GDN: Borderlands Review

At its heart, Borderlands mixes typical FPS play with the quest and loot structure that you might find in games like Diablo or many MMORPGs. You start off with very basic weapons (and a basic tutorial to go with it), but as you complete more missions you'll find a mix of guns; as quest rewards, random drops from killed enemies, and bought in shops. Quest weapons usually have set parameters, but the others are much more diverse, with different damage, firing rates, zoom/scope levels, and even the ability to add an element (such as fire or acid) to your bullets. A huge part of Borderlands' appeal is finding the gun that suits you perfectly, as each player will likely find they favor different traits in any given weapon.

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