Borderlands Treasure Chest

Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: October 20, 2009
Genre: First-Person, RPG
Rating: M

The treasure chest has been opened again and we have a pulled a real gem out this time. The developers at Gearbox have a long history of excellent work and Borderlands could arguably be their best. This first person shooter with RPG elements has some real character to it. One of the first things that drew me in to this game was the art style. Although it has been claimed that Borderlands is not cel-shaded, it definitely has that feel. This is not a bad thing. In fact, I have been a sucker for the cel-shading effect ever since I saw it on the PSOne with Fear Effect. I think the effect makes games age much better. Compare Jet Grind Radio and Wind Waker to other games released in the same time period and see for yourself which game looks more dated.

Borderlands Screenshot

But this game isn’t a classic just because of the cool, pseudo-cel-shaded graphics – although they do look great. An interesting story, multiple character classes with varied special abilities, online co-op in which you can be helping you friend kill enemies and collect loot one minute and then challenge him to a duel to the death in the next really set this game apart from the standard first-person shooting fare.

If you’re a first-person shooter anymore, there is no excuse not to have great controls. First-person shooters on consoles have been around long enough and gone through many flavors and varieties and over the generations have gotten better and better. This game does not disappoint in the controls department but nor does it doing anything revolutionary with them. This isn’t a knock against the game, I’m just saying it’s right there with all the other first-person shooters as far as controls.

Borderlands 9 Toes

What keeps me coming back to this game – as I said before – is the art style. Well, actually the overall style of the game. You’ll get to meet some really interesting characters – most of which you’ll get to kill at some point or another. The boss battles are varied and interesting and can range from cake-walk to nearly controller-breakingly frustrating. If things get too tough, you can always find someone online with a higher-level character to hold your hand through the tough spots. Or you can grind. Grind. Grind, grind, grind, grind, grind, grind, grind, grind. And loot. Loot, loot, loot, loot, loot, loot like you’re playing Diablo 2.

Borderlands Sledge

Lastly, boobs. You’ll get your fair share of cleavage in your face in this game:
Borderlands Siren

Borderlands T&A

Borderlands Moxxi

Yes, I know these are not “real” boobs, they are pseudo-cel-shaded, video game boobs and many may think I am pathetic for ogling them.  Let me just remind you my friends that these “fake” video game boobs when used in a great game like this can inspire real boob results:

Real Borderlands Boobs

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    Now how does that look in games like Monster Hunter where you craft your own gear. Well here, instead of presenting your with shittons of loot, the game presents you with interesting choices in your gameplay department when you craft your gear.

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