Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is a $60 A-list game you can download for free on epic games store
If you’re a gamer — or just visit the Cheapskate pages occasionally — you probably know that Epic Games gives away one or more free games each week. Continuing a recent trend of giving away amazing titles (last week’s freebie was Sid Meier’s Civilization VI), this week’s giveaway is Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. Don’t recognize the name? The Handsome Collection includes Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and a ton of additional content. And of course, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is free at Epic for the next seven days, so you can download it anytime between now and Thursday, June 4.
I was excited to get Civ 6 for free last week. And GTA 5 the week before that. This week is no slouch, either — Borderlands 2 was one of the best games of 2012, a significant improvement over the original game and a title that other shooters would be judged against for years. GameSpot gave Borderlands 2 an 8.5 out of 10, saying, “Borderlands 2 does almost everything better [than Borderlands]. Additions, refinements and fixes all combine to create an appreciably improved experience, one that fully delivers on the promise of the first game. This sequel is bursting with content and brimming with life, making it an absolutely delightful way to spend hours and hours and hours of your free time.”
Getting Borderlands 2 for free is awesome on its own, but this bundle also includes Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It’s not up to quite the same standard as Borderlands 2, mainly because there aren’t a lot of new ideas in this game, so it feels a little repetitive at times. But in the GameSpot review of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, it still earned a solid 7 and remains a worthy game to play, especially for free.
One last reminder about this so you’re not caught off-guard: Epic now requires your account to have two-factor authentication enabled to get these free games. If your account isn’t set up with 2FA, Epic will prompt you to do that before you can download The Handsome Collection. It’s a good idea anyway and takes just a few minutes to do.
Bonus game: Chex Quest HD is here
If you’re a child of the ’90s, you might remember the marketing campaign so crazy it was genius: Chex Quest was a nonviolent video game that was included as a prize in cereal boxes. In fact, for some kids, it was their introduction to the first-person shooter genre of video games before even playing Doom, the game it was based on.
General Mills has released Chex Quest HD, an update to the venerable title, enhancing the visuals and adding a local split-screen multiplayer mode. You can get Chex Quest HD for free at Steam.