I know I’m a little late to the party with Borderlands 2, however with the recent release of the Playstation Vita version, I felt it was time go back to it. I do own the Game of the Year edition on the Xbox360, on Steam, on the PS3 and now the Vita, however with the cross save feature between the PS3 and Vita, I decided this was the platform I would finally beat the game on. I’m playing the Borderlands 2 a number of ways, a character I’m using for a monthly meet up with a couple of mates, and so I don’t spoil the main story for said meet up, I’m using another character to power through the DLC.
The first DLC on the list is Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, and can by found by fast travelling to Oasis once you’ve hit level 15. The DLC is (as the title would suggest) pirate themed and contains a handful of new enemy types, characters and vehicles. Oasis like most of the maps within the Borderlands universe is a baron wasteland, with hardly any water in sight. Under the surface of all but the main towns are Dune styled large sand worms that will pop out and attack if you cross their section of sand. This being the case, you are given a new type of vehicle (Sandskiff) which is a hovercraft that seems inspired by Skiff from Return of the Jedi.
I’ll be spoiler free, but the story itself is only nine missions long, however add in all the sub missions and side missions, you can get a good ten hours from it. The DLC spans over three large areas, but with another four offshoot areas, making this pretty huge. During the time in the DLC you’ll come across some interesting new characters (spoiler, Captain Scarlett is one of them), and a lot of enemies you’ve already met getting to level 15 in the first place. The main story is pretty good, and flows well, making the end of DLC boss fight very epic. Also, once complete, there’s incentive to go back as there’s a level 30 Hyperius the invincible quests that pops up after the game ends. As I only levelled up five levels with my time in Oasis, I didn’t even bother attempting it on my own.
I know the Vita version of the game has been getting some bad reviews, however I found no game breaking issues with it, yes, on occasions there may have been a slight stutter when it loaded a new chunk of world, and yes, on occasions I’d accidentally melee thin air due to catching the back touch pads, but apart from that, it’s worked flawlessly. Even the cross save between the Vita and PS3 works great too. Being able to play on the big screen, save, then continue on the Vita has been a massive bonus, as I found I’d sort out my inventory while watching TV with the good lady.
All in all, the DLC was good, and the only quibble I had with the game, was that I covered the same area a number of times doing very similar quests. It’s just a pity I couldn’t have picked up all the side quests at once as some of the collect quests, in the same area felt a little repetitive.
Ooo, slight spoiler, when you’ve beat the end of game boss, ensure you climb to the top to pick up the loot (you’ll know what I mean when you see it) as I nearly walked past a lot of loot.
Approx Time taken to beat – 8 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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