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- Includes all four add-on packs released to date (on disc), as well as fold-out gameworld map
- Intense combination of FPS and RPG gameplay with Borderlands' random gun generator provides endless weapon variety
- Tear through the relentless monsters of Pandora with a crew of up to 3 of your friends in multiple modes including split-screen co-op
- Get behind the wheel of and engage in intense vehicle-to-vehicle combat
- Online multiplayer support for up to 4 players
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Action RPG Meets First Person Shooter!!! Borderlands is the first 4 player Co-op Role Playing Shooter; combining the intuitive reward systems of action RPGs and the frantic-paced combat of First Person Shooters. The Game of the Year Edition includes all 4 of the add-on packs so that you can enjoy all of the content from one of the Most Acclaimed Games of 2009 in one sweet package. "The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned" - The Jakobs Corporation would like to invite you to experience the splendor of a corporate owned small town known as Jakobs Cove. Any rumors you may have heard about the "undead" walking our streets are completely preposterous and we officially deny them all. "Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot" - Are you god's gift to gun fights? Think you're the best? Wanna prove it? Then help us celebrate the grand opening of Marcus Bank by killing hundreds and hundreds of people, the only competitive arena around where your next of kin can be assured that you're coming back famous or not at all. (All proceeds are kept by us) “The Secret Armory of General Knoxx - Want more of the Borderlands story? Want more loot than you could possibly figure out what to do with? Of course you do! And with The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, you can have your cake and eat it too... if you're not too busy playing this game. Rise up to become the ultimate loot pillager... or die trying. “Claptrap's New Robot Revolution” - This destructive adventure invites you back to the inhospitable environments of Pandora to battle a vicious new threat; an ever-amassing army of homicidal Claptraps led by the cunning Ninja Assassin.
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Although I played First Person Shooters (FPS) way back in the day, e.g. DOOM, QUAKE, all those that established the genre, I have always been more of a RPG player, and for over 15 years, I just glazed past all the FPS games that were released- it just wasn't my thing.
However, one day I watched my brother play BORDERLANDS on his laptop, and it just looked cool. So cool in fact that I finally broke down, bought the Game Of The Year Edition, and hijacked his GOTY Deluxe Guide as my own. This was three years ago, and I have many RPG games I love on my PS3, but frankly it's BORDERLANDS that I keep coming back to over and over and over again. I even now own BOARDERLANDS 2 (GOTY) and the big deluxe guide for it, both still shrinked wrapped. I decided to play through BOARDERLANDS just one ... more ... time before busting out BOARDERLANDS 2.
So believe me, even if you are so not into this kind of genre, consider trying it out anyways! It sure provided me, the RPG geek, countless hours of pewpewBANG entertainment over the years. :D
EDIT 3/1/2015: As of a few weeks ago, the multiplayer online services have been set up once again, so if that is the only thing keeping you from the game, no longer is it a worry!
- Great, great, great feeling of desire to find more loot!
- All GOTY DLC comes ON DISC (it shows up as a separate icon on the XMB). Previously I guess it used to be a one-time only downloadable code; that's the reason for all the negative reviews for this item (understandably so!!)
- Great controls, feels just like a COD game (if that's your thing). You will have to change the control settings though, as the preset sets aim/fire to L2/R2. There is a preset for L1/R1 though, like all other shooters!
- World is expansive, looks great.
- RPG elements (skill trees, experience, etc) are no super deep but deep enough to keep you entertained and constantly thinking about which path/skills you want to upgrade
- Drop-in/Drop-out online co-op is a lot of fun (although see CONS too) and there doesnt seem to be a shortage of players online given how old this game is. I expect the community to grow even more as Borderlands 2 release date approaches
- loot, loot, and more loot. Guns all look different (colors, attachments, fire animation, etc). I wish when you were looking at a new gun it would compare the guns you have equipped right there on the screen but it isnt too hard to do.
- You can look through a list of online players hosting games (you see their level and current quest). Any quest completed in someone's elses game also counts towards your game. You can also host a game and basically play solo until someone joins your game.
- World is expansive, which is great, but that means you are doing a LOT of traveling. Sometimes it gets boring. Especially annoying is that this game is basically a bunch of sidequests. If you are in it for purely story online, you might not be satisfied. But i digress --- you get new quests by either talking to NPCs or checking bulletin boards. Problem is, once you complete the quest (kill X enemies, retrieve X item, etc) more often then not you have to backtrack to the NPC/bulletin board to "turn in" your quest to get the cash/EXP rewards. This constant back and forth can get tiring and time consuming
- The way you pick up loot: enemies can drop cash, ammo, and weapons/shields. To pick up items, you press square. You will pressing square a LOT. If you hold down square by ammo drops for example, you will pick up all ammo drops in the immediate vicinity. So you will also be HOLDING square a LOT. Problem is, if you hold square while standing over a weapon/shield, your character automatically equips that weapon/shield. So if you are not paying attention and just holding square to pick up all the loot (and trust me, you will) you will sometimes mistakingly equip something (and then have to go to your equip menu to adjust your loadout)
- Online is alive, but there are two minor problems: there is no level range cap for party members. Meaning, if you are hosting a public game that anyone can join, ANYONE can join. Meaning if you are a level 10 guy doing some of the beginning quests, a level 50 guy could join your game. Now usually when this happens, they are cool --- they will help you get through tough parts of the game, and let you take all the loot since all the stuff is probably junk to them at such a high level. Sometimes though, these high level players have hacked items (worth $$$$ in game) and drop them all over the playing field. Again, just trying to "help" but can be a minor annoyance if you want to play the game without "cheating". However, having near-infinite money can also be nice in this game if you want an easier play-through!
All in all these cons should not deter anyone from playing this game. If you like FPSs and you like loot-driven RPGs, you will be in heaven. I am eagerly anticipating Borderlands 2 now!!
This game is a shooter but also a "looter" - you go on missions and scavenge items (different weapons, ammo, cash, etc.) along the way. You drive some vehicles, too. I like the mix.
As you gain experience, your character (you can choose from four different types at the beginning of the game) becomes more powerful (similar idea to buffing up your character in the "Dead Space" games).
The AI for the bad guys also increases as the game progresses, so don't let the first few bandit encounters fool you.
One thing striking about this game is that it has a very different, stylized look - sort of like a comic book (restrained color palette and at times "2D")- check out the screenshots - it may or may not appeal to you.
Note that with Borderlands you do need to interact with your character's inventory and objective maps frequently - if you don't like fussing with those kinds of things, the game may not be for you.
This is one of the few shooting games where I had to stop and read the manual - once I did that it became a lot more enjoyable.
Glad I paid the extra bucks and got the "Game Of The Year" edition, which includes a number of add-on packs on the disc.