We recently got some hands-on time with Borderlands, the hybrid shooter/RPG due out later this month. We played a massively power-leveled Lilith character in two of the game’s later areas: Old Haven and The Crimson Enclave. Old Haven is a ramshackle city setting, while the Crimson Enclave is the high-elevation fortress of the Crimson Lance. While the new areas stick to Borderlands’ muted color palette, they do change things up slightly from what we’ve seen previously.
Above: The peaceful streets of Old Haven
As you saw in the video above, Crimson Lance soldiers are heavily armored and carry big, bulky weapons. They’re Borderlands’ Brotherhood of Steel, essentially. We saw a couple of them carrying riot shields, which made them effectively bulletproof from the front. Lilith’s Phasewalk ability was especially useful for getting around behind them.
Above: Civil disobedience will not be tolerated
Above: Not a Helghast
Lucky for us, all the level grinding was done ahead of time so our Lilith was up to level 35 and was decked out with top-shelf weaponry. Now watch as she makes short work of a Crimson Lance patrol and assaults a stronghold.
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