Back in 2009 I was just a few months into opening EVO Games in Victoria BC and my legions of loyal customers were looking for that next big ” IT” title to start playing. We had worn out HALO 3, COD4: Modern Warfare, and Gears of war 2 was a distant memory.
Along came a game called Borderlands and it was significant for me because it represented the game that I could show case the very mantra of my business; CoOperative play.
Borderlands is a 4 person FPS RPG. The premise of the game is that you are explorers and heroes on an alien planet and must work together to solve the mystery of a location called ” The Vault”. The story really exists in small doses after the game starts leaving you at the mercy of a mammoth selection of quests and firefight’s with local bandits and indigenous life forms.
The games big selling point is that there is a near infinite amount of loot drop in the form of upgraded weapons. This game is Diablo on steroids and carrying a gun! With a very stylized visual appeal and very tight shooting mechanics coupled with the aforementioned CoOp option; Borderlands became a big hit at EVO and around the world….and I never completed it.
This game has been on my ” to do list” for quite some time now and for whatever reason I never got around to completing it. with everything that happened in my business and the time I didn’t have to enjoy the ” Gaming” part of running a video game centre; well it just never happened.
Admitantly I am a sucker for marketing but even more when a new game comes out and shows off exciting new game footage. Gearbox ( the developers of Borderlands 1 and 2) have started to trickle out footage and trailers for the upcoming sequel and of course I am now looking at Borderlands again, I mean you can’t very well play the sequel without playing the first one can you?
The most compelling reason to pick up Borderlands is quite simply because it will give all of us shooter fans a chance to lay down arms and work together for once. Very few FPS games on the market these days forgo any kind of multi player versus mode in favour of CoOp only and for that reason it is rising to the top of my ” Must Play” list once again.
Borderlands will currently set you back $19.99 on the Games on Demand marketplace on XBOX Live or you can buy the game of the year edition( includes all DLC released ) for $29.99 from any major retailer.
Borderlands 2 is set to launch in September this year and will once again feature 4 player CoOp play and of course a Bazillion guns and plenty of angry enemies to shoot them at !
Dwayne” EVO Knight” Morash