Summary: 2K GAMES is a known offender. Ever since the infamous BioShock , where the draconian and potentially illegal DRM scheme made more noise than the game itself, this game publisher never wavered from its anti-customer attitude and there-is-a-sucker-born-ever-minute scheming mentality. I should had known better. The only reason I bought this game was because I found it at a basement-bargain price.
Conclusion: Call me old-fashioned but I don't like the DRM/spyware aspect that I have to be on the internet to install. Bad Netiquette. And what happens when I rebuild my (by then) retro PC to play the game in five years time and the DRM Web site no longer exists? bye-bye my goods which I have purchased. I don't like being treated like a thief. I paid for this with money I earned.
Summary: There have been excellent FPS/TPS games with a comic-book aesthetic, XIII and Armed and Dangerous spring to mind. Unfortunately BORDERLANDS is not one of them. There have been excellent RPG/FPS hybrids, like Fallout 3 or Stalker . BORDERLANDS is not one of them either. And, this is not the real problem. The real problem with BORDERLANDS is that it does not even know what it is...trying to be! The graphics are color-book cartoonish.