Everyone’s favourite robot that you would like to smack to the moon and back to Pandora is back with Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. Of course all the fun characters and all their wacky skills, the humour and art style that made borderlands such a big hit is back as well. Packaged into one very handsome disc for the next gen console, it’s time to head back to Pandora and Elpis.
In Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, you get not one but two awesome blend between a RPG and FPS (for those new to the Borderland series) with tons of content that would keep you occupied to your PS4 and makes Destiny a distant memory. Yes, this is a shooter where you get tons of action in sweet 1080p resolution and tons of loot that doesn’t require you to camp the loot cave just to upgrade your next gear.
This collection consists of ports of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! for PlayStation 4 (and Xbox One), along with all of their accompanying downloadable content, enhanced local multiplayer, and the ability to transfer save data from their respective PlayStation 3/Vita (and Xbox 360) versions. So if you have a save data, porting over is the first thing I would highly recommend you do.
For those new to the game (where have you been?), Borderlands 2 takes place after the first one and here you get 5 new characters to choose from and one very annoying robot called claptrap. A game that is meant to be played with friends going after sweet loot and where every interesting point should be explored, Borderlands 2 became one of the highlights for 2012.
2014 saw Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! unleashed onto the world to the delight of fans. This time the game development shifts to the 2K Australia where you now visit Elpis, Pandora’s moon and engage in all sort of low gravity combat while on a constant lookout for oxygen or o2 tanks. Little surprises include local Australian charm and while the first part of the game can be slow with long walks and floaty jumps, it gets better towards the later part so do hang in there.
Overall, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is the best way for newcomers to jump right into the series and for owners who previous gen consoles who have upgraded to jump back right in. While not perfect with the game struggling to hit 60fps for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (and yet no issues for Borderland 2), this collection still comes highly recommended as a game to add to your next gen console game collection.
Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
by Kenneth Wong
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