A highly addictive game which falls short of greatness due to a number of easily avoided annoyances.
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- Highly addictive gameplay keeps you up playing into the wee hours
- Massive variety of guns (guns, guns, and more guns), all of which feel punchy and fun to fight with
- Option of character choice is entertaining, and more than just superficial
- Addition of a leveling system is a fun variation on the usual FPS formula
- Gameplay is smooth and conducive, makes it easy to get in the groove of things
- Visual style is fantastic
- Overall, feels like Diablo with bullets
- Restrictive DRM (SecuROM) limits number of installs, requires game CD to play any game mode, and causes game-stopping errors even for those who have purchased legitimate copies (This accounts for at least a full point of my subtraction from the overall score. It's that obtrusive.)
- Interface can be very clumsy (console influence is obvious) - the worst occurs when options in menus have to be clicked on multiple times before your input will go through
- Control of vehicles is odd, definitely designed for a gamepad
- Can't skip the 3 or 4 intro logos, the copyright text, etc. when starting the game. Can't skip the intro cinematic when starting a new character. So actually getting into a game to play basically takes 2-3 minutes every time, 7-8 if you start a new character.
More than anything I just wish that that DRM wasn't there. Just feeds the pirate world when paying customers have to seek out cracks just to play a game they already shelled out for. If that and the other few cons were taken care of this game would easily be a 9 or 9.5 in my mind. That being said, Borderlands is still some crazy fun and I'd definitely recommend it.