So this weekend I rented up Borderlands and had the opportunity to start it up.  I had heard all good things and was really excited to play.  While definitely not enough to satisfy my thirst for the game, the first hour did give me a great sample of the gameplay.

You start the game off with a cut scene in which the four types of characters are introduced, and then you're forced to pick one of the types to play with the rest of the game.  From there, you follow a robot around for a while, and are suddenly thrown into battle.  Luckily, the controls are your standard FPS fare, so figuring out how to move around and get things done isn't that hard.  I was soon blasting my way through bad guys like I'd done in so many different games.  The one obvious difference is the use of Hit Points like an RPG, which adds a little twist on the gameplay.


From there, I began to have missions all around the map, killing standard enemies with guns and a few creatures that are vicious and not too fun to deal with.  I love the level of challenge that the game offers.  Occasionally you'll get ambushed by a TON of bad guys, and you'll find yourself being outgunned.  Luckily, the "Second Wind" mode (I think that's what it's called) gives you a chance to take down bad guys before you actually die and have to restart from a checkpoint.  If you kill a bad guy in this time, you come back to life with a little bit of health and continue to blast everyone around you.  Without this addition, I feel the game would be completely too hard and aggravating.  While you'll still have to respawn from time to time, you find yourself battling back more often than not, and it gives you a small sense of pride each time.

The only problem I had with the game so far is that it seems the boss battles can be a little difficult.  My first encounter with a boss-like character took me about 10 times to beat.  Now it could be that I'm just a terrible video game player, but it started to get on my nerves.  There were no other missions to go to so I could level up, and so it ended up that'd I'd kill one guy, die, then come back, kill another, die, and keep going until I got to the main guy being the only one alive.  I then spent three or four turns finding a cheap way to avoid his shots while I shot at him.  I eventually won, but the aggravation of killing him kinda spoiled it.

I'm actually writing some of this after a long period of time with the game, and I will say that the formula doesn't change too much, which is a good thing.  I have yet to beat it, but the constant search for better guns and the desire to acquire as much cash as possible has me playing 5 hours a night to get the game beat in time before I have to return it to Blockbuster.  I haven't tried the co-op, but I'm guessing it would be great.  I also don't have online (yeah, I'm a loser), so I don't know about that section of the game either.  I do know, however, that this is a very fun game, and I would recommend it to FPS fans everywhere to give them a little something different than a war game or Halo.