Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out locally today, while well-connected PC gamers laugh at you from the safety of their massive bandwidth allowances. It’s pretty much more Borderlands 2, which means more guns and oddball humour in the end. It also means more references to films, television and tropes of ye older days of pop culture. And trust me, the Pre-sequel has many Easter eggs waiting to be discovered.
Needles to say, there are quite a few spoilers here. So uh, don’t read any further if you want a pure gaming experience. You have been warned. Just listen to the soothing spoiler-free audio of my voice-box instead. Yep. You still here? C’mon, I’ve got places to be!
As if B:TPS wasn’t crawling with enough ice cubes and cryogenic weaponry, there’s one other major reference to the cult classic Sly Stallone film Demolition Man in the game. And it has something to do with your f***ing potty-mouth. Run afoul of a particular Claptrap customs officer droid, and you’ll incur various fines for violating the Verbal Space Morality Statute. On the plus side, you’ll have plenty of toilet paper and you won’t have to worry about using those damn seashells.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Talk about going the extra mile. If you happen to find yourself in Stanton’s Liver on Elpis, you can head on over the cliffs to find a cave that is home to the enigmatic Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s more than just set-dressing however, because you can step into it and trip the light fantastic in a sequence that pays homage to that classic film.
Super Mario Bros
Quite possibly the most bizarre Easter egg in the game, there’s an entire reconstruction of a Super Mario level awaiting players in the Pre-Sequel. And of course it’s filled with enemies that want to do horrible things to your soft skull. Of course it is! Gamefront found this level, which is filled with blocks, pipes and loot. It’sa fantastic!
Much like some of the high-pitched battles in Borderlands, you’ll be up all night to get lucky (with some shots). Head on over to Moxxi’s bar in Concordia, and you’ll find a familiar duo working the mix-table and spinning tracks for the patrons. Man, I’m sure that I’ve seen those helmets somewhere before…
Borderlands. In space. Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long to get some more solid Star Wars references set up. In the quest “These are the bots”, you can find a certain pair of droids that bear an uncanny resemblance to C3P0 and R2D2. Heck, Princess Leia and Obi-Wan kenobi are even there! And like every other character in Borderlands, they are twisted, deranged and broken people.
A second Star Wars reference lies in some “pop racing”, which is in no way a dig at the first, terrible prequel and its pod-racing scene. Nope, nothing to see here. move along Disney lawyers, before things get…ugly.
To infinity, and beyond!
It’s rather sweet to see Toy Story’s iconic spaceman Buzz Lightyear making an appearance in the Pre-Sequel. Even if it does end in tragedy, blood and pain. Naturally, there are most likely a ton more pop culture references waiting on Pandora. Let us know if you spot any other good ones this weekend, mate.
Last Updated: October 17, 2014