Meet Borderlands ; Fallout’s younger, wackier and not-actually-related cousin.
Want to spend £40 on the GOTY edition of Fallout 3? Or how about £40 on Fallout New Vegas? Forget it. Spend £30 (maybe even less in some places) on the Game of the Year Edition of Borderlands – an open-world RPG that has more in common with the Fallout games than their shared love of quests and customisation.
Because of other, more established RPGs, like the aforementioned Fallout games, Borderlands is often overlooked as a ‘serious’ game on account of its cartoony-drawn graphics and dusting of light humour but it’s these amusing qualities that make Borderlands different from so many of the other heavy and dark RPGs on the market right now and with several helpings of fantastic DLC (4 DLC packs to be precise) included in the GOTY edition, now is the perfect time to give Borderlands a second chance.
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Those cutesy graphics I mentioned? Stunning. They quite simply make the game. Never have I seen a new art style work so well in such a large game as most traditional RPGs like Oblivion aim to achieve realistic graphics. Well, as realistic as you can get whilst fighting mythical creatures…
The blend of realism with hand-drawn visuals make everything ‘pop’. There’s no horrible annoyances in the back of your mind like ‘rocks don’t look like that in real life’ or ‘the facial features look ridiculous’ because somehow, the style makes any and everything go, so that regardless of how well they match with the real-life thing, the graphics in the game are made unique thanks to the ingenious idea of giving the Borderlands world that ‘hand-drawn animator’ s touch.
Borderlands’ developer, Gearbox Studios (also the guys behind the VERY much awaited Duke Nukem Forever) have also injected a very much needed sense of light humour into the game, again making Borderlands an entirely different style of RPG than I’d ever seen. Within the game’s opening hour, I found myself giggling at the ridiculousness of the introductory robot ‘Claptrap’ as he darted around in fear at the sight of approaching enemies, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at robotic squeals of ‘aaahhhhhh!’ as I have whilst playing this game.
Borderlands takes customisation up to another level too. Even from just watching trailers for the game, you’re probably aware of the fact that the possibilities for making your own weapons are endless.There’s obviously a limit to how many boomsticks you can create but it will probably take you about a billion or so tries to get there!
So between the brilliant game on its own and the seriously impressive DLC, Borderlands is an epic game so what are you waiting for? Go and get Borderland GOTY edition now!