Borderlands: The Handsome Collection | Review
The Good
  • + Huge amount of content supplied
  • + Crisp visuals and improved frame rate make for buttery smooth gameplay
  • + Four player split-screen for the first time!
The Bad
  • - Original Borderlands not included
85%"Great"

Want to look beyond the score? Read the full written review below…

In what seems an endless wave of remasters, it’s now time for players to experience the charismatic world of Borderlands, once more. My first ever review was Borderlands 2 and I remembering losing a large amount of my time to it. I love the style of the world, its characters and the relentless chaos that ensues every time I enter a gun fight. With the introduction of not only Borderlands 2 but also The Pre-Sequel onto newer consoles, the more powerful hardware has allowed them to receive much better visuals. Everything is crisp and clear, all running smoothly without any hiccups.

In both Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel, you’re given all of the extra story add-ons, additional characters and updates released thus far. The Pre-Sequel’s inclusion within the Handsome Collection will mark the first time many fans will play the game. It only graced older consoles upon its original release in late 2014, but now I’m glad to finally see it on my new hardware. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is still a fresh game, and any new content headed its way will automatically be added to the Handsome Collection, which is a nice bonus.

There aren’t any major gameplay alterations, just the “full package” of content. Having said that, people who like split-screen multiplayer can play with up to four players for the first time. It gets chaotic, and you’ll need a big TV, but the expansion from two to four in the same room is undoubtedly a great inclusion.

Comparing both the original and remastered versions of each game, the Handsome Collection is a love letter to Borderlands fans. Everything’s been given a more detailed paint job, and your surroundings breathe more life as a result. Not only that, but loading times, too, have been dramatically decreased.

Now when you load into a new segment of the world, versus that of the originals, waiting times have been reduced by up to two thirds – that’s a hell of a lot. The overall experience is smoother and more refined, resulting in a robust package that will provide endless hours of fun and laughter. The original Borderlands is notably absent, but if this remaster is a success, there’s light for the series’ origins to arrive in the future.

Conclusion

If you’ve already played Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel, I’d still recommend this handsome update. If you’re a newcomer, then you shouldn’t waste anytime diving into this frantic and fun shooter. Looking for a change from Call of Duty or Battlefield? Look no further than Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. I’m going to give this collection the same score I gave Borderlands 2 on its release. I didn’t review The Pre-Sequel, but based on my time with the game and my experience returning to Pandora, both games present a really great package, and fix a few glitches/bugs in the process.

*Borderlands: The Handsome Collection was provided to Start Replay by 2K UK