Have you been holding out on getting Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in the hopes that it would eventually make its way to the new consoles? that wait may have paid off; there’s a shinier port of the game coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In March, you’ll be able to play both Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel on your new console; they’re coming together in one hand-dandy package called The Handsome collection. If you have played them, why would you get this for $60?
Man, look at all these remastered games coming out. Cheap! Quick cash-grabs! Bah! Flimshaw! Petroleum distillate! You won’t catch me being suckered into buying one of those games. Nope, no way Jose and one more thing…Is that a Borderlands Remastered Edition I spot out in the wild? I’ll uh, I’ll be right back…
So here’s the deal kiddos: I’m about to start diving into spoiler territory. I’m using this intro paragraph however, to warn your asses of what I’m about to do, because that’s what heroes do. So, if you’re still planning on playing either Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel or the Telltale Games developed Tales From The Borderlands, I’d recommend not reading any further. You got that? Great!
What’s that? You need a challenge in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? You need your skills tested to the max, pushed to the verge of throwing a controller through the TV screen? Well, you might be in luck, you masochist. Borderlands games have always been a step above when it comes to difficulty, throwing pure bullet sponges at players that just won’t die. Expect those enemies to be even spongier, when the Ultimate Vault Hunter pack arrives for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
I’ve spent many a happy hour shooting people on both Pandora and Elpis in the Borderlands universe. I was particularly chuffed with all the core DLC that Borderlands 2 got – well, at least 2 of them. The Torque and Tiny Tina campaigns were well worth the extra money, and almost made me forget how underwhelming those other two were. Pre-Sequel is taking a different approach to their additional content. The first gave players the opportunity to play as a Handsome Jack clone. The second has just been announced, and it’s called The Holodome Onslaught. Basically, it’s a new challenge arena.
It's common for games to receive a lengthy hype period leading up to it's eventual launch. That's what gets people excited and clambering for the game on release day, even if the wait feels excruciating. Telltale seemingly missed that class during Game Design 101, as they've decided to launch their take on the Borderlands universe right now.
We’re a game in, a new character most likely capped by now and a ton of golden keys used in the pursuit of happiness and head explosions. What’s next for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? Why, a return to the arenas of death and carnage it would seem.
Whereas Borderlands 2 had a season pass that offered new story content, The Pre-Sequel is taking a different approach and doling out new characters as the primary focus with its extra-cash content. The first such addition to the game has indeed arrived, in the handsome form of a Jack doppleganger that may be too sexy for his Hyperion T-shirt.
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When it comes down to it, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is very much all about who happens to have the biggest gun in their hand. Bigger is indeed better, and the more numbers you have attached to your hardware, the better the odds are that you won’t be sporting a trendy hole in your face while gargling for air. The best loot of course, comes from the golden chest found in Elpis. But you’re going to need some keys in order to open it. Fortunately, we have plenty of them right here.
…Or at least his almost dashingly handsome doppleganger. After a Halloween festival, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets its first bit of substantive DLC in the form of one handsome bastard.
By now, you’ll have realised that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a worthy inbetweener game until Borderlands 3 finally gets confirmed. It’s more of the same really, but there ain’t nothing wrong with that. And much like Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel is going to be rolling out DLC and seasonal events. And the first such event kicks off, well, a couple of hours ago actually.
I’ve always maintained that Borderlands is one of the more challenging game franchises out there. Whether it be badass bandits or Skags that happen to fart lightning in your general direction, the game is filled with all manner of beasties who are going to do to your body what Tyler Perry’s Madea did to comedy. Namely, butcher it. But some of the infamous raid bosses in the game are even bigger bullet sponges. But only one of them, is a massive dick.
I never really understood the need for skins in Borderlands 2. Sure they're fun to show off to friends when you're rolling around Pandora in co-op, but it's pretty said that you're stuck in first-person and can never see your kicks attire for yourself. That's why the third-person mod was so popular back then, and now it's back.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out locally today, while well-connected PC gamers laugh at you from the safety of their massive bandwidth allowances. It’s pretty much more Borderlands 2, which means more guns and oddball humour in the end. It also means more references to films, television and tropes of ye older days of pop culture. And trust me, the Pre-sequel has many Easter eggs waiting to be discovered.