My First GiantBomb Blog(Blombg?): Looking back at Borderlands


So it was bound to happen eventually I suppose, here it is my first blog post here at GiantBomb.  This isn't to say that I haven't been active here, I have been posting on the forums(more recently), watching all the great videos and reading all the great articles, all since the begining(yeah Arrow Pointing Down and even GameSpot before that).  I'll try to keep my blog posts somewhat short and to the point, nobody likes walls of text. 
 
Tonight I'm going to talk about Borderlands.  I bought the game on release, back in October, probably owe that to Jeff.  When I first started the game I loved it, the opening video makes a really good first impression.  I was also addicted to the game for a few days, playing it pretty much non-stop and even doing a little co-op.  I didn't quite pick up on the style of game it was right away, I've never played something like that for any extended period of time, so I may have done it wrong.  
 
The next few lines here will probably give you a could idea of the type of person I am.  So I decided against Jeff's advice to play the Hunter class, my reasoning behind this choice?  I didn't think that many people would choose it.  I also was pretty much convinced from the start I'd be playing it mostly solo.  I don't play much online any
The Hunter
more, and when I do it is with my friends(people who I actually know).  Being that most of them wouldn't likely buy the game I figured I'd be alone.  However one of my friends did end up buying the game, although it was about a week after I did, so I was a much higher level than him(I think I was 25 he was around 5).  I played a little with him but decided it wasn't much fun being so over-leveled and jumped back where I left off in my solo game.  I am also the type of person who can ignore something sitting in my quest log, once it is there I have to do it.  I will also add that I HATE when a character keeps pointing out obvious tips in a game, like Claptrap pointing out new quests available, so to avoid hearing it I'd go collect all the quests that were available.  This sort of all combined itself into the perfect storm of me taking a really long time to beat Borderlands. 
 
Anyway I've finally beated Borderlands, I have to admit I was really forcing myself through it for the last few hours there.  However
These just look cool.
looking back at it I think I really enjoyed the game.  I liked the bosses for the most part, the gun collection stuff might not be for me but I enjoyed the having the variety, I love the art design and personally I feel like characters and creatures are some of the best designed(artistically) this year, I specifically really enjoy the way the spiderants look.  I wasn't a big fan of the insane amount of fetch quests, I got to the point where I really hated some of the environments because of constantly having to go back for dumb quests.  I also disliked Claptrap, he was a character that was designed to be iconic but kind of came off annoying.  Also I have to say the story was just poorly done, although that isn't what really kept me going through the game.  So it took me just under 32 hours and just over a month to beat, but I did it.  I'd be up for some co-op I think, if my buddy wants help getting through it. 
 
So now I'm looking for a new game to play.  I looking for something that doesn't require as much from me.  I don't think I could endure another 32 hour level grind
I think this looks fun, maybe that's just me.
right now, I'll save that for Mass Effect 2.  I want something that is fun to play and will last me a while.  Right now I'm leaning toward Assassin's Creed 2, which is odd because I flat out did not like the first one.  However from what I've seen they have fixed all the problems I had with the first game and then some.  If anybody has any other recommendations, or wants to push me over the edge to actually buy Assassin's Creed 2, I'm open to it. 
 
So that it is it, my first Giant Bomb blog, that went a little longer than I had thought.  I hope you enjoyed it though, I'll try to post one every week or maybe every other week.  If you'd like to see more comment, the more people who read it the more likely I'll be to write in the future. 

I swear Claptrap one more word about "new missions" and I am going to lose my shit.
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Posted by HatKing

So it was bound to happen eventually I suppose, here it is my first blog post here at GiantBomb.  This isn't to say that I haven't been active here, I have been posting on the forums(more recently), watching all the great videos and reading all the great articles, all since the begining(yeah Arrow Pointing Down and even GameSpot before that).  I'll try to keep my blog posts somewhat short and to the point, nobody likes walls of text. 
 
Tonight I'm going to talk about Borderlands.  I bought the game on release, back in October, probably owe that to Jeff.  When I first started the game I loved it, the opening video makes a really good first impression.  I was also addicted to the game for a few days, playing it pretty much non-stop and even doing a little co-op.  I didn't quite pick up on the style of game it was right away, I've never played something like that for any extended period of time, so I may have done it wrong.  
 
The next few lines here will probably give you a could idea of the type of person I am.  So I decided against Jeff's advice to play the Hunter class, my reasoning behind this choice?  I didn't think that many people would choose it.  I also was pretty much convinced from the start I'd be playing it mostly solo.  I don't play much online any
The Hunter
more, and when I do it is with my friends(people who I actually know).  Being that most of them wouldn't likely buy the game I figured I'd be alone.  However one of my friends did end up buying the game, although it was about a week after I did, so I was a much higher level than him(I think I was 25 he was around 5).  I played a little with him but decided it wasn't much fun being so over-leveled and jumped back where I left off in my solo game.  I am also the type of person who can ignore something sitting in my quest log, once it is there I have to do it.  I will also add that I HATE when a character keeps pointing out obvious tips in a game, like Claptrap pointing out new quests available, so to avoid hearing it I'd go collect all the quests that were available.  This sort of all combined itself into the perfect storm of me taking a really long time to beat Borderlands. 
 
Anyway I've finally beated Borderlands, I have to admit I was really forcing myself through it for the last few hours there.  However
These just look cool.
looking back at it I think I really enjoyed the game.  I liked the bosses for the most part, the gun collection stuff might not be for me but I enjoyed the having the variety, I love the art design and personally I feel like characters and creatures are some of the best designed(artistically) this year, I specifically really enjoy the way the spiderants look.  I wasn't a big fan of the insane amount of fetch quests, I got to the point where I really hated some of the environments because of constantly having to go back for dumb quests.  I also disliked Claptrap, he was a character that was designed to be iconic but kind of came off annoying.  Also I have to say the story was just poorly done, although that isn't what really kept me going through the game.  So it took me just under 32 hours and just over a month to beat, but I did it.  I'd be up for some co-op I think, if my buddy wants help getting through it. 
 
So now I'm looking for a new game to play.  I looking for something that doesn't require as much from me.  I don't think I could endure another 32 hour level grind
I think this looks fun, maybe that's just me.
right now, I'll save that for Mass Effect 2.  I want something that is fun to play and will last me a while.  Right now I'm leaning toward Assassin's Creed 2, which is odd because I flat out did not like the first one.  However from what I've seen they have fixed all the problems I had with the first game and then some.  If anybody has any other recommendations, or wants to push me over the edge to actually buy Assassin's Creed 2, I'm open to it. 
 
So that it is it, my first Giant Bomb blog, that went a little longer than I had thought.  I hope you enjoyed it though, I'll try to post one every week or maybe every other week.  If you'd like to see more comment, the more people who read it the more likely I'll be to write in the future. 

I swear Claptrap one more word about "new missions" and I am going to lose my shit.
Posted by Yummylee

Awesome, my first character was Brick, for similair reasons too since he came across as the least popular admittedly =P 
As of trying them all out now though, The Hunter definatley reachs the top. 
 
Itsa great game, one that i was surprised by how fun it is even just to solo it, despise all the promotion it had as a coop experience. I haven't even played much coop at that so theres plenty of gameplay left for me to get out of it too I imagine. 
 
And yeah i agree with the last segment, on the way to the vault, it felt like it would never end and whats worse...a really shitty payoff...i mean i still dont know what happened exactly. 
 
So instead of infinite treasure+power, there was a giant Resident Evil monster reject? 
 
Posted by HatKing
@Abyssfull:
Yeah what I got from that was that it was some sort of interdemensional monster that comes to destroy everything every 200 years... I guess?  I'm not really sure why they didn't just tell you that from the begining and I'm not really sure what those alien guys who started showing up at the end were and they didn't really explain the aliens weapons either.  It was fun though, and I did enjoy fighting that last boss.  I think the game would lose a lot of the frustration with more than one person though.