|Developer: Gearbox Software|
Publisher: 2K Games
Genre: First Person Shooter/RPG
Borderlands features four player online cooperative play, which allows you to join and leave games whenever you want to, along with other single-player and multiplayer modes, and a very large amount of weapons. Players can choose from four different playable characters who each have their own unique abilities and skill trees. In addition, players may have access to customizable vehicles for "vehicular combat" and will also be able to customize their pre-selected character. Defeated enemies will sometimes drop equipment, which is then available for players to pick up.
Like traditional RPGs, much of the player's time will be taken up by quests. There will be 160 quests of varying length and complexity, 30 of these being part of the story and the other 130 as side quests. Many of these quests will not be mutually exclusive, and can be completed together. Each quest carries its own rewards, such as new weapons, or perhaps revealing a new piece of the story. After beating the game, a second play through is available, with the same character statistics but with harder enemies. The same quests are available, but with better rewards. For console versions of the game a two player split screen can be used without losing any of the game modes.
Player vs. player
At any time while playing Borderlands, a player can melee another player to issue a challenge. When the melee is returned, a player vs. player "duel" starts. Players can also travel to "arenas" located at various locations in the game world. These arenas are specifically made for competitive play, where players can face off in both Free-For-All styled games or team-based games.