If you’ve ever played ANY Borderlands game, you know that is hilarious! Starting right from the intro cinematic! This game has merged Sci-Fi, FPS, MMO, and RPG so well, that its praised as a kind of cult classic, even though its a fairly new series. In this, the third installment, you play the story that happened between Borderlands 1 & 2. This was meant to give some insight into Handsome Jack and how he became such an all out maniac. 2K knows how to deliver.
This is the first game that takes place somewhere other than Pandora. It gives us a bit of a different landscape although there’s still tons of badland to wander through. You get your general missions and story progressions but with more depth and detail. It really seems to me like its just doing a glorified job of telling Jacks story. The fighting is only upgraded by the difference in characters this time around. Athena has her multipurpose shield that blocks, absorbs, and projects. Nisha is basically the lower grade, more conventional version of our Gunzerker and can also heal alongside her gunslinging abilities. Calptrap, known as Fragtrap, boots random abilities during his campaign, and Wilheim, if you remember, uses cybernetics, which is how he became a pain in the ass boss in Borderlands 2. Utilizing different abilities takes you out of the comfort zone the first two games put us into, but in a good way.
The story singularly involves Jacks fight upward to beat out the Dahl corporation and build an army in his own corporation so that he can have ultimate power. The teammates you play as or meet in the process, are simply there for verification on why and how they turned out on Pandora in part 2. The continuity is perfection and the complicated story is much more understandable now, even though we already knew Jack was a psychopath. Upon completion of the story, you’ll know why Jack is who he is, which will then prompt you to play Borderlands 2 again just to see if you really get it. I know I am.
CELL-SHADING! My favorite art form within a game because it looks amazing on old-gen, current-gen, next-gen, AND mobile platforms. The 3D aspects thrown into a cartoony soup helps to remind that, though you are an adult and this is not a kids game, you know who and what you are – a kid at heart. I think the fact that these graphics make me think so deeply on that, they have to be some high grade stuff. You won’t find any excessively abnormal anatomy or large head, little body syndrome. You get such a perfect mix of form and function, that you really just feel it, stop to admire it once and again, and then go back to the game knowing that you’re part of these amazing sights. Definite thumbs up on graphics here.
Sound quality in this game is very specific to your area. As soon as you change environments or firefights, you get different sounds and music. The transition is so smooth, you just expect it. Sometimes I stop and wonder what’s going on when I don’t hear sounds or ambiance, which is exactly what the game is set-up to do. The music we get is not so much harsh but so fitting to the situation you’re in, you just feel like you’re in an action movie. That’s a hell of a feat.
The Pre-Sequel is sure to satiate that hunger you had for understanding the middle ground of the story in Borderlands 2, so definitely give it a look. You can gain insight and experience from playing different story lines in a different environment, under different circumstances. I guess that’s the message I really get from the game. Be different, it helps. The strong story and multi-option gameplay won’t leave you wanting for anything.
Absolutely worth it.10
Gameplay score 9
Graphics score 10
Music & SFX score 9