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This review was submitted by Jarryd Purcell. If you’ve played Borderlands, or just want to ask Jarryd more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Borderlands (360, PS3, PC)
Borderlands is a FPS/RPG that tries to find the middle point between the genres. It features four-player co-op and can be summed up as what Fallout 3 could have been (Really? Ed.).
Art Style: The cell-shaded art style is one of the features that stand out in an already feature-loaded package as one of the rarely utilised elements that, in this case, fits perfectly.
The balance between FPS and RPG: Borderlands does well to combine classic RPG elements such as loot drops and shooting, modern enough to appease the Call of Duty aficionado.
Multiplayer: Once you get into a co-op game, the game becomes a truly amazing experience compared to the singleplayer mode with the number of enemies multiplying and the loot becoming much more epic in all senses.
“Bazillions of Guns”: Yes, there are thousands of “unique” guns in the game, but they boil down to the same handful of archetypes found in every other shooter. The only difference between them is stats and their random benefits such as improved damage or accuracy.
Connection Issues: Borderlands is dragged down by poor connection issues that haven’t arisen since the mid '90s such as having to forward ports to connect to games or having to let a connection time out on each user’s computer before it will connect. There are workarounds but they should not be needed in 2009.
While the game is pulled down by minor issues, these issues can either be fixed yourself or are minor enough to not be noticed when compared to things done right. If you have at least two other friends to play with then this game will be a masterpiece. if you are playing solo, you will need to have some for love both the RPG and FPS genres.
Reviewed by: Jarryd Purcell
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