The Borderlands Series, consisting of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is one of the best looter shooter franchise for a multitude of reasons.

  1. The Amount Of Guns
  2. Characters and Story
  3. Humor
  4. Sidequests

Starting with reason 1, the number of guns. Each game in the series boasts an unprecedented amount of guns from common to legendary. The series boasts 17.75 million guns, all totally different from the last. There are a variety of companies that make guns and a variety of elements to choose from, making the number of guns grow to unprecedented amounts.

Reason 2: Each Game has an original story that takes up to 25 hours to complete with four playable characters to choose from. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you want a Sniper character or you want a character that is more of a heavy gunner. Whatever character you pick, you still have three skill trees to choose from. Each game has four characters to choose from than three skill trees to choose from for each character. The NPCs are hilarious and provide sidequests that help you get weapons that are exclusive to those missions, making each sidequest as important as the main story.

Reason 3: The Humor. When you think of shooters, you think of dark and grim, but Borderlands is the total opposite of the normal shooter. When the main villain has some of the funniest lines in the game, you know that this is not a normal shooter. Also, the variety of characters makes the humor even better. The DLCs make the dialogue even funnier as you hear conversations between characters as you finish a mission or do an optional objective.

And Finally, Reason 4: Sidequests. Modern Looter Shooters have sidequests that basically provide you with information on modes outside of the main story. There are 127 missions in Borderlands 2, not including DLC. With DLC, there are 287 missions. Each one has its own dialogue and provides context as to why you are doing these things for them.The amount of detail that goes into each quest is insane as some quests have you defeat a powerful enemy to shooting a guy in the face because he asked you to.

The series has so many high points that it is hard to imagine the Looter Shooter Genre without Borderlands. With Borderlands 3 coming out in September, newcomers and fans alike have a lot to look forward to. If you have not tried out the series, The Handsome Collection, which has Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel (Including all DLC) is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can try these games and see how much you like them. I hope my opinion helps you look at this series differently. It has been one of my favorite series of games because it has a dry sense of humor and is not afraid to be totally different from the other games in the Genre. Please try out these games and I promise you will enjoy them as much as I have.