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  • Summary: Lock, Load, & Face the Madness! Get ready for the mind-blowing insanity, as one of four trigger-happy mercenaries, taking out everything that stands in your way. With its addictive action, frantic first person shooter combat, massive arsenal of weaponry, RPG elements and four-player co-op,Lock, Load, & Face the Madness! Get ready for the mind-blowing insanity, as one of four trigger-happy mercenaries, taking out everything that stands in your way. With its addictive action, frantic first person shooter combat, massive arsenal of weaponry, RPG elements and four-player co-op, Borderlands is the breakthrough experience that challenges all the conventions of modern shooters. Borderlands places you in the role of a mercenary on the lawless and desolate planet of Pandora, hell bent on finding a legendary stockpile of powerful alien technology known as The Vault. Expand
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  1. Apr 18, 2019
    85
    Gearbox's release of Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition brings the missing piece of the franchise to current generation consoles. Mechanical and visual improvements solidify Borderlands has always been a fun, beautiful game that was quite forward-thinking despite some things not aging well.
  2. Apr 4, 2019
    84
    Even ten years after its original release, Borderlands is still a great co-op experience, which looks great thanks to its "cel-shading" graphics (4k resolution in PS4 PRO and Xbox One X).
  3. Apr 4, 2019
    83
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    Having already seen Borderlands 2 squeezed into the PlayStation Vita (with, admittedly, ropey results), it’s a surprise this version of the first game isn’t also coming out on Nintendo Switch, but that’s an issue for another day. For many though, having an excuse to replay Borderlands 1 on the same console as the Handsome Collection is good enough. Definitely worth a play if you’ve never done so before, but perhaps not all that essential anymore.
  5. Apr 8, 2019
    70
    A fun looter shooter that needed a more polished remaster.
  6. Apr 4, 2019
    70
    Between Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition and the updates to the Handsome Collection, Borderlands is back in a big way, and that’s to say nothing of the main attraction coming in September. Unlike more recent entries in this space, Borderlands doesn’t hinge on fragile in-game economies or being stingy with loot. Instead, it's a game that just wants to have fun – silly, brash, play-it-with-friends kind of fun. Welcome back old friend, you have been missed.
  7. Apr 24, 2019
    58
    A mixed bag. It’s fun to revisit one of the first “looter shooters” for consoles again, and the mix of run, gun, and loot still holds up well despite its age. But this is hardly a perfect port/remaster of that game, and because of that, it’s difficult to really suggest picking it up.

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  1. Jan 6, 2022
    10
    Awesome game it's amazing and interesting characters and I love it so much bro
  2. Apr 3, 2019
    10
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  3. Apr 3, 2019
    10
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  4. Jul 3, 2021
    9
    (Played solo offline on a PS5)

    Borderlands is a **** of fun. There may not be a more apt way to describe it - the game is an astonishingly
    (Played solo offline on a PS5)

    Borderlands is a **** of fun. There may not be a more apt way to describe it - the game is an astonishingly fun romp through a semi-open world that combines Mad Max aesthetics and bright, vivid colours on the visual front, while meshing elements of Fallout 3 and Diablo - the result is a feast for the senses.

    Having played the original upon its release, my return to the game came after about a decade of not having been able to play the original (which I spent hours and hours of time on) - somehow, the game has withstood the test of time remarkably well, and seems to hold up better than its sequel in the gameplay department (though the latter's story and characters are undeniably even more enthralling). Borderlands is consistently fun - the combination of growing more powerful via both levelling and the acquisition of better guns and gear (of which there are a massive variety of) allow you to have a palpable sense of progression. Furthermore, the game allows the incredibly fast-paced fun of shooting up enemy bandits, critters and soldiers to not be marred by death - you die, you lose some money, and are booted to a nearby respawn point. This makes the enjoyment remarkable consistent, and the consequences of death minimally punishing. The game clearly wants you to have a blast, and that is what I was having for most of the time.

    While the main story doesn't feel like anything to write home about, Borderlands' characters are a puerile riot - the unique charm of bumpkins and enemies alike such as Scooter, Nine Toes and Marcus add incredible life and personality to this game. While CL4P-TP (Claptrap)'s constant reminders of available missions and bounties are utterly infuriating, laughter inevitably ensues when players are exposed to the hilariously depraved and socially inept antics of Patricia Tannis. Though seemingly sparse, what is on offer here in terms of characters is mostly fantastic, though certain characters (such as Commandant Steele, for example) fail to leave a lasting impression.

    While the characters and overall personality of this game possess immense charisma, not all of this game is charming, especially in 2021 - while potentially endearing and appealing once upon a time, Borderlands' visuals are now an utter eyesore. Enemies are hard to spot amidst the muddy backgrounds they blend into, and I had suffered serious eye strain trying to fill my enemies with bullets. Furthermore, combat balancing feels a little too dependent on the level of your character - having great gear and some skill can help, but ultimately, it felt as though this game has some minor balancing issues when it comes to combat. Having said that, the game never felt like it wasn't still fun - these difficulties were easy to cope with when everything that this game does right was executed so perfectly.

    All in all, Borderlands is an utterly phenomenal game that was ahead of its time. I have found it to have immense replay value, and the numerous sequels it has spawned speak to the precedent this game set. Though its visuals haven't really held up, and despite some minor balancing issues, this game remains an absolutely fantastic one, even long after its initial release.
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  5. Oct 3, 2019
    8
    Lots of fun both solo and with friends. Interesting story with great humour, lots of different weapons to choose from and hilarious gunplay.Lots of fun both solo and with friends. Interesting story with great humour, lots of different weapons to choose from and hilarious gunplay. Only 8/10 because of lots of unnecessary driving/walking and repetition. Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2019
    8
    The game is a very high quality remaster of the original and adds many QOL changes that improve the game in many ways, the only real flaws IThe game is a very high quality remaster of the original and adds many QOL changes that improve the game in many ways, the only real flaws I see aside from some things that are obviously dated, is that the add for BL3 is kind of annoying and cannot be turned off. There are also some matchmaking issues online but that is only an issue if you want to play online. Also among all the QOL changes I'm sad they didn't add fast travel to the dlc because that is clearly their biggest flaw. I'm glad that this was actually made and is a classic from a bygone era and brings back some great memories for a great price. Expand
  7. Jan 26, 2022
    0
    WARNING DO NOT BUY !!! LEGIT THE WORST GAME

    This is the literal worst port ive ever played in my entire life. SOOO many features are
    WARNING DO NOT BUY !!! LEGIT THE WORST GAME

    This is the literal worst port ive ever played in my entire life. SOOO many features are missing from the original. Not to mention, IT CRASHES ALL THE TIME AND EVERY TIME IT CRASHES THE SAVE DATA WILL BE CORRUPTED AND YOULL LOOSE ALL YOUR WORK.

    It crash on the final wave of the hard moxxie dome and when i opened the game back up it was completely gone all those hours waisted for nothing.

    The only good thing this literal waste of space did, inhumane abomination not even Satan would approve of game is it showed everyone who worked on it and should be mocked, shamed, and ridiculed for even being apart of its development.
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