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Review: "Borderlands 2" Game of the Year Edition Is a Rip-Off

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"Borderlands 2" GOTY Edition

"Borderlands 2" GOTY Edition

What’s in the Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition

  • Borderlands 2
  • Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty
  • Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
  • Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt
  • Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
  • Creature Slaughter Dome
  • Gaige, the Mechromancer Character Class
  • Gearbox Gun Pack
  • Golden Key
  • Vault Hunter’s Relic
  • Krieg, the Psycho Character Class
  • Collector’s Edition Heads and Skins
  • Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1

The smart money out there knew this would happen. They can only but laugh at the laments coming from the people out there who bought the game and all the DLC separately over the past year, costing them easily over a hundred dollars.

But Gearbox and 2K may have the last laugh yet, simply because those of you with a keen eye will have spotted something in the above list. That’s right, there are several bits of DLC missing from the list, with only one Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack, and it is named Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1, suggesting that there will be an Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 (actually just released at the time of publishing this), at the very least (probably more after that), on the way. And Gearbox has even confirmed that they plan on releasing new content after the GOTY edition release (which also isn't covered by the Season Pass, and with no further Season Passes).

So that should immediately make you put your breaks on before you rush off to buy this. Because you are not getting all of the content for Borderlands 2. You’re just getting most (not even all) of the content that has been released so far. It's mainly all the major DLC.

The planned new content not here in the GOTY release includes, like I mentioned above, a second Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack, and the further adventures of T.K. Baha (who we all thought died in Borderlands, or at least I did), and increasing the level cap to 72. So like a few gaming blogs out there have suggested, does this mean that there will be another bundle (jokingly referred to as the “Game Of The Decade” edition) some time in the future?

I also want to point something out to gamers who bought Borderlands GOTY years ago. This was promised to include all the DLC for the game. True enough, console gamers got a second disc with all the DLC on it. PC gamers on the other hand were given download tokens (with no instructions with the game telling you how to go about using them) to acquire the DLC, which it turns out, in this case, was available for redemption on Gearbox’s website all along and not on Steam, like I thought it would be. There was also supposed to be a map of Pandora, which I didn’t get.

It hasn’t been confirmed whether the DLC will indeed be on another disc with the PC version of Borderlands 2 GOTY, but given Gearbox’s reputation for ripping gamers off, I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn't. So this means you’ll likely have to have internet access and enough data (preferably uncapped) in order to download the DLC.

Of course, seeing as it will more than likely be Steam activated, you’ll need internet access in order to install it and play it anyway. And this for me defeats the purpose of buying GOTY editions in the first place—because I refuse to buy cut content separately just on principle (although I do acknowledge that not all DLC is “created” in this fashion) and because I like to have all the content on the disc and not have to pay for—essentially—half a game, with me downloading (and paying for the data to do so) the other half plus patches, which is the case with most retail releases nowadays.

You are not getting all of the content for "Borderlands 2." You’re just getting most (not even all) of the content that has been released so far. It's mainly all the major DLC.

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Gamers do save quite a bit of money with this pack, not having to buy the game and the major DLC separately as I mentioned earlier. But to charge $60 for a GOTY edition, including a game that is a year old that you could get for as little as $15 right now, is quite a cheek in my view. Skyrim: Legendary Edition sells for that much on Steam, and that’s a proper RPG.

The retail edition of Skyrim: Legendary Edition was even cheaper at launch, costing $40. Granted, it didn’t have as much extra content in the form of DLC, but I would argue that you could still sink hundreds of more hours into Skyrim than Borderlands 2 (the singleplayer campaign sucks by comparison—multiplayer is where it’s at), and that’s not even counting the mods for Skyrim.

This pack is tempting but I think I’ll wait and see what happens. I would only buy it for a low price, considering another pack may come at a later stage. What would people like me do without bad marketing and PR on the part of game developers and publishers?

© 2013 ANDR01D


J Antonio Marcelino from Illinois, USA on September 05, 2013:

That's always the problem with gaming and DLC. How do you know which games will get the GOTY treatment? How long do you have to wait.

John Roberts from South Yorkshire, England on September 05, 2013:

I've never been fond of Borderlands and this takes the cake. I've expected this of GOTY editions, but I can see the game producing DLC until its long and agonising death. Much like Halo 3 and the Bungie's map-pack fetish, I'm guessing the game will now have to survive on additional content, which requires an internet connection to access (why it can't be downloaded off the disc I've no idea). I hope this is Gearbox's last ditch effort in video game development, because judging by the Hub you linked, I don't want to see them harm this industry any more than they have.

Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting ^^

cfin from The World we live in on September 04, 2013:

And here I was thinking the next gen consoles bundles were the biggest rip off of this year. The console is a great deal alone, but bundle it up and save...... not one penny. I will be waiting to get mine until the bundles come out around xmas time.

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