Should I or do I need to play Borderlands before Borderlands 2?

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#1 Posted by vivek (651 posts) -

Borderlands 2 is on my wish list but I never had a chance to play the original. If I play through it, how long does it take and is it worth it before the sequel is released? I am looking to play this possibly over the next 2 weeks on PS3.

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#2 Posted by Maginnovision (820 posts) -

I don't think you need to play it, but you could probably manage to play it all the way until 2 is released. You may want to pick it up for cheap just to make sure you'll even want 2 since it seems to just be more of the same.

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#3 Posted by Solh0und (2110 posts) -

It helps. I hear that there will be references of the first game in 2.  
 
Either way, you totally should.

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#4 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -

You don't need too but the original Borderlands is a really fun game and cheap now so I would reccomend it.

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#5 Posted by YI_Orange (1334 posts) -

It takes as long as you want. The story is insignificant. It's just a loot driven FPS with quests and skill trees. So no, you don't need to play it, but it's still really good. If you can pick up a GOTY edition I would recommend it. Skip Mad Moxxi, the rest of the DLC is good though.

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#6 Posted by Catarrhal (877 posts) -

@Vivek: Borderlands is a timeless classic. Definitely go for the Game of the Year edition, but keep in mind--if you're the type who likes to finish everything, you may need longer than two weeks.

Also: Lilith is the best character, flat-out. Even Randy Pitchford acknowledges this.

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#7 Posted by Humanity (17023 posts) -

I've been thinking about picking it up since it's dirt cheap everywhere but I've been told by various people that it's boring to play by yourself. Not sure how much truth is in that - I was just fine playing through Diablo 3 by myself even though a majority of the time I played with a friend.

In the end though I decided to just wait for Borderlands 2 - it's coming out pretty soon and if I dive deep into the original now I might feel burnt out on that style of gameplay by the time the sequel comes out.

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#8 Posted by GunstarRed (6044 posts) -

I doubt you need to, but you probably should. Story is pointless and the writing is funny, especially in the Knoxx DLC. It's probably worth playing just for the gun fountain when you throw away all your unwanted guns.

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#9 Posted by _Zombie_ (1483 posts) -

Not really. It's still a fun game, and with all of the DLC, it'd go long enough to last you 'till 2 drops, most likely.

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#10 Posted by mekon (455 posts) -

The original Borderlands is worth a purchase, I've got >300's of hours on it just having fun and trying to find *that* gun/weapon.

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#11 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

Borderlands doesn't have a deep story or anything like that, but I think you'll enjoy the sequel more if you have knowledge of the first game.

It's also pretty cheap now, if you hate it, you know not to waste money on Borderlands 2.

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#12 Posted by Zelyre (1800 posts) -

I'd hold out til 2 with a FOV slider.

Borderlands 1 was all right, but its super narrow FOV made playing it for any extended periods of time hard. There were ways to get around it, and maybe someone figured out how to permanently change it, but every time you sprinted or boosted, after it was done, it'd return to a narrow fov.

If you're playing on a console, I dunno. Rent it, have a save file, and get some cheap DLC for Borderlands 2?

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#13 Posted by Hunkulese (4225 posts) -
@Vivek I think I quit after about 40 hours and didn't finish the first playthrough (no dlc)
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#14 Posted by Echofoxz (106 posts) -

Borderlands is not known for its story, so I don't think you will miss that much if you start with Borderlands 2. I mean I played Mass Effect 2 before Mass Effect, and I totally enjoyed the game, and the story is really important in the Mass Effect franchise. So, you will totally have fun in Borderlands 2 even if you never played Borderlands. Although if it's cheap, you should totally get it because it's super rad.

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#15 Edited by fattony12000 (8357 posts) -

@Vivek:

Well, you have a personal computer device, why not try it right now?

Borderlands: Game of the Year for £9.99

Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned

Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot

Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx

Borderlands: Claptrap's Robot Revolution

http://store.steampowered.com/app/901566/

.

It's a fine game, you'll definitely get your money's worth out of it. As to whether or not you need to play it, for the story and shit? No. But that's not what Borderlands is. It's just good co-op fun!

http://www.giantbomb.com/steam/92-718/your-guide-to-the-steam-summer-sale-2012/35-553995/

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#16 Posted by Karkarov (3385 posts) -

Doubt it is that important, but you can likely find it for cheap and it will give you a good idea on what to expect from the sequel. Not to mention help you choose a playstyle.

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#17 Posted by BrockNRolla (1731 posts) -

I certainly don't think you need to play it, but it was pretty enjoyable. The only major problem is that it's a huge time sink, and I think the best stuff is probably in the DLC, which you wouldn't get to until later.

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#18 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

You should play it because its a great game despite its flaws.

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#19 Posted by deox (270 posts) -

I doubt you'll need to, but you should. Its a fantastic game, pretty cheap now, and I'm sure you'll still be able to find people to play with online. Most importantly it will give you a chance to get a feel for the game mechanics. If you don't like the original you probably shouldn't bother picking up the sequel because from what I've been hearing it's still very much the same game.

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#20 Posted by Justin258 (14783 posts) -

@Zelyre said:

I'd hold out til 2 with a FOV slider.

Borderlands 1 was all right, but its super narrow FOV made playing it for any extended periods of time hard. There were ways to get around it, and maybe someone figured out how to permanently change it, but every time you sprinted or boosted, after it was done, it'd return to a narrow fov.

If you're playing on a console, I dunno. Rent it, have a save file, and get some cheap DLC for Borderlands 2?

Huh? I never had any issues with the FOV in Borderlands, unless you're one of those insane people that constantly needs the FOV at something insane like 150.

Anyway, I'd suggest giving the first one a look at a cheaper price to know if you'll like the series or not. I had fun on my first playthrough but can't even make myself play it since then.

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#21 Posted by ChadMasterFlash (1000 posts) -

You don't have to play it. The story isn't what you're there for. You should play it because its a great game.

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#22 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1244 posts) -

Nah, Borderlands isn't about story so starting with 2 should be no big deal.

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#23 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

I've played Borderlands 7 or 8 times, maybe more. I don't think you need to play it before Borderlands 2 and I don't think you should play it before Borderlands 2. Borderlands 2 looks like more of the same so why would you want to possibly burn yourself out by playing it?

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#24 Posted by thebeastwithtwobacks (145 posts) -

i feel like this same question came up alot with diablo 3. i doubt you'll need to play the original, but its an awesome game, so if you're interested in the sequel there's no reason you shouldn't play the previous installment

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#25 Posted by sungahymn (1155 posts) -

I'm pretty sure you don't have to (says the guy who's playing it).

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#26 Posted by Redbullet685 (6460 posts) -

@Hizang said:

You don't need too but the original Borderlands is a really fun game and cheap now so I would reccomend it.

Basically this. If you can get a friend or 3, then totally play the first Borderlands.

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#27 Posted by probablytuna (4991 posts) -

Well you still have at least two months so why not? I'm playing through it right now.

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#28 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3634 posts) -

5$ on Steam right now, so I'd recommend it for that price.

Personally though, I wouldn't want to play a bunch of borderlands just before 2, so I don't get bored with it.

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#29 Edited by DocPorpoise (159 posts) -

i would agree with all the people who've said you don't need to play the first but should cause it's a fun game. the only reason to not play the first one at this point is if you're planning on picking up 2 at launch and are the type of gamer who (like me) likes to space out there third and first person shooters to avoid getting burned out on them. As an aside there are only two fps's that i go back to regularly, halo and borderlands..

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#30 Posted by Subjugation (4970 posts) -

The story is inconsequential. There may be callbacks in Borderlands 2, but it isn't like you will be missing out on some grand story arc.

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#31 Edited by Ulain (329 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@Zelyre said:

I'd hold out til 2 with a FOV slider.

Borderlands 1 was all right, but its super narrow FOV made playing it for any extended periods of time hard. There were ways to get around it, and maybe someone figured out how to permanently change it, but every time you sprinted or boosted, after it was done, it'd return to a narrow fov.

If you're playing on a console, I dunno. Rent it, have a save file, and get some cheap DLC for Borderlands 2?

Huh? I never had any issues with the FOV in Borderlands, unless you're one of those insane people that constantly needs the FOV at something insane like 150.

Anyway, I'd suggest giving the first one a look at a cheaper price to know if you'll like the series or not. I had fun on my first playthrough but can't even make myself play it since then.

This. If you like FPS and hack-and-slash style loot, but not both, you may not enjoy it.

Then again the game is so damn cheap there's really no reason not to. And make sure you at least get the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned. It's fucking awesome. For reference, a friend of mine immediately pre-ordered Diablo III without ever having played the first 2. D3 may be subpar anyway, but the point stands: Test out the cheaper merchandise first!

@addictedtopinescent said:

5$ on Steam right now, so I'd recommend it for that price.

Personally though, I wouldn't want to play a bunch of borderlands just before 2, so I don't get bored with it.

$7.98 for me, but thanks! Downloading now lol

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#32 Posted by NekuCTR (1712 posts) -

If you can get it for like $5 go for it. Play through the first area at least, and that should be enough.

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#33 Posted by 49th (3676 posts) -

If you want.

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#34 Posted by mitsuko_souma (138 posts) -

You don't need to play it. It depends on how much free time you have and do you have a backlog of games? If yes, then I would say skip it, because Borderlands 2 looks to be the same as Borderlands 1, but better at everything.

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#35 Posted by golguin (5329 posts) -

I ordered the game of the year edition yesterday because I want to become familiar with the series instead of going in blind in September.

I doubt I'll burn out on that type of gameplay since I haven't played an FPS regularly for a VERY long time. The only shooty game I've played in the past several months is Gears of War 3 and that's not really a FPS. ME3 had some shooting except that I rarely used firearms as an Adept (stasis+warp detonation all the way). Skyrim and The Witcher 2 are all swords and magic. Stuff like Asura's Wrath, Walking Dead, Fez, Iron Brigade, and Dark Souls round out the rest of the console games I've played this year.

I think I'm ready to get into some RPG loot FPS action.

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#36 Posted by Rhinox (20 posts) -

It's a great game you can find for dirt cheap. Why not play it? Plus, there are the little bonuses you'll get in BL2 for having save data from the first game and, who knows, you might just get a few of the more "in" jokes in BL2.

all in all, no reason not to play it, barring time and your own personal life.

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#37 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2730 posts) -

You don't need to, but you should.

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#38 Posted by mlarrabee (3888 posts) -

I think a consensus has been reached.

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#39 Posted by Turtlebird95 (3618 posts) -

Borderlands was okay. Not exactly sure why people loved it so much, it failed at nearly everything it promised.

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#40 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1447 posts) -

PUSSY MONSTER....that is all you need to know

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#41 Posted by TooWalrus (13401 posts) -

I actually just finished the first Borderlands. It was super fun, I'm glad I played it, but after watching all of the trailers for 2, I don't really see any reason you'd need to play the first game.

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