Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
There’s no denying the immense popularity of the Borderlands series. Upon its debut in 2009, Borderlands quickly established itself as a fun and unique shooter, blending elements from open-world games, other FPS titles, as well as role-playing games like Diablo.
The series currently stands at three games (not including the episodic adventure game from Telltale Games) – Borderlands, Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-sequel. Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The pre-sequel were both released towards the end of the last console generation, meaning that many shooter fans missed out on all the addicting mayhem that they offered. Thankfully, both sequel and pre-sequel (still technically a sequel) have been re-released for the current console generation, in the ‘Borderlands: The Handsome Collection‘.
So is there anything new?
Ultimately, nothing is new here. You are getting two fantastic FPS games in a single package, as well as all the previously-released downloadable content for those games. The graphics are still cel-shaded and stylish, though the games now run in 1080p resolution and at a buttery smooth 60 frames per second – even with 2 player split-screen multiplayer! From a visual perspective, Borderlands doesn’t get much better than this!
While two-player splitscreen running as 60FPS is impressive, so too is the fact that The Handsome Collection can be played with up to three friends, making for a four-player split-screen lootfest! Who says couch multiplayer is dead?
Is it worth getting?
With the ability to port your existing last-gen console saves across to the current-generation of consoles (Xbox 360 to Xbox One, PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4), existing vault hunters will be able to hit the ground running, and find that the games are just as fun as their original releases, if not more, given how well the game performs on the new hardware.
If you haven’t played Borderlands 2 or Borderlands: The Pre-sequel, there’s no better time than now. Both Borderlands 2 and The Pre-sequel received favourable review scores upon their release, with Borderlands 2 having a score of 89/100 on Metacritic (from 38 critics) and The Pre-sequel having a score of 75/100. They are an absolute blast to play, especially in multiplayer, and the RPG and open-world elements are integrated in a clever and refreshing way. While other developers shoehorn in game mechanics with the subtlety of a bull in clogs, 2K manage to meld genres in a very organic way – they belong and complement the chaotic shooting perfectly.
Ultimately, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection packs a ton of explosive value into a single sexy package. Both games are a ton of fun to play and thanks to modern console hardware, run like a dream. While it’s loot-centric shooterama gameplay might not tickle everyone, You’d be hard-pressed to find this much story, action and brilliant game design in another FPS. The Handsome Collection is well worth checking out!