So, yesterday evening I finished my first playthrough of Borderlands. I guess the ending makes about as much sense as everything after Fyrestone did. Which is to say, it was a messy, tattered narrative. I mean, I was really disappointed. The story held together pretty well all the way through the first act, even though it lost a lot steam after the “Jump the Gulch” quest.

The final boss felt like a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere, though I guess it received some foreshadowing. I was irritated that I didn’t get to fight the albino chick who was leading the Crimson Lance, and even the Crimson Lance didn’t feel properly built up before they were put forth as antagonists. They were scary for a few levels, when I was on even footing with them, but I quickly outpaced them in firepower.

The final boss wasn’t very challenging, but maybe it isn’t supposed to be a challenge for a soldier who’s a few levels higher (the boss is level 33 and has a ton of hit points). He managed to drop me once during the fight, but I had cookiemonger there to explain the existence of the weird purple orb-eyes, so I got a really easy Second Wind and just continued pouring lead into the boss.

So, yeah. CM and I are going to play through the DLC at some point, but for the time being, I think I’m done with the game. I’d like to give the berserker a shot, since I like the idea of a character that focuses on explosive weapons, and I might want to try the hunter and siren, but they aren’t really high on my list of priorities.

Honestly, I have Drakengard calling to me, and even Castle Crashers is more compelling at the moment than another playthrough of Borderlands. I just happened to … get enough of the game the first time. Am I looking forward to the sequel? Well, I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it for myself, but I’ll play it at some point.