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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: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  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 16, 2021
    9
    Another finished game from Borderlands universe. Where shouldi start. Maybe it was a mistake to play this game immediately after BorderlandsAnother finished game from Borderlands universe. Where shouldi start. Maybe it was a mistake to play this game immediately after Borderlands 2, but hey over all this game is well developed.

    It's a really interesting game, but it doesn't give anything new to the Borderlands series series. New characters are kinda interesting - Nina, Meriff and etc. This game also uses a lot of old texture from the same previous game.

    About new features : Oxygen - it should be more important, it should take more of your HPs or at least do some damage, because when you are out of O2, you can still iive at least for another 5 minutes (maybe more).
    Low gravity ? Ok this feature is very interesting and i´ve enjoyed it.

    But what was most awesome thing in this game are definitely boss fights. Man... i will skip all of them and jump straight to the end. All ending storyline and all of their bosses are simply mega ultra top quality awesome!!!!
    The Sentinel was the pain in my ass, but i enjoyed it as well.

    In the end i have to give this game 9/10. Very good.
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  3. 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 theI 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
  4. 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
  5. Dec 16, 2016
    7
    This third episode of the franchise chose not to follow the events of Borderlands 2 but to tell us the rise of Handsome Jack, the charismaticThis third episode of the franchise chose not to follow the events of Borderlands 2 but to tell us the rise of Handsome Jack, the charismatic villain of this previous episode. It also was one of the last game made exclusively for the old-gen. Does it live up to the expectations ?

    Technically the game is alright with no major issues except some minor framerate drops but nothing harmful for the gameplay. The graphics keep the same art direction of the franchise and it doesn't brings a lot of improvements or new visuals with the same design of monsters, weapons and characters.

    Gameplay wise it's the same than the previous games with an open-world FPS with an emphasis on loot and coop, they tried to innovate with the low gravity (obvious given the fact that the action is on the moon) but it really doesn't change much (you'll never have oxygen troubles and the high jumps don't serve for anything ). But once again the main feeling is that it could be an expansion for Borderlands 2 and not a new episode.

    The story is certainly the most interesting point of the game, I think everybody loved Handsome Jack and his background was interesting but they relied too much on him and it lacks more charismatic characters. But at least the side quests are developed and full of pop culture references and you'll want to do them. To finish the game (campaign and side quests) you can expect around 25 hours which is good for the genre.

    In conclusion Borderlands The Pre-Sequel is certainly a fun game, specially with friends, but the lack of innovations is a major let down and if you already played the first two games you might end a bit bored despite the funny writing. I'll advise it only for big fans of the licence, if it's not your case you better expect Borderlands 3 on PS4/Xbox One.
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  6. 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 explicarFoi 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
  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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