I initially picked up Borderlands 2 days after completing the Year of Shame challenge, way back in 2012. Since then, I’ve picked it up on the PS3, the PS4, the Vita as well as on Steam, and only now, in 2016, I’ve finally seen the credits roll.
Over Christmas, I felt the urge to play Tales from Borderlands, however ‘the internet’ suggested it was set after the events of Borderlands 2, so decided to knuckle down and get through it. As with the first Borderlands, this was no small feat, as my OCD made me complete all side missions (apart from the level 50 one), uncover all areas, and sink well over 50 hours into the game to finally see the credits roll. This was helped by the fact that the cross-play feature works so well across the Sony devices has also really helped, as I could be ‘sociable’, and still be able to do a little grinding on the Vita.
Story wise, I really enjoyed this one, it seemed to flow a lot better than the first. In a nutshell, it’s 5 years after the events of Borderlands, and this dude, Hansome Jack wants a vault key for ‘reasons’, and it’s your job, as a vault hunter, to stop him, simples. Along the way you’ll laugh out loud at some of the hilarious dialogue and bat shit crazy mission, and be blown away be some of the story missions. Every time I start a new character, I still laugh at the whole ‘Butt Stallion’ conversation you have early on, and I’ve heard it nearly 10 times now.
Assuming you’ve played through Borderlands (which I’d highly recommend you do before playing this) you’ll meet some familiar faces, visit some familiar places, and if you head out to do some side missions, you’ll get a lot of back story of what’s happened over the 5 years.
Although game will allow you to run through the main campaign, the game is heavily fleshed out with a large amount of side quests, arena and head hunter challenges. Additionally there were a handful of cool little easter eggs I found, 2 of which were the Turtles, and a specific Minecraft area, complete with creepers, block, and even a head as a reward.
I think where Borderlands really excels is the drop in/drop out co-op, I’ve had some amazingly fun sessions, with various coop buddies, which will get heavily utilised to help power level my remaining few charactues so I can finally platinum the game.
All in all, a really good game, and even playing on the Vita has been a fun experience.
Approx Time taken to beat – 60 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:5/5]
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