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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 and RPG gameplay. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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 13, 2014
    84
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel tries to shake its gameplay with new, but not always good, elements. Luckily, the core is the same as always, and the game is still very good if played in a group of up to four friends, not that good if you're going to enjoy it solo.
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    84
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is deadset the most Australian game you’re ever going to play.
  4. Oct 14, 2014
    80
    The famous Borderlands formula is impressive in this new game in which the gravity on the moon makes shoot-outs very different. This is still a special Borderlands game with interesting gameplay that takes more than 30 hours.
  5. Oct 18, 2014
    75
    It never truly reaches the heights of Borderlands 2, even with the interesting lunar combat and the captivating premise. If you want more Borderlands though, here you'll find plenty of that.
  6. Oct 23, 2014
    70
    You know what they say: In space, nobody can hear you scream, but they sure can hear you laugh.
  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: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  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 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 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 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. 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 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
  5. Nov 17, 2014
    6
    Foi um jogo que eu esperei bastante pra sair pq eu sou completamente apoixonado pelo borderlands 2 e gosto muito do 1 e nao bem como explicar mais esse faltou alguma coisa tipo aquilo que faz viciar assim como o borderlands 2. Expand
  6. Oct 14, 2014
    5
    the good news , yes its borderlands!, the bad news is its yet another borderlands game. following the excellent B2, this is a disappointment...relatively few & often stupid side-quests, smaller world, uninspired main story, same ol weapons + lasers and gravity.., i play nisha and she has a boring skill tree.. let me be clear: its not bad, if it was any other title, i'd give it a slightly higher score, however i expected much more from this franchise.. still waiting for an open world borderlands, with crafting and extensive rpg elements.... definitely not worth the price 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. 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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