I had never heard of Borderlands until the day I purchased it from Target. A great friend of mine called me up and said, “Zack, if you don’t go buy Borderlands right this minute, I will not be your friend anymore.” So I went out and bought it. Of course, the friend told me loads more about the game before he swayed me away from my money-consciousness. The conversation was indeed quite lengthy, but I will not bore you with all the gory details. I’ll merely try to sum up everything that my friend told me that made me interested in the game, and everything that I have experienced as I have played through the game.
I had the chance to play through Mass Effect more than a year ago, but I sidelined it in favor of other titles at the time; Fallout 3, Fable 2, and others. RPGs, especially those that deviate from the typical turn based gameplay often put me off. I think it has something to do with the “insurmountable journey” you are about to embark on when you start an RPG. Most of the decent titles have 50 or more hours of gameplay in them; there is some degree of risk when you begin an RPG with unfamiliar or unconventional gameplay mechanics. So you can imagine my hesitation with giving Mass Effect a try, but the Platinum Hits edition’s $20 price tag gave me little reason to say no. Continue reading