News outlets all across the web are posting their hands-on impressions of Borderlands from our recent European and American press tours! We gathered up lots of video game journalists and sat them in front of Borderlands, and their articles are hitting the web now. Journalists played through the game's introduction to get a feel for the mechanics, and were then transported to a much later point in the game to experience some high-energy co-op fun.
Here is a list of previews that are out so far! Thanks to MasterMenace and all our community members who are rounding up, sharing, and discussing all the new information!
Eurogamer - What's abundantly clear is that for all the potential of the combat and skill systems, I'm barely scratching the surface here.
TeamXbox Hands On - If you thought containers were a great way to gather up loot, you’ll be giddy over the aftermath of co-op fights, which scatters mucho swag all over the place.
CVG Interview with Randy - Borderlands is looking very different from the ultra-realistic, Mad Max affair we saw two years ago. It's now colourful and charming but oddly no less gritty. And there's some seriously deep RPG mechanics to get to grips with.
Gamespot Crosshairs Video (Borderlands starts around 13:33)
IGN Hands-on - ...with a group of friends it seems like this kind of experience could be a lot of fun as everyone works together to overcome a challenge.
The Escapist Hands On - It's got the first-person shooting, open-world structure and post-apocalyptic setting of Fallout (though it takes a more cartoony and light-hearted approach to the theme), the rhythm of WoW's quest chains, and the skill trees, character building, and of course, compulsive loot whoring of Diablo.
CGSociety Art Interview with Brian Martel - It's great to see guys like Gearbox pushing the envelope of game development because it only spells good things for the game industry as a whole.
GiantBomb "We Played Borderlands" - While it's a bit tempting to claim that Borderlands could be the big surprise release of 2009, I don't think I'd be surprised at all if this game turned out to be great. So far, it looks nice and seems really fun to play.
Destructoid "Preview: Borderlands" - The much touted gun systems seems to be just as expected. There are millions of non-sequitur weapons that you'll find, some more effective than others, and it's always neat to see what bizarre weapon will pop out of the next baddie.
GamePro "Borderlands Hands-on Roundtable" - So after an hour or two of Borderlands hands-on time, I feel it's safe to say that I've found the online game I'll be playing most this fall
StrategyInformer "Borderlands Preview" - Sampling Xbox 360 code, there’re no surprises therefore when we find that the controls are tight and responsive and the core gameplay itself is incredibly solid. What’s pleasantly surprising however is just how seamlessly integrated the RPG elements alongside the core shooter experience.
1-Up Hands-on with Video - I heal with my bullets. Aim at a monster, and I do damage. Aim at a teammate, however, and my bullets pop off nice little green healing numbers. Hurray, action for all!
Videogamer.com Impressions - Unlike Fallout 3, combat in Borderlands is driven purely by player skill – so if someone’s in your crosshairs when you pull the trigger, they’ll definitely take a bullet; no invisible dice rolls here.
Gamespot Impressions - We opted to play Brick and took immense pleasure activating his blood-lust berserker ability and using the triggers to control our left and right fists as we ploughed through waves of enemy midgets.
Kotaku "It Shoots Rockets!" - And, oh yes, it's a game that can't believe how awesome it is. As in: It can randomly generate weapons and then describe them, having crafted one gun during my time with it that the game described with the phrase, "Holy shit, it shoots rockets!"
G4 Hands-on - Oh, and one of the grenade mods makes them teleport in a straight line toward your enemies. Yes, that’s right, teleporting grenades. These are the grenades of the future. These are the grenades that my grandchildren will be throwing at the evil robots in the coming wars.
Stay tuned for even more Borderlands media as we roll toward release on Oct. 20 (23 worldwide). As always, thanks for helping us get the word out! Don't forget to check out the community for discussion and to meet other Borderlands fans!