Every 'Borderlands' Game Ranked From Best To Worst

Listen up vault hunters, we are ranking every Borderlands game to determine the best of the best! Featuring every main entry and spin-off game, from Borderlands to Tiny Tina's Wonderlands these are the top Borderlands games in the entire series. Every installment of this popular first-person action-RPG shooter brings something different that makes it stand out from the rest. From the unique badass roster of playable vault hunters to the most memorable boss encounters, every Borderlands game have brought an exciting amount of creativity, bombastic humor, and of course billions of guns.

Ever since the first Borderlands was released back in 2009, the series grew larger with every passing installment with larger open world maps, ever increasing customization options, and more weapons and loot than any video game in history. In addition, the main installments features a wide variety of expansion packs that not only add to the expanding story, but challenges players in ways they would have never expected.

Vote up your favorite Borderlands game that you think should be considered the greatest out of all of them and be sure to check out every Borderlands character ranked!

  • Borderlands 2
    Photo: Borderlands 2/Gearbox Software

    Due to the success of the first game, an expanded budget allowed Gearbox to massively improve on the original game and make every aspect bigger and better. 2012's Borderlands 2 ups the pace of play and offers extensive weapon customization as well as more varied enemies. Even the world of Pandora was expanded upon, now appearing as a vibrant, bustling space instead of the barren desert of the original. Upon release the game received universal acclaim with critics praising the visuals, story, writing, gameplay, and online multiplayer mode. The game also spawned the popular recurring character Handsome Jack, modeled after the writer of the game, Anthony Burch. His sister, Ashly Burch, provides the voice for another iconic character, Tiny Tina.

    Major ExpansionsCaptain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty; Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage; Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt; Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

    • Released: 2012
    • Developer: Gearbox Software, Iron Galaxy Studios
    • Platform: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X, PlayStation Vita
  • Borderlands
    Photo: Borderlands/Gearbox Software

    First released in October 2009, Borderlands was dubbed a "role-playing shooter" by developer Gearbox due to its mix of first person shooter gameplay and character-building. A perfect hybrid, the game includes elements such as a procedurally generated loot system, upgradeable skills, side quests, co-op gameplay, and much more. The story revolves around four vault hunters in the search for the Vault filled with alien loot on the planet of Pandora. The game received critical acclaim for its off-beat humor and unique cartoony visuals as well as its exciting gameplay, and was runner-up for Game of the Year 2009.

    Major ExpansionsThe Zombie Island of Dr. Ned; Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot; The Secret Armory of General Knoxx; Claptrap's New Robot Revolution

    • Released: 2009
    • Developer: Gearbox Software
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
  • Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
    Photo: Gearbox Software

    Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is a spin-off offering a variety of new material in a new format inspired by fantasy-themed tabletop and Japanese role-playing games. A "game within a game", Tiny Tina acts as dungeon master, capable of changing the world of the game in an instant. Another fun change to the franchise is that players can now customize their own Fatebringer including mixing and matching character classes and skills, wielding melee weapons, and casting spells (instead of chucking grenades). On top of all that, the franchise's already iconic humor is given a boost by a stellar voice cast featuring Andy Samberg, Will Arnett, and Wanda Sykes with Ashly Burch returning as Tiny Tina.

    Major Expansions: Coiled Captors

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: Gearbox Software
    • Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Borderlands 3
    Photo: Gearbox Software

    The fourth main entry to the Borderlands series, Borderlands 3 improves many gameplay features and presents a well polished entry that is well received by long time fans and critics alike. Featuring over one billion guns from shotguns with shields to walking guns, Borderlands 3 showcases a wide variety of creative weapon designs that encapsulates players' imaginations and excites them with unique weapon designs that can only be found in a Borderlands game. The game proves itself to be an exciting long awaited addition to the series, making it one of the best in the series. 

    Major Expansions: Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome JackpotGuns, Love and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & HammerlockBounty of BloodPsycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck

    • Released: 2019
    • Developer: Gearbox Software
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
    Photo: 2K Australia/Gearbox Software

    The odd name of the third game in the franchise stems from its narrative events taking place between Borderlands and Borderlands 2. The game, released in 2014, centers around Jack leading a group of vault hunters on an expedition to one of Pandora's moons. Because of the space element, new gameplay mechanics such as low-gravity environments, freeze weapons, and oxygen tanks were introduced as well as new character classes. Additionally, a new "Grinder" machine allows players to deposit combinations of existing weapons to receive one of higher rarity and vehicles such as a moon buggy and hoverbike were also added. Because of the major involvement of 2K Australia, the moon's inhabitants are portrayed as essentially Australian, adding a diverse new layer to the humor and dialogue.

    Major ExpansionsThe Holodome Onslaught; Claptastic Voyage and Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2

    • Released: 2014
    • Developer: 2K Australia, Gearbox Software
    • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Tales from the Borderlands
    Photo: Telltale Games

    The spin-off Tales from the Borderlands is an episodic game series that was published from 2014 to 2015 in five parts. It is a point-and-click game where players control the two main characters and gameplay mainly revolves around reacting to on-screen prompts and engaging in quick time events. This unique entry into the series focuses on world building, storytelling, and the development of relationships between characters. The game was praised for its strong characterization and emotional depth as well as creative setpieces and humorous writing.

    Major Expansions: N/A

    • Released: 2014
    • Developer: Telltale Games
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3