Borderlands: The Handsome Collection review

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The Handsome Collection comprises Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, both of which have been given a next-gen graphical overhaul.

Like the mighty Diablo, Borderlands is a game of loot gathering, every group of enemies slain yielding a tempting new set of guns to be pillaged. But unlike Diablo, which takes itself very seriously indeed, Borderlands has become self-aware and, especially in the Pre-Sequel, can’t help mocking first-person shooters and video games at large, from the absurdity of stealing everything in sight to a boss fight with a neon sign above the baddy’s head saying “kill this guy”. Its cel-shaded looks won’t be for everyone and neither will the prevalence of multiplayer co-op, but sifting through its thousands of guns proves as addictive as ever, while its offbeat sense of humour permeates everything from dialogue to the names of your expansive collection of weapons.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Nick Gillett, for The Guardian on Saturday 11th April 2015 09.00 Europe/London

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