Borderlands 3 will launch on September 13, but in the meantime, fans of Gearbox's looter-shooter franchise can keep themselves busy by revisiting the remastered version of the original game. Borderlands remastered, titled Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and brings with it some notable quality of life changes.
The changes in Borderlands remastered could very well make a return trip to Pandora worth it, even for those who have already sunk significant time into the original game. Even so, some features fans were hoping to see in Borderlands remastered, like DLC fast-travel, unfortunately aren't included. While that may be disappointing to some, there are still some great changes and additions nevertheless.
Here are all the notable Borderlands Remastered changes.
1. Quality of Life Changes
Borderlands remastered makes some quality of life changes that fans of the original game will no doubt enjoy. Borderlands remastered characters will automatically pick up relevant items like ammo and health, instead of players having to manually pick up the items each time. There will also be an on-screen mini-map now to make getting around a bit easier, and players will also be able to lock weapons in their inventory so they don't accidentally get rid of one of their favorite guns.
Borderlands remastered also adds an FOV slider that players can adjust to their liking.
- FOV Slider
- More Inventory Management Options
Whereas Borderlands 2 featured plenty of customization options, the original Borderlands only really had palette swaps for players to customize their characters with. Borderlands remastered addresses that issue by giving players different heads to choose from, allowing them to give their Vault Hunters a unique look.
3. New Final Boss Battle
The original Borderlands is notorious for its underwhelming final boss fight against the Destroyer, which many felt was way too easy. Borderlands remastered tweaks the final boss in an attempt to make it a little more challenging, though reports from people who have already beaten the game say that the boss is still pretty easy to defeat.
4. New Weapons
Borderlands remastered adds six new legendary weapons for players to collect while playing the game. Two of these weapons can be obtained by using a SHiFT code for the first time to open the golden chest.
5. SHiFT Codes
Borderlands remastered now includes SHiFT code support, which allows players to use codes in exchange for golden keys, which are then used to open the golden chest. Any Borderlands remastered players who have saves for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will get 75 free golden keys the first time they create a new character in the game.
6. 4K Graphics
One of the most notable upgrades in Borderlands remastered is the upgrade to 4k graphics. The 4k graphics go a long way in helping the game look more modern than the original, and may give fans an idea of the graphical improvements Borderlands 3 will bring to the table when it releases later this year. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection has also received a 4k update, for those curious as to what that game looks like with sharper graphics.
Anyone wanting to experience the new features that are a part of Borderlands remastered should be able to do so with their original characters. The update is free for those who already own the first Borderlands on PC, and it's possible to export characters from the original PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game now.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.