BorderZone is a role-playing action with a complex non-linear storyline in which the player can choose a profession to his liking (mage, thief or soldier), learn the needed skills and spells, create a team of up to 5 dare-devils and leave for a trip full of unexpected discoveries in the world of Terra filled with various creatures.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (33 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 19, 2006
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September 9

BorderZone updated: widescreen and more

The game has been updated for better compatibility with modern systems. It now supports widescreen resolutions including 1080p, windowed mode, has improved pathfinding and its stability issues has been addressed.

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April 30

Steam trading cards added for BorderZone

Playing the game will now give you three card drops.

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About This Game

BorderZone is a role-playing action with a complex non-linear storyline in which the player can choose a profession to his liking (mage, thief or soldier), learn the needed skills and spells, create a team of up to 5 dare-devils and leave for a trip full of danger and unexpected discoveries in the world of Terra filled with various creatures.

Terra was born at the moment when the old Earth passed away. Due to a global nuclear catastrophe many regions of the planet became unsuitable for living
and most of the population was atomized. A new world was created - a world where magic and technology adjoin and people are not the only intelligent race at all. After several millenniums the inhabitants of Terra are facing a new threat. Gods come down from heavens and start spreading death and destruction on the planet. You are to enter a violent struggle and you are the one on whom depends the fate of humanity.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/7/8
    • Processor: 700 MHz processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct3D compatible with 32 MB (GF 2MX or higher)
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound compatible
    • Additional Notes: Disabling music is recommended on Windows 7 and 8
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/7/8
    • Processor: 1200 MHz processor or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct3D compatible (GF4 or higher)
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound compatible
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
You'd think mixing elements of fantasy and futuristic technology would sound awesome. Well, it would be if this game wasn't the bug-filled mess that it is. Enemies ALWAYS get back up and fight after keeling over (making kill quests unplayable), getting stuck on stairs due to buggy path finding, and poor Russian to English translation make this boring fetch-quest simulator a total waste of time and money. Ditch this ugly, dated mess and save your money for a better game.
Posted: May 13
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Crappiest crap ever crap crappiest game!

Pro:
trading cards

Contra:
You need to wait 5 or more minutes to start intro videos
You need to wait 5 or more minutes to start a new game
Most of the time you will never start a game on windows 8
Don't speak about graphics
Controls? Yeah if you like it in this way
Change video resolution? C'mon, why you need 1080p or even 720p?

Btw look at the woman in the intro video, little bit too much :-)

Buy it in a bundle, i hope somebody will do a "Let's play" to see at least the end.
Posted: June 14
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
This game should have an achievement for just getting to run the damn thing for a few minutes without crashing or hell just ran the damn thing at all.

Then you'd feel like you really accomplished something!
Posted: September 6
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Don't let the 12 hours playtime fool you - I actually didn't get to play it for even an hour. The rest of the time it was frozen in the background and me trying to not get the game to crash my entire computer. Stay away from this - You literally can't even play it.
Posted: July 30
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
BorderZone sounds interesting, but is ugly and buggy. Constant crashes, no resolution settings and awkward (imo) control scheme are just a few of the things wrong with this game. Got it in a bundle, played it for the cards and now will uninstall. Buy at your own risk. 0/10
Posted: August 2
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
I try to review all the games in my library as best as I can, however, BorderZone's amazingly brutal incompatibility with Windows 8.1 (despite its claims to run with OS: 7 and 8) has made this impossible.

People seem to be able to get it to run after applying the unofficial patch not even provided/supported by the publisher. I have applied the patch and tried every possible setting and combination - the game will still not run. The 5 minutes of gameplay I have managed to scrape in order to review this game have all been from the game loading up a black screen then immediately crashing.

I will periodically check for new fixes to this heavily broken game. Hopefully, I'll be able to run it and give this game an actual review.

For now, stay away if you are running Windows 7 or 8.

DO NOT recommend.
Posted: July 23
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
I think I've found the absolute worst game on Steam! Forget about Bad Rats or Air Control, this is BORDERZONE.

Despite it claiming compatibility with Windows 7, this "game" is nearly impossible to get to run at all. Even when it does run for more than 5 minutes without crashing, those 5 minutes are more annoying than anything else.

Graphics that look like they came from the early 90s at best, bad sound, horrible visual effects, clunky controls, boring combat, and one of the worst interfaces ever.

The good points... erm... it comes with Steam Trading Cards. That's it.

To summarize it in a single word: shovelware.
Posted: June 20
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
If you happen to like the RPG Aidyn Chronicles on the Nintendo 64, BorderZone is similiar in a lot of ways. Like Aidyn, it manages to balance between half-baked and brilliant, like the devs knew their game was flawed and ran with it.
The writing is a mixture between epic and carefree and doesn't bother with ye olde-speak.
Likewise, the world this is set in doesn't rely on medieval or futuristic presets, Kammir is a deliberately vague place bringing different ages and styles together. It's refreshingly unorthodox.

Graphics are angular and certainly "ugly", but there is something delightfully garish about them, deep blue skyboxes, super green grass, vistas that can't be fully categorized.
Same goes for the music. It doesn't even try to be tasteful and sometimes veers into almost comical caroling synthesizer lines. I love it.

The battles are standard mouse-driven realtime fare. So far they have been bland, lots of clicking, not very responsive. You get to acquire different party members that act by themselves, but can be given behaviour rules for battle.

One thing that is really bothersome is that your character often gets stuck on stairs, again, lots of clicking and wriggling needed.

If you have a heart for mentally handicapped, but cute games, give this one a shot!
Don't forget to install the patch which is available on the forums. Without it, BorderZone tends to crash or freeze.
Posted: July 24
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Do you like the music in the trailer? Are you ready to hear it for 20+ hours? No, no one is. And no one would, because no one in their right mind would play more than 30 minutes of this game before quitting and uninstalling. The muddy, horrrible graphics hurt the eyes. The clunky movement will aggrivate. Please do not try to actualy play this game. If this came in a bundle, and you want your steam cards from this game, do yourself a solid favor:
1. Mute your computer
2. Launch the game, attempt to minimize (it may crash durring this process)
3. Come back in a few hours to verify you have the cards
4. Close the game through your operating system
Posted: July 16
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
CRAP!
Black screen and problems with screen switch. Do not forget, this is your the last and only friend:
Ctrl+Alt+Del.
Great game for anyone who wants to problems with PC.
100% I recommend as a gift for enemies!

How does it look?
Fantastically!

The screen switches to 800x600 and you'll be lucky if with any God's help you cancel this malicious program. Yeah baby, under Windows 7 x64 this game is big problem, but Windows 7 is wow, supported OS! This is probably a joke by Publisher.

Buy it, try it, delete it! :D

Especially the game has Trading cards :D
WOOOOOW, Trading cards only for 4,99 Eur!

This is an offer that can not refuse! Trust me! :D
Posted: July 29
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
I can't even...
I literally can't even...
You don't understand how much I can't even...
If there's a scale from 1 to even, I can't.
Posted: August 31
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Crash City!
Loads up then HARD-LOCKS your PC (Windows 7 Home Professional)
Total waste of money!
Steam should be ashamed for selling this crap!
Steam is stealing money by selling this game.
Shame on you Steam!
This is the last game I will ever but from (Publisher) 1C Company or (Developer) Saturn-plus, Orion.
These companies should be ashamed as well.
I wouldn't recommend this game if they had a gun to my head!
Posted: July 16
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Black screen, can't play on Windows 7 64bit, lol.

Just run + ALT/F4 for cards, kthxbye
Posted: July 27
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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
terrible-horrible
Posted: June 22
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85 of 99 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Could not even get 3 min of play without constant freezes. Game looks like it has potential, if you like the old graphic style of games like the Gothic Series, The Guild etc..., But sadly, I cannot recommend this game, even at a lowly $4, since you will most likely never get to play it. At least not on a modern machine.
Posted: April 23
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37 of 69 people (54%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
dude me too im starting my 4th time now jesus
and theres no map
Posted: April 24
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
I've change to Recommend. 09/21/2014

Original comments. 04/23/2014
Beware: The game crashed 3 times in the first 3 minutes and sent Windows into some psychedelic frenzy with CTRL>ALT>DEL to End Task. I turned off the Music and set Compatiblity Mode to XP SP3, did not crash after the changes. I played for 27 min. trying to get the player up and down some stairs in the first building I entered. The Player Character is stuck on the landing, acts like the stairs are an obstacle. Took 10 mins of finagling to get him up the stairs and still got stuck coming down, I finally gave up. I will be deleting the game. Do not waste your money, unless you want to play a buggy game in silence and don't want to search upstairs.

Update to Review 09/21/2014

New Update to BorderZone: There may be hope after all. I am going to try another go.

I installed and ran BorderZone again today. First I configed the video from Steam>SteamApp>Common>BorderZone>Config. Choose resolution (1600x900) on (Laptop Win7 64 pro) and raised some effects. Ran the game and all was well, no crashes, sound, higher resolutions and wide screen. I went straight to the stairs in the Blacksmith building that gave me all the grief the fist time around. Player Character ran up the stairs like a champ. Vast improvement, very happy with the update.

I have changed my rating to thumbs up. The game is worth a play through if you are into reto RPGs. The combat is a little stiff and limited. I have put a few more hours offline into the game than is expressed in time played. The options in combat are opening up. Pick it up on sale.
Posted: April 23
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