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Borderlands: Game Of The Year Edition
January 31, 2011 | Jon Carr

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Flaming Death!
The first up is The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned (who is totally not Dr Zed from the original game.) You can fast travel at anytime to Jacob's Cove which starts the missions. Zombies and assorted undead creatures roam the spooky levels. The change of color and theme is a nice change of pace, and you'll enjoy mowing down Zombies while taking part of the game's trademark humor and silliness during its story. The DLC scales according to your story progress, so you can jump in and out of it at different times if you like, or finish the game then dive in.

The next DLC is Mad Moxxie's Underdome Riot. Basically a gladiator-style addition, it pits you in 3 different maps taken from other parts of Borderlands. You face wave after wave of different enemies that get progressively more difficult. Eventually, the waves start providing modifiers such as making the enemies faster, or rendering your favorite shotgun all but useless. The theme and setting exude a strong showy gladiator vibe which serves it well. It's flashy, colorful, and the action is unrelenting and intense, boosted by pulse-pounding music. It's a real rush when the crowd starts chanting your name as you score a critical headshot or blow someone up. Moxxie, the Underdome's overlord also gives frequent commentary, praising and insulting you by turns. She's a fun character, though after awhile some of her dialogue can get repetitive. Since the penalty for dying is harsh, it's best you bring a friend or two along with you so you can be revived. If you die on your own it's game over, but if you have a friend they are sent to the Penalty Box for the remainder of the wave. They can still shoot and snipe from the box, but have limited movement. The Underdome scales according to your level so you can jump in at anytime and have a blast. A final note is you gain no level or weapon experience while in The Underdome, however you can gain achievements. If you beat all the maps and waves you will gain 2 skill points so there is a reward at the end, but can turn into a grind. I found it's best taken in short bursts rather than prolonged sessions.

The 3rd and most significant DLC is The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, which is designed for players who have finished the main game already at least once. (Missions start at level 35-36.) The pack is huge, providing tons of new missions, new enemies, weapons, vehicles, and locations to explore. High level characters will really enjoy themselves here, as it's a very refreshing set of content for those who have already finished the earlier sections and DLC of the game.

Lastly, there is Claptrap's New Robot Revolution. For anyone who ever wanted to shoot the 'funny little robots' throughout the game, here's your chance. The Claptraps have started a revolution, and it's up to you (and your friends) to stop them. It's not as original as the other DLC packs, but it's still good fun. Maxed out mercenaries won't find as many rewards here, but will still have an enjoyable time obliterating the various Claptrap robots.

Feral has also done an excellent job of optimizing the game for the Mac. On my new 27" iMac I was able to run everything on the highest settings and resolution, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Even on my slower Mac Book Pro with 2.4ghz Core Duo, 4GB of RAM, Nvidia 9600(512mb) the game runs great and doesn't sacrifice visual quality for performance.

At only $50 the game is an excellent price compared to the length and depth of play you will get out of it. The gameplay is rock solid, shooting gloriously smooth, graphics great, sound pleasing, and co-op awesomely entertaining. When you finish the main game, you have all the DLC to keep you entertained. Whether you are a hardcore shooter fan, an RPG devotee, or someone new to blasting things in the face, there is absolutely no reason you should not be playing this game right now. Buy it.

•  Excellent visual design
•  Fantastic shooting mechanics
•  Humorous dialogue and missions
•  Great character class and skill variety
•  Co-op is a blast, also cross-platform.
•  DLC adds tons of game content
•  PC saves work with Mac version

•  Weak Story and Ending for Main game
•  Multiplayer uses separate application (GameRanger)

Borderlands: Game Of The Year Edition
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