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access_time August 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Culture by Josh Boykin

See Borderlands as Never Before: a Top-Down, Late 80s, 16-bit Shooter

If there’s one thing you’ve gotta compliment the Gearbox folks for, it’s their tireless dedication to the fans. Whether they’re assisting in marriage proposals or creating eulogies for those passing before us, they worked harder than most any other company I can think of at respecting and being involved in their community of fans. Their latest exploit: a de-make of Borderlands that’s part Legend of Zelda, part Horde-mode, but altogether Borderlands.

As reported by Gamespot, Gearbox has created a de-make titled “The Border Lands,” a circa-1989 version of the action-packed shooter. “The Border Lands” lets you control one of the four lead characters from the new Borderlands 2, killing skags, psychos, and other monsters as you hunt for upgraded weapons. Truth be told, it’s pretty fun, and worth a shot for free.

Check out the game here and comment your high score! (And stay away from the rocket launchers…they’re trash.)


  • Bobby Venomous August 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Would have been a NES classic. Kinda reminds me of a 8bit Contra: Hard Corps

  • Ramon Aranda August 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Hah, that’s pretty cool right there.

  • Adam Larck August 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    This games addicting after a while. I want to see if some of the gun types are in the game, though. That rail gun seems like it could be extremely overpowered at higher levels.

  • Josh Boykin August 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Yeah, the railgun in here is definitely OP, but it’s still a good time to hear 16-bit deathcries.

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