The first Borderlands game was in no way a guaranteed success when it was first launched. After all, a video game that has you playing as one of four characters with various skills in a pseudo-RPG setting that was filled with more guns than a Texas church must have been a hard sell for investors. But the game was a hit, paving the way for a bigger sequel. But Borderlands 3 is going to be an even bigger gamble for Gearbox apparently, a risk which the developer believes is good for the industry as a whole if more studios follow that train of thought.
There’s still plenty of room for Borderlands in this universe. So long as it happens to be on newer, more current platforms. With the upcoming Handsome Collection combining Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel and a badonkadonk’s worth of DLC into one package, it’s clear that Gearbox isn’t ready to draw the curtain on one of their more lucrative franchises. A franchise that will continue on current-gen only, that is.
Hey! Guess what Gearbox announced over the weekend at PAX South? I’ll give you a clue: It wasn’t Borderlands 3. While it’ll most likely be a good couple of years before we ever see that game tackled, that doesn’t mean that the previous proper game in the series, The Pre-Sequel, has been forgotten about. In fact, it’s about to get a touch classier now when Lady Hammerlock enters the picture.
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.