Borderlands 5-Years Later ReviewGuest_Jim_* - June 19, 2014
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It has been almost two years since I wrote my first game review for OCC, the Borderlands 2 (Sleepless) Review, which had me awake for about forty hours to write. Since then I have caught up on my sleep (mostly), written more reviews, and started the Years-Later Reviews, where I return to older games. It was probably inevitable that I would one day return to Pandora to write this review of the original Borderlands game. Of course the impending release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has contributed to the decision.
As I said in the Borderlands 2 review, the original game almost defies classification as it has gameplay mechanics from multiple genres including action, adventure, shooters, role-playing, and looters. Such a fusion makes it difficult to select one genre without doing a disservice to the others.
Borderlands is set on the world of Pandora, which legend and myth claims is the home of an ancient alien vault. According to the same stories, it is filled with advanced and powerful weaponry, so many corporations and hunters are after its contents. You are one of the latter and will be against the world's bandits and many creatures, as well as the mercenaries hired by the corporations. It is a race against time though, because you have to be the first to the vault when it opens.
Following its release, the game received four DLC packs: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, and Claptrap's Robot Revolution. Naturally as I have all four of these, I will also play through and review them, so you can see what the complete Borderlands experience is.
The game received a Mature rating from the ESRB for blood and gore, intense violence, mature humor, and strong language. It deserves that rating on each point, and as the media in this review has not been censored, if the game's content would be inappropriate for you, chances are this review is as well.
With all of that covered, time to get on to the review.