Hit or Miss? Borderlands: The Pre Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel

Crazy enemies, insane guns and horrific creatures are just a few of the aspects we are all used to in the Borderlands universe. Two games have provided players with hours of unlimited fun, with unusual driving controls and over powered guns that literally blow your enemy into a hundred pieces.

I, like many others, have spent countless hours in front of my screen shooting psycho’s and reviving my friends as we get over run by raging goliaths. But I never thought that anything was really missing. Sure the game would sometimes make you rage, but a lot of games do and that’s a part of the fun.

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel has crash landed into our homes and I was very excited to see what new additions Gearbox had come up with. A new location, new characters and a younger Jack are just the tip of the iceberg and needless to say I had high hopes for this eagerly anticipated installment.

The story takes place before Jack turns into, well…Jack, before he goes power mad and before we try to shoot him in his handsome face. The new vault hunters are unique and fun, while I currently favour Wilhelm I have no doubt that whatever character you choose to play as, you will enjoy the game and storyline.

As well as new characters and weapons, there is also a new survival element you have to keep your eye on. You need oxygen to be able to survive in this new world and it can come in handy if you find yourself surrounded by lunatics with laser guns. Using your oxygen kit to jump, you can ground slam your opponents and push them away from you while dealing damage to everyone in the immediate area.

Oxygen is a great addition to the game and adds a little bit more difficulty to survival, but while oxygen isn’t in short supply, when surrounded by enemies I did often forget about my need for O2 and found myself running to the closest oxygen vent in a panic.

But were these additions missing from the previous games? Does Borderlands need O2 kits, hoverbike style cars and aliens? The game hasn’t grasped my attention like the previous two have and a part of me can’t help but wonder if Gearbox lost the Borderlands charm with adding all of these new mechanics. The brilliant humour is still very much alive but I can’t help but miss Pandora and all of its unique locations. There is something about Pandora that makes me want to go back to it time and time again but Elpis is missing that, it doesn’t feel like home and it’s scenery is extremely repetitive.

While my heart isn’t in the game or with the characters just yet, I will keep following them in the hope that I will fall in love with Elpis just as I did with Pandora. If you’re a hardcore Borderlands fan I recommend this game, you will enjoy the new characters and of course running over enemies, but to those that are new to the franchise, I’d advice you start with the first game, introduce yourself to the psycho’s and watch the skies for those pesky rakk’s.