What’s old is new again. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection hits the streets today, and that presumably means a whole new set of players who’ll be jumping into the game for the first time. Well, as a veteran of the Pandora Wars, let ol’ uncle D tell ya a few things! First up, you’re going to want some guns! Big guns! The biggest guns that you can possibly find! And the best way to get those, are with golden keys!
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection already feels like a pretty meaty remaster, if you’re not sick of the latest gaming trend yet. Borderlands 2, its divisive Pre-Sequel and pretty much all of the DLC released on one disc. What’s missing then? Borderlands numero uno of course. The very first game to take players to Pandora is nowhere to be found in that collection. But that doesn’t mean that Gearbox isn’t interested in digging it up and re-releasing it.
Hey. that’s a nice backlog you got there. Real nice, right Geoff? And look at this! You’ve almost finished it! Just a few more games to go! It’d be a shame if something were to happen to it. A right shame. Oops! I seem to have accidentally gifted you an entire anniversary of games there guv. A right shame that is…
When Gearbox revealed the 64-in-1 TV game cartridge of remasters, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, they did so with a package that has one hook that just might draw in players who have already defeated Handsome Jack and opened up a few vaults on Pandora. And that’s cross-save functionality. Yep, you’ll be able to port your old-gen save game over into the current-gen version of Borderlands 2 if you choose to do so, or weren’t a complete twonk who sold his Xbox 360 that had several high-level vault hunters inside of it. Like me, dammit. Here’s how the function works.
Outside of the usual grunts, moans and heavy panting from running across Pandora, the vault hunters of Borderlands 2 were kind of dead quiet. And that’s something that the writer of the game kind of regrets.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from the world of Borderlands and its polarising Pre-Sequel. There’s still some content to get through before the curtain closes on that game and development shifts to the next Borderlands tale. And it looks like one of the final pieces of DLC for the Pre-Sequel, will be focusing on a bridge.
The first Borderlands game was in no way a guaranteed success when it was first launched. After all, a video game that has you playing as one of four characters with various skills in a pseudo-RPG setting that was filled with more guns than a Texas church must have been a hard sell for investors. But the game was a hit, paving the way for a bigger sequel. But Borderlands 3 is going to be an even bigger gamble for Gearbox apparently, a risk which the developer believes is good for the industry as a whole if more studios follow that train of thought.
There’s still plenty of room for Borderlands in this universe. So long as it happens to be on newer, more current platforms. With the upcoming Handsome Collection combining Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel and a badonkadonk’s worth of DLC into one package, it’s clear that Gearbox isn’t ready to draw the curtain on one of their more lucrative franchises. A franchise that will continue on current-gen only, that is.
Hey! Guess what Gearbox announced over the weekend at PAX South? I’ll give you a clue: It wasn’t Borderlands 3. While it’ll most likely be a good couple of years before we ever see that game tackled, that doesn’t mean that the previous proper game in the series, The Pre-Sequel, has been forgotten about. In fact, it’s about to get a touch classier now when Lady Hammerlock enters the picture.
Have you been holding out on getting Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in the hopes that it would eventually make its way to the new consoles? that wait may have paid off; there’s a shinier port of the game coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In March, you’ll be able to play both Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel on your new console; they’re coming together in one hand-dandy package called The Handsome collection. If you have played them, why would you get this for $60?
Man, look at all these remastered games coming out. Cheap! Quick cash-grabs! Bah! Flimshaw! Petroleum distillate! You won’t catch me being suckered into buying one of those games. Nope, no way Jose and one more thing…Is that a Borderlands Remastered Edition I spot out in the wild? I’ll uh, I’ll be right back…
So here’s the deal kiddos: I’m about to start diving into spoiler territory. I’m using this intro paragraph however, to warn your asses of what I’m about to do, because that’s what heroes do. So, if you’re still planning on playing either Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel or the Telltale Games developed Tales From The Borderlands, I’d recommend not reading any further. You got that? Great!
What’s that? You need a challenge in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? You need your skills tested to the max, pushed to the verge of throwing a controller through the TV screen? Well, you might be in luck, you masochist. Borderlands games have always been a step above when it comes to difficulty, throwing pure bullet sponges at players that just won’t die. Expect those enemies to be even spongier, when the Ultimate Vault Hunter pack arrives for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
I’ve spent many a happy hour shooting people on both Pandora and Elpis in the Borderlands universe. I was particularly chuffed with all the core DLC that Borderlands 2 got – well, at least 2 of them. The Torque and Tiny Tina campaigns were well worth the extra money, and almost made me forget how underwhelming those other two were. Pre-Sequel is taking a different approach to their additional content. The first gave players the opportunity to play as a Handsome Jack clone. The second has just been announced, and it’s called The Holodome Onslaught. Basically, it’s a new challenge arena.
It's common for games to receive a lengthy hype period leading up to it's eventual launch. That's what gets people excited and clambering for the game on release day, even if the wait feels excruciating. Telltale seemingly missed that class during Game Design 101, as they've decided to launch their take on the Borderlands universe right now.