Game Review - Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! on PC

Written by HyperDebtRay on September 17, 2017 @ 4:32 pm

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place chronologically before the events of Borderlands 2 before Handsome Jack became the CEO of Hyperion. The story is being told from the accounts of Athena after she has been captured by the original vault hunters during the events of "Tales From The Borderlands" episodes.

The premise of the story is about Jack's rise to power after Hyperion has been invaded by the Lost Legion of the Dahl corporation. Without spoiling too much, the Vault on the moon is connected to all the events within the game and you the Vault Hunter have been hired to help Jack retake Hyperion and open the vault for some sweet loot.

Is it better than Borderlands 2?
In my opinion it is not better than Borderlands 2 from a personal standpoint. That being said the game taken as a whole is just as entertaining and fun as its predecessor.

New Mechanics:
- Low gravity, since you're on the moon the low gravity enables you to prolong your jumps and oxygen boost around.
- Oxygen Kits, these items have replaced the artifact slots from Borderlands 2, they offer differing bonuses and allow you to operate without atmosphere.
- Laser guns, a new type of gun that shoots lasers in 3 forms, continuous, multiple shot or sniper-like railgun beam.
- Cryo element type, since weapon manufacturers haven't matured the development of slag guns, the Cryo weapons have replaced slag elemental since there is so much methane on the moon.
- Butt Slam, at a high enough altitude you can hit crouch key on the keyboard allowing you to slam your butt on unsuspecting foes haha, I'm serious!

Gameplay:
In general, it plays just like Borderlands 2 with the addition of the new mechanics that I've outlined above. The only difference that I've felt was through the guns and difficulty spikes. I say guns because most of the guns you find before reaching Helios are mostly useless they don't pack the punch you need to slay your enemies. I also mention difficulty spikes because the difficulty of the game is highly irregular. At some points of the game the difficulty spikes become so big that you'll end up dying over and over and over again. Most noticeable is UVHM DeadLift if you haven't been farming on TVHM enough.

Story:
I love how the story is being told as a story from Athena, at times your favorite original vault hunters and characters from the previous games will make cameos and chime in on the story making the game so much more memorable and entertaining.

Graphics:
Slightly better than Borderlands 2 otherwise there is not much change except the replacement of a more western environment to one that more resembles Blade Runner.

Sound:
"Pew pew pew pew pew pew pew"
"Wub wub wub wub wub wub wub"
"I welcome your attack, fools!"
"You've got a good lookin' mainframe, I like the size of your mainframe, I have a query for your mainframe, can I make an input-output request?"

In summary, I find the The PreSequel to be an excellent addition to the borderlands series and a worthy play through for both non-borderlands and borderlands players alike. However, people have are fans of Borderlands 2 will get more mileage out of this game while they wait for Borderlands 3. It is NOT borderlands 3 so we should stop being disappointed all the time and have fun.

A good analogy is like having a filler episode in an anime that you don't mind watching because the back-story is so good and interesting (eg. Kakashi Gaiden).


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Game Information

Platform
PC
Developer(s)
2K Australia
Publisher(s)
2K Games
Genre(s)
Action, First Person Shooter, RPG
NA Release Date
October 14, 2014
EUR Release Date
October 17, 2014
AUS Release Date
October 16, 2014
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
18
ACB Rating
MA
MVGL User Score
7.1
Composer
Jesper Kyd
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