So imagine Champions of Norrath-lite in space and you have Greed: Black Border. End review.
... INVENTORY TETRIS! :D
No, seriously though, Greed: Black Border is fairly good, in spite of some of the horrid reviews it has received. It's an isometric sci-fi action game with RPG-lite elements.
You get to choose one of three characters to respond to a distress call from a mining ship. Each has a different set of abilities, passives and combat style.
The presentation is pretty good. The graphics are definitely more than adequate for the game, with decent character modeling and particle effects for weapons and abilities. I REALLY like the interface. The general gameplay interface, the character, skills, logbook and shop interfaces are all well thought out, clean and easily accessible.
I played the long range character, and the actives and passives on offer seem to provide quite a few different playstyle options. So far I have opted for mostly relying on my range, though it seems as if she could be played in significantly closer quarters for those more brave. I can only imagine the capabilities of the other two. However the equipment options are rather paltry, with only head, chest and weapon slots available, though each slot has a selection of mods that can be socketed into them to add stats or boost your abilities/passives.
There is a decent variety of enemies. Just on the first map, I encountered several varieties of machine and humanoid enemies, all of which were well designed. Speaking of the map, the maps are HUGE. It took me three hours just to clear the first mission. THREE! And the final boss was just madness.
The audio. Oh god the audio. The game's music is awful. The music is really arcadey, and it's on a short loop that it gets annoying very quickly. I shut it off and played my own after about 15 minutes. The voice acting I have seen so far is passable, though, but nothing to write home about.
Only real complaints about the game are no gamepad support, and somewhat obtuse controls. With some time learning you get used to them, but it takes a significant amount of time to do so.
Overall, Greed: Black Border is a decent ARPG for the asking price. There are better out there, but there are also FAR worse. Definitely worth picking up on sale.