Borderlands - Review @ GameSpy
GameSpy weighs in on Borderlands with their "concensus" review. I haven't noticed this format at GameSpy before, which includes their own commentary and then consolidates comments from IGN and GameSpot. Here's the intro:
Though Borderlands impressed me when I saw it in the past, I never thought I'd enjoy it as much as I did when I finally got to play through the whole thing. It started off a little slow -- the first five levels or so were essentially a lengthy tutorial -- but it quickly became addictive, tapping into the same part of my psyche that gets looped into quest after quest in an MMORPG. But though I had a great time playing through Borderlands, that MMO-loving part of me felt a little disappointed about the relatively basic RPG elements involved in character customization. But despite the game's failure to push my min-maxing tendencies to their fullest, it stands as a fantastic achievement -- a lengthy, fun game with robust cooperative play, a large, developed world to explore, and a comparatively small amount of inhibitive quirks.
SP/MP: Single + MP
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3