Video Game Review: What's the apocalypse without zombies and an arena?

Borderlands Add-Ons★★★★★

Since the Halo and Call of Duty series raised the bar, every new game has to try to compete with these two powerhouses, and the original game of Borderlands was enough to blow away any fan of first-person shooters looking for something original to come to the genre.

Borderlands brought innovative graphics and a rough sense of humor to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of bandits and radioactive beasts, where the player has four unique characters to choose from.

There are three add-ons already available on X-Box Live, the Playstation Network and for download on the PC, but two of them just came out on a separate disc for PC and X-Box 360 only (for now), just for those people that like having a hard copy of their add-ons. Included in this disc are the first two add-ons: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned and Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot.

In the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned add-on, a whole new area is open for exploration with dozens of new missions and achievements. Although the Jakobs Corporation has not yet confirmed the rumors of the undead walking the streets of their "corporate owned small town," the thrill of the (alleged) undead chase seems to be coming to the wasteland of Borderlands whether they admit it's true or not.

Along with this new zombie-infested island, another area is opened up: the arena of Mad Moxxi. While searching for her fourth husband, she realizes she loves the cheers of the crowd as contestants fight wave upon wave of enemies increasing in difficulty the longer the player survives. Borderlands brings the ever-popular arena setting to their wasteland, finding inspiration in Mad Max and the Thunderdome.

There is currently another add-on pack - the Secret Armory of General Knoxx - with loads of new missions, weapons and enemies, but it is only available for download on the consoles and PC for now. The two add-ons just released on a separate disc provide plenty of new areas and missions to explore, but it's always nice to know there's another DLC available when you just can't get enough of the post-apocalypse.