Gaming Friday: Borderlands

We here at ThinkComputers are very avid gamers. So each Friday we will be covering a game that should help you get through the weekend. The games will range from new games to classics that we still love to play. They also are not limited to just PC games either. If you have a game you think we should cover check out the Gaming Friday thread in the forums.

Today we are checking out a very intriguing PC game that I was introduced to at the GXL back in May. Unless a FPS game is multiplayer shoot em up game I really don’t get in to it that much. And I really never got in to RPG games on PC at all, unless you included World of Warcraft, but let’s not talk about that. Borderlands combines both the FPS and RPG aspect in to one and does it very well. Gearbox, the makers of the game took a risk doing this, but it has paid off very well. Read on to see why I keep going back to this game night after night.


When you first get in to the game you will notice the art style of the game is unlike any other game. It would say it is “cell-shaded”, but it is a little different. The texture work is very intricate and really makes things look like they are hand drawn.

The game starts out simple enough with with you choosing a character. In Borderlands each character has a class (Brick (Berserker), Lilith (Siren), Mordecai (Hunter), Roland (Soldier)), all of which have different different skills sets and back stories. Also each character has three different skill trees to develop.


As I said the game is a sort of mash-up of a FPS and RPG game. You can gain experience by completing missions and killing enemies. There are many story-based missions that will keep you moving around from place to place, but also there are side missions that will not only allow you to gain experience, but get different items as well. You are able to load up on missions, much like you are able to on World of Warcraft.


If you like having an arsenal of different weapons at your disposal this game is definitely for you. I can’t even tell you how many guns I have picked up along my journey so far, but there are quite a lot! Many of the guns are very closely related, but have different damage, speed, scopes etc. It is cool to use the different guns of the same type for faster kills or a better fire rate. Besides just the guns you get grenades and a shield. The shield is a recharging shield that we’ve seen in other games. There are many different types of shields, but I would suggest using one that replenishes your health.

I have been playing the game for a while now and I am not tired of it at all. I exploring new areas and finding new weapons to play with. The first night I started playing the game I was up till 6AM! This is a good game to get in to if you were ever a fan of RPG’s or games where you can explore.

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