It's hard for me to discuss this game without giving up some spoilers in case you were planning on waiting for a sale next year and are a fan and want to be surprised. You should avoid this blog altogether.
Keep in mind that I'm only a couple of hours in, and I'm not sure how long the game is supposed to be. I only played a bit of the first two games but felt like it was really meant for co-op and I found the game tedious as a single player game. So I'm not tired of the franchise as most people are because I haven't played enough to get tired of it.
This game takes place on the moon. A moon? Some moon? So there is little gravity in the environment and it is apart of the gameplay. There is also little oxygen so you have to run from pocket of air to pocket of air (like those air bubbles in those water levels in Sonic the Hedgehog games). The jumps are also very floaty. I haven't played Borderlands in a while but I don't remember if there are floaty space jumps or oxygen limitations in previous games. Even when you get and oxygen tank, it depletes when you explore the landscape or when you double jump and hover for a while.
In short, I'm liking the game so far. It's early on, but unlike the previous games, this has more of a sci-fi space element like Halo or Metroid than the Western type theme of previous games. I think part of is that because you are on the moon, there is not atmosphere and the sky is dark and the environment has a weird neon glow to it. It feels more like Tron or Metroid. The soundtrack is really awesome. It has more of an electronic Techno feel and it fits the game perfectly. I think that's part of the reason that I'm enjoying it. This is a stylistically different take on the game and it kind of stands out.
Guys! Let me just admit something right now. I fucking hate portable gaming. I don't mean 3DS or Vita. I mean iPhone an iPad. I tried KOTOR on iPad and hated it. I never want to play a full console game on there ever again. Give me a controller any day. The only games I am able to honestly enjoy are card deck building games. I can't explain it. It just works really well, and I don't play card games. My brain just all of a sudden started enjoying games on iPad more than PC or console for some reason. I can also do this while watching sports or TV shows on the couch without really focusing too much on the game. I think this is the formula. Gaming on iPad is great for when you are distracted with things like commercial breaks on TV or Sports games.
My fav games so far...
1. Pokemon Trading Card Game Honestly. I've never really been entirely into Pokemon games at all. I've played a few but didn't collect'em all and I got bored of the combat very quickly. This game however is the digital version of the table top game you play with card packs you can actually buy. It's a bit complicated and intense and I am addicted to it. It's not as glorious as Hearthstone, but it has animations that do the trick. I can't stop playing. I'm currently just playing offline in Trainer mode but it's pretty good. I like this game better than the handheld game. I think it's really great. It's also available for PC via flash browser. It's also FREE!
For some reason I have a save file for Alan Wake on my 360, but I couldn't find the game box any where and I know I've never played it. I'm assuming it was a demo at some point, and that's what my save file is for. Any how, I have the game on PC and I'm playing it for the first time. I only got throught the first part but so far the introduction has me hooked in-- in short I love what I'm seeing.
I should tread back a bit and remind everybody that I was planning on playing shooter/horror games for fall, and I chose this game since I've never played it before as a selection. I can't say much about it except I like the story, characters, location and mystery behind the game. I'm a bit weird about the combat mechanics, but the atmosphere is enough to keep me going.
I went back and watched all of "Twin Peaks" series, David Lynch films and this game gives me those vibes, which is a good thing. It's kind of like Deadly Premonition, which I'm also playing at the moment.