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Everyview: Borderlands

by Evan Volm Oct 27, 2009 8:47 PM CST
filed under everyview, features, pc, ps3, xbox 360


In our first edition of Everyview, we'll round up scores from across the internet for Gearbox's Borderlands.

IGN - 8.8

It's a thoroughly enjoyable journey that offers a steady stream of rewards that remains convenient and accessible. It's something action role-playing game fans looking for an experience more up-close and brutal than genre entries of the third-person variety should have a blast with, and one of the more memorable products of 2009.

Destructoid - 8.5

With tons of weapons to find, a great co-op system, fantastic art, and a whole bunch of exploding bodies, Borderlands is worth your money. Even when I feel that the game is starting to get repetitive, there's something about it that keeps me playing.[...]  Despite a few imperfections, the game is simply fun -- and at the end of the day, that's what really matters.

GameDaily - 8.0

Borderlands surprised us. We went into the experience expecting a pulse-pounding shooter with fancy cut scenes and lots of drama[...], and instead found a slower-moving and tough (but immensely rewarding) slog through a beautiful fantasy world populated by imaginative monsters and more weapons than we know what to do with. We don't care how you play, alone or with friends. Just make sure you do so immediately.

GameSpy - 4/5

You'll likely hear an abundance of other reviewers touting the four-player co-op mode as the game's best feature, and it's just one more piece of what makes Borderlands a surprisingly fun affair.[...]  The accessible nature of Borderlands -- with its relatively non-punitive deaths, constant checkpoints, and convenient fast-travel systems -- makes it a fantastic game for introducing FPS fans to some basic RPG tropes. And, most importantly, the killing and looting never ceases to be fun.

Eurogamer - 8/10

There's some menu-weirdness which means that you're expected to use the keyboard some of the time, and the mouse the rest of the time, which results in confusing inconsistency. Hardly a fatal flaw, but it's there. The PC version also needs some voice options (it's always-on, voice-activated only), and if it's not patched within a few weeks of release I'll eat my hat.

Borderlands is unusual, playable, and an artfully violent step in an interesting direction for Gearbox. The story aspect of the game could have been better - I'd love to have seen the role-playing influence extend beyond stats, levels and loot - and the ending is a disappointment. Even so, this should be a favourite game of the year for a huge number of people, since it plugs into gamer impulses at such a fundamental level. We blow things up and collect the goodies. That part, at least, Gearbox has nailed.

GameSpot - 8.5

Though the core action doesn't change drastically over the course of the game, it is woven together in such a way that once it ensnares you, you'll want nothing more than to plunge into Pandora at any chance you get. Combat is satisfying, and upgrading your skills and equipment is engaging. The constant stream of loot and experience is rewarding, and sharing it with some friends makes the experience that much richer and more exciting. Despite its hostile (albeit stylish) environment, Pandora is a great planet to visit if you want to shoot some stuff. Just be sure to bring some friends along for the ride.

SarcasticGamer - 2/2

Borderlands does an  excellent job of dressing up the same old thing and keeps each mission feeling somewhat fresh.  In the end, Borderlands is a must buy for any shooter fan. Borderlands is a must buy for any MMO fan. If you’re an “RPG only” kind of guy, with an occasional sprinkle of FPS, this may not be your cup of tea, as the game’s story leaves a lot to be desired and the “rpg” elements are fairly basic.

So, if you’re so inclined, I definitely suggest taking this hybrid out for a spin, it might just be the best game you’ve played all year.

Cinemablend - 4/5

Borderlands is a hodgepodge of ideas and gaming mechanics, but somehow it managed to compile the sum of its parts into one truly fun experience, especially if played in multiplayer. There are plenty of minor flaws that sully the game, but the pure fun factor of completing quests, leveling up your character, and shooting any of the "bazillion" unique guns in the game makes up for any problems. Borderlands is a lengthy game (30+ hours, in fact) so those who purchase it will likely have it spinning in their disc trays for a long time, and I can almost promise that they'll be extremely happy consumers.

Overall, the majority of reviews for Borderlands are positive.  Very positive.   Though to fully appreciate the game it wouldn't hurt to play with a friend or two (or 3).


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