Borderlands 2: Headhunter 5 - Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax Review
18 April 2014
Excerpt: To be a vault hunter means a life of tough, dirty, bloody work. Mostly bloody, but still, it's a lot of exhausting labor for that precious loot. Naturally, after fighting through a full game and plenty of content packs filled to the brim with rambunctious bandits, enormous monsters, and ambitious, murder-happy villains, the vault hunters could do with a little vacation. In the final Borderlands 2 Headhunter downloadable content pack, called Sir Hammerlock vs.
Pros: Gorgeous new environments to explore, Hilarious narration, Lots of reasons to jump back in and explore
Borderlands 2: Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre
11 February 2014
Conclusion: Mad Moxxi and The Wedding Day Massacre doesn't offer anything that I can't get out of the main story campaign. It's a brief collection of staid encounters, set in uninspired surroundings populated by unlikeable, uninteresting characters. I've come to expect a lot more than this from Borderlands 2, and I hope to see a lot better for the next DLC pack.
Pros: Same Borderlands 2 fun
Cons: Lifeless environment, Boring quests, Unlikable characters, No gameplay twists
Conclusion: You really can't go wrong with this DLC pack and it's only $5. The Digistruct Peak Challenge may take less than an hour to complete but you can run through it seven more times if you wish. That, and over level play pretty much adds so much more content into an already huge package to begin with.
Conclusion: Bloody Harvest won't split your sides with laughter or impress you with novel enemy types and cleverly themed missions, which makes it feel like a slightly watered-down version of Borderlands 2. However, it will provide you with a Halloween-flavored morsel of the same tried-and-true gameplay. More first-run content would be nice, but additional skins and another raid-level boss to scrap with are a respectable treat.
Pros: Strong Halloween vibe, New raid boss, Same fun gunplay
Excerpt: Gearbox Software is one of the few game studios that can keep a player from moving on to a new game by providing badass DLC. Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is just that, badass. Vault Hunters only after the jump.
Excerpt: Just when it was starting to seem like there’s only so much you can do to keep Borderlands 2 ’s brand of shoot-and-loot compelling, Gearbox rolled a 20. Indeed, it’s hard to label Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep anything but a labor of love. Hilarious fantasy-RPG references to everything from Dungeons & Dragons to World of Warcraft pepper almost every step of this dungeon-crawling DLC, and it’s generally all handled so well that you’ll have a great time even if, like...
Pros: +, + Five to seven hours of content; widely varied new settings; puzzles; many fantasy references.
Cons: - Few fantasy-themed weapons or skins; experience sags somewhat when Tina’s silent., ? So few
Conclusion: Like Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep is an example of how DLC can match, and in some ways surpass the quality of the original release. With eight to 10 hours of brand-new enemies and locations that have been built from the ground up to look like nothing else in all of Borderlands, it offers a great value, especially to those who can appreciate the cavalcade of nerd culture references it makes.
Pros: Terrific diversity, Tons of new enemies, Fun, smart writing, Lots of content
Excerpt: Borderlands 2 fans were rewarded for their dedication and their never-ending desire for destruction and looting by the release of Krieg the Psycho, who is as badass as they come. In fact he has so much badassery in him that he literally can’t contain himself, which leads to him rampaging around Pandora chasing after bandits and mechs with his buzz axe that sends them straight to the afterlife!