Borderlands First Impressions Review

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Borderlands is a game series known for being absolutely hilarious. You are a person who has gone to a place called Pandora to hunt for a mysterious “Vault” full of unknown treasures. The first thing you meet is a little robot named Claptrap, who helps you start off your adventures in Fyrestone. Then, a strange lady starts to speak to you, saying that she will help you find the Vault. It is up to you to meet the people of Pandora, and start your adventures on the planet of Pandora.

I have played this game for almost ten hours at this point, and I would say that I am around a quarter or so of the way through. Maybe a bit more, but it tends to take me a bit longer than average to finish games. I am enjoying it, even though I usually don’t play FPS games. The gameplay is fairly simple, and even as a person not skilled at FPS games I was able to pick it up and go pretty easily. This game has actually made me better at other FPS games, just by being able to practice in such a relaxed environment.

The world of Pandora, aka the Borderlands, is chock full of unique characters. I guess you could say that a lot of the characters you meet would be the “villains” of other games, but in this game they are the main NPCs. One of the first people you meet is Dr. Zed. He is honestly one of my favorite characters, next to T.K. Baha, but he is a doctor who has some…unconventional practices. He got his license taken away, and now he spends his time cutting up the corpses of those Vault Hunters who don’t manage to make it to the end of their trip. He has plenty of business, as no explorer has made it to the end yet. T.K. Baha is a weapons inventor who lives on his own and is missing a leg, and who lost his wife to the skag/wild dog Scar. There are many other characters, but these are the first two you meet, and are therefore not spoilers. But these two characters show you just how wild this game can get.

Overall, I have had a pretty positive first experience with this game. I am definitely planning on finishing this one.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 controllers.

Video Game Tuesdays: Borderlands 2 Xbox 360

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I’ve been playing Borderlands 2 off and on for the past few weeks, and boy oh boy is it so much fun! I haven’t ever really played FPS singleplayer games, but I have been enjoying this one.

Borderlands 2 may be FPS, but it feels like more of a typical Action RPG that uses swords or something. I didn’t feel like I was being hindered by having to use a gun. I didn’t feel slowed down by having to aim instead of just slicing through hordes of enemies like I normally like to do. I actually felt more powerful by using my pistols!

I am not great at FPS games, but I feel that even a bad player like me could have fun. This game actually improved my skill in other FPS games, without making me feel as if there was too steep of a learning curve. I also didn’t feel like I was punished too much if I ended up using too many bullets because I suck at aiming. It gave me the chance to practice.

My main selling point of this game is the amazing multiplayer. Me and a friend have been playing this game once or twice a week together. The game saves our progress in the campaign, so we never have to worry about having to start from the beginning every time we boot up the game. We have had a third player in sometimes, and the game has 4 slots. The next time he couldn’t join, and we were still able to continue where we left off with him. The enemies weren’t suddenly too hard for two people to defeat, the game had balanced itself out. Did I mention that my friend lives in Ireland and I live near NYC? We play on Xbox 360 with little to no lag. Borderlands 2 really was amazing when it came to multiplayer design.

Also, one thing that was my pet peeve in multiplayer games was when you had to try to split up items. Like, if there was money, you would have to try to split it and figure out who would pick up what so that no one would be too poor to buy what they needed. This game automatically splits all the money between players. It even gives bullets to both players when someone picks up ammo. The only thing it doesn’t have is duplicates of every single dropped item, but trading is so easy that it isn’t a problem to trade stuff like health packs or guns or shields.

Oh, and lastly, you can get this game for 3 DOLLARS!!! 3 dollars if you buy it at Gamestop. Whether you buy it in store or online. 2.69 if you are a Pro member (like me!). So you basically get all of this fun, hours upon hours (How Long To Beat says the main story is 30 hours and Main +Extra is over 50 hours) for less than the price of a large fry or a Big Mac from McDonalds. To be honest, many of the Xbox 360 games are really cheap and you can still have lots of fun with them. You just have to buy Live to play online, but you get free games with Live too, so there’s no losing here.

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun, cheap game to play on your own or with friends.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars