Borderlands review round-up

Borderlands has been out for almost a week. Still unsure about purchasing the game? Here is a review round-up of Borderlands from a few major gaming websites and publications.

Eurogamer: 8 out of 10 (Jim Rossignol)

Borderlands is unusual, playable, and an artfully violent step in an interesting direction for Gearbox. The story aspect of the game could have been better – I’d love to have seen the role-playing influence extend beyond stats, levels and loot – and the ending is a disappointment. Even so, this should be a favourite game of the year for a huge number of people, since it plugs into gamer impulses at such a fundamental level. We blow things up and collect the goodies. That part, at least, Gearbox has nailed.

Giantbomb: 4 out of 5 (Jeff Gerstmann)

The structure of Borderlands makes it feel like an MMO game that doesn’t require you to rely on groups of other players to enjoy. Though it’s probably better when you’re playing online with friends, playing alone is still perfectly fine. It’s also one of those games that’s so strong in parts that its shortcomings become almost glaring by comparison.

As such, the game’s barebones story, lackluster AI, and insufficient player trading options are real disappointments that prevent the game from reaching its full potential. But when you’re frantically trying to stay alive while getting swarmed by an angry horde of gigantic spiderants, chances are you won’t care much about that other stuff. Borderlands strongly succeeds where plenty of other Diablo-inspired games have failed miserably. B+ (Thierry Nguyen)

Call it a first-person Diablo, an evolution of Resistance 2‘s co-op mode, Monster Hunter for the west, or a party game for FPS gamers. Call it the best example of the transformative power of multiplayer. Whatever you designate it, Borderlands is a decent single-player FPS/RPG that simply becomes great — when playing with others. Besides, sheer midget panic is something that has to be shared with friends.

EDGE magazine, Dec ’09 issue: 6 out of 10 (no writer cited)

… a transparent level grind of uniformly standard kill and fetch quests. In embracing frivolity, though, the game perhaps simultaneously acknowledges a lack of depth.

So it comes back to the guns again – a cipher for the game at large: alluringly lurid, but ultimately disposable.

GameSync’s writers are still in the process of playing Borderlands. We’ll post our own review once we’ve finished the game.

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  • Glimmerous.Fop

    Quite disappointed by the EDGE review. I don’t believe it deserves 6/10.

    The level griding, item hunting, and kill-and-fetch quests are pretty much the same as Diablo.

    I wonder if the reviewer has ever played a Diablo game (or any similar Diablo clones), because unlike other reviews I’ve seen, there’s no mention in the EDGE review about Borderlands’ similarities to Diablo’s style of gameplay mechanics.

    What do you guys think? Are Diablo-esque mechanics a turn-on or turn-off?

  • tommyfai

    kinda disapointed with pirated can play online..

  • Malice

    The technicalities and problems in multiplayer do not deserve the amount of fun you can have in the game.

    I wish they had put in a little more effort rather than just throwing out what feels like a direct console port, that said i might be just nitpicking, but the game would improve greatly with dedicated servers. Would make it easier for those without friends to play with find a good multiplayer game to join.

    That said, still a fun game but gamespy is horrible. (worst logo ever)

  • Neth

    Overall the game is fun, the only let down is the multiplayer capabilities.

    And yea it’s kinda similiar to Diablo FPS style, with it’s items and the 2nd playthrough (Diablo’s normal, nightmare and hell stages). Having so much fun on the 2nd playthrough.

  • DomeJr

    It looks nice. I think I’ll buy the 4 pack like I did with L4D2.

    Anyway I think GearBox is better off helping Valve help make another Half-Life series. Every one after Opposing Force failed imho.

  • insignia

    eh fops can u kindly pm me your number? got a few questions regarding l4d2 and borderlands. thanks bro

  • Glimmerous.Fop


    4-pack offer for Borderlands has long expired.

    I actually enjoyed Gearbox’s Brothers in Arms series.

  • Matafleur

    Borderlands is good – so far. I’m currently only at level 23 though. I’ve heard from others that the end game is a little disappointing. Will try to playthrough to the end before getting reviews posted.

  • DomeJr

    What? 4 Pack gone already? Fuck you O’ Levels!!!

  • riffraff

    good game, gamespy sucks.

    omg malice is level 46 already