Some thoughts about Borderlands

borderlands-looks-niceI finished Borderlands last week! It’s one of the few xbox 360 games I completed lately.  A game needs to be engaging for me to spend more than a few hours on it thanks to all the other games that I want to play and my backlog.

Things I loved about the game:

  • Diablo loot-a-thon + first person shooter + RPG: This is the main reason why I bought the game. I wished that Fallout 3 was more FPS-ish and thi s is the game that answered the wish.
  • Art style: it’s like a cartoonish, twisted, colorful Fallout
  • Gearbox: I have fond memories of them from their Half-Life 1 days.
  • Claptraps!

Things I liked about the game:

  • Driving vehicles was easy schmeezy
  • I didn’t get lost in the open world
  • Lots and lots of different guns
  • Online co-op was easy to set up and lots of fun with a buddy

Things I didn’t like about the game:

  • Joining a player’s game will make you automatically inherit all their available quests whether you’re ready for them or not
  • The story was pretty generic
  • I couldn’t turn my controller’s vibration off

Things I hated about this game:

  • The path to the end of the game: finally making my way to the vault.
  • The ending

SPOILER ALERT! I’m going to complain about the ending below, so if you don’t want to be spoiled don’t read it.

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Goodbye Xbox

09-30-2008: The Xbox died. I tried to turn it on to watch some Entourage and was met with one red light. Rebooted it, and tada, 3 red lights. Hello Red Ring of Death. It had been acting strange for a few weeks prior, crashing and everything, so this shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

10-01-2008: Sent for the Xbox coffin. At least Xbox support is easy to navigate. Must be because so many people need to use it.

10-07-2008: The coffin finally came yesterday after a delay in shipping, so I packed it up and sent it out from work today. While I would not wish the RROD on anyone, the coffin was impressive. It came with some hi-tech pop-out styrofoam as well as it’s own packing tape.

Playing: Tales of Vesperia & Rez

Tales of Vesperia is the first Tales game I’ve played since Tales of Phantasia on the SNES and boy was I amazed at the graphical improvements. The world was so gorgeous, I just walked around town for at least ten minutes just looking at everything.

Unfortunately, the plot isn’t as impressive — it’s the usual anime dribble and this is coming from someone who likes anime.

Thankfully, the battle system is still as great as ever. It took me a while to get used to being more active during battles compared to traditional turn-based battles. It certainly takes the boredom away from grinding.

After a couple hours of Vesperia, I remembered I downloaded Rez on Xbox Live, so I fired that up. Oh man, is it fantastic. I’ve never taken any drugs, but if I were to take some psychedelics I would definitely play this game.