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Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition
Score: 9.0 / 10
As it relates to games, this time of year
my mind always turns to "bang for the buck", "gaming goodness per hour
played" and a whole host of other cliched lines that can be directly
attributed to my thrifty nature. I want something inexpensive that I can
play for hours, draw out the experience like some kind of pedantic game
review that runs on and on, but with better
graphics and a consistent sense of humor that makes me want to play.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is one of these games.
If you wanted a reductive description, Borderlands is a hack 'n' slash
dungeon crawl though the hack 'n' slash is replaced with bullets and the
dungeon crawl is
replaced with a (mostly) wide-open landscape awash with things that want
to kill you.
For the base game, the over-arching MacGuffin objective is to locate
"The Vault" which may contain fabulous wealth and alien technology, but
there's plenty of side quests that wrap around that objective to stretch
out the story to a very long length. While the add-on packs -- strangely
you have to download them; they aren't on the disc -- lack the kind of
MacGuffin end point after a sprawling adventure, they're certainly fun,
especially when played with a few other human controlled companions. The
game difficulty scales depending on the number and level of the people
playing so it's always challenging.
Really, the strength of Borderlands is its multiplayer. Playing solo is
just fine -- levelling up, finding all sorts of upgrades and loot,
battling some really strange looking bosses across a variety of
environments -- but it becomes a much more fun (and social) experience
when played with some partners.
For $49.99US, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is a no brainer. All
those good things you've heard about Borderlands over the last year are
true, now go play it yourself.