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Sunday was my first ever experience of air soft! I went to borderline with a friend with to be honest low expectations. How wrong was I! From when we first arrived the staff were fantastic friendly an... more »
There is a positive environment as soon as you enter this establishment. The staff are exceptional and give you every piece of advice you require. They also host fantastic parties, for both young and ... more »
My Son loves it here, it gives him a great adrenaline fuelled experience which he loves, sometimes some of the enemy characters are a little scary not for the nervous child more »
Christmas 2015: I went here with my dad and my three friends. We came in to a room filled with experienced players but they were friendly enough. The indoor arena is nice, the fields outside are even better. 2016: Renovated staging/registration room and their armbands are nicer. Masks still a flaw - uncomfortable and not breathable.
Watch out for the cow pott mines, "they are a bit smelly to end up lying in one". Staff could give a little bit more direction for "newbies" who aren't sure of signing in and getting gear, but excellent afterwards for rules and game area etc once ready to start combat. Guys on night very friendly and forgiving "sorry for shooting team mates". Overall great experience and can't wait to get back.
Firstly the staff were rude and unhelpful in the cafe area. I stood there clearly invisible to the staff as they served at least three people who approached the counter after me yet were served first. Then when there was noone left but me they ignored me until I had to say 'excuse me'. Secondly the set up where the kids play is not only dangerous should someone dodgy was part of the game as there are so many hidden nooks and crannys out of sight from the parents window, you would have no clue if something was happening to your child unless you were in there with them. There is also access for anyone to walk in from outside undetected straight into the game area and you would have no idea. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD UNATTENDED THERE, GO IN WITH THEM. The 'staff' on the day were a joke. A bunch of posers who just walked around with their masks off so all the kids were literally just wondering around for two hours not knowing who they could shoot. I saw some of the staff who were meant to be 'bad guys' just on their phones texting or chatting up the mums there. Bunch of losers.Not to mention disgusting death metal blaring out the speakers while kids from the ages of 5 upwards were wondering around following the staff who walked around nonchalantly. Clearly not bothered interacting or bothering to be in character. There were also, laughably, no bullets/ammo for the kids to use. Most of them were trying to find odd nerf bullets on the floor looking for scraps.It was ridiculous. Approx 40 odd kids and no ammo there. I would make a formal complaint but cant be bothered wasting anymore time on trash like them.No customer service and very rude. AVOID.
As an airsofting site, Borderline have an excellent area. From what I know they use 3 areas with one being used less commonly due to their own business reasons. All of the areas are within a disused mill just outside of Ballyclare. The outdoor area consists of several varying in size gameplay areas with the possiblity of having all of the outdoor areas in play at once. It is very rough and quite wild terrain but they have added their own additions around the place which helps with the gameplay, including building a "village" on the other side of what they call "The Island" (a hill with fortifications). The outdoor games often progress slowly with a few exceptions due to gamemode and you will often find that you burn through ammo rather quickly. My one big complaint with the outdoor area is that they weapons that they distribute as a "rent and play" barely have enough power to do anything with any accuracy at lower mid-range engagments. They work fine for close range but don't even consider longer ranges when playing. You will have to use an extremely ridiculous firing arc and even at that, it is unlikely the player will even feel the pellet as it falls on their head gently. The other "outside" area they own - and I use the term "outside" loosely as there are multiple buildings you can use, takes place in what they call "Stalingrad". I have never played in this area but I have heard it is by far the best. A friend of mine played in it during a special event and they used various claymore mines/other mines to remove cover from play which is interesting! They have various gamemodes on this from what I know too. They have an indoor arena and it is not the biggest I have seen but they have added smokescreen producers and they often have some kind of Russian techno music playing loudly enough that you feel the bass. It really doesn't do much for your pleasent listening experience but it gets your adrenaline pumping as you rush corners and peak windows through veils of smoke whilst you shoot in time to the music. There are lots of plywood structures around the indoor arena and they are rather well placed considering the arena isn't overly big. Personally I prefer this arena as they have a few crawl-spaces and inventative buildings and mainly because all engagments are worthwhile at this range. They have a wide and varied range of gamemodes for this arena too, including the nerf nights for groups who prefer that to airsofting. Its organisation is lacking in some areas, mainly to do with you often getting handed an empty or half empty magazine to begin with, although one bottle of pellets is also distributed, or a gun with failing batteries which has happened to me and friends occasionally. The masks they provide are extremely uncomfortable as it feels like they will dig a hole into your head because some spongey cover is broken on them. You can ask for an alternative mask as they have a few. They have a kitchen which serves hot food and cold drinks at not too bad prices. In terms of a single event pricing. If you "walk-on" with your own gun and clothing it costs £15 for about 3 to 3.5 hours. If you need a gun or clothing it will cost you, sometimes depending on the promotional offer they have on, £20 to £25 for 3 to 3.5 hours. More ammo costs a fair bit so be careful. They do groups and parties and can theme events to the bookers choosing, zombies, nerf, etc... They have an active facebook page that sometimes lacks restraint in terms of what is acceptable and what is not, to post as a business and whatever member of staff that manages their page had had run-ins in the past with customers and argued with them on the page. It always posts content related to upcoming anf previous events and they are active with the community so it is very good if you want a say in an event or what they could improve on. Just search their name on facebook, all of their contact information will be there too at Borderline Combat Airsoft.
Awesome place good bunch of players, well run site. Will keep going back.
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