Borderlands GOTY Edition Released: DLC Is Still DLC

A surprise hit from last year, Gearbox Software’s Borderlands launched its Game Of The Year Edition today, but not without its fair share of problems and issues.

This is a pack shot of the back of the US (NTSC) PS3 version of the game, taken by Twitter inhabitant Peter Skerritt. And you do indeed read that correctly: “Add-on game content requires a connection to PlayStation Network and 4.41GB of storage space to redeem single-use voucher”.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the point of “Game of the Year” Editions to have all the post-release content on one disc, as an incentive to pick the game up new instead of picking up the 1-2 year old stock game up cheaper? That you’ll have all the content immediately and not have to sit twiddling your thumbs for an hour or two while that 4.41GB of content downloads, then for another 10-15 minutes while that 2.7GB installs?

In addition to that, there’s already been a number of complaints on Gearbox’s forums that some of the DLC redeem codes didn’t even work. As someone who hasn’t bought it, I can’t vouch for that (it’s not even out in Ireland until Friday, so I couldn’t do it even if I wanted to) but it seems that this release has been rushed to the point of incompletion, just to get in ahead of the heavier-hitting games released towards the end of the month. Not a bad strategy, considering the IP’s only a year old, but at the same time, it could have been handled a lot, lot better.

(Thanks to @PeterSkerritt and @ThiefOfHearts for the tip!)

EDITED: Peter’s written up a good account of his ordeal with the game here, and it’s well worth a read.

By James Henderson

James grew up with a Commodore 64 at the tender age of 3, and has practically had a controller of some description stapled to his hands ever since. He also enjoys watching sports in his spare time, which makes him PXOD's de facto sports guy. He's been with Press X Or Die since June 2010.

1 comment

  1. Extremely disapointed.

    Pre-ordered the GOTY edition. I have been wating a year to do so. Nowhere did it state online that this would be the deal. I ordered the GOTY edition precisely for the fact that I would not then have to download everything. I live in South Africa – does anyone have any idee what kind of hassle it is to download 5.34 GB (pc version)? I now honestly do not know when I will be able to play the game because I have no idea how long its going to take me to download the content. I am considering selling the game now without even having installed it.

    I too was under the impression that a GOTY edition is precisely that: the game packaged with all of its expansions. Thus removing the need to run around trying to get everything – or download everything.

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