GC 2008: Borderlands Preview
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Nestled away in a tiny back room in 2K’s area at the Games Convention in Leipzig was a little known title called Borderlands and was being shown off by the ever active Gearbox Studios. Borderlands is the latest game that will be coming out the Texan studio and will combine the FPS genre with light RPG elements and will feature a boat load ... no wait ... a tanker load of different guns.

Borderlands takes place on a little known planet called Pandora where you and your crew of fortune hunters are chasing what could turn out to be a profitable lead. The demonstration ran through part of Chapter 1 of Borderlands, where our two characters (in co-op mode of course); Mordecai who is a hunter class and is proficient with long range weapons, with his partner Roland who is a soldier class and really good with short range weapons, are heading down to the abandoned mine system of the planet to get a very powerful piece of alien technology.

Pandora is quite a desolate planet set in the distant future and right across it you’ll come across many mutated creatures and desperate individuals trying to take you down. It’s pretty big as well which is why you’ll be thankful when you bump in to one of the many vehicles you can take control of.

Borderlands features a co-op mode, 4 players in fact, that allows players to drop in and out fairly seamlessly and throwing this mode in to the vehicle sections is where the game can excel. With one driving and one gunning, you and a buddy can tear Pandora up ... it kind of reminds you a bit of Mad Max. Getting a bit bored of driving? No problem, you can swap seats on the fly with your co-op buddy without having to stop the vehicle. The driving works so well in single player too as you can set the computer AI to pilot or gun, the choice is yours.

The RPG element of Borderlands pretty much touches on the main things that are present in any RPG; experience points, character levels, character classes and plenty of skills. As you get experience points from your battlefield shenanigans, your character will level up and with that, you can visit a skill kiosk to upgrade and pick up new skills.

The amount of guns on offer in Borderlands is absolutely mind boggling, at current time, as of August 2008, Borderlands is said to feature about 635,000 different guns... No, you definitely read that correctly. Having only seen a few guns in the demonstration, it’s hard to even get your head round how they could even make that many type of guns, so that will be interesting to see. The Gearbox guys informed us however that not only will they be different in look but they also have unique attributes as well. Wow.

How Borderlands will shape up remains to be seen and is difficult to predict at this stage considering the code is still pre-alpha. It’s got some good ideas and an unprecedented amount of weapons but how will it hold up in a market that is completely saturated with FPS titles? The RPG elements combined with the FPS genre will turn a few heads, as will the Mad Max style vehicle sections and who can say no to that in co-op?

Borderlands will ship sometime in 2009 on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.


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Comment #1 by Blackjaw x
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 10:27:58 PM
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I want it. Bad.

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Comment #2 by Raesvelgr
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 10:29:42 PM
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I can't friggin wait for this!

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Comment #3 by Erock4HL
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 10:41:52 PM
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first... it should be cool

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Comment #4 by Blackjaw x
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 10:52:16 PM
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Nice, I'm third.

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Comment #5 by Sephiroth417
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 10:55:04 PM
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500,000 weapons automatic wantage

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Comment #6 by Oblivion70
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 11:16:04 PM
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Looks really cool...

The only thing dumber than saying "First" is saying it and being 3rd. It's really stupid.

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Comment #7 by Crazygb156
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 11:20:38 PM
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CANNOT WAIT? &$@&^@&

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Comment #8 by Screwface89
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 11:37:27 PM
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Cannot wait for this game it sounds brilliant the sheer number of guns alone is enough for me to part with my cash.

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Comment #9 by callofdutyachievements
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 11:44:38 PM
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Comment #10 by Darkhlor
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 11:49:50 PM
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I hope there are no guns that look the same just with different stats.

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Comment #11 by Mozza FTW
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 12:11:25 AM
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how can there be that many weapons, thats amazing =S
thats some nice looking explosion in the 2nd SS =D

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Comment #12 by rsxdelerium
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 12:29:53 AM
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I remember reading a preview about this a long time ago in game informer .. looks even better now!

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Comment #13 by towns
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 12:33:23 AM
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looks pretty good

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Comment #14 by DarkPyroGuy_09
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 12:34:28 AM
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This game looks sweet......

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Comment #15 by Zacxx2011
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 01:34:37 AM
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Infraction #4 Game looks... intense is an understatement

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Comment #16 by Blackjaw x
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 02:24:22 AM
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Why should I get infracted? I used wit to show that #3 should be infracted. It's really ironic that 50 people post saying "omg dont say first", but that's 50 times as bad as the guy who said first.

Infraction #15.

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Comment #17 by XxM4RKSM4NxX
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 03:36:38 AM
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635,000 is insanity. It's almost too hard to believe. Hopefully, they will be awesome guns!

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Comment #18 by R3f1cul
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 03:48:29 AM
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I can't wait for this. It will put Mass Effect to shame i think with the amount of guns alone, but the rpg element is really strong and even n the pre alpha stage of development it doesnt look that bad soo i have really high hopes for this one and if it doesn't deliver i will be very sad faced

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Comment #19 by ThePixelbishop
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 08:34:14 AM
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the funny thing is... the guy that said he was third.. is #4 =D

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Comment #20 by Artaiten
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 03:04:23 PM
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I am looking forward to this game. I think if they can deliver all that they are promising then it will be a class A title. If not, we will have another too human on our hands

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Comment #21 by Almighty Tubsta
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 03:04:57 PM
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I think it was sarcasm. "I used wit to show that #3 should be infracted"

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Comment #22 by Blackjaw x
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 05:42:13 PM
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Yeah, #19 I was also first so obviously I was joking.

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Comment #23 by Jew Tremin
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 04:18:20 AM
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