You may not know this, but the Borderlands franchise actually got its start way back in the 1980′s as a 16-bit top-down shooter called The Border Lands. OK, that’s not really true, but Gearbox Software and 2K Games have crafted that fake history to set up the release of a lo-fi Borderlands demake as a clever marketing tool to build even more hype for Borderlands 2.
You can play The Border Lands for free right now at www.wubwub.eu/demake.php. It’s very simple but surprisingly fun and well made (for a freebie browser game) and very Borderlandsy, complete with Skags, Psychos, four playable characters, experience points, loot crates, lots of guns, an online high score leaderboard, and one retro-handsome Claptrap rooting you on.
Try it out to bide your time until Borderlands 2 whips you into an all-out shoot & loot frenzy on September 18th. There’s also this fake YouTube video review of The Border Lands you can watch if you wish. I would have embedded it, but I didn’t find it particularly funny.