Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
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!