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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: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Oct 23, 2014
    84
    The Pre-Sequel does feel more like a massive expansion pack than an entirely fresh experience, but the new playable characters are worth exploring and the tweaks to the formula have an impact across the entire breadth of the game. You won’t know what you ever did without huge double-jumps and butt-stomps.
  2. Oct 20, 2014
    80
    There is nothing terribly new here, it's got the same old weaknesses and almost no new strengths. But it builds something incredibly solid and lively on its tried and tested foundation.
  3. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    If you're hankering for more Borderlands, then The Pre-Sequel will most definitely scratch that itch. It doesn't really offer anything wildly new or innovative, and plays things safe for the most part, but there's no mistaking the sheer volume of fun on offer.
  4. Oct 24, 2014
    80
    A worthy successor to the main Borderlands series, if a bit rough around the edges. Enemies and boss fights are bland, but this is more than made up for by excellent level design, hilarious dialogue, loveable characters, and an expertly realised, brilliantly Australian world.
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    70
    Repetition and a lackluster story are its biggest shortcomings, but Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is different enough to separate itself from the shadows of its older siblings.
  6. Oct 15, 2014
    70
    Borderlands in Space. A gigantic DLC of the previous games with a couple of new features and some minor flaws.
  7. Nov 17, 2014
    60
    We expect good gunplay and loot from a Borderlands game, and we still got that with The Pre-Sequel. But by expecting a little more, we seem to have set ourselves up for disappointment. Strewth.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    More Borderlands for those who want it. It's that simple. It won't be changing anyone's mind on the franchise, but it delivers what itMore Borderlands for those who want it. It's that simple. It won't be changing anyone's mind on the franchise, but it delivers what it promises to pre-existing fans. I had it pre-ordered, and I am happy with my purchase. Also, the scaling is a major improvement over Borderlands 2, so that's good. Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2014
    10
    Great game! More borderlands at a good price. Glad it's on the 360 as I haven't upgraded yet. Still loads of 360 games to complete. BeenGreat game! More borderlands at a good price. Glad it's on the 360 as I haven't upgraded yet. Still loads of 360 games to complete. Been playing Sherlock Holmes, risen 3 and fallout 3 again (for the 3rd time it's that good!) love everything about borderlands universe. Think reviews have been harsher cos there's not a 3 after it. Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2014
    9
    Ok, maybe not quite as good as Borderlands 2, but a worthy successor nonetheless. The added variety of low gravity and the Oz kits makes forOk, maybe not quite as good as Borderlands 2, but a worthy successor nonetheless. The added variety of low gravity and the Oz kits makes for some really interesting battles. Like all the Borderlands series, the game becomes very different with each character you use for playthrough and the skill tree you pursue. That alone will keep me busy until the next DLC comes around. Definitely a "Must Have" game in my opinion. Although I really would have liked this on my new PS4 system. Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2015
    7
    Borderlands fans rejoiced when announced, and then wept after purchasing and playing this title. The story from 1 and 2 was epic. TheBorderlands fans rejoiced when announced, and then wept after purchasing and playing this title. The story from 1 and 2 was epic. The gameplay unique and fun, considering the age of realistic shooters, we have an off the wall one like this series that scores high. Then comes this game, not only does it seem off that some weapons in the PRE-SEQUEL aren't in 2 which makes poor sense, the main added feature, the butt bomb, is rarely used. Add the fact that Crap...I mean Clap Trap is the worst choice for multiplayer, and add characters that don't feel like heroes, and a semi retarded storyline well you get the point. For fans of the series and added over the top violence, pick up this game, if you're new to Borderlands, don't get this game.. Expand
  5. Jan 10, 2015
    7
    A reskinned Borderlands 2, this is the first game in the Borderlands series that I didn't play nonstop and it took me awhile to haul myselfA reskinned Borderlands 2, this is the first game in the Borderlands series that I didn't play nonstop and it took me awhile to haul myself through this game. Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2014
    6
    Borderlands The Pre-Sequel has it's good points, more Handsome Jack and an expanded universe for those like love the series, and it's badBorderlands The Pre-Sequel has it's good points, more Handsome Jack and an expanded universe for those like love the series, and it's bad points, bugs and glitches galore, along with some questionable tweaks and patches from Gearbox. The game and it's story are fine, if a little short on game play and replay-ability, but Gearbox should really start listening to it's faithful community about what it wants out of the game, and stop making tweaks that don't fix real issues, and only serve to strip the fun out of the game. Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Rushed, bugged, flawed. Terrible game in comparison to it's predecessor BL2 much smaller in duration, generically mostly the same but on a much smaller scale. Typically that freemium game, or a (baelzeebutt game), charging for endless DLC's, or content that should have accompanied that naff original release.

    This time around so many bugged flawed challenges cult of the vault symbols that don't register, encounters don't trip the power cores in lunar landing, boss fights which when played correct for their challenge, don't award Deadlift, Felicity. Grouping is plain awful never for specific quests which require groups, like, as in criteria achievements, always only for the general story mission. A lottery in how the groups progression will affect your own game, taking you to places of where am I skipping content prior etc. Loot was given little thought often so underpowered when progressing and hoping to find items, the quest rewards are for the most part entirely crap. Within group never really gaining uber awards for the same level of accomplishment but just the same crap. Then there is a naff grinder that sometimes puts buttshine on weapons making them mostly worse. Also anybody can duplicate items from glitch at least then gaining legendary items that have been duplicated passed around. They won't help much when one, or single shot to death from grouping with a few others.. None of the vehicle jumps were given any thought they often kill, because they can be air boosted from the jumping player, without the vehicle hitting some insignificantly elevated lump of terrain prior to the point of jump as the vehicle boosts, then it falling into oblivion.

    I had to restart two whole characters because of game error. First time playing around solo killing the story all the way up to Zarpedon the boss dropped only blue items, and the purples were skins, so I decide to group knowing near the end of the game hoping to get something more for my effort. I quick group and some buttwipe is handing in the last boss the sentinel quest as soon as entering group. Restart! Second character creation I spend about half a million credits on a legendary item the only one apart from so naff quest crap I have seen, I group and this item has been deleted from my inventory and was replaced by pre-ordered bonus, starting magnum. My 3rd character creation came across 4 glitched challenges that simply cannot be completed due to game error the rest were completed.

    Athena is probably the only character I enjoyed, having played the other 4, **** was simply annoying, the other 2 were generic tosh, no I'm not buying Jack.

    BL2 was a much better game, this time around as a game it is a generically, pathetic, rushed, air boosted comparison.

    Having 1k' achieved this game now, I knew it was mediocre so my fault for wasting my time with it, but I was playing to pass the time when awaiting a proper game, Inquisition, that is worth it's money.
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