Borderlands Impressions Tom October 26, 2009 Gaming When this game first came out last Tuesday I had no idea what it was about or why all my friends said it was going to be a great game. The only games I’ve been hearing about lately are the hyped Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2, so when everyone started talking about Borderlands out of the blue I didn’t know what to expect and honestly had no intentions of purchasing. So fast forward to last Friday, I realized that I had made a mistake in purchasing NBA 2K10 as I never buy sports games and despite wanting to play a basketball game, I was quite disappointed and could never see myself playing the game all the time, so off to eBay it went. I figured I could sell it now and cut my losses to a minimum and that would justify me purchasing Borderlands. Borderlands is an open world RPS (role playing shooter) which is basically an RPG but with gun. You level your character up as you complete quests throughout the world of Pandora, collecting guns and items along the way. It reminded me a lot of Diablo when I first started playing it and then after playing with my friends in co-op mode, they said it reminded them if World of Warcraft, which I have never played so I don’t know. The co-op is where this game really shines. You can play with up to 3 friends (4 people total) as you complete quests and make your way around the world. It’s a lot more fun if you have other people running around with you, sometimes the game gets a little tedious and frustrating if you don’t have help, especially if you die at a big boss battle. But the gameplay is fun and the graphics are incredible. Instead of the typical 3D renderings that we’re used to in games today, this game is cell shaded, meaning it looks a little more cartoonish but it’s not. It’s hard to explain, you’ll just have to see it to know what I mean. The other big draw to the game is the amount of guns. The developer claims there are over 1 million different guns in the game. How is this possible you ask, simple, each different gun is made up of different components and modifiers. So essentially it’s a set number of actual gun models, but the randomizer attaches random modifiers to each one, thus making them different. So despite being a little hesitant at first, I’m definitely glad that I picked this one up last week. If you’re a fan of games like Diablo and WoW, you will definitely enjoy Borderlands. It’s a nice change of pace from the typical first person shooter as well as the typical RPG. I’m not even done with this one and I hope they are working on a sequel.