Borderlands Review


Borderlands is an FPSRPG (First person shooter role playing game) which focuses a characters story in quest for the “vault’. First off the character selection in the game is between four different characters or more accurately described as classes. You can choose to be Mordecai a “hunter” who is proclaimed to be proficient in snipers and revolvers; Roland the “soldier” class who is proficient in assault rifles and shotguns;  Brick whom is the “tank” class and is proficent with explosives; and finially Lilith who is pretty much the mage class. Now as all the characters have proclaimed proficiency’s any character can use any gun and become proficient with it.

This game is made by Gearbox who actually made a specific engine to generate guns. This makes the estimated number of 17750000 possible guns actually, well, possible.  The text in which the guns are written in are all colored designating rarity; such as in order from very common to very rare white, blue, purple, yellow, orange, dark orange. Guns can also have different elemental effects added onto them such as explosive, fire, corrosive,and electrical. All of the elemental effects have added benefits against certain enemies (fire burning flesh, shock destroying shields, corrosive against armor,and explosive  is kind of self explanatory)

So now for my personal review. I am currently on my first play through with Mordecai (lvl21) and so far I love the game. The graphics look beautiful and the style used was somewhat original which made it all the better.  The game uses a leveling system much like most RPG’s you kill things you get  exp, you do quests you get exp every level you ding it takes more exp to hit the next level along with adding to your total health. The game is said to have a level 50 cap which I was skeptical about at first seeming low and worrieng about hitting the cap before reaching the end of the game coughfallout3. This is totally prevented by  Gearbox making it so you have to play through the whole game then having to do a second play though to actually hit 50 (aka adding replay value). Everything in this game looks and works perfect and well is just fantastic. Now for the down sides. In the game you can get one just one vehicle with two different weapon attachment options (rockets and machine gun).You can use a lock on feature for both and the machine gun is terrible in every way. I found this to be kind of lame do the the ridiculous amounts of guns that are in the game that no one person can possess they could have added one or two more different types of vehicles. The driving mechanics are awful enough said. And although we have not totally tested this out yet I seem to not be able to get critical hits on targets really far away(not necessarily a bad thing but just annoying).

Over all the game is amazing easily a 9 out of 10. The expansion “The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned” is due to be out very son and will cost about $10.  Game is amazing and would recommend 110%

It is available on all systems (PS3, Xbox360, And PC) and is rated M for mature.

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