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Let’s Talk About…: Borderlands
Borderlands and all of its included titles is a series of first-person shooter games that I’ve avoided as I avoid most first-person games, with a few rare exceptions. However, one thing that strikes me as interesting about the series is Handsome Jack. For those who may not know, Handsome Jack is the antagonist of the series. He chats in the player’s ear (as far as I can tell) for most of the games, and is slightly insane. But through all of it, he’s convinced that he’s the hero, even if the playable character sees him (and the game describes him) as the villain.
What actually originally peaked my interest in this game – since I tend to dismiss titles as soon as I see they are first-person – was a Game Theory episode I saw describing Jack as the actual hero of the games – or at least as a tragic, misunderstood villain.
And you know how I am about villains being misunderstood…
It actually was a really interesting video, and even without knowing much about the games I thought it posed a solid argument for dear Handsome Jack being just an unfortunate character who wound up on the wrong side of the history books (stay tuned for more on that!).
I unfortunately don’t have much more to say on this game, being incredibly unfamiliar, but let’s revisit this game below!
Have you played Borderlands or any of the other games in the series? What did you think of them? Am I missing out? Is Jack as fascinating as he seems to be? Let me know in the comments!
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