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Borderlands is the the ultimate four-player Role-Playing Shooter loot fest. Combining invention and evolution, Borderlands features characters, skills, environments, enemies, weapons and equipment, which come together to one of the best games I have played in a while.
Let's start out with the story. The story is is one of the worst stories I've ever seen. Luckily, Borderlands doesn't need a story to be awesome. The story is this: you heard stories of The Vault, which has infinite power, weapons, and wealth. You decide that you'd like to be a Vault Hunter, someone who searches for the vault. No other information is given, except they do tell you that the Vault was made by aliens.
Borderlands does a superb job with the side-quests. The missions are hilarious, usually. The silliness of the missions is presented in a way that most people didn't notice, which is a shame. In one of the side- missions that Crazy Earl (a NPC in the game) gives you, you must find his friend, a level 20 Skag that is tiny and wears a spiky collar. The missions get repetitive after a while, and their is a seamlessly endless amount of loading screens. But I guess it can be hard to keep the formula fresh after +30 hours.
Enough about the sidequests. Let's get to what everyone is waiting for... the gameplay. Borderlands has somewhere around 18,000,000 guns (at least Gearbox said so), each gun is different, which allows for creativity. You can have a shotgun that shoots rockets (if you're lucky enough to find one). The amount of awesomeness that can unfold is amazing. Borderlands is fast-paced action that almost never gets old.
As I said earlier, their are to many loading screens, althought that is a minor complaint. The menus are clunky and meant for single player only. Co-op is a blast, although their is only enough loot for one person.
The RPG part of this game, is disappointing. Their are four characters to choose from, Brick, the Berserker, Mordecai, the Hunter, Roland, the Soldier, and Maya, the Siren. All of them are exactly how they sound, well except the Siren, of course. Each of them have underwhelming skills that aren't exciting. The only character that is if different is the Siren, which does magic type stuff.
The graphics aren't terrible, just they aren't very good, either. The landscape gets boring very quickly, it would help if the environment was different every once and a while.
Borderlands has its notable flaws, but in the end, it's worth the investment.
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