Border­lands: The Hand­some Col­lec­tion

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While ev­ery­one re­mains wait­ing with bated breath for the in­evitable con­fir­ma­tion that an all- new stand­alone Border­lands game is in devel­op­ment for next gen plat­forms we’ll have to make do with a not un­sub­stan­tial pack­age from Gear­box Soft­ware that brings to­gether Border­lands 2 and Border­lands: The Pre- Se­quel!, but, cu­ri­ously, not the orig­i­nal ti­tle.

Although the lack of that first adventure to Pan­dora is a lit­tle strange, it’s barely missed given the sheer vol­ume of con­tent that’s present here in The Hand­some Col­lec­tion. Not only does it con­tain both the later games in the se­ries, but also all their DLC - and any­one who knows Border­lands will know that Gear­box knows how to do DLC bet­ter than most. Aside from the al­most in­sane amount of ad­di­tional con­tent that’s on of­fer here, there’s also an­other rea­son for those who have al­ready played through the ex­ist­ing games to make the jump over to The Hand­some Col­lec­tion: it sup­ports cross­gen­er­a­tional save games. This means that, as­sum­ing you’re mov­ing from PS3 to PS4 or Xbox 360 to Xbox One ( and Vita to PS4 in the case of Border­lands 2), you’ll be able to log into your orig­i­nal save, upload it via the cross save func­tion, and then down­load it to your game to your shiny new plat­form to en­joy it in all its 1080p 60fps glory. For those who en­joyed the split screen lo­cal mul­ti­player of the orig­i­nals, there’s po­ten­tial for dou­ble the fun here, with up to four play­ers sup­ported from a sin­gle con­sole on a sin­gle dis­play, with the caveat that, once you’re above 2 play­ers, the frame rate will be re­duced to 30fps, which is per­fectly fine in my book. Although there’s no new con­tent here, there’s so much old stuff that the chances are even the most hard­core of Border­lands fans will find some­thing worth do­ing!

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