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  • Summary: Learn the story behind Borderlands 2’s villain, Handsome Jack, and his ascendance to power in this new game in the Borderlands series. Taking place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel gives you a bunch of new gameplay featuring the genre fusion of shooter andLearn the story behind Borderlands 2’s villain, Handsome Jack, and his ascendance to power in this new game in the Borderlands series. Taking place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel gives you a bunch of new gameplay featuring the genre fusion of shooter and RPG gameplay. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    The gravity zero new mechanic is more than enough for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to push away any doubt about it being just a big Borderlands 2 expansion. It is true that it uses most of its past elements, but it doesn't weigh down the experience. In addition, the excessive amount of content will give lots of gameplay hours to those who haven't made the gen-jump yet.
  2. Oct 15, 2014
    84
    While there are some flaws in the narrative setup of the story and the manner by which players are able to get from beginning to middle to end, all in all it is what I always expected it to be: a fun, funny experience with colorful characters, colorful environments, and colorful loot throughout it all.
  3. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    The new gear and low-gravity mechanics mixed with the zany skill trees makes for a fresh experience, and with Jack at the center driving the story forward, you get a deeper dive into the always entertaining, if well-traveled universe of Borderlands.
  4. 2K Australia has done itself proud. [Dec 2014, p.84]
  5. Oct 20, 2014
    70
    Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel gives fans of the series a good amount of content to dig their teeth into: however, the new features just don’t work and the overall quality of the adventure isn’t even close to the one we enjoyed in Borderlands 2.
  6. Jan 7, 2015
    70
    If you’re not on board with the series’ mashing of shooting and RPG elements, there’s nothing here that’s going to dissuade, and even casual fans might not feel the need to pick up this interquel after they’re still stuffed from Borderlands 2, but for the hardcore fan it’s hard to deny the formula is still plenty of fun and taking things to the moon provides enough of a difference in the mechanics to justify a play-through.
  7. Oct 16, 2014
    65
    Unfortunately The Pre-Sequel does not have the rich characters we expect in a Borderlands-game. Going through this adventure with Claptrap is very enjoyable, because of his jokes, but technically it could use some freshening up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    I had it preloaded so I've been up playing it since midnight. If you've played any Borderlands you know what to expect; lots of guns, loot andI had it preloaded so I've been up playing it since midnight. If you've played any Borderlands you know what to expect; lots of guns, loot and laughs. Right off the bat Handsome Jack had me in stitches. Its challenging, so you'll want to team up pretty quick. The community of players is awesome and I imagine Gearbox will be supporting this game like they did with 2 with key codes and DLC, so we will be playing and enjoying this game for a long, long time. In a nutshell, this is more of what made Borderlands 2 so damn fun with some cool new elements, so if you liked that game you'll love this one. Expand
  2. Oct 25, 2014
    8
    I bought this game day one and am not disappointed, as a fan of the previous 2 games this felt like a catch up on what happened between theI bought this game day one and am not disappointed, as a fan of the previous 2 games this felt like a catch up on what happened between the first 2 games. I can see how people might find it frustrating whether or not they enjoyed any of the other titles in the series as the low gravity atmosphere can get a while to get used to and if you are ill-equipped then you will not do well and die a hell of alot. The positives are if you want a well designed shoot and loot with tens of thousands of weapons, a fair and balanced system for joining peoples online games with plenty of action from start to finish then you will most likely enjoy it. Negatives would be a slightly less than good framerate, textures can take a while to load in game and a few glitches that can get you or your car stuck in the scenery. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2014
    8
    I didn't like the game when I first started playing. I thought the missions were drawn out and boring and that the overall story wasI didn't like the game when I first started playing. I thought the missions were drawn out and boring and that the overall story was pointless. By the end of the game all that completely changed. I played through the game with Athena, Wilhelm, and Nisha. Athena and Nisha I thought were great new characters with unique skills but Wilhelm played too much like Gaige from Borderlands 2. Laser and cryo weapons have replaced the slag weapons and personally I think they're much more fun. The new Oz kits allow characters the ability to double jump and butt slam enemies. Also the game allows players to use the grinder to combine three useless weapons to make a better one. My biggest complaint would have to come from the fact that a lot of the side missions take forever to complete due to the fact that there is a lot of walking between waypoints. Also I find it weird that the game looks worse than Borderlands 2 which came out over two years ago. If you're a hardcore fan of the Borderlands universe I think that you will enjoy the Pre-Sequel although I would recommend waiting for the price to drop. Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm a bit late to the party, but all I can say is I was generally impressed with This iteration of Borderlands. The humor was there and the story was there. However, the game play was not. A stupid learning curve for the gravity mechanics, bad level balancing, and boss battles that were either too hard or too easy brought it down for me. While I enjoyed it overall, I can tell that Gearbox did not make this. I hope when Borderlands 3 comes (which it has to be) Gearbox takes the mantle back up. 2K Australia has whetted my appetite for Borderlands, but not satisfied it. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    7
    I enjoyed this entry into the Borderlands series, but the style and look of it are aging to me. It feels a bit like they are riding theI enjoyed this entry into the Borderlands series, but the style and look of it are aging to me. It feels a bit like they are riding the popularity rather than expanding the game outwards. I am glad this studio has a new title out, because they need to keep developing new I.P. They are good at it. Expand
  6. Jan 30, 2015
    6
    Played through with friends, then went back to BL2 which has a better cast, bigger and better maps, story & missions. I didn't care forPlayed through with friends, then went back to BL2 which has a better cast, bigger and better maps, story & missions. I didn't care for Handsome Jack's backstory. He can never be forgiven for what he does in BL 2, every time I could, I was shooting him for Bloodwing's sake. Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2014
    3
    Borderlands the pre-sequel, it's a clear statement from 2K, it's just more borderlands with different story and a different set of characters.Borderlands the pre-sequel, it's a clear statement from 2K, it's just more borderlands with different story and a different set of characters. Telling the story of how Handsome Jack became what he was in Borderlands 2.

    While the story was somewhat good, I can't help but notice plot holes, not going to mention them, but, there are. Now, on to the discussion of why such a low score.

    First, it's a much shorter game than Borderlands 2, that includes the world and the pain that is moving trough many maps without a fast travel station nearby.

    Second, stupid side missions, nonsensical and downright stupid side missions are back.

    Third, weapons, many of the "legendary" or orange weapons are back, and while they do say that there are millions upon millions of weapons, at the end of the day, you will just want the rarest weapons.

    Fourth, story, while it was somehow new of how the story was being told, it would have been better if the character you choose did some narration or had a special ending, not told by drawings. Everything is centered on Athena, even if you do not choose her as your character.

    Fifth, ending (no spoilers), this game was released with content that may as well could have been dlc for borderlands 2. Also, I can't help but feel that this game only existence is to mention yet another borderlands game coming at some point in the future.

    Bottom line is, don't pay full price, wait for a special sale with all the dlc (that will come) at a better price of ... $5 dollars, that's what this game is worth anyways.
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