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Borderlands Review – X360/PS3 – Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

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Borderlands hits the scene in an attempt to mix a few game genres together and make an entirely new experience.

The big question is, does it work? Set on the planet Pandora and boasting a cartoon-styled version of the Unreal Engine 3, Gearbox Software has promised a crazy, fun-filled, co-op experience that is deep yet easy to pick up.

We decided to be the judge of that and packed our bags for Pandora. Hit the jump for the full review.

Borderlands puts you in the shoes of a couple of bounty hunters that have come to the Planet Pandora, a planet with a very wild-west feel about it, in seek of fame and fortune, with the trip fueled by a legend of a lost alien vault that contains some crazy technology.

The game plays out in an open world environment with large open areas, towns and a couple of vehicles to get your butts around (quick travel is unlocked later).

Jumping into the game you are given the choice of four different classes, which in this case are characters. The four classes are made up of a Hunter, Berserker, Siren and Soldier. Each class has their own specialities, such as the Berserkers ability to go into a rage, running in and punching the living crap out of everything or the Siren’s ability to phase walk.

Each character also has three different skill trees to choose from or split their skill points over, meaning that each class can still play differently for different players.


When it comes to controls, Borderlands is a shooter. On the other hand, the rest of the game is made up to be that of a hack n’ slash roleplaying game such as Diablo or even World of Warcraft.

This means loot, lots and lots of glorious loot. Killing enemies drops shared cash and experience as well as ammo, items and weapons. This is where the real fun kicks in. Borderlands is a constant loot fest, while the fighting is incredibly enjoyable, there is always that knowledge that when the dust settles, the looting will begin and everyone will start poking around, looking for chests and seeing what has been dropped.

Due to the fact that Borderlands randomly generates weapons, shield and so on, there is always something new to find that will be great to use or possibly just good for a quick sale and will never leave you hanging on to one weapon for too long.

The looting mixed together with the level up system (as well as challanges) gives the player a constant feeling that they are progressing and always keeps events interesting.

It is very clear that Gearbox really did their homework with Borderlands. Many little features have been added to make life simpler, ranging from one holding a button to pick up all the loot in front of you to having the ability to pay some money in and reset and redistribute your skill points.

The game can be played in various ways, single player, 2 player split-screen, 4 player system link and 4 player online. You are able to keep multiple characters, which means that you can keep one for single player, one for your online buddies and another one for that LAN you are attending next week.


The game can still be really enjoyable in single player mode but the true fun arrives when playing with friends, so I heavily recommend finding some friends to play with using all of the different options mentioned above.

The art style in Borderlands is a cartoony, pencil-outlined look that serves to increase the feeling of fun even more. Characters and environments are interesting to look at and the game keeps a smooth steady framerate at almost all times, with a few hiccups here and there when there is a lot going on on screen.

Borderlands feels very simple on the surface but has an incredibly deep gameplay mechanic that will keep you upgrading, leveling and swapping items , as it has been created as a perfect balance between being a shooter and being an RPG.

I could talk for hours about all of the different aspects of the game but instead, I can just make it clear that the game is fun and easy to get into and once you are comfortable with they way it works, you will find yourself addicted and already contemplating multiple play-throughs.


Gameplay: 9.0
Fun, engaging and well thought out as both a shooter and an RPG

Presentation: 8.9
Feels like it looks exactly how they intended, great art style

Sound: 8.5
What you would expect. Good use overall

Value: 9.2
A lengthy campaign that can be played multiple times


Overall: 9.0

The most co-op multiplayer fun I have had in years. Incredibly addictive.

Last Updated: October 29, 2009


  1. Agreed.. this game is my new addiction.

    I love it so so so so so so so much. My mate is level 40 already and more than keen to start again in the same class to play with me if I’ll start again and play with him… its that fun!


    • koldFU5iON

      October 29, 2009 at 15:24

      aren’t you supposed to be practicing Guitar Hero or something?


  2. darthdad

    October 29, 2009 at 12:41

    Thanks for the review Nick.
    There are so many good games out or coming out in the next few weeks that I’m beginning to feel quite lost.
    I don’t want to miss any, but I also don’t want to end up with a huge backlog. What to do???


    • Geoff

      October 29, 2009 at 12:42

      get Borderlands, forget about everything else. 🙂


      • DarthPenguin

        October 29, 2009 at 13:13


        This game is its own genre.. there isn’t anything else out there like it.. just get it.


      • Q121

        October 29, 2009 at 14:26

        Send me a copy and i will play it. i promise 🙂



  3. Goose

    October 29, 2009 at 13:26

    I love this game!!


  4. CarpeNoctum

    October 29, 2009 at 13:29

    Started playing last night, really enjoying it and can see much time will be lost to this title. :biggrin:


  5. V@mp

    October 29, 2009 at 16:05

    Seeing that every single review for this game consists
    of “there is a single player campaign” and then the rest
    is entirely devoted to saying how cool the multiplayer and co-op is, I’ll have to give this a skip. My gaming experience relies on single player campaigns before anything else unfortunately.


    • AC1DW0LF

      November 3, 2009 at 09:51

      VAMP!!! DO NOT SKIP THIS GAME!!! Forget what all the idot reviewers say about “Multiplayer is all it is about”. I have had one of the most enjoyable experiences in gaming my way from start to end of this title, and I want to go through at LEAST 3 more times for the other Character styles, and I have not even considered my Multiplayer options yet. the single player is really THAT good. The loot hunt is awesome, (Is it possible a company ACTUALLY MADE FARMING FOR BETTER WEAPONS FUN???!!) The quests are varied and enjoyable, and their is an awesome difficulty curve that keeps things fresh. Don’t miss out. Please!!


  6. r4 ds games

    October 30, 2009 at 15:42

    This review Affect Me I am planning to buy this game in near feature


  7. Co-Op

    November 4, 2009 at 17:28

    The best Co-Op I’ve played in a while.

    Gamespot says:
    “Fun combat and a steady flow of rewards make this journey a massively enjoyable one, especially with some fellow mercenaries along for the ride.”

    Have a look at this page if you are looking for guys playing Borderlands in SA.


  8. Mooger

    November 16, 2009 at 17:50

    This game is teh Moneh. That is all.


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