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It’s not often games get a second shot at a Game of the Year Edition, but Borderlands 1 makes the most of it. If you’re getting swept up in the Borderlands 3 hype and have somehow never played the original, there’s never been a better time or opportunity to start.
Thanks to its revamped visuals and a wealth of meaningful gameplay improvements, Borderlands Game of the Year Edition is without a doubt the best way to experience a classic. Gearbox couldn’t have done anything better to get players in the mood for more Borderlands action later this year.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is everything we love and hate about Borderlands republished for 2019. It looks the same and plays the same, the only real difference is addition of a few quality of life improvements. Is it good enough for you?
Review in Polish | Read full review
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.
If you are returning for a second time the improvements are enough to warrant a second playthrough and if not, all new players will benefit from the quality of life improvements. It may feel a bit old in comparison to newer looter-shooters but its beautiful simplicity is what started it all. Its price tag is quite fair so I can recommend it to anyone who wants to loot or shoot stuff.
One wouldn't think you'd be venturing into the dystopian universe of Pandora ten years later. But, here we are, and still as enjoyable as the first time around. The ramped up resolution and increase in frame rate does the cel-shaded art style justice and makes the environmental artefacts pop. This is marred by some screen tearing when swivelling your view around quickly, but with everything happening on screen, you'd be hard pressed to find that a bug that will make the experience less enjoyable.
Even ten years after its original release, Borderlands is still a great coop experience, which looks great thanks to its "cel-shading" graphics (4k resolution in PS4 PRO and Xbox One X). <not mny content additions for this version though.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
After 10 years and being brought back after other games have been released, Borderlands Game of the Year Edition can be a bit strange compared to what the franchise has become. Even with the improved graphics, the same problems that the game had are also back. Yet, it is an excellent and fun cooperative experience and valid for anyone who has been interested in the franchise in any way.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is more than a blast from the past - it's a compelling game in its own right. Though it serves as more of a base for greater things than a pinnacle for the genre, there's still plenty of shooting, looting and Vault Hunting to be had.
A very nice offer for newcomers exploring Pandora and its unique setting for the first time, but this will not be enough to convince veterans eager for new mechanics and content, despite the small but welcome additions.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Despite a few technical issues, Borderlands: Game of the Year is an amazing looter shooter remaster, and when played with a group of friends, is still one of the most enjoyable titles of the last decade.
Despite some design decisions that may be seen as missteps in 2019, Borderlands has aged remarkably well (and in some cases, reminds current developers that they need to reassess how they’ve tackled the looter shooter).
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.
Even with all of the impressive enhancements, Borderlands: GOTY Edition still leaves much to be desired. The genre has moved on so much in the past decade that it's hard to recommend this to anyone but true believers.