having pounded on a heavily guarded compound with three mates, you can feel the adrenaline pumping. This, despite what they say about the guns, is what Borderlands is all about.
Borderlands is a very entertaining shooter and a rather bland RPG. It rewards dedication with new guns and new things to shoot at, which is all kinds of fun for players who enjoy MMO-style progression. But if its charm and depth hadn’t been abandoned so quickly, it may have been absolutely brilliant.
With a few more tweaks Borderlands could’ve been an essential purchase, as it stands though it may be a great game, but outside of that niche of gamers that enjoy the genre, it may find it difficult converting others. Shame really. If you invest the time then it’s one of the most rewarding experiences on the PS3.
Borderlands' blend of first-person shooting and role-playing works because it puts the shooting first, resulting in a satisfying action game with enough depth and skill development to keep you hooked for 50 hours or more.
The accessible nature of Borderlands -- with its relatively non-punitive deaths, constant checkpoints, and convenient fast-travel systems -- makes it a fantastic game for introducing FPS fans to some basic RPG tropes. And, most importantly, the killing and looting never ceases to be fun.
Borderland is not for those who are looking for the next blockbuster game. While it may feature a number of similarities with Fallout 3, it isn't as polished as Fallout 3 was, seeing as how Borderlands suffers from a number of awkward and unexplainable gameplay quirks, in addition to a graphics engine that can really be annoying. If you can get past the bland visuals, there is a very deep and solid gameplay experience, overall. But if you're the type of gamer who wants the complete the package, Borderlands may fall short of your expectations. A good game for the hardcore Fallout 3 fan, but one in need of a lot of polish.
Die grundlegende Mechanik beider Genres funktioniert fehlerfrei - von Kleinigkeiten bei der Menüführung sowie dem stark eingeschränkten Verbessern der eigenen Ausrüstung einmal abgesehen. Aber Borderlands tut nichts, absolut gar nichts, um mich auch emotional zu packen. Es erzählt weder eine unterhaltsame Geschichte noch inszeniert es eine lebendige Spielwelt. Vor allem das schrecklich monotone Abklappern der immer gleichen Aufträge ist eine echte Spaßbremse. Hinzu kommen echte Faupax' wie das plumpe Versinken ganzer Schiffe im Erdboden und spielerische Stolpersteine wie das ermüdende Abgrasen bereits gelöster Aufträge oder Langeweile, weil sich die Gegner nicht meinem Charakter anpassen. Borderlands darf sich rühmen, die erste wirklich nahtlose Symbiose zwischen Ego-Shooter und Action-Rollenspiel gestemmt zu haben. Schade nur, dass es sowohl spielerisch als auch erzählerisch so viel Luft nach oben lässt!
That Gaming Site
Awesome FPS combat saves the shallow and lonely single-player from wallowing in mediocrity, and the multiplayer introduces a fun factor of +10 (provided you can actually get into a game with a friend).
Borderlands is a ton of fun, and its massive arsenal of weapons makes it highly replayable. Unfortunately, a few big issues like a lack of customization and repetitive environments keep it from achieving true greatness, but that shouldn’t keep any FPS or RPG fan from checking it out.
Mission variety is decent and enemies are well varied within their types, although the most addictive part of the game's missions will be the underlying RPG elements that allow further customization and adjustments throughout the length of the title. Borderlands will have a lot of people coming back for more despite its shortcomings, and is by all means a notable title for the year.
Ingen majestätisk, episk parabel om mänsklighetens kamp för överlevnad, alltså. En hyfsad personlighet men inte mycket hjärta. Fast det var inte tanken. Det som driver en vidare är jakten på det där supervapnet som kanske hägrar någonstans bakom det fallfärdiga skjulet av korrugerad plåt som avtecknar sig mot den blodröda horisonten.
Although Borderlands seemed ready to be one of the next big things, the overwhelming focus on grinding and gun-collecting can't carry the entire game, in either co-op or single-player. With only cursory attention given to story, characterization, variety, incidental content and world development, the result is a very lopsided final product that will likely find more favor with the nothing-but-action FPS crowd than those craving more balance in something termed an FPS/RPG hybrid. Borderlands' one-note design and myopic implementation has resulted in a product that's woefully empty, unconvincing, and out-of-touch with current standards. It may be brand new, but I think its age is definitely showing.
The A.V. Club
And there’s plenty to loot for. While the game’s four classes and skill trees are interchangeable, Borderlands’ millions of randomly generated guns are like snowflakes, from the flaming submachine guns to the shock-inducing sniper rifles. It’s just too bad that the rest of Borderlands lacks anything resembling that much firepower.