So the game has finally been patched to work with Windows 8.1. It even supports more modern resolutions now.
I tried BorderZone despite the endless amount of negative reviews because I wanted to experience the gameplay for myself. I gave the game a chance, I really, really did.
If you like RPGs and action adventure games, you will probably still dislike this game.
The aesthetics are lacking - the character models and detail in the backgrounds are weak and bland. The different armor and weapon types available, however, will actually appear on your characters - which is something I appreciate. The music is easily the best part of the game, but it fails to carry the experience into a positive one.
The controls are a bit sluggish, and there is no tutorial to guide you through the game mechanics. The learning curve is minimal to moderate depending on your experience with action RPGs. You will probably spend a bit of time trying to understand how the menus (especially the inventory management) work, and the interfaces are not very ergonomic. One of the most annoying things for me is the lack of feedback regarding item stats - I end up swapping shields based on what looks cooler, since I have no idea which one is actually better stat-wise.
Both combat and dialogues are lackluster - I played around with the character creation mode, hoping that different specializations would alter my gameplay a bit, however, I was always disappointed regardless of the character I rolled/made. You also are not given much feedback if you choose to make your own character from scratch.
Honestly, I would strongly recommend you invest your time somewhere else, as this game fails to compete with most alternatives. I also strongly advised against the game Space Hack (to which I received a lot of negative reception), however, I would even encourage people to waste their time playing that game before trying BorderZone.
Even after the patch, the game remains fairly buggy, and is prone to crashes. Would suggest staying away, unless you are able to get this for free.
DO NOT recommend.