Borderlands Review

I took a second look at Borderlands and here's what I think.

Borderlands is a first-person shooter roleplaying game. I picked it up to give it a second opinion, since the first attempt a few years back didn't go over well. I was pleasantly surprised while playing through it.


As I said it has aspects first-person shooters and roleplaying games mixed into one package. Meaning it doesn't just aim for one audience or the other, it makes an attempt to reach both. I'm a fan of both genres and I like how they combined them.

Art and Story:

The art of Borderlands fits the story. Think Mos Isley, but planet wide and you have Pandora. A world filled with bandits, alien life forms, and annoying robots all trying to kill you. The art has a rough cut to it to match.

As far as actual story goes, you play as a Vault Hunter in search of a mythical Vault. The four characters each have their own basic styles and skill trees. For spoilers sake I won't go any farther into specifics.

Here's an in-game shot that I took. Believe it or not, that's an SMG I'm using.


You can play Borderlands with keyboard and mouse controls or a controller. For the most part it's a standard FPS control system, so nothing really weird. I prefer using a controller myself, but players can use whichever method they prefer.


The leveling system is your basic RPG style system. You get experience for killing enemies and it's effected by enemy level. As you level you get points to put in your skill tree to customize however you like. If you want to do more damage, there are skills for that. It all depends on how you like to play.

Here's what my skill tree looks like at level 25.

Gun Options:

Your gun choices make a difference on your character stats. If you use SMG a lot your SMG stats will be high. As you progress in ranks on a gun you also get bonus experience towards your character's level. I'd recommend trying out weapons early and finding two or three you'd prefer over the others. I chose Combat Rifle as my main, but I didn't really set a definitive secondary weapon.

Here are my proficiency levels..

My Rating:

There's a lot to think about when you're playing the game. if you're not paying attention you could mess up and do something you didn't want and off-balance your character for the rest of the game. I gave the game an 8 out of 10 because although it's enjoyable, but there's no replayability. The game is repetitive and only deviates when a new enemy type appears.

Our Rating
I took a second look at Borderlands and here's what I think.

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Currently an unpublished author working on multiple full length novels 3 of which being a 3 part trilogy. Also an avid video game player with a penchant for MMOs.

Published Jan. 8th 2014
  • Samuel Franklin
    Featured Contributor
    Talk about taking me back in time. The original Borderlands was great although I felt the quests got all a bit boring around the middle and since I'm sort of an achievement hunter I couldn't skip a single one, no matter how boring.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    Yea that's about where I'm at at the moment. lol
  • Chris Hendricks
    Featured Contributor
    Oh boy, this brought back some memories. I might have to rummage through my Steam library to find this old gem. Good review :)
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    Nice review, it is always nice read a fresh perspective on any title.

    If you are looking for a co-op partner for your Borderlands 2 review, hit me up! :)
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    It'll be awhile, I'm trying to burn through 1 for the story before 2. My Siren in 2 is like level 17 already because it got powerleved by a couple of friends and some things got spoiled for me.
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Brings back some memories, there was a lot of cool and bizarre loot in this game
  • RomelloM
    Pretty Cool
  • RomelloM
    Pretty Cool

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