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TA Plays: ‘Borderlands Legends’ – Flashbacks of the Dreaded “Gameboy Version” of Popular Games

Borderlands Legends [$4.99 / $6.99] hit the New Zealand App Store very early this morning, and we’ve got our greasy mitts all over this game. Unfortunately, once you get it on your device, all the strange things 2K was doing like revealing the game in a strategy guide starts to make a lot of sense as the game is just not good. The best way to describe it is by likening it to the “GameBoy version" of popular video games, and anyone alive in the 80’s should know exactly what I mean.

If not, the trend at the time was to take popular IP, and due to either the limitations of the platform or due to development budget restraints, water it down to the point that the only recognizable elements that remain is the name on the box and the characters used inside the game. That’s certainly the case here, as they’ve removed basically everything we like about Borderlands games in exchange for… Having a game on the App Store with “Borderlands" in the title, I guess.

We’ll have a full review of the game up to coincide with the US launch at 11:00 PM Eastern tonight, but it’s not looking good. In the meantime, you can join the launch day party in our forums where initial impressions are similarly not positive.

International App Store Links: Borderlands Legends, $4.99, Borderlands Legends HD, $6.99