Borderlands:The Pre Sequel! review round up

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! tells the story of everything that happened between the numbered games, and of Handsome Jack’s slow decent in to megalomania. It’s also not not actually developed by Gearbox this time, with development duties instead handled by 2K games Australia. Has that led to a decent game, or should the pre-sequel! have stayed down under?

Here’s what critics have to say.

Destructoid – 6/10

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2K Australia nailed the combat with The Pre-Sequel. It is fast, fresh, and more tactically interesting than ever before. The writing hits the right notes, although the overarching plot is not quite as emotionally powerful as other entries have been. For many, that is enough to be a great experience. I had a lot of fun playing through, and I anticipate I will keep playing for months as more friends obtain copies.

The Escapist – 4/5

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a funny cartoon shooter that compels you to keep playing and score more guns. Just like the last two. Laser weapons and moon bouncing add a little extra flavor, but if you don’t like Borderlands by now, this won’t change things.

Gamesradar – 4/5

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a hilarious, fan-focused continuation of the series’ core values. But lacking any truly evolution, it makes for a fun diversion rather than a meaningful new chapter.

PC Gamer – 77

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The Pre-Sequel is a happy to be Just Another Borderlands Game. I enjoyed it for that, but I also finished it thinking my time would’ve been better spent on one of the more original games that’ve released this year. I love seeing Borderlands embrace the FPS trend of unconventional movement. Apart from the low-gravity leaping, though, The Pre-Sequel doesn’t do much to freshen what we’ve been playing since 2012.

Polygon – 7/10

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel doesn’t feel like a game that needs to be, exactly. It’s a story filling in gaps, adding a bit of nuance to a world that’s already had two games worth of exposition rather than exploring new ground. It’s the same recipe that’s driven two full, long games and a host of downloadable content. But the lark of low gravity proves that the tedious parts of previous games don’t have to stay an anchor holding the series down. That addition makes this one last run through the world of Pandora (or its moon, anyway) on the last generation of consoles worth the time.

Last Updated: October 13, 2014

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Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • eXpZA

    Will wait for GOTY Edition with all DLC to come out for PS4.
    It will happen. Let’s be honest.

    • I too think it’ll happen. And i will buy it then.

      • Hammersteyn

        That’s what I keep saying, but if it doesn’t then TS

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

      With you on this. Will wait for GOTYE

    • CypherGate

      and then they will have a super massive huge ass edition with every game and every single DLC in existence for the game. Will be priced quite insanely i think.

  • Admiral Chief 0

    Still happy with BL2!

    Killed the LEVIATHAN last night, awwww jisssss

    • Captain JJ Underleyened

      Still need to get into that one. After things.

    • Matthew Holliday

      keep the sandhawk gun you got from scarlet.
      best gun in the game when you combine it with the bee.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        Yeah, I’m quite fond of that gun

        • Matthew Holliday

          yay for counting amp damage individually per projectile!

          i cried when they took that away from my conferance call ='(

    • Mossel

      I struggled my ass off with Saturn! That thing was crazy difficult. Or maybe I’m just a noob. lol

  • Captain JJ Underleyened

    So 7, 7.5
    Seems fair.
    Borderlands is Borderlands. It’ll always be a good game.

  • Matthew Holliday

    basically “if you liked borderlands 2, you’ll like this, if you didnt, you wont”
    pretty solid.

  • Skoobaz

    Based on my initial feeling gut reaction from these review roundups, I like BL as a series, due to backlog though I think I will wait for GOTY, with DLC for a purchase.

  • Hammersteyn

    Really really want to play this…. on the PS4

    • Travis

      Should have good controller support on the PC, thats 1 thing they have definitely got right.

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        When I try playing an FPS game with a controller it’s pretty much like using one of those claws to try and pick up a teddy in the machine.

        • Travis

          lol. Borderlands is not a very hard core FPS, so a controller works well and the game has native controller support, so you dont have to use a 3rd party controller app like Pinnacle or Xpadder.

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Many FPS games have decent controller support these days. Stuff like Left for Dead (the first one) already had. But I truly and honestly suck at using a controller for precision aiming.
            For racing and everything else this side of strategy, my Xbox controller is always ready.

          • Travis

            Ok, Do you only play FPS on a PC then?

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Yes. I only have four games on my PS. Gran Turismo, Fight Night Champion, Assassins Creed 2 and Oblivion.
            We used to plug my pc into the tv and play Left for Dead split screen with controllers though, that was some good fun.

          • Travis

            Yeah I played gears of war 2/ and cod2 split screen, was fun, but nothing compares to a lan 🙂

          • Captain JJ Underleyened


          • Matthew Holliday

            +1 for fps on pc.
            but our pain for not getting destiny…

      • Viking Of Divinity

        BLASPHEMER! There is only ONE way to play any FPS, and that’s Keyboard and Mouse. #TheRightWay

        • Travis

          So Ive been told. So you are also exclusively playing FPS on a PC then. I still think a controller is better, maybe not for the aiming, but overall (moving, aiming firing, grenades, special power, jump crouch etc).

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  • Travis

    Hmmmm. Always had mixed feelings about Borderlands.If they just improved a few things it could be great, starting with the need to not have to cover the same area of the map over and over again and killing the same enemies you have killed before (its not an mmo so why the need for the respawning of enemies is highly frustrating). I love getting bigger and better guns though 🙂
    This game looks like a copy and paste borderlands 2 game though, I think the development time should have been better used, but theres no doubt the game is very popular so probably makes commercial sense.

  • Viking Of Divinity

    I’ll wait too, I guess.

    but then again, Moon-Australians sounds Hilarious.

    “I’ll put a shrimp on yer Barby, ya wanka”

  • Still replaying 2 with a friend who finally got the game, also my Achievement OCD won’t let me uninstall it.

    But not biting yet, will wait for base + season pass , grabbed BL2 and Season Pass for around R130 on GMG a while back

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