Welcome to the next post in my year-long series “Play or Pass” that takes on the proverbial “must before death” theme with video games. Every other week I will be covering one or two games from “32 Video Games You Have To Play Before You Die,” a list compiled by BuzzFeed based on a reader poll. I will not be critiquing the list itself, but rather I’ll be discussing each game or games in whatever manner feels fitting and will attempt to answer a couple simple questions: Have I played [insert game name here]? If yes, do I consider it a “must” and why? If no, do I want to play the game before I die? I’ll be going through the games in the order in which they appear on the BuzzFeed list. Good? Good. Let’s get on with the games!
Week nineteen: (24) Borderlands 2
When the first Borderlands was released, I was all meh about it. When the second one was released, I was all meh about it. When the Pre-Sequel!® I was released, I was all meh about it. When all of it’s DLC was released, I was…
…well, you get the idea.
I know that, in theory, I shouldn’t be all meh about Borderlands. I watched some of the first one being played, and it was hard to escape the video trend when the second game arrived. For a short time I was pretty fascinated with watching people as their fav faighters – Lillith, Mordecai, Brick, and Roland in the first game, and Axton, Zer0, Salvador, and Maya in the second – take on the strange and lovely world that was Borderlands. I read so many blogs and articles from folks professing their undying adoration of the franchise. And the bottom line in each of them was that the games offered so much crazy fun that it had to truly experienced first-hand.
I watch, I read, I listened, and yet…I was still all meh.
It’s hard to deny Bordelands appeal. I mean, the games look so goddamn good, that alone should have make me want to take up arms years ago. I will admit that when I watched the first Borderlands, I was a little turned off by the fact that it was more FPS and less RPG. … … Hmm. Thinking on that point a bit more, that’s probably why I never latched on. The first game came out in, what…2009? Yeah, I was probably all GTA IV and Fable 2, then. It would have been hard for me to turn my attention elsewhere.
No lie, last weekend I was in ye olde Wal-Mart getting garden pots and ice cream because, y’know, and I couldn’t help but stop by the bargain bin in the games section. There were several copies of Borderlands 2, and I swear I came *this close* to buying one of them. But I didn’t.
I think I should have.
Right now, I’m in a gaming phase where I’m more interested in games of recently past zeitgeists than I am in current or upcoming games. I recently started Batman: Arkham Asylum, and I’m absolutely loving it. I’m eyeing the Bioshock series next, just the original one that’s sitting in my Steam library. And in there is also a bunch of GTA games, older ones – San Andreas, Vice City, etc. — that I’ve not played. Those have piqued my interest. I’m thinking that, at some point, a desire to play Borderlands, the first or second game (or both? Does it matter?), will well up strongly enough. That point just isn’t now.
Have I played Borderlands 2?
If yes, then do I consider it a “must?”
N/A. You guys tell me. Is Borderlands 2, or the games in general, “musts?”
If no, then do I want to play the game before I die?
I’m pretty sure that I want to. Should I go back to Wal-Mart? Because I’m feeling like I should.
(P. S. No, I shouldn’t! Because I already have the game in my Steam library! Damn, I should check that place more often. But the question remains…should I make it a “must?”)