Borderlands is a first-person shooter blended with RPG elements that features large numbers of customizable guns and a unique graphical style. The game focuses on a four player team cooperating to take down various enemies, with each character having a unique class and style. It was developed by Gearbox Studios and was released on October 20, 2009.
Borderlands is a science fiction RPG-style first person shooter noted for its irreverent humor, gruesome combat, and cel-shaded graphics style. In the game, the player first chooses between one of four different main characters, each with their own skills and personality. The 'Berserker' can fly into a bloody rage, the 'Hunter' carries a bird of prey companion that can be unleashed on enemies, the 'Soldier' carries an automatic turret complete with shields, and the 'Siren' has the ability to become invisible. Players can choose their character’s name and outfit colors, but that is the extent of the customization options.
The game takes place on the world of Pandora, which has been abandoned by mega-corporations and governments alike. The land is dusty and run-down, yet the graphical styling makes it pleasing to the eye. What populace that remains on the planet takes refuge in widely scattered settlements in the wastelands or industrial trash heaps that have been left behind. Your character comes to Pandora in search of The Vault, an unopened cornucopia of alien treasure and artifacts. As the game progresses you find yourself not only searching for the means to find and open The Vault, but also racing against the Crimson Lance, a mercenary force in the employ of one of the universe’s mega corporations.
Throughout the game, there are various quests to complete and plenty of treasure to find. While solo players may find the game to be a bit slow and grinding, the pace is quite a bit faster and much more enjoyable in multiplayer mode.
Borderlands also has four downloadable content expansions titled The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Mad Moxi’s Underdome Riot, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, and Claptrap’s New Robot Invention. On February 10, 2011 Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford unofficially confirmed that there is a sequel in the works during an interview with VG247. The release date has not been announced, however.