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  • Summary: Inject yourself into the Borderlands universe and shoot ‘n’ loot your way through a new adventure that launches you onto Pandora’s moon in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Nov 3, 2014
    90
    Another great installment in the Borderlands franchise, the Pre Sequel takes things to the next level with a fantastic story, great characters and new innovative gameplay, which will make you jump for joy...Quite literally.
  2. Oct 14, 2014
    85
    The more time you spend with The Pre-Sequel!, the easier it is for you to notice important changes: a completely new combat system, cool new characters, a complex story, even funnier quests and more of everyone's favorite - Claptrap! Fans of Borderlands 2 will find tons of goodies wrapped in a fresh new package and spend dozens of hours simply having fun.
  3. Oct 22, 2014
    81
    Even though this is not the “real” continuation of the beloved shoot-and-loot-series and still shows some elements that might have been bugging you before, you’ll get plenty of hours of fun out of it.
  4. Oct 20, 2014
    78
    A pre-sequel for those who are predisposed to Borderlands and can't wait for a full sequel.
  5. Oct 15, 2014
    75
    If Borderlands: the pre Sequel were a DLC that does not bear its name, it still is a very pleasant game with new features like low gravity, oxygen to look after, jetpacks and freeze guns. Add a crazy and very funny playable Clap-Trap and you've got quite a nice game.
  6. Oct 29, 2014
    70
    Like Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel often feels like a fairly safe sequel, but the gimmicks Gearbox chose to use this time around actually worked surprisingly well, far better than I had originally anticipated.
  7. Oct 13, 2014
    50
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is an unpolished, uninspired adventure where fun can be had with friends, but that time could be better spent elsewhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 164
  2. Negative: 52 out of 164
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    finally Borderlands The Pre-Sequel coming out :D

    i dont know whats the wrong with reviews but This game is a game of the year for me
    finally Borderlands The Pre-Sequel coming out :D

    i dont know whats the wrong with reviews

    but

    This game is a game of the year for me +Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor
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  2. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    100% objective review here. If you loved bl2 you will love this. It has the same graphics and same mechanics. With some new twists and new100% objective review here. If you loved bl2 you will love this. It has the same graphics and same mechanics. With some new twists and new loot. It isnt revolutionary but it is hella fun. If you have never played a borderlands game. Then i would buy Borderlands 2 first and then work your way to this. Otherwise, buy this **** and have some fun. Expand
  3. Oct 16, 2014
    8
    Sounds like the nay-sayers are just burnt out on the series. I on the other hand still enjoy playing Borderlands and the Pre-Sequel is noSounds like the nay-sayers are just burnt out on the series. I on the other hand still enjoy playing Borderlands and the Pre-Sequel is no different. It's challenging enough to make you work for progression, and it's entertaining enough to keep you jumping in - even if it is for a few missions at a time and for anyone who's been here since BL1, there's no such thing as . I'm liking it, even though there isn't much new - but that's not a bad thing. Gearbox has a good thing going with BL and this is a solid addition to the series. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2014
    6
    Feels way too much like borderlands 2.5 (or 1.5 since it happens before in the timeline). The gameplay changes are not what you would expectFeels way too much like borderlands 2.5 (or 1.5 since it happens before in the timeline). The gameplay changes are not what you would expect for a new 60 $ game. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2014
    5
    Long post, sry.
    I tried to love this game. I tried as hard as I have ever tried. As a huge fan of the Borderlands series, This game looked
    Long post, sry.
    I tried to love this game. I tried as hard as I have ever tried. As a huge fan of the Borderlands series, This game looked like the best thing to ever happen. I watched every ad with wide eyes, and preordered the second I was able to. I even bought the season pass, as Borderlands 2 more than delivered on its price for its season pass. When the Presequel finally came out, I had booked several days off worked, stocked up on food, and prepared to delve into another adventure into the borderlands universe. Barely an hour later I was standing away from my PC, shaking my head, and regretting my blindness.This game is bad. Not legendary 'bad', just bad. From gimmicky mechanics which interfere with your gameplay (Goodbye rare weapon headed for low orbit!), to ridiculously unintuitive level design (Because instant death pits immediately outside of vehicle spawns are fun, right?), to length padding of the worst kind (Hey, you got the thing! Now go get three more from the other corners of the map!). However, this isn't the worst part, not at all. Both previous games had their glitches and faults. However, what they did have was fun. Hours upon hours of childlike fun, especially Borderlands 2. Even the worst areas in the game (I'm looking at you Sawtooth cauldron, padding based level that you are!) are still enjoyable, although perhaps a bit tedious. This is where Borderlands: The Presequel fails. It simply is not FUN to play. Oh sure, it has interesting gimmicks, such as low gravity, Oz kits, Laser weapons, and plenty of eye candy, but this isn't what makes a game fun. A game is fun when its has honed gameplay mechanics, well designed levels, creative enemies, good music, enjoyable characters, and passable writing. The presequel has none of these.
    - The gameplay mechanics are pretty much ripped right from borderlands 2, icons and all, with virtually no change at all, bar their gimmick of gravity and air; you control exactly the same on the ground.
    - The levels are a bunch of interconnected linear paths of which you will be backtracking along most of during the story missions (cause backtracking is one of FPS gamer's most beloved mechanics!). And yes, I said story missions. Not side missions sending you back to somewhere, but straight up backtracking in th mandatory story missions...
    - The enemies are almost completely reskins with one or two quirks. The soldiers are just hyperion soldiers with more health and medics, the scavs are just bandits with jetpacks, the Torks are just spiderants with corrosive attacks and wallclimbing, the Rathyds are just Rakk with a more sustained attack, and the infected are just rats with helmets (Because rats weren't hard enough to deal with, and now they have headshot immunity!). The few enemies that aren't reskins, like the Shuggaths, are ridiculous. Huge floating sacks with tentacles with elemental attacks. Then the game begins not even reskining enemies! Yup, straight up throwing Stalkers at you with no explanation other than "R&D department" (Because again, everyone loved the guys, right?). Even a thresher makes an appearance!
    - The music is uninspired, and a very poor followup to the soundtrack mastery of Borderlands 2. The entire score is par for the course in a sci-fi based game, and has no high points, just a mediocre soundtrack to your mediocre journey.
    - The characters... Oh god... Every lovable trait in any returning characters has been scrubbed away to make room for the Memes, such as Moxxi, who is now only innuendo, instead of the clever character from Borderlands 2, who had surprising levels of depth to her.. There's no originality in the new characters either, just a shallow representation of a single character trait, which is then amplified to truly irritating levels! The Australian character is a mechanic/homosexual/story-writer/blackmarket-dealer, who has almost no relevance past the first few missions, and is a poor followup character to Sir Hammerlock, whose role she fills. The British kid is a pickpocket/junk-dealer/information-dealer/salvager who ends up WELL overstaying his welcome in one mission which has the most padding out of all the ones I played and only serves to remind you that you're not done yet! Jack is the one who has suffered the worst, though, coming across as a jerk right from the beginning and only getting worse as the game advances. Wasn't the game supposed to be his fall from grace, the story of his transformation from decent leader to the tyrannical dictator that we all loved to hate? Well, he starts as an ass, and stays that way the whole game.
    - The writing is uninspired, lazy, and predicable. Plot points are forecast way in advance (Hmmm, an AI companion? Hope shes not gonna go crazy!), are often lackluster, and most often serve to make the game's characters worse. Again, Handsome Jack just become less and less enjoyable, and his actions aren't justifiable in the least throughout the game.

    TL/DR 5/10, a colossal disappointme
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  6. Nov 15, 2014
    4
    Absolutely love borderlands 2 but have a lot of trouble stomaching this game. My number one complaint is the poor humor and most of the voiceAbsolutely love borderlands 2 but have a lot of trouble stomaching this game. My number one complaint is the poor humor and most of the voice actors have thick Australian accents. The new oxygen resource and low gravity mechanics are lame, and only detract from the great gun play of borderlands 2.

    I bought this game even after reading bad reviews because I had just finished playing through the masterpiece that is Tiny Tina's assault on dragon keep as well as the extremely funny Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre. Was a mistake.
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  7. Nov 11, 2014
    0
    More of the same and not in a good way. This is lazy game development where they label and price a game expansion at full price. The onlyMore of the same and not in a good way. This is lazy game development where they label and price a game expansion at full price. The only thing added to the game is poorly done and horribly annoying platforming. Outsource game development to a secondary studio and grab the cash. The kick in the nads of the Deadlift boss just adds to the fun. Thanks for the most annoying game experience of the year. Expand

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