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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
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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. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 16, 2014
    80
    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: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  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. Apr 18, 2015
    8
    I'm a bit mixed on my opinion of this game. I guess I'll start by mentioning all things I liked and didn't like.
    (This review also covers all
    I'm a bit mixed on my opinion of this game. I guess I'll start by mentioning all things I liked and didn't like.
    (This review also covers all the DLCs)

    Liked:
    1) Loved the double jumping, floating and slamming mechanics.
    2) Ice weapons are awesome!
    3) Love the grinder.
    4) More Claptrap units doing their thing.
    5) Aurelia is a great, why on earth wasn't she in BL2?
    6) Was nice seeing Dahl variations on everything (containers, troops, etc.)
    7) Jenny was fun. Loved her character.

    Didn't Like:
    1) Why on earth are Lilith and Roland in the game? Granted the intro it is understanding, but this felt like a wasted opportunity to introduce new characters. Heck it would have been ideal for the BL3 protagonists.
    2) Not enough Tiny Tina! MORE TINY TINA!!!!!
    3) Like with BL1 and BL2, BL:TPS's main controllable characters are barely relevant to the main story, aside from moving things along. There is VERY little variation in dialogue and character interactions. For BL3 the characters need to feel different, not just in ability and appearance,but also need the world around them to recognise their individuality.
    4) Lack of easter eggs. There were quite a few, but nowhere near as many as in BL2.
    5) Why isn't the intro patched to include the DLC characters?
    6) No trophies for DLC characters action skill usage.
    7) The main story is far too short.
    8) Not enough interesting side missions.

    There is more for both sides, but that's most of what I can think of for now.

    There's not to much to say about visuals and gameplay as they are on par with the previous games. The low gravity and atmosphere/no atmosphere aspects were a welcome addition, giving this game its own feel.

    While the story and character were all deep, enjoyable and thought out, it still felt like there should have been more.

    Overall:
    Borderlands: The Presequel feels more like avery big piece of DLC or stand alone spin off title. Critique aside, it's still a ton of fun and has everything you could expect from a Borderlands game.

    Note to 2K:
    I have bought and played every Borderlands games on all platforms. Bought every DLC, guidebook, any relevant paraphernalia related to this series. So I'm a huge fan. That said, if Borderlands 3 is in development, here are acouple of things I'd like to see:

    1) More Tiny Tina (or taller Tina depending on where in the continuity BL3 happens.)
    2) Have a different themed corporation running things. Dahl, Hyperion, Torque and Jakobs have made appearances, have someone else be the focus in the next game.
    3) Controllable characters that are relevant to the story.
    4) Raid bosses that are possible on Solo without having the rarest and best gear. Their difficulty should be proportionate to the number of players playing.
    5) More mini holiday themed DLCs like BL2 had.
    6) Lilith, Mordecai and Brick have had their moment, now let the BL2 cast lead the NPCs in BL3.
    7) Keep Cryo weopons.
    8) What happened to Aurelia?
    9) A giant statue of a red smiling cat. Don't know how or why, just make it so! *please* :)
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  3. Oct 25, 2014
    8
    Great game, more of the same doesn't make it bad. It's a better version of Destiny in my opinion except with out the MMO features. I boughtGreat game, more of the same doesn't make it bad. It's a better version of Destiny in my opinion except with out the MMO features. I bought since I didn't buy Borderlands 2, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2014
    7
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is nice way, if you're a borderlands fanatic, to hold you over, Until Borderlands 3 anyways. If, however you wantBorderlands: The Pre-Sequel is nice way, if you're a borderlands fanatic, to hold you over, Until Borderlands 3 anyways. If, however you want to try borderlands, I recommend Borderlands 2 as it as more story as well as gameplay. In general, Borderlands: Pre-Sequel has no new things to offer really. Worth the price, No. Waiting for a deal or sale up to 40 dollars would be more worth this game. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Nov 11, 2014
    6
    Well this game has it's ups and downs.
    It's story is great. Although it's better if you play the first and second instalments.
    Umm it has a
    Well this game has it's ups and downs.
    It's story is great. Although it's better if you play the first and second instalments.
    Umm it has a wide variety of weapons and gear to choose from.
    But farming. The loot is what Borderlands is all about. But sadly some enemies aren't farmable so you need to
    alt+F4 (Dashboard, or quit) This makes the game really frustrating for farmers trying to get these weapons, that's the main reason why I'm giving it a six.
    Umm Cryo element is a really good replacement of the slag element and was an addition I really enjoyed.

    So to sum it up, It's a game that you'll enjoy. The only thing is you should buy it when the price is lowered.
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  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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