Part of me wanted to do a full review for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. However in terms of what the games actually are, there is no difference. If you’ve played any of the original releases you’ll know exactly what you think of the games. If you haven’t we have reviews on our very site.
So I decided this was a case of seeing if it was worthwhile buying this new version, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. We’ve already looked at the slightly disappointing special collector’s edition (Clap Trap in a box) with the remote control Clap Trap, for the bewildering £290 pricetag. But not everyone has £300 to throw at such a thing…we’d like to, but we don’t.
The Handsome Collection on its own is a much more palatable £40 RRP and can often be found cheaper if you look around. With that you also get all the DLC that is available which truth be told adds a ton of value and whilst the box claims of ‘OVER £100 of Content’ should probably be taken with a pinch of salt considering the various sales since release, there is no denying that £40 for what is on offer is value for money.
I myself have never completed a Borderlands game to 100% and I have never really jumped into the DLC, purely because I often don’t have the time, but every now and again I get tempted to jump in. My problem here? I have pretty much retired both my PS3 and 360, meaning I would have had to look at buying on PC for extended play time and needing to start all over again.
Well for me, that kind of is the case, as I have saves all over the place, on a lost 360 profile, PS Vita for one, PS3 for another… My furthest progress was on the 360, so that is now lost and starting over isn’t that big a deal. But there are plenty of people out there who have progressed pretty damned far and the idea of starting again just doesn’t appeal.
Luckily The Handsome Collection allows you to import previous saves, which needs a bit of farting around, but it is possible, also there is no cross-platform importing, which is even more of a pain for those who jumped from 360 to PS4 and vice versa. This is where Diablo III was very impressive, as was GTA V. So it really is a shame that this wasn’t possible here.
The other issue with The Handsome Collection is that the ports themselves aren’t all that great, there are various performance issues that stop them being the definitive versions at this moment in time. The Vita port got a public slaughtering, but it was still so impressive to get Borderlands 2 on to a handheld that performance issues can be forgiven.
But jumping from PS3 and 360 to PS4 and Xbox One should be as big a task, especially when there seems to be no plans to port to PC and it is easy to see why, as those versions are clearly the best still. Which then begs the question… why not port the PC versions? Wasn’t one of the big selling points of the new consoles how much closer to PC infrastructure they were?
The Handsome Collection could have been one of the most impressive remasters so far, because content wise it does feel like the best value for money, but some odd decisions and what feels like second rate ports leave a bad taste in the mouth.