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Borderlands is a science fiction first-person shooter game with RPG elements that Gearbox Software created for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Mac OS X. The game was revealed in the September 2007 issue of Game Informer magazine. The game was released on October 20, 2009.

Gameplay

Borderlands features four-player "drop-in, drop-ou"' cooperative online play in addition to a single-player mode, and two-player split screen co-op modes for consoles. Most of the gameplay consists of traditional first person shooter elements, with a selection of weapons to use and a selection of enemies to battle. Players also have access to color customizable vehicles for in-vehicle combat. Defeated enemies drop random equipment, which is available to pick up.

Missions

Like traditional RPG games, most of the players' time will be about doing missions. There are 127 missions of various lengths and complexitys, 47 of these being part of the story and the other 80 as side-quest missions. Many of these missions can be completed with other players. Each mission have its own rewards, such as new weapons and items, or perhaps revealing a new piece of the story.

Randomization

The game also features a gun generator similar to Diablo's random item generator system. This new system generates over 17,000,000 weapons. The system randomized the guns by changing almost everything about them, including barrel length, round type, round size, ironsights /scope, color, building material, and even elemental damage forms added onto the attack.

"We saw a ridiculous amount of guns, but perhaps the strangest was a revolver that fired shotgun shells"(similar to .38/.357 shotshells). Gearbox is constantly surprised with what the system comes up with. They've seen rifles shoot everything from homing darts to rockets. 'One of the guns tracks onto something and locks, and after three seconds, [the target] suddenly explodes,' director Matthew Armstrong says." However, such features have not been seen in the game yet.

Player vs player

At any time or place, a player can melee another player to make a challenge. When the melee is returned, a 1 vs 1 battle starts. Players can also travel to "arenas" located at  various locations in the game's world. These arenas are specifically made for competitive play, where players can face off in both free-for-all games or team-based games. (Of you win duels you don't get items, it is solely for the purpose of fun)

Multiple Playthroughs

After completing the game, players are free to roam the world and do any side missions that wasn't completed, drop the Vault key off at Tannis and collect their reward and wander around aimlessly. After returning to the title screen and choosing characters however, players can choose to begin Playthrough 2

On the second playthrough, characters have all of the gear, skills, levels, and money that they ended the game with. All of the enemies scale up, with bandits beginning at level 34, and ascending from there. The names of enemies also adjust to reflect the difficulty setting.

At the end of Playthrough 2, all of the enemies scale again, ranging from 48-52 and dropping even better loot than before. Players can revisit and battle most of the bosses, and fight for better gear, participate in cooperative play, and fight in the arenas. Colloquially referred to as Playthrough 2.5, marking the completion of Playthrough 2's storyline missions, all enemies and missions scale to either two levels below or above the character and adapts as characters level up (this carries over to the "DLCs", and will significantly increase their difficulty when Playthrough 2 of Borderlands is complete).

Character Classes

Borderlands includes four character classes, each with unique skills, abilities and back stories. As characters level up, they gain increases to basic stats, such as health totals and accuracy. Each class also has three unique focus skill trees to develop. There are also accessory items specific to each class. The four classes are:

  • Mordecai (Hunter) - Bloodwing
  • Brick (Berserker) - Berserk
  • Lilith (Siren) - Phase walk
  • Roland (Soldier) - Scorpio turret

Story

In the distant future, in the year 5252, several colonization ships head to Pandora, a planet on the edge of the galaxy. The colonists are drawn there in search of a better life as well as vast mineral resources said to be on the planet, free for the taking, akin to a futuristic gold rush. Some time after settling, the colonists discover that there is little the planet offers aside from some decrepit alien ruins. When the companies mining the planet leave, they let loose the criminals they had employed as forced labor and left any other colonists there. Some of the settlers seek to get rich quick by discovering alien technology. Most of the others are just trying to survive. After seven Earth years, the planet's slow orbit brings a transition from winter to spring, and many horrifying creatures wake up from hibernation.

Hope for the remaining colonists come in the form of a mysterious alien Vault in the side of a mountain. This Vault is said to contain vast stores of alien technology and secrets. The only problem is that the people who discovered the Vault were completely wiped out by some sort of protective force. The only evidence of their discovery is a scattered radio transmission, proclaiming the Vault's majesty, but not its location. The four main characters the player can choose are: Mordecai, Lilith, Roland And Brick.

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