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Getting Started with Borderlands

by: Nighthand ; edited by: Simon Hill ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Whether you bought Borderlands for the PC or for a console, the experience is much the same: awesome. There's plenty to see and do on your quest, and it might be hard to know where to get started. Well we've got all the guides you could want, for weapons, classes, and the game itself. Read on!

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    What Is Borderlands?

    title   Borderlands is a lot of things. It's a first-person shooter with cell-shaded graphics. It's an RPG with individual classes and skill trees. It's a Diablo-like game with semi-random loot and different rarity weapons. It's half-sandbox, open-world gameplay. It's all of this and more, rolled into one coherent package. Gearbox Software deserves to be commended for their work in merging all of these gameplay elements into one solid and well-made whole.

    Unfortunately for PC gamers, Borderlands was primarily made as a console game, and it shows in the PC port. Thankfully, community spirit, patches, and mods all help alleviate these problems. The Console doesn't get the benefit of all the fancy mods, but console gamers are used to that by now.

    So what can you expect from Borderlands? Plenty! We have a wide assortment of guides for you to peruse.

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    Borderlands: Something for Everyone

    Everything About Borderlands1  

    This basic guide to Borderlands will teach you all the basics, from what the game is to the differences between the console and PC versions. It'll teach you the basics of each of the classes. It'll give you a rundown of all of the available DLC, and it'll give you the basics of the weapon system. This guide will help you decide if Borderlands is right for you.

    Borderlands Achievements for XBOX 360

    Borderlands and the DLC packs associated with it are crammed full of achievements. In total there are 70 achievements to earn, and most of them require that you go a bit out of your way. If you're an achievement monkey this guide will help you find them all. PS3 players remember: the achievements for both consoles are the same, but the PS3 gets a special platinum trophy for obtaining them all.

    Mods for Borderlands on the PC2  

    What the PC port lacks in refinement and console grace, it makes up for in mods. Patches fix all the problems a poor port causes, and further mods allow you to do just about anything. Hacking save games, making new weapons, even designing entire DLC packs is at the fingertips of a dedicated PC gamer.

    Borderlands Review: Superb Game, Scary Package

    Want some super scary fun mixed in with a FPS and some hack and slash action? Borderlands for the Xbox 360 offers just that. Check out this awesome game in this Borderlands review. Here is all that you'll need to know about this spooky, scary, gory, FPS, slasher for the Xbox 360 before you run to your local store and buy it... and trust me, you'll want to buy it.

    The Complete Borderlands Walkthrough3  

    This article will help lead a person through the basics of the path to the first of the vault keys and through a number of the basic boss battles of Borderlands. Don't forget to check out the related articles linked at the bottom for walkthroughs of the rest of the game. From the first vault key to the vault itself, we have step by step guides.

    DLC Review: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned

    You've made it through Borderlands for the Xbox 360, now you're ready to head on to more adventures. Are you sure you're ready for Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned?

    DLC Review: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot

    You found the secret of the vault and you took down the zombie horde. Now it's time for your toughest challenge yet. Mad Moxxi has opened up the Underdome and she's pitting you against some of the biggest, baddest guys she's got.

    DLC Review: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx4  

    You’ve opened the vault, laid waste to Zombie Island and taken down all the best that Mad Moxxi had to offer. It was great, but you crave more. More advancement, more challenge, and most importantly, more loot. It’s time to raid the Secret Armory of General Knoxx.

    Borderlands Cheats, Hints, and Exploits

    For those less into the morality of playing games, there are plenty of ways to exploit Borderlands for your own benefit or amusement. Duplicate items, reload extra fast, abuse alternate characters for storage, and more.

    Borderlands Weapons Guide

    The loot in Borderlands is highly randomized. Opening a chest always carries the possibility of finding a cool new gun. With so many weapons available it can be difficult to decide which one to use. This guide will help you decide by unveiling information about the weapons.

    Borderlands Class Guide: Soldier

    This is a guide for the Soldier character, Roland, in Borderlands. In this guide we’ll suggest two builds which will help you get the best out of your skill upgrades. Follow the two paths: Offensive or Defensive.5  

    Borderlands Class Guide: Siren

    This is a guide for the Siren character, Lilith, in Borderlands. In this guide we’ll suggest two builds which will help you get the best out of your skill upgrades. Follow one of the two paths for best effect: the melee fighter or the gunslinger.

    Borderlands Class Guide: Berserker

    This is a guide for the Berserker character, Brick, in Borderlands. In this guide we’ll suggest two builds that will help you get the best out of your skill upgrades. Follow one of the possible paths to success: the Melee fighter or the explosives user.

    Borderlands Class Guide: Huntercraw  

    This is a guide for the Hunter character, Mordecai, in Borderlands. In this guide we’ll suggest two builds which will help you get the best out of your skill upgrades. Follow one of the two possible paths to victory: the Gunslinger or the Sniper.

    Killing Crawmerax the Invincible

    After the vault, after Dr. Ned, after Moxxi and after Knoxx, there's one challenge that still remains. Taking down Crawmerax the Invincible isn't easy, but it's incredibly rewarding. Here's how it's done.

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