Gameplay: Gameplay is about exploring the planet, often in search of the Vault. The journey includes adventure exploration, vehicle driving, leveling up, lots of loot and shooting. In the meantime, you will complete main and side quests.
- The Best Borderlands Games, Ranked
- 7 Borderlands Legends
- Borderlands games in order of release
- Borderlands 2
- Borderlands The Pre-Sequel
- Tales From the Borderlands
- Borderlands 3
- Borderlands games in chronological order
- Borderlands – 2009 (Main Series)
- The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned — 2009 (Borderlands DLC)
- Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot – 2010 (Borderlands DLC)
- The Secret Armory of General Knoxx – 2010 (Borderlands DLC)
- Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution – 2010 (Borderlands DLC)
- Borderlands 2 – 2012 (Main Series)
- Is it any good?
- Borderlands Legends
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
- Main Series
- Borderlands 2
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
- Borderlands 3
- Spin-off Games
- Borderlands Legends
- Loot the World
- Tales from the Borderlands
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The Best Borderlands Games, Ranked
The Borderlands series has had sequels, pre-sequels, spin-offs – but which one is the best?
It may be hard to believe, but the original Borderlands launched this beloved series over a decade ago in 2009. The series has since become a staple of the multiplayer collection and its colorful and creative worlds are filled with an endless array of weapons with everything you can ask for from an RPG shooter, no matter how much you’ve played before.
But besides its unique graphic style and the endless variety of weapons for players to choose from, Borderlands also offers an excellent story that is fun and dramatic. None of the games in the series ever take anything seriously longer than necessary for the story to work, which makes them not only great fun but also a refreshing change from the more serious tone of most shooters.
7 Borderlands Legends
Most Borderlands games are well known and respected – Borderlands Legends is none of those things, however. This iOS exclusive game blends the action and strategy RPG genres using an overhead view where players control a game of Brick, Roland, Lilith and Mordecai from the original game.
The game never received favorable reviews, partly because much of what made Borderlands so great has been lost in the move to mobile. Even so, the main idea behind the game was explored, and another, more sophisticated attempt at a later date might have made it work. Ultimately, however, the game was removed from the App Store with no sign of Borderlands returning to mobile gaming in the future.
Includes the Definitive Version of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. This means that it includes all available DLC for both titles.
Borderlands games in order of release
Borderlands first hit the scene in 2009 and immediately won the hearts of players with its expressive style and frantic, fun gameplay. The game turned out to be a huge success, and rightly so, and it has lost none of its spark or creativity in the following games. In addition, thanks to the remaster, it has aged well and remains playable to this day as it was when it was released 12 years ago.
Get your first Borderlands game for £ 26.99 at Amazon.
Released three years after the first, Borderlands 2 came out and it took players only a few minutes to realize it wasn’t going to be a disappointing sequel. The first was great fun, but that changed the situation and took the foundations from the original and turned them into a game that is better in many ways. And he didn’t lose heart with the same level of crazy gameplay and fun moments cluttered all the time. A really very worthy follow-up.
Get Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for £ 15.69 at Amazon. (Includes Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel).
Borderlands The Pre-Sequel
This one will cause some problems with playing chronologically, as although it takes place between the first two games, it is presented as a giant flashback and feels more at home after Borderlands 2. As for the game itself, while not as influential as the first two, it remains great fun to play and garnered favorable reviews upon release. It is not an integral game in the series, but it is worth playing.
Get Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for £ 10.99 at Amazon. (Includes Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel).
Tales From the Borderlands
It’s a completely different experience, but worth considering as not only is it a good game, it really delves into the world and story while being a fun story in itself. This one is from Telltale, a company known for its episodic point and click stories, and is packed with incredibly fun moments and fantastic action. The only downside to this is we never had a sequel to it and a few key things remain in abeyance, but other than that it’s worth a game even if you’ve never touched Borderlands before.
Buy Tales From the Borderlands for £ 15.40 at Amazon.
The latest game in the series, Borderlands 3, was released in 2019, and while it changed a bit of what was before and gave us new planets to explore, it didn’t quite reflect the magic that the first two main games in the series did. It remains great fun, ridiculously silly and at times innovative, but suffers a bit from the franchise fatigue with the issues players have had with the games, bullet sponge boss fights that are more visible than ever. We hope that when we get Borderlands 4, the developers will take their feedback and come back with the best game so far.
Get Borderlands 3 for £ 13.99 at Amazon.
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Borderlands games in chronological order
This one is a bit complicated and worth it, we’d advise you to play the games in order of release, but if you want to play it all in story order, mostly here’s how.
- Borderlands: Pre-Sequel
- Borderlands 2
- Tales from the Borderlands
- Borderlands 3
The problem here is in the Pre-Sequel. While yes, most of the action takes place after the first Borderlands and before the second, the structure of the game is told through flashbacks, and today’s section is set after Borderlands 2.
So while yes, you can play that way, and it will be mostly in plot order, for us, the ultimate way to break through the crazy universe that Borderlands has to offer is in order of release.
For more game information, see our Video Game Release Schedule for All Upcoming Games for All Consoles.
It will be interesting to see what the Legend Collection will have for Borderlands lovers. Will there be new characters, a new planet, new loot, and even exciting new tech features?
Borderlands – 2009 (Main Series)
Borderlands was an unexpected success for Gearbox Software.
The original game debuted in 2009 on PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, and Mac OSX. The 4K / HDR remaster was released in 2019 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, featuring gameplay updates carried over from Borderlands 2. However, it is currently not available on Steam.
The plot focuses on four Vault Hunters who travel to the planet Pandora in search of the Vault, a hidden area full of alien treasures and technologies. The group gives clues and fights against wildlife, outlaws and bandits. At the same time, they compete for treasure with Atlas Corporation and Hyperion Corporation.
Borderlands has introduced every element that makes the series unique. From the original characters like the clueless CL4P-TP to the cel-shaded graphics, it was an amazing game.
Finally, it was a semi-open world game. Players were able to explore Pandora’s pockets in every part of the game until they complete the quests and side quests necessary for further development.
The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned — 2009 (Borderlands DLC)
The first Borderlands DLC is a new questline that takes players to a new area, Jakobs Cove. The site is infected with zombies and the goal is to investigate the mad doctor behind the virus.
Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot – 2010 (Borderlands DLC)
Underdome Riot features three riot arenas where players can fight against increasingly difficult enemy hordes. The player can gain experience and equipment by passing the levels of the arena. However, the levels have increased challenges such as low gravity, no shield regeneration, or enemy health regeneration.
The Secret Armory of General Knoxx – 2010 (Borderlands DLC)
The third DLC is about finding a secret armory that potentially rewards the best weapons the game offers. Meanwhile, General Knoxx is hunting the player. In terms of gameplay, the expansion contains many sections dedicated to vehicles, in which the Vault Hunter drives the tank on highways and barricades.
Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution – 2010 (Borderlands DLC)
The fourth DLC takes players to a new area to stop the robot revolution. Story-wise, this is arguably the best campaign in the game, full of exaggerated characters and creative plot points.
Borderlands 2 – 2012 (Main Series)
Borderlands 2 has had both critical and commercial success.
Borderlands 2 debuted in 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Windows and macOS. It’s also available for PS4, Xbox One, and PSVita.
The new story is about defeating Handsome Jack, the leader of the Hyperion Corporation. He has managed to secure the Vault and is using this technology to rule all of Pandora. Meanwhile, rumors of a new Vault attract new Vault Hunters, but whoever arrives will be drawn into the revolution.
The story takes place four years after the original game and features a new set of Vault Hunters. The original heroes remain in the world as NPCs leading a revolution against Handsome Jack.
The gameplay is quite similar to the original character. However, it refines the formula with more interesting “classes”, better weapons, two additional characters as DLC and a captivating story. Handsome Jack, in particular, is the most iconic villain in the series.
In the likely event that Gearbox and 2K Games decide to try again with Borderlands 4, we’ll update this list to reflect the new timeline, so be sure to check back!
Is it any good?
According to Metacritic, the average review score for the PC version of “Borderlands 3” is 85 (no information on PS4 and Xbox One versions).
IGN seems to have the most enthusiastic praise for this game, giving it 95 out of 100, saying the game “sticks to its gun and manages to outdo itself.” Gamespot was also positive about the game, calling it a “welcome return to form” from “The Pre-Sequel.”
PC Gamer was less enthusiastic, noting that Borderlands 3 seems to get stuck in time. The Polygon review seems to resemble similar thoughts. “Once upon a time the franchise was full of adventures. Now, without any fresh ideas or concepts, it is nothing more than a leftover from another time.”
Weapon Brands: Even when the systems create random variants of weapons, there is some order. The series has about 12 weapon manufacturers, each providing special features and quirks to their weapons.
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Supported platforms: iPhone, iPad
Borderlands Legend is an edition for the iOS platform. The game borrows heavily from the original Borderlands and even uses the original characters from the game. As in Borderlands, each character has a unique weapon and a range within which he can kill enemies.
In the game, players take strategic positions on the map to help them deal with the waves of enemies that are coming. Some mission fragments are selected randomly, which gives the game an element of surprise with each attempt.
There is no doubt that the legends take their inspiration from the original Borderlands. Still, it is enough to create their own identity and, most importantly, provide players with interactive and immersive time.
on December 12, 2013, Borderlands added something special to its collection. It was Borderlands LootTheWorld. It wasn’t a game, or an extension, or even a collection, but rather the QR Code mobile app for iOS and Android that allowed players to scan barcodes and QR codes that unlocked items that could be transferred into the game with their SHiFT account. However, the exciting app was discontinued on October 18, 2015.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Supported platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Mac, Android, PlayStation 4, Linux, Xbox 360
Pre-Sequel takes place between the end of Borderlands and before Handsome Jack became CEO of Hyperion in Borderlands 2.
New Vault Hunters arrive in the game who employ a humble programmer named Jack, consistently helping him (the programmer) with his dark and secret hunger for power.
In addition to the new plot, there are also other interesting facts about The Pre-Sequel. These included that it was the first game not to be developed by Gearbox as the main developer. Instead, the game was mainly developed by 2K Australia with the help of Gearbox.
The Pre-Sequel plays a lot like Borderlands 2, featuring some first-person shooter RPG features and a co-op game for up to four players.
There are also some features and additions that set it apart from Borderlands 2. These include the game setup is Elpis (Pandora’s moon), high jumps and better air control for players (since there’s no gravity), and cool butt assault maneuvers.
Playing on the moon is a unique challenge for players. There is not enough oxygen during the tour, except for one character of “Clap Trap” which is a robot.
Some players have also complained about a stuttering inventory screen. While this seems like a minor issue at first, it gets worse when you split the screen.
Release date: October 20, 2009
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac
The game that started it all, the story of Borderlands centers on a neat squad of Vault Hunters who travel to the planet Pandora in search of a legendary vault that is said to house advanced technology and untold riches.
Players choose from four playable characters: Brick, Lilith, Mordecai, and Roland, each with their own unique skills, playstyle and personality that influence gameplay and exploration.
The unification of the various character classes in the game was a huge arsenal of procedurally generated weapons with special perks, stats, and in some cases assigned elemental types.
Most of Borderlands reviews were positive, with critics citing a streamlined item management system, solid FPS gameplay, polished RPG mechanics, and beautiful cel-shaded art style.
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, Linux
Released three years later, Borderlands 2 sees players returning to Pandora in five years with the new team of Krypt Hunters: Axton, Maya, Salvador, and Zer0.
With the help of a group of rebels called the Crimson Raiders, players decide to defeat Handsome Jack and prevent him from unlocking his powers in a mysterious new crypt.
Based on player feedback from the first game, Borderlands 2 featured a number of improvements, namely an improved UI, more expressive looking weapons, and a tighter narrative that emphasized environmental narrative.
In the end, the game was a huge success that improved on its predecessor in almost every way, with most praise being aimed at Borderlands 2’s variety of weapons and satisfying shooting.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, Linux
Being the third major game in the series, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel focuses on Jack, an employee of the Hyperion corporation who later became the villain, Handsome Jack.
After the Helios space station where Jack works is infiltrated by a secret military unit known as the Lost Legion, Jack teams up with a group of Vault Hunters to retrieve Helios and locate a crypt hidden on Pandora’s moon.
The Pre-Sequel builds on the Borderlands 2 engine and gameplay, introducing new mechanics such as low gravity environments, “Freeze” elemental damage, oxygen restriction, and more.
While the game has been praised for its new features, character classes, and writing, it has also received criticism for its non-intuitive level design and general lack of innovation compared to its predecessors.
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Mac
Released six years after The Pre-Sequel, Borderlands 3 has the longest development period of any major game in the series, including the original Borderlands.
Seven years after Borderlands 2, in the game, players take control of one of four new Krypt Hunters: Amara, Moze, Zane, or FL4K, as they fight to stop the twin siblings of Troy and Tyreen Calypso from harnessing the alien powers of the Crypt Galaxy.
Contrary to the previous entries, playable characters were assigned three unlockable skills instead of one, which significantly increased the number of viable builds; additionally, elemental damage “Slag” has been replaced with “Radiation.’
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Launched at about the same time as Borderlands 2, Borderlands Legends is a mobile top view strategy RPG for 4 players where players control one of the four Vault Hunters from the first game.
All Borderlands abilities retain, except for new sub-abilities and assigned weapons that reflect their intended playstyle.
Players are tasked with fending off waves of enemy types such as Bandits, Skags, Psychos, Bruisers, and more to earn XP and level up as they earn new abilities, weapons, and other rewards.
Legends received mixed or negative reviews, and critics praised the game’s assumptions, but struggled with performance and a lack of content.
Loot the World
Release Date: December 12, 2013
Platforms: iOS, Android
Loot the World, being less of a video game and more of a companion mobile app for Borderlands 2, gave players out-of-game rewards for scanning random product barcodes and QR codes.
The app can store a total of up to 20 items before users are prompted to link their device to a Borderlands 2 SHiFT account to transfer rewards.
After finding a specific item, users could give the code to someone else to receive the same reward; however, there was a restriction on its use and the codes were eventually withdrawn.
Loot the World was only available in the United States and closed two years after its release on October 18, 2015.
Tales from the Borderlands
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, iOS, Android
Tales from the Borderlands is undoubtedly the most ambitious Borderlands spin-off to date. It is an episodic adventure game developed by Telltale Games studio.
The game takes place after Borderlands 2, and its story focuses on a Hyperion employee named Rhys and a scam artist named Fiona, who work together to discover a new vault and collect its treasures for themselves.
As with other Telltale titles such as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands would follow players’ actions and use them to influence the rest of the story.
In addition to minor complaints about Telltale’s aging engine and repetitive gameplay design, Tales from the Borderlands has gained critical acclaim for its writing and loyalty to the source material.
Aside from the fun gameplay, the quirky and unusual humor contained in the game’s writing was a refreshing change from the more serious games released at the same time. The combination of these two things made the 2009 release memorable, but not quite the best the series has to offer.
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