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Borderlands Has Over 200,000 Guns, and I Want to See Them All. March 16, 2010

Posted by maxfreund in General, PS3, Xbox 360.
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So Borderlands is last year’s darling. A game that most people didn’t expect much from since it was sandwiched between Halo 3: ODST and Uncharted 2. I hadn’t tried it out until a few weeks ago when my buddy Jeff let me borrow his copy. But I have poured about 15 hours into the game so far, and love it. For anyone who doesn’t know what the game is, watch the video below. Actually, everyone, watch the video below. IGN is a great site, and this video is just one example of the hilarity that spews from their San Fransisco office.



As Dave Claym, *cough*, excuse me, Randy Pitchford explained, Borderland is a shooter through and through. It does one thing and does it well. Drop gamers into an open world, give them thousands and thousands of pretty toys, and make things go boom when they get shot. It is simple, but addictive.

Modern day shooters can sometimes get bogged down in story, morality, and extra additions. When its done well, it can lead to a more well rounded game. But all too often it leads the game away from the central component that makes a shooter great, the combat.

Borderlands strips it all down, and built a shooter that just feels right. Each gun class, and believe me there are many, has its place. Snipers are crisp and clean, allowing for precise headshots from across a level. While shotguns provide players with a satisfyingly indiscriminate spray that wreaks havoc on surrounding enemies.

Your character is also customizable down to the color of their clothing. My level 20 Soldier, Black Thunder, is currently wielding a shotgun with incendiary rounds, while wearing a fashionable yellow chest plate and blue hat. The level of depth here is a wonderful break from the usual brown and gray linear shooters we are all used to.

While the shooting is the key focus, don’t get tricked into thinking there is no story at all. The central focus is around some place called The Vault, a supposed cache of alien technology on your planet. And while this may sound like a tired and cliche central point, the sarcastic, dry, gritty humor of the supporting cast makes the game an enjoyable romp.

I’m going to be honest, the story is just something used to string you from one firefight to another, but I am okay with that. If I wanted a great story, I’d read a book…or play Bioshock 1. I play Borderlands to shoot things.