You know, I have always been surprised at the power a mindset can have over how fun, engaging and accepting we can seem of things. This is true for video games as well. Lately as I play Borderlands 2, I have been struggling to get into it 100%. My last game, Tales of Symphonia had this problem as well. But for that game, I was in it at the start, but due to its enormous length I was starting to get fatigued.
With Borderlands 2 however, it is a different story. From the start it felt like an on off experience. There are things in the game that excite me, yet things that dreadfully bore me. For example, the exploration, even if bare it is still fun. But when it comes to the action, it becomes boring quite quickly if I engage in it for too long. That is indeed quite sad since the bulk of enjoyment from Borderlands 2 comes generally from the action.
Quests that have non-action objectives I find more intriguing than ones involving going to some place and shooting up something. I had the same problem with the original Borderlands as well. Most of the time I find my mind going numb from all the shooting as I finally shut down the PS3 at the end of the gaming session. That is not a good feeling to have after playing a game. I suppose one could argue that this just isn’t my cup of tea.
BUT then something happened. Something changed my mindset on this game completely and that is partaking in the 4 player co-op. When I play with other people, the game becomes more exciting to play through due to the social aspects of team work. When I play by myself, it is nothing more than a chore, while at times it becomes interesting. Borderlands I believe was a game designed with action, loot, exploration and team work in mind. I enjoyed my co-op sessions on the original one quite extensively compared to playing on my own.
There is quite an interesting correlation between the mindset and the tasks you do. With the right mindset the tasks can be bearable, with the correct mindset they can be fun. But when your mind is just not into something, it will feel like a chore to grind through.
There are certain video games you can just pop on in and get playing, while others require a certain mindset to really get into it. The Borderlands series is just a few of those games I suppose. One of the things I have found that helps the most when I play is just taking a vehicle and driving around. If I come across enemies, I simply ignore them and drive around trying to find new locations and lootable places. It definitely does help, that is until the game forces a large action segment onto you… =_=.
I know a lot of people love Borderlands and its sequels. What has your experience been with the Borderlands series?
Thanks for reading.
Bro, so true…