iOS game ($6.49 (iPhone), $9.99 (iPad)
Reviewed by Siobhan Keogh
The timing of Borderlands Legends, an iOS game based on the franchise, was impeccable. It left just enough time for gamers to finish up their first playthrough of Borderlands 2 before switching from Xbox to iPad. But despite sharing music, characters and skill trees with the main Borderlands franchise, Legends doesn't play like the rest of the series at all.
It's a top-down strategy game where you control the four characters from the original Borderlands, and help them to take down waves of enemies. Each character has a unique ability that helps out his or her team-mates.
In theory, a Borderlands strategy game could, and should, have been great. I really liked the idea of getting Brick to take up the role of tank, and Mordecai the role of sniper, while the other two characters rushed in and out of battle picking people off. In reality, it didn't matter which characters I sent charging into battle. There was no strategy required. Even on the "hard" levels, the solution was not to strategise better but to level up my characters more before re-attempting the fight.
Legends was clearly rushed out the door by 2K China, and the game is a buggy mess. The game is also remarkably repetitive - you'll see the same environments and do the same things over and over and over.
It's not all bad. The skill tree system is interesting and fun and it's nice to see something resembling a console experience, in terms of graphics and interfaces, on the iPad. But really, it's one only the fans of Borderlands should consider.
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