Destructoid’s PAX 2009 Game of the Show: Borderlands

We nominated seven of the best games from the Penny Arcade Expo’s show floor and let our community pick the best one of the bunch. Their pick? Gearbox Software’s Borderlands. The upcoming PS3, Xbox 360 and PC title just edged out both Valve’s Left for Dead 2 and Blizzard’s Diablo III as the fan favorite, pushing ahead of Uncharted 2, God of War III, Mass Effect 2, and The Misadventures of of P. B. Winterbottom.

We had a lot of good things to say about the cell-shaded team-based first-person shooter/RPG this earlier summer in our preview, and many members of Destructoid’s community echoed that after their hands-on sessions at PAX this past weekend. Words like “fresh” and “addicting” were thrown about heavily when talking about the game play and its twists on standard FPS, and just about everyone appreciated its funky cell-shaded visual style. PAX attendees were buzzing about the game the entire weekend, and the game’s demo stations were always packed with lines. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about Borderlands, so we weren’t too surprised to see them take the prize. Congrats, Gearbox.

Borderlands will be released on October 20th.

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