Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    In releasing this DLC, Gearbox and 2K have done what seems to be so difficult for other studios: drop a well designed, value laden expansion pack in a timely manner.
  2. At $10 or whatever that translates to in Microsoft fun money, you're looking at at least another eight hours of gameplay (maybe more if you don't work on the brain-hunting missions while doing all the other ones). At that price, Zombie Island just may be the perfect place for your next vacation, and for your next level up too.
  3. A nice beginning for what we hope will be regular DLC updates for this great game.
  4. Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is an excellent DLC able to expand both on Borderlands' world and gameplay. You can expect hours of fun and a really good overall expansion.
  5. Moody new environments, diverse new foes, and even more of Borderlands' signature humor make this new content very entertaining and very worthwhile.
  6. With the inclusion of Zombies, Borderlands: the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is actually not more of the same and definitely throws a curve ball into the genre and as Zombies are the in thing at the moment, it's great to send these undead back to their graves for good, just make sure you have some wet wipes available because it's going to get messy!
  7. The entire package presents some of the best Borderlands' gameplay to date, and this first batch of downloadable content is more entertaining than any plot-arc on the disk.
  8. If you haven't gotten completely burned out of Borderlands' shoot-'n-loot hijinks or are looking to pick the game back up, taking a relatively new character through the perils of The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is certainly a worthwhile endeavor.
  9. A thoroughly enjoyable and action-filled story, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned should be on the top of your Must Download list for those who want to extend their Borderlands experience. It’s offbeat and comical but you will have a great time so if you own the game you should certainly download this mission.
  10. If nothing else, it's entirely fitting that a game that's always been brilliantly brainless is now genuinely brain-dead as well. Oh, and I finally got that bloody Mario-themed Achievement. SCORE.
  11. The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is a solid addition for anyone who wants more Borderlands, but the lack of additional items or further opportunities for character building feel like a missed opportunity that could have given this content a lasting effect.
  12. With a dark and gritty seasonal feel to the level design, an endless stream of undead cannon fodder and a mad Dr. You can't go wrong with this DLC.
  13. 80
    While it'd be great to get some downloadable content that adds in character class skills, heaps of new items, bumps up the level cap, or builds in more interesting and complex quest and encounter mechanics, what's presented here is a guaranteed good time.
  14. The bottom line is that if you’re a fan of the original game, then this is a must-download.
  15. An extremely satisfying and often hilarious campaign.
  16. The new setting and enemies offer a refreshing change of pace, and the comedic writing, characters and pop culture references are as good as ever.
  17. The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is a humorous and entertaining episode to extend the Borderlands experience. However, it can be a bit repetitive at times, and it lacks any worthwhile souvenirs.
  18. While lacking a few key wanted features (new level cap and weapons), Zombie Island still brings enough to the table to make a solid first expansion.
  19. The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is maybe not attractive in terms of new weapons, skills or a higher level cap, but it’s funny, long and surprisingly comical.
  20. Good enemies variety and the new dark setting deliver an average amount of fun for those who love the original game. It won't last long, but it's still a fair deal.
  21. Solid but not great, the first DLC pack is best when it the content is original. The final boss fight in the game makes the pack worth $10.
  22. For those that have the means and already enjoy the campy humor of Borderlands, Zombie Island of Dr. Ned may be just what you’re looking for. For those who are trying to stretch their gaming dollar, this is a tougher recommendation to make.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. DanielS
    Jan 11, 2010
    10
    Along with Oblivion's "The Shivering Isles" and GTA's "Ballad of Gay Tony", Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned has the Along with Oblivion's "The Shivering Isles" and GTA's "Ballad of Gay Tony", Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned has the highest playtime/cost ratio of any DLC. By that I mean it provides a dozen hours of gameplay, yet only costs 800 MS points. Some DLC on Xbox Live costs 1200 MS Points, but only provides 3-4 hours of gameplay. For anyone sitting on the fence, do not hesitate to sprint to your Xbox and download this DLC pack after the end of this sentence. Full Review »
  2. Aug 20, 2012
    8
    The first dlc that I played in borderlands and The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is the best dlc I have ever played in my life. It is almost asThe first dlc that I played in borderlands and The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is the best dlc I have ever played in my life. It is almost as good as the game itself and provides up to 6-8 hours of gameplay. The dlc has a story better then the game itself and is just playable by yourself and even more fun with some peeps. Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned 8.5/10 Full Review »
  3. Jul 24, 2012
    7
    If you enjoyed Bordelands, Dr. Ned is an instant purchase. It provides great value for money with good amounts of content and is more of theIf you enjoyed Bordelands, Dr. Ned is an instant purchase. It provides great value for money with good amounts of content and is more of the shooting and looting of the base game. The setting is once again interesting, and the story, whilst not that engaging or immerse, is just insane and funny enough to be enjoyable. The only thing that marks this down is the quality of some of the missions. The majority of the quests are well thought out and interesting, but the minority are tedious fetch-quests we've seen plenty before. Still, this DLC is well worth the price and is a worthy add-on to an already fun game. Full Review »