Borderlands was certainly one of the most unique games of 2009. It was a title which blended elements of an RPG - like upgradable stats, levels and skills - with the format of a first person shooter, to create what Gearbox have dubbed a ‘role-play-shooter’. And you can currently pick up a copy for just £14.99 on the 360 (expired) and PS3 , in a deal which undercuts the next best price on both formats by nearly £3.
Gearbox’s vision of a post-apocalyptic, degenerate society, which has evolved from the remnants of a failed colonial expedition to the planet Pandora is brilliantly realised in Borderlands. The setting consists of a kind of Mad-Max-2 style culture in which bandits and scavengers war over the planet’s dwindling resources and inhabit a decaying society full of exotic sci-fi technology.
The player assumes the role of one of four characters whose various skills can be upgraded by allocating points to a skill tree which effectively increases the damage you dish out, the damage you can take, or the power of your primary action. Some reviewers do complain that Borderlands' character ability archetypes felt a bit too limited however, but that said there is certainly no limitation when it comes to creating and upgrading weapons. The game uses a so called Procedural Content Creation System which allows for somewhere in the region of 17 million weapon variations to be generated. Much of the gameplay consists therefore of tweaking weapons, or else plundering the world for different items and components.
Unlike Fallout 3, Borderlands does not have a set of choices and consequences which affect the storyline, and despite such a great setting, some argue that the narrative could have done with a bit more depth. Despite this however, the game deserves credit for its unique and original style, and the way it immerses players in a dynamic open-world where it’s a hell of a lot of fun to go adventuring.
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