Official Borderlands Thread

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  • LawrenceArms 11 Jan 2009 18:00:27 1,475 posts
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    New video up today. Boasting HALF A MILLION weapons using a script that randomly generates hundreds of parts of the weapons.

    My initial thoughts are that it looks like a typical Gearbox game, very fluid movements, lovely ambience and lighting effects, great sound.. initially I am very excited.

    Rumours circulating about a supposed 32 player on-console deathmatch with huge, huge maps.. looks definitely one to watch!!
  • LawrenceArms 11 Jan 2009 20:24:38 1,475 posts
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    Wow.. I really didn't expect no response! Hah! Guess this is less popular than I thought then..
  • oldschoolsoviet 11 Jan 2009 20:30:09 5,503 posts
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    Heard the name, don't know squat about the game.

    I actually thought it was one of the Mad Max-style games that's due, but it turns out it's space-cowboys and mining corporations and.......oh, who cares.

    Doesn't look amazing, and when they boast about "HALF A MILLION WEAPONS WOOOO !" it's more of a turn-off than a brilliant selling point.
  • Ged42 11 Jan 2009 20:31:31 7,753 posts
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    I'm sure I remember seeing this vid before back on the old Borderlands thread, still looks an interesting game and it's by Gearbox so it has potential
  • Lutz 14 Jan 2009 14:27:34 48,854 posts
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    Just saw this on the front page article.
    Sounds like it has potential...
  • UncleLou Moderator 14 Jan 2009 14:30:08 35,712 posts
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    Very interested in this, as it seems to press a lot of my loot collecting buttons.
  • Lutz 14 Jan 2009 14:34:18 48,854 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    Very interested in this, as it seems to press a lot of my loot collecting buttons.
    /nods

    :D

    As good as Fallout and Fable are, the loot leaves a lot to be desired.
  • convercide 14 Jan 2009 15:20:11 6,088 posts
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    LawrenceArms wrote:
    Boasting HALF A MILLION weapons using a script that randomly generates hundreds of parts of the weapons

    I love stuff like this, because an AK47 with a wooden finish on the handle is clearly different than an AK47 with a metallic finish on the handle.

    If you can read this, you don't need glasses.

  • Lutz 14 Jan 2009 15:21:02 48,854 posts
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    Fallout 3 need this. Blueprints for ALL weapons, and custom build them all!
  • StarchildHypocrethes 14 Jan 2009 15:22:50 26,143 posts
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    convercide wrote:
    LawrenceArms wrote:
    Boasting HALF A MILLION weapons using a script that randomly generates hundreds of parts of the weapons

    I love stuff like this, because an AK47 with a wooden finish on the handle is clearly different than an AK47 with a metallic finish on the handle.
    Damned straight!

    Although I never bought as it was supposed to be very average indeed, the 'pimp my gun' part of Army of Two very nearly swayed me :)
  • Dr.Haggard 9 Apr 2009 11:26:28 4,225 posts
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    Looks like Gearbox have decided to switch to a cel shaded look. Article here.
  • Blerk Moderator 9 Apr 2009 11:45:52 48,225 posts
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    Curious choice for a game such as this. Looks quite distinctive, though.
  • Lutz 9 Apr 2009 11:48:04 48,854 posts
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    This is for 360, yeah?
  • Blerk Moderator 9 Apr 2009 11:50:45 48,225 posts
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    And the PS3, and the PC.
  • Tomo 9 Apr 2009 11:52:27 13,946 posts
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    Just watched that video in the OP for the first time. Looked really good actually. Cel shading looks alright too though.
  • Whizzo 9 Apr 2009 11:53:28 43,195 posts
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    Not sure I like the cel shaded look for this, given it's Gearbox we'll probably all have retired/died/been elevated to being Vorlons before it arrives anyway.

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  • EssAitch 9 Apr 2009 12:46:55 1,196 posts
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    I love it. If that is representative of the in-game graphics it just climbed up my wanted list.

    Edit: Just read the "article" and I can't see any reason to suppose that image is anything other than storyboard / concept art.

    Which would be a shame. I reckon it would look good on the move.
  • Deleted user 9 April 2009 12:57:39
    Is this an RPG? Or just an FPS with RPG-lite elements?
  • EssAitch 9 Apr 2009 13:06:32 1,196 posts
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    Apostle wrote:
    Is this an RPG? Or just an FPS with RPG-lite elements?

    The latter, I think. Like Fallout 3 but even more FPS-ey.
  • Deleted user 9 April 2009 13:28:06
    Reeks of "our game's not interesting enough, how can we change it with the current assets" to me...
  • StarchildHypocrethes 9 Apr 2009 13:29:44 26,143 posts
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    It has lots of lewt.

    I'll love it.
  • Ged42 14 Apr 2009 13:44:27 7,753 posts
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    I wonder if they've changed the look to avoid looking to artistically similar to Id Software's Rage which it probably end up being released about the same time, which at least graphically will pound Borderlands into the dust.
  • EssAitch 14 Apr 2009 16:45:32 1,196 posts
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    A Gearbox employee wrote on the GBX forum:
    We do care about all our fans, no doubt, and the decision to alter the art style was assuredly not one taken or made lightly. It also wasn't made without gathering plenty of information and feedback - we've been doing extensive focus testing throughout development. Let me tell you guys a little about it:

    Though there's always the chance some people could be turned off by the style, it was decided that, overall, it fits the game and creates a more visually interesting experience. Our concept art had this incredible, distinctive style and feel that fit so perfectly - the game has not become less detailed or washed out at all. Rather, it retains the detail and style that's often lost when we move from concept art to 3D. It stands out, and makes the gray-and-brown bleak landscapes, while still bleak and inhospitable, memorable and recognizable. The entire world has life to it, from the creatures to the very rocks and dirty walls. The game world is no less gritty, dirty, or harsh - all of the detail is there, and the environments have even more atmosphere. We solicited feedback from our focus testing initiative, which consists entirely of a very large pool of gamers from all walks of life, and in the end, the choice was clear for us.

    Whether or not you are excited about the art style, the core gameplay is still the same: gritty, fun co-op FPS action on an alien frontier world with RPG elements and a metric shitton of guns. And it is a hell of a lot of fun - I may be biased, but I'm also a gamer myself, and I have had a chance to play the game. I think it would be fun if it looked like a PS1 game. I think a great deal of people will agree with this (and a great deal of our testers have already). The PC Gamer article has a great write-up of the player experience.

    I'll definitely be sad to see anyone put off go, but I do hope that on release (and maybe even before as we release a bunch of new media), you'll give it a shot - even if it's just playing a friend's copy or something like that. I think you may still be surprised.

    Oh, and re: Scrawny characters - Lilith and Mordercai are skinny for sure, but they're not the only characters in the game

    Linkage...
  • Deleted user 14 April 2009 16:46:24
    sambas!
  • EssAitch 14 Apr 2009 16:49:58 1,196 posts
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    Inquisitor wrote:
    Also I've never been keen on FPS games straying too far from a 'realistic' design. I just find it more satisfying using the weapons in an FPS if they all feel believable I guess.

    I like the look of it but your FPS point is a good one. It's a style that might work better in 3rd person as you're more of a controller/observer than actor.

    Only time and a demo will tell.

    Edit: Isn't Mirror's Edge cel/flat shaded? (haven't played it)
  • Deleted user 17 April 2009 08:26:31
    I retract my previous statement. That's much better.

    ME isn't cel/flat shaded.
  • mrharvest 17 Apr 2009 09:02:46 5,200 posts
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    Looks very nice imo. Quite wanting to play this. With the 'millions of guns' gameplay I feel I might spend quite a few hours over the course of a longer period just pootling about.
  • PearOfAnguish 17 Apr 2009 09:06:11 7,372 posts
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    Check the giant sniper rifle in the background. Excellent. Loot porn ahoy.
  • Blerk Moderator 17 Apr 2009 09:07:37 48,225 posts
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    Attractive! Reminds me of Level 5's PS2 stuff - Dark Chronicle, etc.
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