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Buying BioShock, Borderlands Or XCOM Physically? Expect Huge Download Requirements

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As part of today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, publisher 2K revealed a wonderful selection of remastered treats for Nintendo Switch. Bioshock: The Collection, XCOM 2: Collection and Borderlands Legendary Collection are all coming to the console on 29th May, bringing a total of eight games on one day.

It sounds fantastic – and it is, for the most part – but physical buyers will once again be upset to learn that not all of that content is being included on the cartridges. All three collections come with some irritating small print, spilling the beans on the download requirements you’ll need to suffer through to enjoy the games.

Borderlands is the biggest offender; the physical cartridge will only include the first game – Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition – although even that needs an extra 6.6 GB download before you can start. Then, you’ll need to download another 35 GB of data to install Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

The XCOM collection is also being put on an 8 GB cartridge, holding two base game missions. Everything else must be downloaded – 2K says this “will not exceed 24 GB”.

Finally, BioShock will be placed on a 16 GB cart, but “later game contents and add-ons will need to be downloaded”.

We’ve discussed the reasonings behind this problem at length in the past, but it does make the act of picking up a physical copy seem worthless. Why would you want to buy a physical game that doesn’t actually include the game you’re buying?

Aside from being part of a collection, one of the benefits of buying a game physically is saving space on your system for smaller eShop titles. In the case of the Borderlands Collection (and possibly BioShock, looking at the game’s cover), buying the game physically would mean that you’d still need a microSD card to install all of the content – the Switch only has 32 GB of space to begin with, so there is no way of playing without paying extra for additional storage.

If you are thinking about buying any of these collections, then, you might want to consider picking up a new microSD card for your console.

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