Ten Minute Taste: Borderlands

So Gearbox Software’s Borderlands is finally out, and from what I hear, it’s kind of a big deal. Last I checked (that was this morning, by the way), it was the number-one-selling game on Steam, beating out Valve’s own Left 4 Dead 2 and BioWare’s Dragon’s Age. Also, we think it’s pretty good

What we have here is the first ten minutes from the Xbox 360 version of Borderlands, from the 2K Games logo all the up through… well, you can watch. Most of the your first ten minutes of the game will be spent getting acquainted with the world, and getting a small idea of what it is you’re actually trying to accomplish (it involves a vault… and picking up a lot of stuff).

The intro also introduces you to the game’s four characters, or classes. For the purpose of this TMT, I chose Roland, the soldier. Why? The truth is, it was random. But it doesn’t matter too much. The real differences between the characters don’t emerge until later in the game, when you start unlocking each of their individual “focus skills.” You’ll have to actually play the game to see what that’s like. 

Check out the first ten minutes of Borderlands, and see if it’s something you’d be interested in playing for, oh, another 20 or more hours.

[“Ten Minute Taste” is something new we’re trying here at Destructoid. Simply put, we’ll rip the first ten minutes of a game to video — loading screens, warts and all — just so you can get an idea of what you’ll expect when you first pop the game in. Let us know what you think.

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Nick Chester