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: Think you're done with Borderlands 2 ? Think again. The newest campaign add-on throws you into a more dangerous world of shooter hijinks at the behest of the bespectacled Sir Hammerlock, who just wants to take you on a nice slaughter-filled hunt of Pandora’s rarest creatures. But as things are wont to do, a new villain fills your trip with incontinent Skags, Handsome Jack–masked hostiles, and silly one-liners.
Pros: + Cool new enemies, guns, and environments., + New vehicle; new Seraph Guardian to unlock; tougher foes make for good fights.
Cons: ? Claptrap, can’t you clean up these Skag pee stains yourself?
Excerpt: A vault hunter’s work is never done, and this new Borderlands 2 add-on throws you deep into a loony bin full of new and familiar characters and quest-givers. Deep in Pandora’s desert lies the absurdly named “Badass Crater of Badassitude,” where you’ll square off against all manner of thugs and bandits on the whimsical orders of weapons manufacturer Mr. Torgue.
Pros: + By including story quests, its challenging arena battles avoid devolving into the same territory as, + New characters are silly fun with goofy quests; great Mad Moxxi and Tiny Tina cameos.
Excerpt: Borderlands 2 was in your face pretty much at all times, and I loved it for it. The quality of writing and fun factor were increased tenfold in the sequel, so much so that I feel like it’s an entirely new IP.
Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty
2 November 2012
Excerpt: A greedy, back-stabbing pirate. A comically unhinged survivor in a desert town. A hilarious loner with an amoral grandma. The goofy cast of quest-giving characters in this Borderlands 2 add-on feels right at home in the game’s larger, snark-happy world. But Captain Scarlett ’s main draw should be irresistible to any virtual Vault Hunter: plundering the depths of a desert wasteland in search of a near-mythic treasure.
Pros: + Big, new areas with loads of new quests, tough bosses, and rare loot., + New enemies, a new vehicle, and good challenge for mid-level characters.
Cons: ? Can someone make Aubrey a character in the main game?
Conclusion: In conclusion, Borderlands 2 is a significant improvement on the original; it sharpens up the narrative, the core game progression, the visual theme and many other fundamental aspects that needed adjustment. However, despite all these changes it is still a Borderlands game and the main criticisms – a lack of real innovation in terms of level design, a hub-and-branch structure that does not always appeal, and a sense of humour that is undeniably an acquired taste in how...
I'm Legally Obligated to Inform You, I Ain't a Real Critic
19 October 2012
Excerpt: Borderlands 2 ends with the simple statement, "No rest for the wicked." By no coincidence, a similarly named song by the band Cage the Elephant acted as the player's introduction to the world of Pandora three years ago with the release of the first Borderlands game. There couldn't be a more apt philosophy to describe a game that is, at its core, a nonstop festival of ultraviolence and black comedy.