The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2009!
Brannox last edited by Brannox
Borderlands as a whole series, now in retrospect, is something I've enjoyed a good deal, but I didn't start with the original until some years after, while in college because some friends said I should get it to play with them. Almost IMMEDIATELY after starting a new run, they just dropped it, and I decided to create a new character from scratch and just play through it alone.
At the time, I thought it was... fine. And now with how much the Sequel is just a top-down, complete overhaul and improvement in so many areas, it's VERY difficult to think I'll ever replay this again. Story being mostly non-existent, the main things that pushed me forward were, 1.) What awesome gun can I find next? 2.) I wonder what other environments Pandora has. And 3.) At least the DLC seems promising (I grabbed the Game of the Year edition).
And not going back is just a tad of a bummer because I'm SO CLOSE to having 100% completion. I just need to do two of three Horde-esque challenges, but those are such a massive grind and time sink, they're just not worth it. I would need someone to be a very small level, just enough to unlock the DLC arena in their game, then they can just host and not have to be around (enemies scale to host and with a 60 or 70 something character, I'm able to completely one-shot everything).
Any way, weird tangent aside, with how it's poorly aged in it's graphics, no real story, lack of co-op players to play with, and the knowledge of how well everything after this is so much better, I think I'll forever leave it as a memory of a different time. Still, I have it 6th overall on a list of 14 2009 games, so an HM it is.
JDINCINERATOR last edited by
The whole looter shooter craze doesn't appeal to me but at least Borderlands was and still is ballsy and has its own distinctive swagger. I can't particularly get on well with grindy games especially when all you're actively doing throughout is shooting enemies dead, but because Borderlands has an aura and a quirkiness about it-the grind can be overlooked because it does have some entertainment nestled away inside.
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To be honest, I don't remember anything about Borderlands, besides Claptrap-stairs joke (or was it in 2? Now I'm doubting myself). But I've liked it enough to get hooked on the series, so I've put it at #8 in my votes.
E_Zed_Eh_Intern last edited by
@ffff0 stairs?! NOOOOOOOO
End of Borderlands 2
Hazz3r last edited by
I played Borderlands through to the end for the first time in 2018. Honestly, I ended up not really enjoying it. As a solo experience it feels pretty grindy and not very fun. I don't think the writing was very good either.
Phbz last edited by
I honestly tried my best but I just can't get into Borderlands.
El Shmiablo Banned last edited by
Borderlands is neat, but I find the gunplay to be very stale and lacking impact, though I haven't played 3 so they might have changed that a bit.
Knowing that Borderlands is also directly responsible for Aliens Colonial Marines being a huge trash fire also sullied my opinion of the game, so yeah.
Nimbat1003 last edited by
Don't mind borderlands but one in particular is very forgetful for me and not to mention that God awful ending, really like 2 if mostly for handsome Jack.
$60+ tax was a lot for a teenager and Borderlands was an instant regret. For starters, I don't think you could just plug n play with split screen. So you either needed to do the campaign fully split screen or fully single player. On top of that, when I tried playing with my friend online, he was too far ahead of me so I couldn't play with him unless I caught up to his level so we'd essentially have to play the game co-op and stay within the same level.
I know some of that stuff is common for these types of games, and MMO's but playing this with a friend was the only bearable way of doing things and the game made it a massive pain in the ass. Plus a ton of lag and all that jazz.
Honestly, it just isn't very fun. I was kinda perplexed by how the gameplay is just shoot shoot shoot. Every gun felt samey, every quest was a fetch quest, the level design was bad and flat. I don't get Borderlands at all.
Sazime last edited by
I step away for one day...
Left 4 Dead 2 was something I probably spent more time playing multi-player than anything else I've ever played, including MMOs (I would solo a lot catching up to my clan from update to update). Over 250 hours of repeated playthroughs, trying the harder skill levels and seeing how fast we could get through maps. Loved playing that game.
Borderlands is my favorite unfinished game. So much of that title feels weirdly empty, the pacing is a mess, and as much as I liked the multiplayer, it could have been implemented better, like @DIPSET said. It just felt good riding up against the difficulty ceiling. As long as the enemies were at a decent enough level, there was a lot of fun to be had running around like a maniac to keep yourself alive and rezzing teammates.
F that second area car boss fight, though. Still hate that one.
Axel last edited by
#12. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City - 12 points
#1: 1 (Hazz3r)
#3: 2 (NeoCweeny, DIPSET)
HM: 1 (JDINCINERATOR)
Release date: October 29 [US/EU]
Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Brannox last edited by
As someone who isn't into GTA, it will never NOT surprise me to periodically discover/find out there's a GTA I've either never heard of, or maybe once or twice in passing.
As such, it shouldn't surprise me Rockstar bundled these two DLC together. I'm of the mindset Rockstar could make something completely different than they've done before, slap GTA on the cover, and continue to print the mega millions of dollars they'll always bring in.
bam541 last edited by
I don't remember much of Episodes from Liberty City, but the best thing about this expansion for me is the APC they included in The Ballad of Gay Tony. I love messing around with tanks in GTA games, but GTA IV didn't have one, and the APC is more than good enough.
Shoulderguy last edited by
Although I enjoyed both GTA IV expansions, I never considered them as their own game. So they didn't make my list for this year but they will be a big factor in my ranking of GTA IV for 2008.
JDINCINERATOR last edited by
The Ballad of Gay Tony is what GTA IV should've been all along-a remarkably explosive and enjoyable dlc romp.
Sentinel Beach last edited by
Yo! Episodes from LC was eligible to vote for? Well this is something I missed. :[
Hazz3r last edited by
I played these as DLC, which is the reason I voted for it. Lost and the Damned especially was absolutely wonderful. It used GTA IV as a base and added on these really cool mechanics that fit into the setting. Cruising along with the rest of your Biker Gang in formation was one of the coolest things going.
My Top 4 are all bangers that I dearly love so this #3 placement may as well be #1, it doesn't matter.
I can take or leave The Lost and the Dammed but The Ballad of Gay Tony sealed the deal on the universe of GTA IV, and helped solidify GTA IV as my favourite GTA by far. This package is a 2010 game for me because that's when it released on PS3. I needed the disc version because I couldn't be able to download files this large back then. So I got to play both games back to back and, again, what a treat. I just adore the updated next-gen Liberty City so I would play these story DLCs endlessly if they kept releasing them Yakuza-style.
GTA IV's story and especially greater atmosphere really connected with me. I appreciated the angle that you play as an immigrant who's expectations of America were a facade and he has to adapt to the dirty underbelly of the city. The whole game had this dirty grimey vibe that just clicked with me. As a city person, I get it. The city is nasty when it rains, shadowy and cold around skyscrapers, but then you get those glimpses of beauty if you know where to look and get in at the right time of day. So I was already in on the vibes of GTA IV, the city, and the eccentric characters.
BUT in comes Luis Lopez and Gay Tony and their ridiculous relationship was funny, crazy, and totally fun. The characters felt less dark, less depressing, and again, it was reflected in the city itself. This game is brighter, less grimey and dirty. I just think it's so cool that we got to see Liberty City in three different lights: Niko's dark depressing psychopathic spiral, Johnny's hectic life keeping the gang from spiraling, and then to round it out, Lopez's whimsical escapades as a body guard for a crazy flaming high society socialite.
Plus good club music...
E_Zed_Eh_Intern last edited by
@dipset compelling argument
DO IT! I pop it in at least once a year to parachute around and use the APC tank. I know GTA V has that and more, but GTA V doesn't have Liberty City and those sweet heavy GTA IV physics.