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Borderlands: the Handsome Collection Review
Borderlands 2 turned out to be one of the better games of the last console cycle. An entertaining story combined with a loot system that pelted players with weapons, shields, and wardrobes made for an entertaining playthrough. It also didn’t hurt that the developers provided so much content post release: Borderlands 2 contained four additional stories, additional classes, and even more customization through headhunter packs.
Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel! doesn’t necessarily capitalize on the success of its predecessor, but still manages to be fun. This game introduced additional characters, while giving extra attention to everyone’s favorite obnoxious little machine, Claptrap. Perhaps the biggest detriment to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is that it came out amidst the transition towards a new console cycle, fragmenting the player base.
However, both of these games have found new homes on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Titled Borderlands: the Handsome Collection, this game includes both games as well as all of the DLC for Borderlands 2 and the season pass for the Pre-Sequel. This means that Handsome Jack is still present in all his dastardly glory in the follow-up to the original borderlands, while still maintaining a different demeanor for much of the prequel story.
While the idea of 60 frames per second is appealing, the more appealing aspects lie behind the pricetag. Some of the DLC available for Borderlands 2 isn’t covered by the original season pass, meaning players would need to fork over additional money to unlock more DLC. Gearbox did a great job of supporting the release, and with the release of The Handsome Collection, those with a new console can enjoy the games alongside the new content they might have missed.
The second biggest selling point for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is its co-op features. In a battle for graphical fidelity, many games have ditched couch co-op to avoid making the necessary framerate drops. Despite this, both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! feature 4-player co-op support. Any console owner, along with three of their friends, can play these games without needing another console.
Having said that, there are some issues with the game. At the time of review, there were noticeable dips in the framerate during action-packed multiplayer sessions. While occurring much less frequently in single-player, there were the occasional screen-tear issues that were present. Additionally, the Handsome Collection does not technically offer anything new. The games are recent enough as to not beg for a graphical overhaul, and completionists won’t find anything new in playing them.
New players will find a lot of value in Borderlands: the Handsome Collection. The franchise was a staple of the last console cycle, and the added content makes the game worth a steal. Given the game’s ability to accommodate multiple players, the Handsome Collection is worth having as an option. Players looking for a return ticket to Pandora may also find an added incentive to pick up Borderlands 2, as well as Pandora’s moon in the Pre-Sequel.