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Improves with extended play
on 6 April 2012
This review is primarily to confirm that the Classics version of Borderlands - Game of the Year comes with two disks. The second disk has the additional GOTY material. (See photo above.)
As for the game itself, it greatly improves with extended play. The graphics are excellent and the general game atmosphere is good, but it does require a little "grinding" to both level-up your character and open up new areas and features of the game. My first impression of the game was that the kills weren't satisfying. The improved weaponry and characters' improved ability to use the weaponry rectifies that, and fragging is back with style. The puzzle-solving component tends toward the basic, harking back to Doom levels of complexity at times, but there is a reasonable variety of missions to pursue, with worthwhile rewards in cash, XP or a new item upon completion. The initially dull beachcombing becomes more interesting as you progress through the game, and more powerful items start to appear when searching containers and rifling bodies. Wandering around Pandora still fails to be a particularly compelling experience as much of it is very similar in appearance, and there is little interaction. Some doors open, but the majority seem not to, so far. That said, the environment is interesting enough to encourage play. As you progress, new areas are opened up regularly with new, tougher variants of Scag and additional humanoid enemies encountered too. Much is made of the weapon varieties, and there is a pretty good selection. Every weapon encountered prompts comparison with your existing arsenal, and it can be quite a wrench to drop a weapon you know and like, for a more powerful but unproven new one. Weapons skills improve with use, and different classes of avatar have different skills. So it's useful to go with the grain to get the most out of your character. As with all games of its type, you can condense it down to wandering round shooting things, and just how much wandering round and shooting you can do before you tire of it depends on the individual. But as an example of the exploring FPS, Borderlands is a great example. Whilst it fails to reach the loft heights that Fallout 3 achieved, Borderlands is well worth playing and persevering past the initial rather humdrum training stage.