After a rough couple of weeks of DIY, I needed something simple and short to get my teeth into, and Claptastic Voyage seemed to the perfect game, short, not set on the moon, with Handsome Jack and Claptrap as main characters….sounded ideal.
The story is fairly simple, there’s a device hidden in a claptrap unit, and you have been digitised by Handsome Jack to go and retrieve it. Claptastic Voyage is loosely based on the 1960’s film, Fantastic Voyage. As you can probably guess, the DLC is very computer ‘themed’, with the like of bytes and glitches being the enemies of choice. Keeping with the computer theme, example areas were memory banks, the central processor and the ‘motherless board’. There were however two more familiar area which were memory recalls, or should I say, Claptraps recall of them, these were Fyrestone, and Overlook.
Although the main story could be completed in a couple of hours, there are a fair few side quests to keep you interested too, however, most of which weren’t that interesting. There was one in particular that all you had to do, was talk to a claptrap unit, stand back, and after a few seconds you could had it in and get a blue drop. Another example was ‘shoot a non-aggressive Claptap until with a corrosive weapons’….boom, pink drop. I think by the end of the DLC, the majority if my inventory was pink drops, as it was very easy to come by.
Even though the majority of the main and side missions were extremely easy, and more fetch quests than anything, I found boss fights were horrendously hard, especially as I was two-levels under where I needed to be, and found myself coming out of the DLC to level up a little before reattempting.
The DLC was ok at best, the quests didn’t really vary that much, and the computer themed environment wasn’t really that interesting to look at and the enemies, were kind of dull. There was however a redeeming feature to the DLC, and that was the end of DLC story, that bridged the gap between the Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2.
All in all, it was ok, I would have been annoyed paying full price for it, as it didn’t really offer much, but free as part of the Handsome Jack collection, was probably the right price.
Approx Time taken to beat – 8 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:3/5]
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