Anybody that knows me knows I do love myself some Borderlands, so after getting the platinum on Borderlands 2, I was excited to see what Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel had to offer.
Unlike the previous two games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel isn’t set on the ever-familiar Pandora, but it’s moon instead. This allowed the developers to experiment with some additional mechanics, such as air supply, low gravity and laser weapons.
The game tells the story of Handsome Jack, and his rise to power, one that you assist with many elements of. There are many nods back to Borderlands 2, in the way of main story missions and optional side missions, some of which are totally missable if you mainline the game. Little nods like Sir Hammerlock capturing and sending a number of creatures to Pandora, some of which make up a big part of Borderlands 2, or Jacks creating of the robot army you spend a lot of Borderlands 2 fighting against. A number of familiar characters did make a cameo in this title, however they didn’t feel anything more than that.
The game did have some fun missions, and the conclusion of the story was quite interesting, however there were a lot of poor missions too. I personally think this was a lot due to the studio that worked on this title. The first two Borderlands games were developed by Gearbox, where this was developed by 2K Australia. This was quite apparent, as the majority of the voice actors in this were Australian. Not that this was a bad thing, it’s just the humour didn’t seem to hit home with this one. It almost felt like this was a parody of the Australian culture, throwing in a lot of stereotypical phrases and keywords, which just didn’t seem to work. Not only were the Australian characters a little cringworthy, but there was a ‘British’ character, which sounded like the voice actor has watch Mary Poppins to home his accent skills…I found any missions with Pickle a little jarring.
Although the first 10 hours or so did feel a little bit of a grind, boring locations, jarring voice acting, and a lot of repetition, the game did pick up when you move locations to the Helios station. At this point, the game really picked up and I started to enjoy it again.
Although Borderlands is meant as a co-operative experience, I was able to take down the end of game boss, solo, first attempt. After completing the game, I was also able to take down the end game raid boss, solo, as it was exactly the same as the end of game boss….patterns, level and everything.
As it stands, I’ve completed every mission available to me, I’ve dinged every trophy that I can without grinding, and I’m not sure I’ve got it in me to play through the game again to get to level 50….it wasn’t that interesting. This is quite sad knowing how much time I’ve put into the Borderlands universe. There are 2 DLC packs included, which I’ll eventually play through, however I feel I’m done with Borderlands for the time being.
Approx Time taken to beat – 20 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:3/5]
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