Sunday, January 13, 2013

Borderlands 2 Review (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

Borderlands 2 is an over-the-top, action-packed shooter with a ridiculous amount of weapons and loot to keep you entertained for months. It has a FPS base genre with bits of RPG style and even some humour sprinkled in for a zesty gaming experience. Let's dig in!

Borderlands 2 has a nice post-apocalyptic, cell-shaded look to it that gives it a unique feel while exploring the world of Pandora. Each area of the game has it's own 'theme' to it. There's a cold arctic area, a Mad Max style desert, robot infested factories, and many more. The sounds of the weapons and the explosions are great and the music fits the environment well.

The game has a level system that allows you to pick out perks for your character and upgrade them. There are 4 different character classes for you to try: Siren, Assassin, Commando, and Gunzerker. Each class has their own special ability such as dual-wielding guns or deploying a turret to help with enemies.

The world of Pandora is massive, but thankfully there are vehicles and teleport stations to help you move quickly through it. You can unlock multiple cars that have unique weapons like explosive barrel launchers or saw-blade slingers. Borderlands 2 boasts that it has over 17 million different guns in it...I don't think any other game has gotten close to that number.

Borderlands 2 also has a great multiplayer system. As more players join, the enemies get tougher and more loot appears. If a teammate snags a weapon you wanted, you can challenge them to a duel for it. The game also has a great sense of humor with jokes hidden everywhere throughout the game.

Gameplay sample

-Great multiplayer
-Tons of weapons

-Gets repetitive quickly

SCORE 9/10

You can buy Borderlands 2 at Amazon, eBay, or Gamestop.

Doom 3 BFG Edition Review (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Doom has always been considered one of the granddaddies of the FPS genre ever since it came out in 1993. I know Wolfenstein 3D was the first FPS, but Doom was much more popular amongst gamers. Its gameplay style has always been the base ingredient for modern shooting games (shoot enemies, collect shiny new weapon, get key for next room, repeat). Throughout time, we've just been altering the base formula by changing the type of enemy or the 'key' that needs to be collected first. With the release of Doom 3 BFG Edition, you can relive the birth of the classic shooter genre from the very beginning. Let's RIP AND TEAR!

The BFG Edition contains the base version of Doom 3, the Resurrection of Evil expansion, and a new mission pack called The Lost Mission. All of the Doom 3 versions now have slightly improved graphics and better sounds. The lighting feels much crisper and the sounds are more intense. The BFG Edition also adds a suit mounted flashlight so you can aim while it's turned on. Many people complained about having to switch between the flashlight or the gun, so this is a nice improvement. I also liked the addition of slight motion blur when turning corners. My main complaint is that they didn't change very much about the game...especially a game that is over 8 years old.

It's still a fun FPS horror game with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. At the time I wrote this article, it was being sold for around $23-29 which is a pretty good deal for all the content you get. The BFG Edition is good for anyone that wants to try out Doom 3 for the first time or maybe wants to get all the expansions in one package, but if you already own Doom 3, you'll be pretty disappointed.

 As an added bonus, the BFG Edition also includes the classic versions of Doom and Doom II. Even to this day, they are still fun to play. It's nice to see that they still care about the classics of the FPS world.

Gameplay Sample

-Updated graphics and sound
-Multiple games for price of one
-Solid gameplay

-Doesn't add much new content

Score: 8/10

You can buy Doom 3 BFG Edition on Amazon, eBay, or Gamestop.