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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.
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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: 77 out of 227
  2. Negative: 63 out of 227
  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
    Whilst it's not the best game in the world.it still fun and funny. I mean,move logged 5 hours on it this morning,and I've been liking it. ItWhilst it's not the best game in the world.it still fun and funny. I mean,move logged 5 hours on it this morning,and I've been liking it. It seems like I'll get a few hundred hours out of it, because, you know, guns.
    Besides, I am a Cyborg with a Laser outta Ghost Busters,and when I reload,it explodes on my enemies. I win.
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  3. Nov 9, 2014
    8
    OK, to start off, the people who are complaining in the negative reviews are expecting this game to be as polished and as good as BorderlandsOK, to start off, the people who are complaining in the negative reviews are expecting this game to be as polished and as good as Borderlands 2 was, now I agree that they did a bit of a lazy job in certain areas, but most of the development was done by one of their secondary studios(? idk what to call it, as I don't want to look it up right now), it is an amazing job considering that much. Now the game is full of bugs, glitches and a lot of issues which are hopefully fixed soon, the glitches are numerous and most of them deal with the new freedom of movement and the overall ability to unintentionally suicide, and the lower gravity and the fact that the enemies can slam you off the edge of a cliff if you are on a raised area and force you to have to respawn is definitely a problem.

    Another thing people are complaining about is that the game is too similar to Borderlands 2.... which is a stupid thing to say as Borderlands 2 cemented what it means to be a Borderlands game, and completely separated themselves from the rest of the fps games on the market today, so if you want something that is different from Borderlands 2 in some way that doesn't involve reduced gravity and cryo-weapons, then you should look elsewhere.

    Now this isn't a true sequel to any game overall, if it had been released as Borderlands 2 and then if they released Borderlands 2 as 3 instead, this game would be getting a lot better reviews, but since it just fills in a gap and helps setup the basis for the true sequel to the series that will be Borderlands 3, don't expect too much as it doesn't really have all that much room for adding in story.

    Now onto the review of the game as it is prior to dlc (not counting the pre-order bonus). The gameplay is very similar to Borderlands 2, with reduced gravity, O2 kits replacing relics, Laser weapons replacing E-tech, and Cryo weapons replacing slag weapons. A lot of the legendary weapons are currently back from Borderlands 1 and 2, and there are a few which are simply renamed and slightly altered from Borderlands 2 (Cryophobia and Fatale for example).

    The raid boss is just a redux of the final boss fight with more hp, shields and a bit stronger in general, so don't expect a whole lot from that. Head customizations are back, but are a bit more scarce as only a few missions give them as rewards, one is obtained from getting level 5 badass rank, and the rest are random drops from boss fights, so a little annoying to obtain.

    The legendary items in general have a problem with some of them only being obtainable from one time unique enemy spawns, though gearbox is looking into making the enemies that you can only fight once respawn randomly, or in the case of a boss, making it so you can fight them again.

    There are two secret bosses, one of which requires a bit of platforming, which is a bit of a pain as you have to do it every time you want to kill him for the loot. The other secret boss is simple to get to, just a bit of exploration and you will come across him.

    Moving to the characters, are pretty balanced in terms of damage and survivability, with the current exception of Nisha having her class mods coding being a bit buggy and causing her to be overpowered right now, as she can kill bosses in mere seconds, and the raid boss in under 2 or 3 mins (mostly because of it being a fight with stages so it takes a bit for it to change.

    The boss fights are each unique and take advantage of the improved AI, and lower gravity. As far as normal enemies go, they still have a bit of a tendency to run from you when you enter ffyl, which makes it irritating, also there are a lot of enemies that will jump in front of the enemy you are about to kill in ffyl, and cause you to die if you aren't using a laser weapon (they pierce enemies).

    Overall the game is not as done as Borderlands 2 was, but that could be due to Borderlands 2 being a full sequel done by the main company (and not a satellite studio of theirs) and that an almost 3 year gap between Borderlands 1 and 2, as well as less freedom than in the pre-sequel so not nearly as many glitches coming from movement. But the game is still good and, in my opinion, better than a lot of games out on the market for the same price. Despite a few imbalances and unique loot drops that are only available once right now, the game is pretty damn good, the movement is fun, the combat is also fun, and the jokes and references, which are corny are still kind of fun.

    Good game, not as great as Borderlands 2, but still a good game, and worth taking a look at, especially if they fix the current bugs and allow for unique enemy respawns, add a good amount of campaign dlc, and so forth.
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  4. Oct 14, 2014
    6
    It's sometimes a little tough doing a follow-up in this day and age. especially when following up on previous success. do something differentIt's sometimes a little tough doing a follow-up in this day and age. especially when following up on previous success. do something different which doesn't catch on: you'll get pilloried for 'changing a winning' formula and breaking what was not broken - do it the same way: you'll get flamed for 'churning out the same thing', 'rehashing' and cash-grabbing.

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - tries to straddle that thin line between the two.

    The game-play and mechanics have not been changed too much. Four new (kinda) characters with (some)what different skills. The same loot-hunting and over-the-top dialogue, action and story. Fans of 1 and 2 may like (perhaps) several scenes where the game shows-cases former characters; and a different perspective on Jack.

    As for the new: the low-gravity feature sometimes comes as more of a hindrance than any real fun. While the premise is sound, the maps/environment aren't as well designed as to allow for more of this feature to really shine. Imagine being able to bound from one point of cover to the next; or from cover to an overhead sniping position. The possibilities are endless but unfortunately, very limited in the game, which usually amounts to jumping around and shooting enemies at your feet/slamming them.

    Pacing and plodding around (especially in the first map and before you get your vehicle) isn't great. There is a whole lot of running around (in relative drab scenery) with little to do and few enemies.

    By and large, a decent game. But not really worth the full retail price right now. It does feel a little like a DLC rather than a stand-alone.
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  5. Oct 19, 2014
    5
    Mechanics are great, the use of jumping and slamming ads a whole new level to the game, I LOVE the grinder and the characters talking to eachMechanics are great, the use of jumping and slamming ads a whole new level to the game, I LOVE the grinder and the characters talking to each other was a nice change. But that's about it. The story lacks any depth , the developers really over hyped the amount of guns you'll find and actually use, there is very little difference in the levels, and it feels EXTREMELY short. In short its a good game, the things that are actually new work well, it just doesn't have the good quality and quantity that Borderlands 2 had. Expand
  6. Oct 16, 2014
    4
    This game made me so sad. I really loved the first Borderlands. Was honestly one of my favorite games. The second was a step backwards, mainlyThis game made me so sad. I really loved the first Borderlands. Was honestly one of my favorite games. The second was a step backwards, mainly because it was mostly just a DLC of the first game. I had high hopes for this games.

    Graphics: The graphics were basically the same as the other games, which when the first game came out were good, when the second game came out there were okay... At this point I really expect more. There was no upgrade of graphics and while they are stylized that is no excuse for some kind of upgrade. 5/10

    Gameplay: Really the biggest issue I have is the same. There hasn't been any upgrade in gameplay in the series at all. it is more of the same. From my experience there is even less variety in weapon drops than in the first game. 5/10

    Story: This is the biggest dissappointment to me. I thought the story to the first game was really good. And again, the second game, at least for me, took a step forward. But this game is basically one long injoke after another. Not only that but if you are in on the joke, you may as well just ignore the story. If the gameplay had advanced or the graphics were an upgrade I might be able to forgive this but it is hard when the one saving grace should have been the trite, meme inspired, rehashed BS story. 3/10

    Overall score a 4.3 so rounded down... 4/10
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  7. Dec 30, 2015
    0
    Bad, simply the game is bad comparing to the borderlands legacy and i will start with the whorst part which is constant glitches and crashesBad, simply the game is bad comparing to the borderlands legacy and i will start with the whorst part which is constant glitches and crashes to this date on both on pc and ps4.
    Apart from the technical issues, i just hated the constant jumping challenges, i don't enjoy the gravity and the lack of oxygen makes me nervous to the point i can't chill and enjoy the scenery...
    Such an awesome story and i can't enjoy it it's a pity, totally hated it.
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