When posed with the circumstance of only being allowed to play one game for the rest of my life, my decision will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me: Borderlands.
Borderlands all day long. The first entry.
It may sound like an exaggeration when I say Borderlands crosses my mind nearly every day. I always want to play it. I am always ready to fast travel to the Underpass, go on my well-practiced loot run, jump down to the dev chest where you are most likely to get an Eridian weapon, exit, and repeat.
I am always ready to head to New Haven, or Old Haven, or anywhere else. I can never quite pinpoint what it is about the first Borderlands, but I’m always in the mood for it, even if I am playing solo.
When I heard Microsoft announce backwards compatibility for the Xbox One, my immediate thought was: Borderlands. I found where the voting was taking place, cast my vote, and was tickled to see the first Borderlands near the top of the list. This was a joy to see, as I have a feeling Gearbox will never release a current gen version of the game, despite what I imagine would be entirely strong sales numbers for them.
Backwards compatibility kicks in for Xbox One in November, which just so happens to be the same month as my birthday. As soon as I found this out, I told my partner what I want for my birthday: to play Borderlands again (and DLC!) via the Xbox One. He agreed.
And now, after both thinking and writing about Borderlands, I think I’m going to boot up the PS3 today and make a quick run through the Underpass. That dev chest isn’t going to open itself.
Although, perhaps it is like Schrodinger’s cat.
I’ll never know.
But I will keep playing. Hopefully it never comes down to only being able to play one game for the rest of my life. But if that time does come, the choice won’t be hard. Borderlands. Yesterday, today, tomorrow.