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Gearbox’s Borderlands patch is an example for us all

Medal Of Honor is passé, Black Ops is boring, FIFA is irrelevant, Vanquish is pointless, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is ignorable and The Force Unleashed II is unnecessary. At least, that’s what just went through my mind. Why? Well, because there’s a new Borderlands mega-patch on the way, and it’s reminded me that I utterly adore Gearbox’s co-op ‘RPS’.

I would like to apologise to my copy of Borderlands, sitting at home in a cupboard as it is. I haven’t paid you the attention you deserved in the last few months. Hell, I didn’t even finish The Secret Armoury Of General Knoxx (though to be fair, we did try tackling it a few levels below what we should have been, so it was quite hard).

Fortunately, Gearbox are showing the commitment to their product that is both admirable and the kind of thing that should be encouraged across the board. They aren’t just supporting a game they released over a year ago – they’re actively showering it with love. Compare the patch notes from version 1.41 to those of any other big-name game and you’ll see what I mean:

  • Level cap increase for all players of 8 levels. That means that all Borderlands players will now be able to achieve a new maximum level of 58.
  • Owners of The Secret Armory of General Knoxx can achieve a record setting increase to a maximum level of 69.
  • End game players that have completed playthrough 2 will see enemies scale to the new levels up to the new level cap. That means that if you’ve completed everything, you can play through the game again and again at a challenging level in order to find better and better loot.
  • Item drops (with the exception of COM Decks) will also scale with higher level enemies to the new level cap. That means that this Title Update features the highest level weapons to date!
  • Other fixes, including DLC4 Achievement/Trophy glitches that have affected some users and will be corrected to properly award players for obtaining these achievements no matter which order they were completed in.

If this were one of your popular, triple-A titles all you would be seeing in a patch would be the last point – glitch fixes, with the rest of it released as ‘PREMIUM CONTENT’. Gearbox continue to impress me with their dedication, and the fact they’re putting so much effort into a free update gives them all the positive karma in the world.

When the patch is released, I’ll be digging Borderlands out, apologising to its face and playing the hell out of it. Well done, Gearbox. You’re great.

(As an aside, I’m well aware this kind of support goes on all over the world of PC gaming – look at Team Fortress 2, for example. It’s just refreshing to see it applied to consoles too.)

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