After the second Borderlands I never in a million years thought the next game we would get would be called, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Really the name fits in perfectly with the humor and style of the series and actually it is pretty fitting as it is both a prequel and a sequel!
How to Download Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Depending on the platform of your choice, be it Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 or PS4, you can download the game from different sources. You should also know that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One you can get it as Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which includes also the first two games.
The Game Review
OK, so this is just my opinion, but for me, this game has the best story in the entire franchise! It is set after the first game, but before the second game and it is about the rise of Jack becoming the Handsome Jack, we all loved (and hated) in the second game. It is done very, very well and will have you smiling, laughing and evening wincing all throughout.
What I feel the story in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel does very well is that it makes you look at Jack in a very different way. He starts the game seeing himself as a hero and overthrow this tyrant. Eventually, leading up to him becoming what he was trying to stop and the Jack we know from Borderlands 2.
The four Vault Hunters that you play as are all characters from either the first or second game. I actually really like this and I found giving the Vault Hunters an actual personality made the story more immersive for me. Once again, each character serves as a different class and has their own set of abilities to use.
This time due to the setting of the game, you can enter low gravity. This may just sound like a gimmick, but it is a ton of fun. Being able to jump as far as The Hulk, shoot while jumping and being able to slam back down are all abilities that are a great deal of fun and make the game a tad different from its predecessor.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel: What’s New
That, in all honesty, is the only real change to the gameplay. You will still be killing hordes of enemies, taking down bosses, getting new loot and of course having an awesome time as you go. Some may say the game never moved forward enough in terms of the gameplay and I can get that, but really did it need to?
There are two new kinds of weapons for you to play with. There are these laser-focused weapons which are cool. For me, it is the cryogenic style weapons that are awesome! These can freeze and slow down your enemies and once frozen you can smash them into little pieces which is a lot of fun.
As you would expect from a Borderlands game, playing with three other people is the best way to go. However, I have actually played through the game with each of the four Vault Hunters on my own and had a great time doing so. So, if you can only play this on your own it is still a great time.
I think that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a fantastic game and a fun entry in the series. I can see why some feel it could have been DLC added onto Borderlands 2. However, there is more than enough here to make this a worthwhile purchase. The story alone makes it an essential pick up if you enjoyed the first two games.
- It has the best story of the series
- The rise of Handsome Jack!
- Play as Vault Hunters that you have seen in the first two games
- New low gravity is a lot of fun
- Two new styles of weapons to use
- Might not have enough new features for some
- It is still unfairly overshadowed by the second game