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Name: Borderlands
Release date: October 20, 2009
Platforms: PC, XBOX 360, PS3
Genre: FPS

Description

Borderlands is an FPS developed by Gearbox Software and a sequel to Borderlands. The game is set on a planet called Pandora, where players choose one of the base characters, called Vault Hunters. The player is a fortune seeker, who seeks a mysterious Vault containing untold riches.

The gameplay is based on the player, by himself or with up to three other players, performing quests tied to the main story and fighting various enemies with his character's abilities and the game's many guns. The game has a procedural weapons system, so there are potentially millions of unique weapons combinations. This prompts the gameplay to be based on getting better and better loot and upgrading your character.

Recommendation

Borderlands was released to critical and community acclaim. Many reviewers praised its visuals, gameplay, and RPG looting elements while criticizing the game's story and lack of character skills.

We recommend the game to lovers of shooters, quirky graphics style, and loot since that is where the game shines the most. The DLCs for this game were sometimes a mixed bag, but all around the community reception for them was positive. Especially if you're buying on key stores, we recommend the Game of The Year Edition. 

Metacritics Rating: 84 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 30-40 h

Our recommendation

Buy if you love quirky shooters best played in coop, and don't mind the older graphics compared to its sequels.

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Description

Borderlands is an FPS developed by Gearbox Software and a sequel to Borderlands. The game is set on a planet called Pandora, where players choose one of the base characters, called Vault Hunters. The player is a fortune seeker, who seeks a mysterious Vault containing untold riches.

The gameplay is based on the player, by himself or with up to three other players, performing quests tied to the main story and fighting various enemies with his character's abilities and the game's many guns. The game has a procedural weapons system, so there are potentially millions of unique weapons combinations. This prompts the gameplay to be based on getting better and better loot and upgrading your character.

Recommendation

Borderlands was released to critical and community acclaim. Many reviewers praised its visuals, gameplay, and RPG looting elements while criticizing the game's story and lack of character skills.

We recommend the game to lovers of shooters, quirky graphics style, and loot since that is where the game shines the most. The DLCs for this game were sometimes a mixed bag, but all around the community reception for them was positive. Especially if you're buying on key stores, we recommend the Game of The Year Edition. 

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Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

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What does it add?

It adds a new area called Jakob's town, 25 new missions, new undead enemies, new achievements. It adds about 5 hours of gameplay content.

Buy this if:

  • You want to buy the GOTY edition anyway
  • You played through everything in Standard Edition, loved it, and want more content

Usual price: 7.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 84
Release date: Oct 15, 2009
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

It contains three new arena areas where you can fight enemies for loot and experience. These enemies come in waves. Also adds an in-game bank. It adds only about 3-4 hours of new content.

Buy this if:

  • You want to buy the GOTY edition anyway
  • We do not recommend it outside the GOTY, due to lack of content compared to other DLC and lukewarm reception by the community

Usual price: 7.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 53
Release date: Dec 29, 2009
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

It adds 44(!) missions after the end of the main story, increases level cap by 11 levels, adds new gear, enemies, environments, and secret bosses. Adds 7-9 hours of new content.

Buy this if:

  • You played through the main game and want continuation
  • If you didn't buy the GOTY and want to buy DLC, we recommend buying this one due to best amount of content and good reception by the community

Usual price: 7.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 86
Release date: Jan 21, 2010
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

It adds twenty-one new missions, six areas to explore, new enemies, NPCs, and skill points. It adds about 4-5 hours of gameplay content.

Buy this if:

  • You want to buy the GOTY edition anyway
  • You played through the main game and want more Borderlands

Usual price: 7.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 69
Release date: Sep 28, 2010
Trailer: YouTube
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC, X360, PS3 N/A N/A
Game of The Year Edition PC, X360, PS3 N/A 9.24 $

Edition Chart

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Key store recommendations

Key resellers are sites that sell game keys at (usually) much lower prices than traditional retailers. They do this through a combination of ways, like selling keys that come in a bundle, that were on a sale and many other ways.

The reason why we separated them from traditional retailers is that these stores have been the subject of a divisive discussion for a long time.

The reason we include them is that you can buy keys on these sites usually for very big discounts, sometimes quite ridiculously cheap. In 99 % of cases, they will work the same as a much more expensive key would. For many people, especially people from countries with lower standards of living, this can mean big savings that have a significant impact on their life, while also playing the game and not resorting to piracy.

If you are buying on these stores, we have a few recommendations to follow:

  1. Just know there is a tiny risk. Either your purchase will fail and you will use your money, or that the key you recieved won't work. It has never happened to us or anyone we know, but it has certainly happened to a number of people on the internet. That is partly the nature of the business, partly un-consumer business practices of some of the stores. In 99.9 % of cases, the purchase will be ok, but sometimes it won't.
  2. If the price is not cheaper on key stores (it almost always is, though), then we recommend to buy from the traditional, established retailers.
  3. If it is a store with multiple sellers with ratings, always pick the one with the highest number of sold keys and ratings. The probability of a successful purchase is much higher if buying from a reputable key seller.