I have finally got round to beating the main game of Borderlands – that is to say I haven’t done all the of the DLC yet but I beat the final boss and saw the credits roll. I have the GOTY (Game of the Year) edition so have all the DLC – I have beaten the Zombie Island of Dr Ned DLC, I probably won’t bother with Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, but do intend to go on and play The Secret Armory of General Knoxx and ClapTrap’s New Robot Revolution. I don’t fancy the repeating waves of enemies in an arena game that is the Mad Moxxi DLC (I didn’t like those bits of the main game that much), which is the only reason I am not going to bother with that one. I have not played Borderlands in co-op either, and I suspect that the Mad Moxxi DLC might be more fun with a couple of friends in co-op.
One of the reasons for doing this blog post now (as opposed to when I finally beat the other two DLCs I am going to play as well) is that I recorded my ‘end run’ to the final boss, with commentary, and have uploaded it to YouTube. The playlist is here:
So if you prefer watching let’s play style videos to reading blog posts feel free to head over there, laugh at my bad play and rambling commentary, and feel free to make constructive comments on the videos. I say ‘let’s play style’ as a true let’s play is, I think, the whole game from start to finish. This is just the final a-bit-less-than-one-hour of the main game, and that includes the credits. It is really just another experiment or test of me doing commentated gameplay.
As for the game, Borderlands, well I can say I am really enjoying it. I am sure most people reading this know about it and probably have it and have beaten it, but I am only just starting to try and catch up with a backlog of games I am playing or have and want to play. It is just plain out fun, with some RPG elements and a good FPS game. A nice cel shaded looking art style, and fun characters. My criticisms of it are that the RPG story elements could have been a lot more fleshed out, and the porting to PC could have been a bit better. Both these criticisms have (hopefully, it looks like it anyway) been answered for the sequel Borderlands 2 coming out later this year (2012).
But those criticisms are minor, I am keeping this one on my hard disk after I have beaten it with my Siren on playthrough 1. I want to at least try the playthrough 2 with her, and also have a go with the Hunter character. The only slight possible problem is that my game disk (the DVD) is damaged, so that although it is recognized and I can play the game I wouldn’t be able to reinstall it if I have to, or if this computer breaks (as they are wont to with me). Replacement media from 2K costs £10, but I am waiting in case it goes on sale on Steam at some point as the GOTY edition has been on promo for £5 in the past, so fingers crossed for one of those.
Finally some links: