There is no bigger Borderlands Fan than me, I have logged so many hours on the first and second ones, i could have got my pilot's licence in the same amount of time. No regrets, just the love of the game, my fully charged controller and the Vault Hunters. The wide selection of elemental guns, hilarious sense of the humour and wacky characters still fills me with a warm glow of affection i usually save for good Bourbons and fine Cigars. Then I heard whispers and rumours of a new version "The Pre-Sequel" could this finally be a new version wanted so badly?
The game is set on one of Pandora's Moon and gives us the background why Handsome Jack hates the Vault Hunters with every fiber of his being. The slow progress from a friendly guy to the meanest SOB in the galaxy is really what has given this game character. We start off on a Space Station called Helios which is being taken over by a hostile military group called "Lost Legion" and Jack has hired you to kick their space butts and help him.
The game boasts a lot of side missions and Easter eggs to help flesh out the Borderlands and Handsome Jack stories. Echos hidden all over the moon give the player a new perspective on the characters they have grown to love, a tactic employed by the pervious titles as well.
There are some new weapon subtypes. Lasers take a larger role as a gun class in this title and they are incredibly fun! There is also a new damage type, freezing. I miss slag but freeze is fun. You can also combine it with a move called the Butt Slam, blasting your enemies into dust. I was dubious initially when I heard of the oxygen mechanic. As the game takes place on a moon, with no natural atmosphere, characters will need oxygen to survive. OZ kits, as they are called, are actually kind of fun. If you play as FragTrp, you don't use OZ to breathe but you do need it for sick space jumps! This is a lot more fun and way less frustrating than I thought it would be and is a big positive for the game.
The game maps are pretty much useless, you will be wandering around and quite often in the wrong direction!! I was completely lost in Helios for over an hour looking for my target. There is no differentiation on the map to indicate if an object is floors above or below you. I don't know if it that was intended or a result of poor game planning but it doesn't stop it from being a huge disappointment.
I'm holding off judgement completely until the all the DLC is released but, honestly, considering how short the game is I think DLC should be free. It feels like they forgot a large portion of this game. Considering the length and replayability of the other titles, even the new Telltale release, this is the weakest of the Borderlands series. Some side quests are fun and amusing but most are forgettable.
It's a great game to play with your friends as it's responsive and the action is solid. Once you get used to the quirky confusing maps and the layout of the land you will enjoy it. In my opinion it is not as good as the originals. If you get it for a good price, pick it up. Don't buy it as a new release unless you literally can't wait. For me, I am going back to the 2nd one as that is much better.
- Solid multiplayer action
- Amusing characters
- Good character classes
- Funny NPCs
- Short game
- Poor map system
- Not as much replayability as previous titles