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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Review

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Borderlands is one of the biggest most epic Role Playing games on the market and it just got better. Borderlands The Handsome Collection (THC)

Now this is not just a remastered version on Borderlands 2 & The Pre Sequel, no, it all this and more! Borderlands The Handsome Collection contains every single DLC known to man. This game is huge! The game also come with enhanced local multiplayer, and the ability to transfer save data from PlayStation 3/Vita and Xbox 360 versions.

We have been playing this game for days (and nights) and there is still plenty to do and explore.

 

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For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the Borderlands franchise here is a little breakdown of what its all about.

Borderlands includes character-building elements found in role-playing games, leading Gearbox to call the game a “role-playing shooter”. At the start of the game, players select a characters, each with a unique special skill and with proficiencies with certain weapons. From then on, players take on missions assigned through non-player characters or from bounty boards, each typically rewarding the player with experience points, money, and sometimes a reward item.

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Players earn experience by killing both human and non-human foes and completing in-game challenges (such as getting a certain number of kills using a specific type of weapon). As they gain levels from experience growth, players can then allocate skill points into a skill tree that features distinct specializations of the base character. Players can distribute points among any of the specializations, and can also spend a small amount of in-game money to redistribute their skill points.

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Instead of us telling you all about the gameplay which has been done a million times, here is a little screen recording of early gameplay. SKIP TO 5:00 to see the juicy bits!

In the video we are on a mission to take out a midget riding a bullymong! Great fun!

When it comes to graphics, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection looks amazing on the PS4, especially with its high definition and great animation. The cell-shading graphical style adds to the distinctive personality of the game

The lighting and Special effects in the game is great and gives a real immersive feel to the gameplay.

Sound effects pack a punch as the soundtrack gives the title this surreal sci-fi atmosphere.

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Final Thoughts?

If you love the Borderlands series and want to take on the PS4  or XBox One version, then this is right up your alley. The gameplay is incredible and whats not to love about the graphics looking aamzing in FULL-HD with an average of 60 frames per second.

Key Features

  • TWO CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BORDERLANDS GAMES IN ONE PACKAGE – experience Handsome Jack’s rise to power in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and his reign as maniacal Hyperion CEO in Borderlands 2.
  • HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF GAMEPLAY: includes all campaign add-ons*, playable character packs, level cap upgrades, and assorted combat arenas previously released as downloadable content for both titles, plus dozens of additional character customizations.
  • BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION SUPPORTS FOUR DIFFERENT PLAYERS ON A SINGLE SPLIT SCREEN – next generation power fully utilized!
  • PICK UP RIGHT WHERE YOU LEFT OFF! Transfer your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PS Vita save files onto next-gen with cross-save**.
  • EXPLORE THE MAYHEM-FILLED WORLD OF PANDORA AND ITS MOON in amazing high definition with smooth high performance frame rates never before seen in Borderlands on consoles.
  • WITH OVER 55 EDITORIAL AWARDS AND OVER 20M UNITS SOLD, enjoy the most critically acclaimed franchise to ever include butt-slamming and a diamond pony.
  • *Includes all available downloadable content for Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as of March 24, 2015. Internet connection as well as a PlayStation®Network account or an account on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft is required to download certain add-on content.
    ** Save transfers must be between same console family.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection was developed by Gearbox Software, Armature Studio and Iron Galaxy Studios and published by 2K Games. It is available for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The medieval fantasy RPG that will win Game of the Year

The highly-anticipated third installment of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is my Game of the Year. Having never played the other two Witcher games, I was apprehensive about all the hype but as soon as I killed my first Griffin I was hooked.

Take on the role of the stark white-haired protagonist Geralt of Rivia (not actually of Rivia), a monster hunter for-hire who’s training and physical modifications have given him superhuman physical and mental abilities, as he rides his trusty steed, Roach, through the perfectly crafted fantasy world that Polish video game developers, CD Projekt RED, have painstakingly put together.

With over 100 hours of gameplay, a script reported to be over 4 novels long, 950 voice actors and 2.5 years of voice recording behind it, you can say goodbye to your social life and become engrossed in the rich storyline. Even the secondary quests, witcher contracts and treasure hunts are extremely rewarding and satisfying, leaving you happy to spend hours outside of the main story, just exploring the world where you’ll come across anything from a group of unruly bandits who need to be decapitated in slow motion to a monster who needs to be slayed. I regularly ran into much higher level monsters, sometimes failing miserably trying to kill them but other times achieveing a very, very satisfying kill and looting some amazing items. Leveling up or acquiring better items , there’s an almost endless feel to The Witcher 3 that makes it so profoundly good. The world of Witcher beckons to be explored.

Amazing Graphics

Amazing Graphics

The world doesn’t need a hero, it needs a professional

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is for a mature audience and unabashedly flaunts sex scenes, slow motion decapitations, and doesn’t shy away from knowing its target audience and what we want. Your choice in the storyline affects the outcomes and you always have options in the dialogue between the interesting characters, even influencing them by using one of Geralt’s magical signs called ‘Axii’.

While the game is not perfect, it’s very close.  It is reported that CD Projekt RED will continue to work on The Witcher 3 for another 2 years, already releasing several patches and free DLC for the console versions.

While I did run into some glitches and have seen several online, like Roach running INTO the ground, it is often with hilarious results and not a game breaker. It’s immediately made up when you take in the change from late afternoon into dusk, complete with glorious magic hour moments. The small text is a bit annoying but hopefully there’s a patch to fix it soon. I did get lost in the inventory system and found it too complicated but eventually spent some time and mastered it.

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Battle Epic Beasts

A heavyweight contender

This is one of the best games that I’ve played in a long time. With its rich main storyline, detailed world that feels endlessly explorable, rewarding secondary quests, Geralt is going straight to the top. Do yourself and the developers of this fantastic game a solid, use your hard-earned money to buy this amazing game if you haven’t already, you won’t be dissappointed. Now I need to go and play the other 2 Witcher games.

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