Monday, January 25, 2010

Video game number twelve: Borderlands

Game review number twelve in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Borderlands".

This game has been endlessly hyped by just about everyone I know.

"It's a shooter combined with an RPG!"
"It has awesome multiplayer!"
"Wait until you get to the car!"

I started playing this and have to say, it's not grabbing me. The people who say it's a shooter combined with an RPG are correct. Unfortunately, it's a crappy shooter combined with a shallow RPG. The quests consist of "Go get me the cog for this vending machine and bring it back here" or "Go kill 6 evil puppies and come back when you're done".

There are definitely cool elements of it. You can choose different classes of character and each one has many abilities, attacks and unique weapons that you can level up. I started with the "Beserker" class, and before long...I had an attack where you could run around pounding things with your fists. It was stronger than any gun in my arsenal.

Unfortunately, I think the graphics kind of suck, the animation style is rather crude and the controls leave a lot to be desired. After playing a ton of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, this game just doesn't compare favorably as a shooter. I'm not really into RPGs in generally, and so that's probably why I'm not a fan of this game. If I had to compare it to something I've played before....I'd have to pick Shadowrun.

I'm going to spend some time diving into the multiplayer at some point, see how that makes it better...but for now, I'll rate it as it currently stands.

Overall rating: 6 out of 10.
Graphics? Meh.
Fun shooter? Not really.
Games I like much better: Fable 2, Call of Duty, Halo, etc, etc.
Games it's better than: Shadowrun. :-)

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