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Borderlands The Handsome Collection Review

Borderlands The Handsome Collection is here, bringing the world of Pandora and Handsome Jack to PS4 and Xbox One for the first time. Sure it's not a brand new game and many may have played a lot of its content before. But as a package it'll provide you with hundreds of hours of entertainment and the chance to relive a classic title in Borderlands 2 as well as Borderlands The Pre-Sequel plus every piece of DLC content ever released.

Updated with 1080p/60FPS visuals, Borderlands 2 will be a joy to those rediscovering it again and for those playing for the first time, a treasure chest of all things Gearbox, thanks to the huge collection of additional content, which add in all manner of extra adventures and weapons. All of the DLC, including Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, adds all new areas, while standout expansion Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep gives you even more reason to play. 

Of course, in addition to the included DLC, you also have higher level caps, co-op play and enough guns to fill a swimming pool the size of a small country, all of which is enough to keep you occupied until the end of the year and that's before even thinking about Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, which is also included on the disc.

Last year's release may not have been developed by Gearbox, but that doesn't stop it from being a fantastic game. Set primarily on Pandora’s moon, gravity is now an issue, as is oxygen, as you now need to keep an eye on your tank, as well as the many enemies you'll encounter along the way. It's just as tough as Borderlands 2, although does feel like an extension of it, rather than offering anything too different. Still, thanks to the setting and some of the tough boss fights on offer, it does have its charms. 

In addition to the main game, all of the DLC for The Pre-Sequel is also included, such as Claptastic Voyage, which focuses on our little robot hero and provides some pretty entertaining moment for you to enjoy. So, other than a few hairy moments with the pre-sequel's frame-rate, you'll be hard pressed to find anything to complain about.

Remastering games seems to be the way of things at the moment. Some provide a great way to revisit classic titles and are done in such fashion that it's impossible to ignore them. Stand out titles so far include The Last of Us Remastered and of course, GTA V. Well you can now add Borderlands The Handsome Collection to this list, because thanks to the sheer level of content included, as well as the love that has went into remastering both titles for PS4 and Xbox One, this should be a package that is hard to ignore.

If I had to choose one downside, then the greatest shame overall would probably be that the original Borderlands is not included. The inclusion of the original really would have swung The Handsome Collection into must buy territory, but alas it was likely too difficult for the developer to do such a classic game justice. Still, it's hard to complain with what is on offer, so whether you have played these titles before or not, it's a package certainly worth your time.

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/Xbox LIVE: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4/Xbox One)


+ Packed full of content
+ Relives a classic in Borderlands 2
+ Hundreds of hours of entertaiment
+ Looks fantastic
+ Plays Fantastic


- Frame rate drops in the Pre-Sequel

Edited On 29 Mar, 2015

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LFC Bywater 2 years ago
Really wanna pick this up, wish that the original was included aswell tough.
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LFC Bywater 2 years ago
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Turniplord 2 years ago
Very good remaster this - looks just like the PC version (which I own but for some reason I hardly play on my PC anymore). Been playing the pre-sequel. about 10 hours into it so far, i've seen a few framerate drops but all-in-all its alright, story isn't as good as BL2 and the moon jumping is bit meh, but its a good game :)

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