Borderlands: The Handsome CollectionMarch 9, 2015
In two weeks, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection releases for PS4 and Xbox One. For those that moved to a next-gen console prior to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releasing, nows your chance to experience Handsome Jack’s rise to power. It wouldn’t be much of a collection if that was all this game included; Borderlands 2, and all of its DLC, is also included. Thus far, these re-releases have been successful on the next-gen consoles.
The Last of Us: Remastered was absolutely fantastic as it also included the additional DLC in a nice package. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition also contained the additional DLC, but only benefited those that cared about multiplayer. So, what exactly can we expect from Gearbox as they enter the fray of re-releases?
For starters, for $60 you aren’t just getting one game and all of its DLC, you’re getting two. The second DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases on the same day that The Handsome Collection launches and will be free to download, but won’t be on-disc. Fans of the franchise understand that a good portion of the DLC is various skin packs, but that does lend to the flavor of the game. The multitude of playable characters, level cap increases, and semi-repetitive campaigns comprise the rest of the DLC.
The cell-shaded style of the game doesn’t require a graphic overhaul the same way that other re-releases have. Although, the game will now run at 1080p and up to 60 frames per second when played by one or two players locally. The frame rate will expectedly drop to roughly 30 frame rates per second when the game is played by three or four players locally. Yes, you read that right…up to four players!
That’s probably the most exciting new addition given that both games feature four protagonists at the start. As the gaming industry moves away from allowing one game to be enjoyed by more than one person locally, it’s a refreshing addition that certainly was a welcomed surprise for fans. With that said, I am not sure how many owners of next-gen consoles have more than two controllers at the moment. But, inviting a friend over isn’t hard, and it’s much safer than Share Play for PS4 in the grand scheme of things.
All previous save data from PS3/Vita and XBOX 360 and be migrated over to the PS4 and Xbox One, respectively. I find this to be another big bonus for fans because that wasn’t an option for either of the aforementioned re-releases. The repetitive nature of this game can really grind on players, so not having to grind levels again should help lure fans to purchase this collection. My guess is that a lot of gamers experienced Borderlands 2, but probably missed on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. With that in mind, the $60 price tag is pretty fair, but $10 more than most re-releases. Again, you’re getting two games here.
Overall, the addition of the four player split screen is more than enough to at least warrant consideration. There is also a collector’s edition for this game (limited to 5,000) that includes a remote controllable Claptrap! If I was rich, I wouldn’t think twice about dropping the $400 on it. As it stands, I hit the wall on PS3 with Borderlands 2, and while the allure of playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel beckons me, I will probably wait for at least one price drop and make sure that I have at least five friends that are willing to play.