Should you buy it again?
We all knew it was going to happen eventually. After Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel released last year on PS3 and Xbox 360, everyone on the internet assumed that 2K Australia's tie-in would make it to the new machines at some point. They assumed correctly.
However, Gearbox have gone further than just an HD remake by announcing The Handsome Collection. This new PS4 and Xbox One compilation includes a remastered version of Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and all of the DLC released thus far in a single collection, featuring save file transfers and an utterly ludicrous special edition.
As HD remakes go, it's an impressive volume of content, but does the Handsome Collection have what it takes to stack up against the biggest games of March 2015?
First off: the specifications. Out on March 27th, the Handsome Collection effectively contains Game Of The Year editions of Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel, packing "graphical upgrades" and a brand new 4-player splitscreen mode for those with truly enormous televisions. Save files can be transferred over from the PS3, Xbox 360 and Vita versions -- though can't go cross-platform, so Xbox 360 to Xbox One or PS3/Vita to PS4 only, I'm afraid.
Perhaps more excitingly, the Limited Edition comes complete with a remote-controlled Claptrap toy. It's a neat piece of kit, but only 5000 will be made available at the steep cost of $399 US. See it in action here:
The Handsome Collection definitely seems to be a decent collection on paper, but it's releasing against the likes of Bloodborne, Batman: Arkham Knight and other new new-gen titles. Not to mention the fact that Borderlands 2 is several years old and the Pre-Sequel will be dirt cheap on its original last-gen platforms.
It's also a shame that the original Borderlands isn't included, seeing as, personally speaking, it felt like the most completely-realised universe of all the games. It's unlikely that the gameplay will be further enhanced, too, such as we saw with the likes of GTA V's significantly-improved remake. Is this just a remake for the sake of it? Should you buy it?
For many, the answer will be a resounding "yes." Or "yes, so long as 2K deliver on their promises and the price is right, natch." I'm talking about those savvy consumers who know that Borderlands always gets GOTY editions, and thus held off on picking up The Pre-Sequel last year. You know who you are, Johnny-come-lately. Your thrifty habits and tardiness will be rewarded with a complete edition including Borderlands 2 into the bargain, even if the price of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will probably plummet as a result. Naturally we'll be on hand to secure you a decent deal nearer the time.
But for most, I'd probably suggest holding off until the summer. Not only will the price naturally start to drop, but the slower hot months will be the perfect time to dive back into Borderlands 2, especially once you've filled your boots with Batman, Bloodborne and the like.
Plus we'll find out if there'll be a Handsome Collection GOTY Edition....
Still, at the very least, Destiny players will be able to remember what a real cooperative FPSRPG feels like. We'll keep you updated with the latest, so be sure to bookmark our games deals page for the latest offers.