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Quick Overview

Borderlands is an open world, action role-playing first-person shooter video game. Customize your character and have fun with the 127 missions of varying length and complexity on the planet of Pandora.

  • Developers: Gearbox Software
  • Publishers: 2K Games
  • Initial release date: 2009
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, MAC OS X
  • License: Commercial


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Borderlands is an open world first-person shooter video game that was developed by Gearbox Software and released in October 2009. The game is available on Microsoft Windows, Mac O, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Shield Android TV. Borderlands comes with both singleplayer mode and co-op mode. The co-op mode can be played online or over LAN with up to four players.


The game starts with the player choosing one of four playable characters. Each character has its own special skill set and are stronger with certain weapons. The characters are Roland the Soldier, Mordecai the Hunter, Lilith the Siren, and Brick the Berserker. Once the player has chosen t character, the game takes him on missions that are assigned through various characters scattered across the map or from bounty boards. The missions reward the player with experience, money, or new items. Experience can also be gained by killing any type of monster or by completing in-game challenges. The experience is required to level up and gain skill points. The player can allocate his skill points into three different specializations of the base character. For example, Mordecai can be specialized in sniping, gunslinging, or using his pet Bloodwing.

Procedural Content Creation System

The game uses something called a Procedural Content Creation System. This means that the system creates weapons and items with different rarity, stats, and bonuses. The total number of weapon variations is a little over 3,500,000. The system is also used to create the characteristic of the enemies that the player may face. For example, enemies of the same species have a wide variety of attacks, spells, and special abilities. This means that the game is never the same when playing it twice.

Game story

The story of the game is set on the planet of Pandora. Prior to the events of the game, Atlas Corporation found an ancient vault on a nearby planet called Prometheus that was filled with advanced alien weapons and technology. Hoping to find another vault on Pandora, the Atlas Corporation settled on the planet of Pandora. After spending many years in search for the vault without any result, Atlas Corporation decided to abandon the planet.

As the legend of the vault lives on, Dahl Corporation sponsored a journey for several colonization ships to make settlements on the planet of Pandora. The search for the vault was led by Patricia Tannis who managed to find proof of its existence. Shortly after the news of her discovery reached the Atlas Corporation, they sent their private military force to kidnap Tannis and get the vault’s location from her.

Several years after the Dahl Corporation’s abandonment of the planet, the player’s character begins the hunt for the vault on the planet of Pandora. Shortly after arrival on the planet, the player discovers the town of Fyrestone where he starts receiving instruction from an image of a mysterious woman known as the Guardian Angel. Initially, the aim of the player is to gain a reputation by helping the locals of Pandora with their problems. While doing that, the Guardian Angel points the player into the direction where the vault key pieces are.


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