The purpose of this review is to look at the Borderlands Game from a girls perspective. Most reviews are written by men and we all know that what a girl likes in a game is often very different from what a man likes.
There are four different characters to choose from in the game. Each character has a unique set of skills and each skill set has three branches. Essentially this allows for you to create 12 different character combinations. The characters are Brick, Lilith, Mordecai, and Roland. The character that I found most interesting was Liliith, this is the female character in the game. So many games do not have female characters, it was refreshing to be able to play as a female and one who is quite powerful. Being that Borderlands is a role playing game it is definitely important to have characters that you can relate to or at least identify with while role playing as them in the game. Me and my husband found it very fun to play the game as if we were a husband and wife team on a mission to find pandora. The character development aspect of the game makes it re-playable. Although I have only played through the game once I could easily play through it again to explore the character development and special abilities of a different character, perhaps Mordecai.
The missions varied in duration, level of difficulty, and interest. You will find yourself doing some missions that are as simple as collecting seeds. Whereas others have you traversing the map in search of an object that is guarded by enemies such as the Rakk Hive, or Skagzilla. Overall, the way that the missions play out is great. Anyone who has ever found the lengthiness of some levels or missions to be daunting will appreciate being able to complete the small missions. They give you the sense that you are moving forward in the game, instead of spending hours to beat one small section. Another bonus I found with the mission system is that you can really pick up the game at any time, play for any amount of time, and shut it off. If you are a mom this can come in really handy as often we only get a quick 30 minutes of game time while the little ones nap. Many games require dedicating at least an hour to play, Borderlands allowed me to spend a few minutes with the hubby here and there. Lastly, all of your missions are listed in your options screen, making it easy to switch between missions, and pick which missions you want to complete first. This was great for someone like me who can’t seem to keep track of where I supposed to be going.
Landscape and map:
The clean lines of the game follow through to the landscape and buildings. The cartoon feel to the game is really nice and makes it much easier to find your way around. In some games it is difficult to distinguish one area from another or find your way around Borderlands has the perfect amount of detail in the landscape allowing you to remember which way you came from and which way you are going. The map is rather spread out which can be a nuisance at times you will find yourself covering the same ground over and over as you go back and forth for missions. Overall this did not really negatively impact the game play, but it certainly didn’t add anything to the game either. This type of repetition is common in role playing games (I guess you could say it is to be expected). A bonus of having a big map is that you are able to explore, finding new items, and gaining experience by killing skags and other bad guys who re-spawn.
There is a total of over 17 million weapons. Yes, you read that right 17 million. This is due to the weapons creating system that the game runs on. Throughout the game you can pick up guns from dead enemies, buy them at vending machines or vendors, or find them hidden in chest and boxes. Because the game randomly picks guns (to a certain extent) you really never know what you are going to get. My husband was able to find a really rare gun in an early level at a vending machine, pure luck I suppose. I found it difficult to keep track of all of the gun types and because the game will randomly choose the firepower and other features of the games it was difficult to keep track of what you had in your inventory. I fond myself constantly checking the stats on my guns to see if the gun I had found was better worse or the same as the one I currently had. Overall I think that the gun selection was good, and of course there are some pretty awesome guns to choose from, this wasn’t really a focus for me in the game. For my husband, the weapons seemed to be a key part of the game. My guess is that for most girls, you will want to find a good gun, but this wont be your key focus in the game. Get a gun to get the job done.
Special Abilities and Character Levels:
The special abilities of each of the four characters are different. Within their special abilities you can decide which of three branches you are going to spend your skill points on. Special ability development plays a huge role when you are playing online or in teams. In my case, my husband and I were playing as a team so we built our special abilities accordingly. This game is a first person shooter combined with a role-playing game. In my opinion the special abilities development really sets this game apart from all of the first person shooters out there. It isn’t just another monster, alien or war game. As a general rule I like role-playing games whereas my husband prefers the one person shooters. I get bored easily with point and shoot and the special abilities add just enough to the game to keep me interested and wanting to play more. Throughout the game your character gains levels. Level development is crucial as only certain items, weapons, shields etc can be used by certain level characters. Level building is the part of the game that will get you hooked. My husband and I couldn’t stop trying to build up our characters level. We would revisit areas we had already went to just to build up our level.
Co-op vs Solo:
There is a general consensus in the gaming world, in our household, and with all of our friends that this game was meant to be played in teams. If you don’t have internet access or someone to play this game with at home you will be very disappointed. The game is still great in solo mode, and it would still be a great play, just don’t expect as much re playability out of the game in solo mode.
If you and your friends are into doing game nights or group date nights this game is really fun to play with a group. My husband and I on numerous times picked up some ice cream and as soon as the kids went to sleep put some borderlands on.
Overall this game really has the best of both worlds for men and women. I could see many of my girl friends playing this game (even those who aren’t really into video games). If your significant other is into video games, this might be a great game for you to try playing with him. You never know you might be surprised at just how much fun it can be. To top it off your significant other will be totally stoked that you played a game with him and he will now be the envy of all his friends. Men should be warned however that this game can be addicting for women too, and they may never regain control of their game system again!