Borderland….has got to be the “marmite” games of 2009. Personally I loved it, but many people just can’t get into it. If you click on my Raptr profile link on the right hand side, you’ll see that I’ve put way over 80 hours into this single game, and keep going back for more.
Now a lot of people compare this to Fallout 3, just a faster paced version, having not played Fallout 3 yet (well I’ve played around 2 hours of it, and not gone back to it yet), I can’t really comment.
This game is the love child of XIII and a decent first person shooter. Set on the planet of Pandora, a derelict redneck run planet.
At the beginning you have the option of choosing 1 of 4 players, Brick who’s a Berserker (a Tank in RPG terms), Lilith (almost a Rogue type character), Mordecai the Hunter (excellent ranged attach, with his bird Bloodwing) and finally Roland a crimson Lance Mercenary who’s essentially a soldier.
I’ve played all the characters up to at least level 10, but for me, the Hunter is the most fun (currently level 48).
The game starts off in a little run down “town” of called Fyrestone and you are greeted by a little 1 wheeled robot type thing called a Claptrap. These are your “helpers” throughout the game.
The game itself is quite simple, you pick up missions, do missions, hand them in, get xp, level up.
When you reach around level 10, you get yourself a 2 seater vehicle, which eases the pain a little of running around, until this point you do have a constant run, so all good 🙂
As the game goes on, you move away from Fyrestone and through the various other areas, killing things, lots of thing….from the local rednecks, to scags (dog type things), to some huge bosses, and when I say huge, I mean huge !
As you level up, you get to spend 1 point per level and get to build up your talent tree. With each character you have the option on 3 potential talent trees giving the game hours or re-playability. I guess the best example of this is the soldier, who can either get armed up, with his deployable turret, or become a healer.
The game continues and there is a loose storyline of a goal, the goal is to find this alleged “vault” which apparently has more riches than you can imagine, however nobody seems to know for sure whats actually in it, or where it is.
Now I will say 1 thing about this game, it’s designed with multiplayer co-op in mind. As I mentioned before, the car is a 2 seaters, 1 seat is the driver, the other is the gun turret on the top. If you are soloing, then you get to both drive and shoot. I think one of the most impressive things about this game is…..lets say I was casually playing away, and a mate popped on line, he/she could just drop into my game, do a couple of missions, then drop back out. There is no need to go into a multiplayer arena or anything, just jump straight into you game.
However talking about arenas, if you do feel like a little bit of deathmatch, then find your nearest arena in game, and slug it out 🙂
Another amazing thing about this game, that adds to the re-playability is the guns, there are hundreds…..infact more like thousands ! The odds on you getting the same drop more than once, is pretty rare (well with the decent guns that is).
As with any RPG the guns vary in quality, White are your normal guns, Green, slightly higher speced, Blue, again, a little better, Purple, tend to be the drops of bosses, and finally Orange, which you tend to pick up from big bosses, and rare drops !
The guns don’t only range with quality, but with elements, there is Fire, Electricity, Corrosive and Explosive giving you the additional angle. As you run through the game, you may find that some of the mobs are more resistant to fire, or are sheilded against electricitly, so picking a varaity of weapons is essential.
Again, with the weapons, they range from revolvers to rocket launchers, including everything in between, eg Shotguns, SMG, Snipers, Assault Rifles, and even some space age tech weapons later on in the game.
I have the sick affliction of having to do every side mission in all the games I play, and this I did in Borderlands. By the time I was up against the end boss, I was 2 levels about him (which was a blessing and curse). I found myself like this for the majority of the game, however if I had have just run through the main story, I think I would have got my arse handed to me, and probably given up.
I completed the game at level 34 (Game Level cap of 50), so as you can imagine, I was a little taking back when I got the achievement for completing the game. When the game does end, you have the option of just continuing where you left off, or starting playthrough 2. Playthrough 2 is essentially playthrough 1, but all the mobs start at level 32. Beating the game took me around 40 hours, I’ve seem a lot of people do it in a lot less time, but I guess I just enjoy exploring 🙂
Me being a slight achievement junkie, I started to plough back through the game, as there are achievements for hitting level 40 and 50, and as I’d enjoyed the game so much I played through till around level 42 before stopping.
All in all, a fantastic game, if you’ve got time to kill, and up to 3 mates who have it, I can highly recommend it !
Approx Time taken to beat – 40hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:5/5]