Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (XB1) Review

That’s a whole lotta guns.

So, at this point, most people know what a Borderlands game is. I’ve played them all, most of the DLC, and enjoyed my time with them. Even the Pre-Sequel that many thought would oversaturate the series I enjoyed a good amount. Well, now that we’ve all been established to the idea of Borderlands, let’s talk about The Handsome Collection.

This puts Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel into one big package. Add all the DLC for the games, and add four player local co-op and drop them on the new consoles running 1080p at 60 frames per second. Not a bad deal. In fact, it’s a hell of a deal once you sit down and think about what you’re getting.

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Platforms: XB1, PS4
MSRP: $59.99
Price I’d pay: $59.99
Multiplayer: Online and local co-op up to 4-players

First and foremost, I reviewed both Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel. Both those reviews can be found here and here. Now, after you’ve finished reading those well written reviews that I worked so hard on, I’m going to focus on what is good and bad about The Handsome Collection.

Borderlands 2 was a fantastic game and it still holds up to this day. The more than ten pieces of DLC that released for the game added a ton – including new classes. There’s over 80 hours just in the main game, and that’s before I even start the DLC stuff. Even then these games are likening to a Diablo-type game play style, so many players can go on finding new things to obtain. Borderlands 2 runs great, and looks fantastic on the new systems.

The Pre-Sequel is where things drop a bit. While I feel the Pre-Sequel’s classes have more diversity and complex play styles, the game runs a little wonky. While there is no frame rate issues to be seen, the screen tearing that rears its ugly head is very predominate, to the point it was rough to look at while doing a lot of turning. The texture pop in is also a small issue. It’s not bad but very noticeable. I think this is really just the harsh fact that it was developed by a different team on a stricter time frame. Still, it is more Borderlands with a new additions, and even a good amount of DLC to go along with it.

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Playing co-op is still a blast and I highly recommend it. Playing the first seven hours solo was a bit of a chore due to not having a partner to pick me up when I was shot down. Still, loot, funny dialog and some pretty nice visuals even in the Pre-Sequel make it a nice little package to pick up. On top of that, you’re looking at over 120 hours worth of content per game, so over 200 hours worth of loot and co-op shooting that still holds up and is still really fun.

Fans of Borderlands should pick this up, and people that jumped on the new console bandwagon and missed out on The Pre-Sequel now have a way to play it. Even if it has some issues here and there, it’s still fun. This package is a steal.

Review copy of game provided by publisher.

Good

  • Tons of content
  • Looks great on the new systems
  • Still holds up in many aspects
  • Great overall package

Bad

  • The Pre-Sequel has some screen tearing issues and texture pop in
  • Playing solo is still meh
8.5

Great

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