Borderlands: Our Trip to Pandora
Renee: J and I bought Borderlands Christmas of 2009 (yes, folks 2009) and didn’t get further than a level 8 or 9 character I believe. So imagine my surprise when we got into Borderlands hot and heavy this past weekend. We played with two good friends that we raid with in WoW and finished the game in two days. And if you know anything about me, I don’t finish games. Staying up until 3:30 am did loads for my confidence that I’m not getting old. From midgets in refrigerators to riding across sandy dunes; This game has it all. I went for playing with an Xbox wired controller because it made strafing easier for me.
J: When I found out that two of our friends were playing Borderlands I was so excited because as a group of friends we all tend to try to do stuff together. Knowing that we already had Borderlands I went to find our disk to install. Then come to find out they were playing all four of the DLCs which were ten bucks a piece. So it actually came out better to just buy the Game of the Year Edition to play with them. So after transferring my level 10 soldier over to my steam copy I was fired up and ready to play! It’s been a long time since I’ve finished a game outside of just at the arcade and beating Street Fighter 2 on one quarter.
Renee: Street Fighter 2? You’re dating yourself, babe. I love how everything in the game (well almost everything) is about shooting. There are so many guns to choose from and you are constantly getting upgrades. I chose to go with a hunter and having the bird help you is a nice perk. I primarily tend to use revolvers and repeaters. It’s easy to change specs around and try something new if you wanted.
J: The Co-op game is something I really enjoy. I love to play Co-op and I also love First Person Shooters (FPS) which was a good combo here. Being able to play with friends and family and enjoy the experiences together was a HUGE plus for me. I like how you’re able to help each other get caught up on quest and the creatures of Pandora get strong as you bring in more of your friends. I played a soldier and talented into Support which allowed my teammates to regenerate health if they are around me when I kill someone and also my turret had a healing regeneration buff as well. I really loved the fact that me killing would heal those around me.
Renee: Oh yea, that turret came in handy. Let’s just say…errrr, I didn’t stay alive so well. All in all, I loved this game. I don’t know what took me so long to play it! I can blame it on WoW right? That always gets blamed for everything in the Valentine house.
J: This game has tons of replay value I mean the story is awesome and funny. The game play is amazing and on top of that you can play it with friends. Which is a huge plus for me that sometimes have issues of playing the game and being that “lone hero to save the world” I like the we as a team can make this happen! I see myself being able to play it alone…well I’ll at least have my turret as a partner. As my soldier Roland says: “It’s like having another soldier on the battlefield!”
Graphics: 8 out of 10
Gameplay: 9 out of 10
Story: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9 out of 10