For anyone that hasn’t yet been able to experience the greatness that is Borderlands, or for those hoping to nab the 4 available DLC game packs at some point in the near future, today is a good day to remedy the situation on both accounts as Amazon.com has the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition on sale for 19.99 (50% off the retail price).
The “Game of the Year” edition includes the core Borderlands game, as well as the 4 DLC add-ons detailed below:
Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned – Originally released as a digital content download, action in it is centered in the town and surrounding areas of Jacob’s Cove, which is on the fictional Jakobs Corporation owned Island unofficially named Zombie Island. Here players are tasked with the completion of 20 exclusive Borderlands missions, involving the zombie infestation of the island, as well as various optional side quests. As the name of the island suggests, players will be kept busy honing their skills at killing zombies, zombie bosses and the other undead beings as efficiently as possible. In-game money is earned for these kills and available weapons come both in the form of randomly generated weapons and unique items taken off defeated bosses. The level of undead action experienced is directly tied to players’ progression within the single player campaign within the main game, making for gameplay closely tied to the main game, and a zombie fest not to be missed.
Borderlands: Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot – Borderlands: Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot is the second add-on pack for Borderlands re-released on disc following initial availability via digital download. Designed with a Mad Mad Thunderdome ethic and feel, action here occurs within a series of spaces known as riot arenas where the changing rules, commentary and mood are provided entirely at the whim of the over-the-top and seductive ringmistress, Moxxi. Within the matches, both single player against AI and multiplayer player, players rack up kills using a variety of weapons and shields, earning themselves skill points and in-game loot that can be stored at an in-game bank.
Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx – Borderlands goes to 11! You may have seen some games raise their level cap by 5, or maybe even 10, but with The Crimson Lance Assassination Squads wreaking havoc and Crawmerax the Invincible being all invulnerable and stuff we knew you’d need more than just 10. And that’s why Borderlands goes to ELEVEN. The Secret Armory of General Knoxx is an add-on pack for Borderlands that adds new guns, new class mods, new vehicles, new missions, new enemy types, and increases the level cap to 61. In other words…best add-on ever. Of all time. Forever.
Borderlands: Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution – To combat second hand sales of used munitions among greedy, haggling treasure hunters on Pandora, the Hyperion Corporation have decided to activate the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap. Instead, it has organized all of the claptraps into a revolution, and they’ve been assimilating all life on Pandora and converting them into claptraps. With our heroes caught in the middle, they must stop the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap in order to release his control over all of Pandora’s claptraps and collect their reward, of course. The pack adds 21 missions, 10 new skill points, three additional backpack slots and raises the level cap to 69.
This is a great deal as the $20 price tag alone is less than the cost of the  DLC add-on packs alone, if memory serves. You’ll also receive a fold-out map of the Pandora Territories, which I can confirm in my copy.
Another possible way to go about this (and the route I took prior to hearing of the Amazon deal) is to check your local GameStop store which had discounted the Game of the Year edition over the weekend to $19.99 as well. I traded in my original Borderlands copy and received ~ $8 in credit + the (usually pithy) trade-in bonus you get using their Power Up Rewards card. I traded in an additional game that I wouldn’t miss too much as well, but even if you simply traded in the original for the upgraded edition you could potentially get this for just a smidgen over $10.
I ended up getting it for ~ $5 and feel pretty darn good about it as I already loved the game and now get a chance to finally dive into the DLC that I’ve had to hold out on, until now!
[See: Amazon’s Deal of the Day]