Review: Borderlands Game of the year edition (PlayStation 4)

Get ready for the mind blowing insanity! Play as one of four trigger-happy mercenaries and take 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 a breakthrough experience that challenges all the…

Pros:

  • Beautiful high def cel-shaded graphics.
  • 12.46gb download size.
  • Includes all DLC-Zombie island, Mad Moxxi, General Knox and Claptrap.
  • Looter shooter gameplay.
  • Shift codes and gold chests implemented into the game. These give random/set loot.
  • 6 control presets including custom.
  • Platinum trophy along with 4 sets of additional trophy sets for DLC.
  • HDR support.
  • Fov slider.
  • Import character option.
  • 4 player co-op with set options-invite/friends/public/offline.
  • 4 characters to choose from-Soldier, Hunter, Berserker, and Siren.
  • Ongoing tutorial.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • New “Gearbox” weapons. Weapons that were not in the game originally.
  • Faster loading times.
  • Challenges-in game and give EXP rewards.
  • Open world.
  • Constant checkpoints.
  • Earn EXP, level up and put points into the huge skill tree.
  • Fast travel between set locations. (U-stations)
  • Cars now allow you to lock on making the use of missiles easier.
  • Main missions but the meat of the game is the 100s of side missions.
  • Play how you want.
  • Solid gunplay with each gun handling differently.
  • Elemental effects play apart from guns dealing the damage to barrels lying around the map.

Cons:

  • Screen tearing.
  • Dated gameplay.
  • Driving is still horrible using the sticks to accelerate and move.
  • Characters glitching out of the area.
  • The story keeps stopping starting by adding a huge level requirement rises meaning you have to do loads of side missions.
  • New “Gearbox” guns actually ruin the first batch of hours as it makes all loot obsolete.
  • Gold chest weapons make the game easier and really does rubbish the loot system.
  • A lot of fetch quests.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.2/10

Summary

Borderlands getting a remaster was a huge surprise, I loved the game first time around and it did so much groundwork for the Looter shooter genre with many parts of it used today. Out of the gate, the graphics have been lovingly polished up and do look fantastic. They have added the shift keys from Borderlands 2 whereby you can get loads of free loot by redeeming codes found all over the Web. Going even further they have added a slew of new weapons and branded them Gearbox weapons. Excellent I thought but then it was not so cool as it was hollow. Yes, I get to fuck people up QuickTime but the thing is all loot was pointless, I got bored just picking up loot just to sell it. The process made me feel like a killer pack horse. Eventually, you do get to out level the weapons but then Golden chests happen. This golden chest is a thing whereby you have a set amount of keys and when opening it you get some truly high-level gear. This shits all over the previous Gearbox weapons, see above for how that all went. Being game of the year you get all DLC ever released and this is a nice addition as the DLC was released back when DLC was a meaty and tantalizing prospect. Co-op is still the best way to play it and the game is the same as before with a few touches. I loved going back to Pandera and for the most part, it’s a good remaster. It does suffer from aged mechanics but that’s always a thing with remasters and this genre in particular due to its constant innovation. In short Borderlands Game of the year is a faithful port but is only really a must buy for new players.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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