Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix – Borderlands: Zombie Island of Dr. Ned

Many of you probably know the story of how I never really wanted to play Borderlands in the first place, who knew that this game would become one of my favorite games, but I was convinced by a former friend of mine. The convincing went beyond just the regular game itself, but also to the DLC. Knowing that I would have to play the DLC, I went out and bought the Game of the Year edition to spare me the extra money of having to spend it on the DLC. Out of all the DLC that came with this game, Zombie Island of Dr. Ned was up first.

In this DLC, you’ll head over to Jakob’s Cove in order to help “Dr. Ned”. Zombies and other things are running rampant in this region and it’s up to you, because you’re a total badass, to stop all of this and put an end to Dr. Ned once and for all.

Kudos: There are a bunch of pop culture references in this DLC as well as all of the humor you can expect from a Borderlands game. After playing this DLC “who knew” became an inside joke for me and my former friend for months and months. We would use it while playing other games making people question what the hell we were talking about and truth be told, I still use it from time to time even though no one usually knows what the hell I’m talking about.

As with most things Borderlands, I really enjoyed this DLC. It was my first Borderlands DLC experience and it was not disappointing at all. This is the DLC that showed what great things could come from DLC, especially Borderlands ones and even though I messed up with one of the missions and had to spend way more time in this area than I should of, I still had an absolute blast playing.

The playability of this game is the same as the main game. Because this DLC is a little difficult, not as difficult as the ones to follow, but still difficult, I would recommend playing with a character that you like playing and know how to play well. Other than that, everything worked as it should and there were no noticeable bugs or glitches that did anything game breaking.

The graphics for this are the same as the rest of the game so if you liked the style of the main game, then you’ll like the style of the DLC and for a PS3 game, these are pretty good. I will say that for me at least, they still hold up to standards and I have no problem going back to play this game on my PS3 over and over again.

There are a total of 5 new trophies you can get with this DLC. All of them are story based trophies that you’ll get by well completing the story. The only problem trophy is the Braaaaaaaaaaaains! trophy. This is a problem trophy, because it’s a collectible trophy. I think you know what you have to collect and because it’s based off of a side mission that you could totally miss and then have to go back and do all over again, that’s what’ makes it a problem trophy. The main goal is to collect 250 brains and this can take a hell of a lot of grinding in order to do so.

This is Borderlands and since it’s an expansion of the main game, of course there’s multiplayer. Borderlands is one of those games that encourages you to play with friends and random people. They do this so that you’ll get better loot and face harder enemies and to tell you the truth this game is fun to play with friends. Yes, I find myself playing solo these days, but when I did have someone to play with I had a really great time and so does everyone else that usually plays.

Overall I give this DLC a 4 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ A new area to explore and a fun story to go with it.
+ That same Borderlands humor is continued into the DLC making this a blast to play along with all of the pop culture references.

What’s Not So Great:
You could totally miss one of the side missions and have to spend a lot of time collecting 250 brains because the side mission isn’t marked, but an Easter Egg. While it probably seemed clever at the time, it really wasn’t.

This is a great DLC and a great way to continue your Borderlands experience. If you don’t have this DLC, but you have Borderlands then you’re seriously missing out. Instead of getting each DLC individually though, I would suggest picking up the Game of the Year edition so that you can have all the DLC and not have to pay for each individual DLC.

Who knew that I actually completed so much DLC? Probably my wallet, but that’s besides the point. Moving on to the next DLC that I played and completed fully, next week’s Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix will be for Dragon Age: Origins: Warden’s Keep. I’ll let you know in advance that this game had a hell of a lot of DLC and that’s basically what you’ll be seeing in the upcoming weeks.


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