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Borderlands: GOTY Edition | £23.85 | ShopTo | PS3/Xbox 360

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Borderlands: GOTY Edition | £23.85 | ShopTo | PS3/Xbox 360

  • What: Borderlands: GOTY Edition game
  • Current Price: £23.85
  • Where: ShopTo PS3 | X360
  • Platforms and Price Comparison: PS3 | X360

Whilst I couldn't get into Borderlands I know plenty of people that did...our Editorial Director and News Editor to name two. Taking the loot'n'grind gameplay from Diablo, squashing it together with the FPS gunplay of an id shooter and marinading it all in the apocalyptic juices of Fallout, this is a multiplayer shooter with a difference. Don't go in if you're looking for a deep storyline because you won't find it here. But if you want to shoot things in the face with your mates and chase EXP and sweet treasures more than Pete Doherty chases the dragon, you're in luck. Thanks to SCornelius7mufc at HUKD

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John  Sep. 19, 2010 at 14:26

Seems somewhat daft for someone who doesn't like the game to post this deal, you could have at the very least copy/pasted the blurb o the GOTY edition so it's not completely useless.

For those not familiar with Borderlands or this specific edition, this is actually a very good deal as it's the original game and all four DLC packs - that is The Zombie Island of Dr Ned, Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx and Claptrap's New Robot Revolution. Each of these is 800 points and even allowing for the Underdome expansion being poor it's a bargain getting all of them for just a few quid more than the game on its own.

For those considering the deal and haven't played the game before, Borderlands is a relatively simple first person shooter game with some rpg elements rather than Fallout's approach which is the other way around. The game offers a choice of four character types which each have specific abilities you can choose to upgrade as you progress and are particularly good with certain weapons although unlike other rpgs it's still possible to be decent with weapons not for your character. My choice was the soldier who has a deployable turret and specialises in combat rifles and shotguns however I've never levelled him up for latter as I thought SMG's were his proficiency but he's still fairly lethal with SMGs.

Gameplay is standard FPS style in that you run around as normal pumping large amounts of bullets into anything that moves, the game randomly generates each weapon's stats which governs everything from clip size, firing rate, accuracy etc. to more exotic elements such as regenerating ammo and bouncing bullets. This is where a lot of the appeal of the game comes from like many games of its type, although the enemies are relatively basic and repetitive I find the variance in strategy through new abilities and weapons keeps the game entertaining.

There are unfortunately some problems playing this game online though, the first is that the game bases the difficult of opponents on the host's character level and the number of players. This means if the host is a much higher level than the other players, the enemies will be very tough for the host and near impossible to even damage for the other players. Also the lower levelled players will power level as they're getting very high XP bonuses which means they skip too quickly through the levels making the game too easy when playing it properly.

Whether this will be fixed for the fourth DLC or not I don't know but currently there's a lot of glitching online with hacked weapons, there's also some glitches on the third DLC which if not careful can muck up the objectives on your save file and it's tricky to sort it out.

Ideally I find the game is best played locally with someone who will progress through the game at the same pace which has made it the best co-op game I've played this generation but not sure I could be bothered trying to persevere online and it's not much fun in single player.

John

Jonathan Lester  Sep. 19, 2010 at 15:09

I heartily recommend Borderlands despite a few level balancing flaws (as John mentioned above). The lack of a deep storyline is also not a bad thing- as the experience is defined by interactions with other players and building your character rather than overbearing exposition.

Note that there's at least one more DLC pack on the way as well as a free level cap increase (that's set to hit next month).

Matt Gardner  Sep. 19, 2010 at 15:11

Hahaha. I knew you wouldn't be able to resist jumping in on this one :D

Matt Gardner  Sep. 19, 2010 at 15:20

Whether I liked it has no bearing on whether or not it's a good deal. Having played several hours of it through with a mate on PC I can't say that I disliked the experience, but neither am I going to start frothing at the mouth with rapturous praise. Either way, personal preference doesn't detract from the fact that it's a good game...if, and only if, you can find someone to play with.

John  Sep. 19, 2010 at 16:33

Clearly it does unless someone posed the deal under your username as what you've just said completely contradicts the deal post you made. I agree personal preference shouldn't have a bearing on whether a deal is good or not however it seems to for you otherwise I can't see why you'd write such pointless blurb without actually posting any useful information on the deal or the game itself. It would take two seconds in a search engine of your choice or just copy/paste the deal straight from HUKD, at least that contained some information on the pack.

Getting 3200 points worth of content for a few pounds is a pretty great deal but reading your post, you wouldn't know it.

John

John  Sep. 19, 2010 at 16:34

This version apparently will have the fourth and final DLC, the rumours that it would only have the first three turned out to be incorrect.

ODB  Sep. 19, 2010 at 17:28

great price but I also couldnt get into it and swapped it for L4D2 this week

MrRobin  Sep. 20, 2010 at 09:15

I really enjoyed Borderlands, mostly just playing single player too, although I have given online multiplayer a decent go and feel it works pretty well when you find a decent game to join (that can take a while, some will have low level free-loaders who contribute nothing)

I've now reached the level 50 cap and am toying with getting the expansions through the PS store but might wait until they are on special offer (I'm a real tight wad)

Jonathan Lester  Sep. 20, 2010 at 12:26

If you do decide to get a DLC pack, I'd recommend starting with The Secret Armoury of General Knoxx. It comes with a level cap increase- and there's another one on the way.

MrRobin  Sep. 20, 2010 at 12:56

Cheers for the tip... does Dr. Ned's not give a level cap increase then?

Jonathan Lester  Sep. 20, 2010 at 13:52

Sadly not, though there's loads of potential XP up for grabs. I'd grab Knoxx first (though not necessarily complete it) to make the most of it!

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