While I’m not really a fan of remastered games, especially paying full price for them, I couldn’t pass this one up. A lot of why I couldn’t pass this one up was because it came with both Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel. Not only did it come with those two games, but it also came with all of the DLC for each game. Now that’s a bargain. Anyway, I’ve spent the past month in the whole Borderlands 2 universe and here’s what I thought about this new version.
As with the PS3 version, you’ll play one of the six different vault hunters, my favorite is of course the Siren. Unable to be initially killed by Handsome Jack, it’s up to you and the four vault hunters from the previous game to stop him from getting his hands on this new vault and waking the warrior. Unlike the first Borderlands, this game has a more developed story. It’s not just about finding this vault that is supposedly filled with a ton of loot, this time it’s about stopping a bad guy from getting to the vault first to wake this ancient warrior and basically take over the world. This game does a good job of tying together more then a few loose ends from the first game.
Kudos: A big kudos to the writers and developers because there are some really memorable characters in this game. Not a lot of games can do that, but Borderlands does. You’ll be able to see some old favorites like ClapTrap, it wouldn’t really be a Borderlands game without him, Scooter, Moxxi, Dr. Zed, Crazy Earl, and my particular favorite Dr. Tannis. These characters, along with the writers and the voice actors who voice them, really make this game. Without them, this would be a bland FPS game that wouldn’t even catch my attention.
I of course couldn’t stop playing this game once I picked it up again. It wasn’t hard to get right back into the story like I was playing it for the first time. This game took up a hell of a lot of my time, but it’s not like I’m complaining because good games should do that and this is one of those games. Not only do you have 6 different characters to play as, but there is just a ton of different things to do. There are a bunch of different side missions, slaughter houses, main missions, and then you have access to all of the DLC at one time. Not to mention that if you want to level your character up to 72, you have three different modes of the game to play on in order to do so. With so much to do it’s hard to play anything else while playing this game.
While the controls for the game were basically the same from the PS3 version, I found a couple of things different. Even though it wasn’t making all that much use of the PS4’s touch pad, I did like the fact that you could just tap it to pop open your menu. I know it’s not a huge groundbreaking type thing, but I like that it was utilized in that way. I also thought that the driving around was much easier this time. The vehicles seemed to move a lot smoother and were just easier overall to maneuver. While most of the game ran really smooth and glitch free, I did suffer from one game crash in my 4 different playthroughs. I didn’t lose any data or anything and I’m not even really sure who to blame.
Having recently played the PS3 version with a friend a few months back, I can say that there is a noticeable difference in the graphics between the two games. The PS4 version is a lot crisper and more sharp making the whole Borderlands environment just come to life. Plus the graphics are just really cool to begin with. The environment is just insane, as well as the people who live in the environment and it all comes out thanks to the graphics. Not to mention the really awesome EXPLOSINS! Seriously, what would Borderlands be without explosions?
There is a total of 70, yes 70, trophies for this game including all of the DLC trophies. The trophies are the exact copy of the PS3 version of the trophies so if you got those, then these shouldn’t be hard. It’s also worth mentioning that the DLC trophies are still listed as DLC trophies, so if you don’t get all of them you can still get the platinum trophy for the main game and then work on the 100% at your leisure. The only thing I found different was that the random spawn trophies were a little more…well random this time around. While I found Jimmy Jenkins, which is needed for the Challenge Accepted trophy, on the first try it took me a lot longer to get Donkey Mong and Michael Mamaril to spawn this time around.
As with any Borderlands game the point of playing it to play with friends. More people means better loot and harder enemies. I really don’t agree with this though. While I played with friends sometimes, I played most of the game solo and found that I enjoyed it a lot better. Things weren’t skipped over, I could do the quests that I wanted to do, and I got to keep whatever good loot was dropped. Having over 100 Golden Keys helped as well since I was able to get some primo loot depending on which level I was at. I did at times play with random people and what a hassle it really was. Most people who entered my game just didn’t realize that it was my game they were playing in and would constantly switch the mission because they didn’t want to do the side missions or they would enter my game and then switch to a lower level character in order for me to power level them. That’s a whole other blog though. The point is, you can play this game alone, but if you play with other people make sure it’s people you actually know and enjoy playing with.
Because there is just so much DLC, I have to comment on it. The DLC for this game is amazing and it’s all there in one nice little package for you to play however you want to play it. You have all main story DLC, the headhunter packs, all of the extra characters, all of the slaughter houses, and all levels of difficulty. This has enough extra content to keep you going for at least an extra 20+ hours of playtime, even more if you do it with each character. All of the DLC is interesting and definitely worth your time. My favorite is really a tie between Captain Scarlett and Tiny Tina. I love that the whole Captain Scarlett DLC is basically the Borderlands version of my favorite Pirate Queen Isabela from Dragon Age and the Tiny Tina DLC makes you realize that even though Tiny Tina is this brilliant and crazy inventor, she’s also a 13 year old girl who’s been though a hell of a lot and it’s kind of taking it’s toll on her. The DLC really adds to this game, and while you don’t need it to understand what Borderlands is really about, it’s nice to have the story expanded and you get to play your vault hunter for a little while longer.
Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5
+ More in-depth story then the original Borderlands
+ Old favorite characters make their return and you’ll meet a few new characters who are just as memorable.
+ Vehicles are easier to control this time around as well as maneuver which is good for those missions where you need a vehicle.
+ A ton of content that will keep you occupied for a long long time.
+ And of course…what would a Borderlands game be without EXPLOSIONS!
What’s Not So Great:
– One game crash, but it could have been a bunch of different reasons for the crash. PS4 stability issues, game issues, take your pick.
If you’ve been waiting to get into Borderlands, now is the time. This is just one of those games that you can’t pass up and you really can’t pass it up on the PS4. Not only is there a ton of value with this version, but there are some noticeable changes to the game. If you have to pick a system to play it on I would say definitely go for the PS4 version, and if you have the PS3 version I would give it a go to pick it up on the PS4 as well.