Borderlands 3 Season Pass
Since I have better hardware, I've revisited Borderlands 3 as planned. The existence of a second season pass disappoints me, but that doesn't look like it has much, and that's after the meager offering of this first one. Unfortunately, NPCs will nag you now for missions only available in the second one every time you go back to Sanctuary (the game's main mission hub). As Gearbox mentioned, no DLCs add additional playable characters.
Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot could have been a side quest series in the base game and nothing would be lost.
You meet Timothy the doppelganger from the Pre-Sequel, but you don't explore his character much. He's merely used as a key to unlock doors, and cooperates on the dream of asking Moxxi if he can leave once she's in charge.
The premise of Guns, Love, and Tentacles is about Hammerlock's and Jakobs' wedding. Things go horribly wrong with the local Cthulhu awakens. The enemies in these areas came off as bullet spongy for some reason, but that might have been because I needed better guns.
The enemies have these gibberish names that I'm utterly unfamiliar with, but I'm not versed in Lovecraft.
Bounty of Blood takes you to a remote planet to bring down a gang. You get a cool ride.
This line of quests had a narrator; he didn't come off as an annoying captain of the obvious, but I'm not sure that the idea quite worked. Even though it was the penultimate one I played, I struggle to recall any other salient detail about it, so that makes it forgettable.
Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck is the sole reason I wanted this pass.
Remember Krieg, the guy I played as in the last game? His mind has mysteriously manifested itself as a planet. His personalities have split, and the way that Sane Krieg and Psycho Krieg talk is entertaining. It turns out that every psycho in the game wants to enter 'Vaulthalla', which seems to be a locked part of their mind? To help a brother out, you journey to several parts of Krieg's mind and past to collect parts of a key. There was a train, but I don't think it was the poop train. I don't recall any part retconning established lore about Krieg, though I'm disappointed that Tiny Tina still isn't his daughter.
Aside from Krieg, the other DLCs add more things to shoot at, and not much more. There's also new cosmetics, but I don't care for those. I recommend only getting this on a discount. Even without Tiny Tina's DLC in the last game, Borderlands 3 has much weaker DLC.
I guess they realized how popular that one was, and Gearbox is doing a spinoff that's nothing but that story. Posted Friday, December 31, 2021 at 1:09 PM EST under Gaming. 0 complaints.
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I've been a fan of Borderlands since about when the first game launched. Despite this being out for about a year, I've only recently bought it in the last Steam sale about 3 weeks ago, and almost keeled over at the 100 GB install size. (I guess I haven't been keeping up with current generation games.) Although I've heard the drama around this game, I will not be reviewing that. I also heard that it was not as good as Borderlands 2. I agree, so as the foremost Borderlands expert writing for this blog, let me lovingly pick it apart.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a peculiar game. It fills an uninteresting gap between Borderlands (after its DLC) and its sequel. By playing Borderlands 2, you kinda know how it's going to end up, but this game fills in the details. The game is set on Elpis, the moon of Pandora (the planet where you've been fighting for the last two games). Because 2K Australia made The Pre-Sequel, Elpis is inhabited by people with Australian accents.
Tales from the Borderlands
Borderlands 3 has been out for almost a year, but I haven't bought it yet. Yes, I'm aware that it's on Steam these days, but I haven't been that enthused about it. I'll probably get it in the next Steam sale, along with the Halo collection (because I threatened a long time ago to buy it if it came to Steam). I intended to play through all the Telltale games in order of release before I got to Tales from the Borderlands (and all that before Borderlands 3), but that hasn't happened. Even without that, I recognized lots of tropes of the latter Telltale games (Walking Dead and afterwards) that I've heard told over the years. I'm pretty sure that there's no kind of continuity to spoil by not playing through them in order of release.
Sequels. In every form of media, there are sequels. Generally, the more of them there are in a series, the worse it is. Even the first sequel can come with numerous problems that make the original still hold value. Borderlands 2 is not one of them.
Borderlands Golden Keys
Lest I be caught in the past, I have played some modern games on my modern PC. So while I was signing up for the Borderlands 2 Loot Hunt, I noticed that by linking that SHiFT account with my Steam account, I suddenly got another Golden Key. Yesterday, I was digging around to find out when (as in, what level) is the best time to use a key.
It's about time that I went back and replayed a game I had, but play it differently. Recently, I realized that I had bought the DLC for the original Borderlands at some point, and decided that I should probably get to playing that. Even though the sequel has been out for some time, it's not that old of a game.