Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – The Holodome OnSlaught (PS4)

Unfortunately, I have to say that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, although it basically sets forth the events for Borderlands 3 and lets you play as my all time favorite Borderlands character, Athena, was a pretty disappointing game. Although I have the game on both the PS3 and the PS4, when it came to the DLC, the only reason why I played it was because it was already included with the PS4 version. I didn’t think this game warranted going out and buying additional DLC. Was my mind changed though after I played the first DLC for this game? Keep reading to find out.

The Holdome OnSlaught is the retelling of the main story for the game but through fighting different waves of enemies over and over again. Think of Bandit Slaughter from Borderlands 2 or Hyperion Slaughter. This time though, Athena will retell the story of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to Tiny Tina, Axton, and Gaige. Each round will be specific to what happened in the actual story and will even include bonus objectives to complete depending on which part of the story Athena is telling.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore the slaughter houses in Borderlands 2. They were a huge improvement from the Moxxi DLC in the first Borderlands and didn’t feel like a chore in the second one. To have a whole DLC just based off of that though, wasn’t the best move in Borderlands history. Yes, it was funny to hear Athena retell the story and give a little insight to her relationship with Janey because everyone knows that I am a huge Athena/Janey fan. I’ve been shipping their relationship since day one, but putting all that aside, this DLC just wasn’t really all that great. After you finish you can go back and replay the last level over and over again, but the question is why?

This has all the same qualities of the other Slaughterhouses and preforms in a similar fashion. It works hand in hand with the game and plays flawlessly into the main game. I didn’t have any problems while playing this and overall it was a good experience with no bugs or glitches.

The graphics are the same Borderlands graphics that they’ve been using since day one and it’s one thing that really works for the series. I have to say that before playing the series, when I would see random clips of the game I would look at the graphics and scoff, but now I couldn’t see them using any other graphics for this series and they’ve become really enjoyable.

This DLC comes with an extra three trophies tacked onto it. All you have to do to get them is play through all five rounds along with the badass round and complete the badass round without going into fight for your life. If you’re using Athena this is pretty easy but I would think that if you play on regular mode and you’re a high enough level this would be easy even without using Athena.

I’ve said this more than once that Borderlnds is a co-op game and this DLC is no different. I do have to say though that I did complete this solo, all five rounds and the badass round without going into fight for your life, and it was alright. I could go back and play with some friends, but I really have no desire to. To tell the truth this DLC felt more like a chore and I didn’t want to have the trophies left hanging on my trophy card.

Overall I give this DLC a 2.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:

The retelling of the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel stuff just with violence.
Athena and Tiny Tina make this DLC. Their interactions together are funny and this DLC would be even more boring without it.

What’s Not So Great:
Not the best Borderlands DLC at all.
Like the game itself, this Borderlands DLC is lacking that special quality that Borderlands 2 and its DLC had.
Play it once and basically forget about it because there’s nothing to go back to.

This wasn’t a really great DLC, especially for a game that was already lackluster to begin with. I didn’t enjoy this DLC half as much as I did with the Borderlands 2 DLC and would actually rather play Sir Hammerlocks Big Game Hunt over and over again instead of playing this DLC. Not the best showing for Borderlands and hopefully this isn’t the direction that the overall series is going in because if it is, then I see a really sad end for a great game series.

Now for next week, well start on a new series all together. This is the series that I’ve played more times than I can actually remember. Even after having the platinum trophy, I still go back and play this game over and over again because it’s one of my favorites. I’ve completely finished this game and now have it at 100% on my trophy card so we’ll start next week with the first DLC for Mass Effect 2 which was Zaeed: The Price of Revenge.


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