Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Xbox 360) Review by Herps McGirps

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19 May 2018 19 May 2018
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a good addition to the Borderlands series, but it may not be the best.

The story, while it feels considerably shorter than the other games, nicely fills in the gaps between B1 and B2. The side-missions do seem to take longer, with more travel time steps to them. This leads to a longer feeling game overall, but as previously stated, a shorter main story line. It introduces us to several characters briefly encountered in B2, and has some nice chatter that establishes future relationships.

The game is no more difficult in mechanics than either B1 or B2, however if you're looking to specialize into a role-playing game classic character (tank, dps, healer, support) you'll need to do some research and play with talent trees to get the best out of every class; more so than B1 or B2. The previous 2 games gave relatively clear cut paths to assuming a role, if multiplayer was going to be your thing. But TPS makes every character feel as a jack of all trades, master of none. By deep diving stat builds, and seeking out specific guns, shields, and other gear, you can specifically build your character out to be a powerhouse in whatever you choose. But if you are playing casually and for the achievements, you'll likely not have the patience nor experience to squeeze every stat boost out of your character. This will be a disappointment to hardcore stat obsessed Borderlands fans, as anyone can be generally good at any role.

Cold effects and the oxygen mechanics are interesting adds, and can definitely be entertaining when utilized efficiently. Freezing and shattering an enemy, while floating out of melee reach is fun, and there are way more places to search out for Easter eggs, loot boxes, and vault symbols given the extra vertical element. The map and quests work out just like the other games, with handy little markers leading you to every spot. You'll never be lost but you will wish things were a little closer. Aim down sight is slow, however, and lacks the speed other Borderland games had. Snapping in is smooth, but good luck making those long shots while airborne or rapidly head-shotting multiple enemies without the help of a particular character's skill.

Graphics and sound-wise it is Borderlands through and through. Nothing noticeably different from B2 in looks, and the voice acting is still top-notch. It makes sense in the story of the game that many of the inhabitants of Pandora's moon speak in an accent different from those on the surface, nicely accommodating the Aussie voice-talent present. Lots of inside jokes, pop culture references, and several themed missions that are staples to the Borderlands series. New enemies and creatures are present, but some are rehashed enemies of Pandora fame.

Overall, TPS is definitely a good follow-up, but not a worthy taker of the crown B2 wears in the series. It is a fun, entertaining game, especially for the casual player and fan. If you are a hardcore Borderlands player, or rpg role/stat obsessed it will not be your favorite in the series, if you even enjoy it at all.

I'd give it 3.8 - 3.9 stars if I could.
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Its Uncle KevThis game is the perfect Segway waiting for BL3 to arrive on consoles. The game was great through and through and a tougher game overall than the other two. Due to the moon mechanics and what not at least but it was a good difficulty addition that was fresh to have.
Posted by Its Uncle Kev on 19 May 18 at 16:19
Herps McGirpsNot a bad game overall. It was neat and interesting. I still have DLC to play and have enjoyed my time in the game, but against the other 2 games this is the lesser IMO; the first 1 winning out simply based on the establishment of the world and the series. It is a great gap filler, creating story connections between B1, B2, and Tales from the Borderlands.
Posted by Herps McGirps on 19 May 18 at 22:30
Christophe42So, you are saying I can turn Claptrap into a tank? Sign me up!
Posted by Christophe42 on 30 May 18 at 19:27
Herps McGirpsGiven the right skill tree and items, yes kinda. Because unless you're willing to put in a lot of time farming items or get some dupe drops from people no character can be great at any one thing.
Posted by Herps McGirps on 05 Jun 18 at 05:01
A Volvo DriverI'm currently playing through B2 with my girlfriend, and you've motivated me to give the Pre Sequel another go (only played Pre Sequel for a couple of hours) when we are done.
Posted by A Volvo Driver on 28 Jul 18 at 21:59
Herps McGirpsNice to hear it.
Posted by Herps McGirps on 01 Sep 18 at 18:32