X360A writes: "Successfully fusing two genres into a whole that is greater than its component pieces is tricky business. The balance of yin and yang that will produce a successful hybrid is going to be different for every game. Borderlands isn't the first game to blend shooting with character progression systems familiar to roleplaying games. Deus Ex was the first masterpiece to fuse the two gaming styles, providing player choice and a memorable story to go with its gunplay. Over the last few years, we've seen Mass Effect and Fallout 3 likewise mix shooting with roleplaying. While those two games balanced themselves more toward the roleplaying side of things, Borderlands is clearly a shooter first, RPG second."