Let’s go over this again… Borderlands is a First Person Shooter. First Person Shooters are the hottest thing in video games right now. The problem is… I PRETTY MUCH HATE FIRST PERSON SHOOTERS! In fact I think I already told you guys that.
Shooters are a HUGE video game category with many many people playing the hell out of them but frankly I find I have little or nothing very interesting to talk about when it comes to Shooters.
First Person Shooters are simply geared for the type of game play I do not personally enjoy. They tend as a rule to be multi-player centric like many online social games. So their mechanics are generally geared for several players to wander around a large empty map repeatedly shooting the same regenerating pack of bad guys over and over again thus providing team based interactions and for the most part team based entertainment. So story lines are rudimentary at best and the main function is always to shoot as many bad guys with as many different weapons and blow them up in interesting ways.
Jason and I are pretty much the opposite of all this as we are the solo-player. We like “sand box style” games and RPGs and Platformers with multiple chapter epic story lines to follow and numerous puzzles to be solved and lots of back tracking and hiking to be done all by yourself… alone… without a peanut gallery to watch you doing it. We like games geared towards keeping a single player interested and motivated and entertained all the way through without needing someone else there to constantly bail you out of any horrible overpowering boss battles and such.
So First Person Shooters with their multi-player requirements and desolate playing fields and limited NPC interactions with a balance towards numerous players participating in the same game killing something tend to not be our cup of tea.
Till we came across Borderlands: Game Of The Year Edition and now Borderlands 2 that is.
Now do not get me wrong. Even this brand new Borderlands 2, which is bigger, prettier, and even more complex than before, still has all these exact same nagging First Person Shooter problems as I mentioned but it also maintains this strangely quirky acidic sense of humor and a whacked out cartoony planet loaded with crazy weapons that pop up for you to collect and just enough fun sci-fi “creepy aliens need to be killed ASAP” plot to keep me and Jason going back for more abuse despite all those negative built in solo-player issues.
Borderlands 2 is still rigged mostly for multi-player activities but a creative solo-player with a little patience and a prudent game play style can still get in there and enjoy the ride.
If you have kids in the house and they like these First Person Shooters already, like so many folks do, go right ahead and grab Borderlands 2 it is a major bloodless “Saturday Morning Warner Brothers Cartoon” shoot em up bit of fun that just got even better. If you might want to try a First Person Shooter and come from the whole RPG side of the house that I myself enjoy then maybe pick up the first Borderlands: Game Of The Year Edition and give it a shot since you can grab it pretty cheap now in the sale bin with all the DLC and final patches in place.
Borderlands is still the only totally unpretentious funny as hell First Person Shooter that gets a solid grade A in my opinion. It will keep me going till DisHonered shows up.