The original Borderlands is free on Steam for the weekend

Borderlands Enhanced
(Image credit: Gearbox)

With Borderlands 3 on the horizon (it's arriving in September, which is already closer than you think), it's not a bad time to get acquainted, or re-acquainted, with the original. Well, a newer version of the original, anyway. Borderlands Game of the Year Enhanced is free for the weekend on Steam, which should give you enough time to sample at least a quarter-bazillion of the co-op shooter's 'bazillion' guns.

The Enhanced part relates to the upgraded character models, environments, and textures, plus it somehow adds even more guns and loot than there were to begin with. The Game of the Year business means all the DLC is included, too: The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned, Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, and Claptrap's New Robot Revolution.

If you try it and like it, there's some more good news: a 50% discount on the GOTY Enhanced package is in effect until July 22. That'll bring the price down to $14.99/£12.49.

Christopher Livingston
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Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.