Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix – Borderlands 2 – Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep

While I loved the first two DLC for Borderlands 2, how could you not, I was not impressed with the Sir Hammerlock DLC. They took one of my favorite Borderlands 2 characters and gave him a crap DLC. Now Tiny Tina is also one of my favorite Borderlands 2 characters. How could she not be. I mean, if you don’t like Tiny Tina, then…I just don’t even know what to say. Getting beyond that though I thought that giving her a DLC could go either way after the last DLC so keep reading to see what I actually thought of the DLC.

Taking place after the events of Borderlands 2 and leading into the opening events of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel which will then hopefully lead into the events of Borderlands 3, this DLC has Tiny Tina along with the original Vault Hunters, minus one, playing a game of Bunkers and Badasses. Tiny Tina serves as your narrator and overall world creator for this DLC as she takes you through a story. Not just any story though, it’s actually the story of Borderlands 2. But what’s different about it is that it’s coming from how a 13 year old sees it. How things went down in Borderlands 2 isn’t exactly how she see’s it and she’ll give you her perspective in this DLC that is both over the top and just a little sad at the same time.

I’m not crying! In Borderlands 2 you learn that Tiny Tina’s parents were murdered by none other than Handsome Jack. While you see her coping with that just fine, it’s because she has Roland who basically watches out for her and is her best friend. Taking place after the death of Roland, this DLC is all about Tiny Tina coming to terms with the death of her best friend. From the prospective of a 13 year old it’s a hard thing and this DLC shows that even though she’s this little psychopath who is hysterical she’s still a 13 year old girl who misses her best friend and still thinks he’s coming back. In a way it’s heart breaking and every time I play I promise myself that I won’t cry at the end, but I just can’t help it.

I loved this DLC. Just loved it. I know I loved the first two DLC, we can just forget about the third, but this DLC is the one that makes the game. I can play this DLC, even though it’s incredibly sad, over and over again. This takes the already over the top Borderlands and makes it even more over the top while still giving it an actual point. The story for the DLC alone is hands down the best out of all the DLC released for this game and just everything else about it cannot be topped. I seriously have no idea how the other Borderlands are going to compete because if I could only choose to play one DLC ever again it would be this one.

The playability is just like the other three DLC for this game and the game itself. While I did have some stability issues and a few minor glitches on the PS3, the PS4 version ran just fine for me. Overall the experiences were similar except for one little part that I’ll get to later. There are a bunch of new areas to explore with this DLC and a bunch of new enemies to shoot and areas to loot. This formula works for Borderlands and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I’m just happy that the story telling aspect of the game has changed for the better.

Because this takes place in a fictional place, the environment is over the top and completely different which is just fine because that’s the premise of the whole DLC. Because the DLC is laid out like that, the overall graphics just work for this DLC and actually enhance it more. When it comes to the graphics for the DLC, this is a total winner.

Unlike the other DLC for this game, there are 10 trophies for this DLC. Some of them are playing the game and some are luck based. No matter how you look at it though, they’re all pretty simple and they just require you to farm a little and play like you normally would. I wouldn’t say that it makes you go out of your way more than you would already have to get a trophy.

Trophy Memories… By the time I played this on the PS3, I was coming very close to my 2,000 trophy. I know it seems a long time ago since I’m close to 7,000 now, but back to my story. I usually don’t plan my “milestone trophies” they come as they come and sometimes I get some really crappy ones. My 6,000 milestone trophy was called Mushroom, but this time I was extremely happy when trophy number 2,000 popped because it was the first trophy for this DLC which was I Totes Planned that Boss and I totally love seeing that on my trophy log. It’s very much a Tiny Tina thing to say and it’s just awesome.

Like the rest of this game, this DLC is meant to be played co-op style. The enemies are harder and the loot is better. By the time this came out on the PS3 I felt like I was playing with someone who had introduced me to this game out of obligation. Our friendship had gone downhill and we played most of the DLC in silence, both of us trying to find a reason to be like “Oh I have to go, we’ll play later” before signing out and playing alone. While that did put a damper on the whole co-op thing, there were times when there was that heard over the microphone sigh when someone died during a round of Murderlin’s Temple, it made me enjoy the co-op thing a lot less which was why I started playing this game by myself in the first place. Long story, yes longer than this, cut completely short I played this DLC with new people later on and have to say that you really need to play not only this DLC but the game as a whole with someone else who enjoys it as much as you do.

Hmm…which console to play on: Both! This is the one Borderlands 2 DLC that cannot be missed. Play it on both because I promise you that this will not be the one time that you play this DLC. And all those other times you play, you won’t regret it.

Overall I give this DLC a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Tiny Tina! This is her journey and she makes the whole DLC.
+ The story for this DLC is over the top in that Borderlands 2 fashion that cannot be missed.
+ The 5 stages of grief all laid out in a nice little DLC for you that will have you crying your eyes out by the end.
+ Great graphics that are also over the top, but not really when you think about it coming from Tiny Tina’s perspective.

What’s Not So Great:
Some stability issues on the PS3.

If you’re going to play only one DLC for Borderlands 2, let it be this one. It’s just the best DLC that this game has to offer and cannot be missed. In a world where DLC is now a common thing for every game and you have to figure out what’s worth it and what’s not, this one is without a doubt worth it. You won’t regret playing this and you’ll probably play it more than once.

While the Borderlands 2 DLC has sadly come to an end, I got one more Borderlands DLC for you in this series which is from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. I only completed one of the DLC for this game which was The Holodome OnSlaught on the PS4 and I’ll let you know what I thought about it next week.

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Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix – Borderlands 2 – Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt

I’m just going to put this out there that Borderlands 2 is like my game. I know what I’m doing, I know the ins and out of the game, contrary to popular belief I know how to level up my character that works for me, and I single handedly took down Terramorphus to help someone power level. That being said, I’ve also played all of the DLC to 100% completion which if you enjoy the game isn’t really that hard to do. Anyway, with Sir Hammerlock being one of my favorite characters I was excited to see a DLC revolving around just him. Keep reading to see if this DLC held up to my expectations that was set by the previous DLC.

Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt revolves around going on a hunting trip with the one and only Sir Hammerlock. He promises big game hunting, hence the title, but you’ll be confronted by Professor Nakayama. Professor Nakayama isn’t so pleased that you killed off Handsome Jack in the main campaign since he was kind of obsessed, maybe even in love, with him. So you’re going to have to take care of this one more loose end. You’ll have the professor to hunt down, some new monsters, and a few of the natives all ready for you to shoot and loot in a DLC that promises to be tons of fun.

While the DLC promises to be tons of fun, it sort of falls flat when you compare it to the other two DLC that came out before it. If you compare it to the DLC that comes out after it then you’ll see this DLC as a complete failure. Don’t get me wrong, in typical Borderlands fashion there’s a ton to do, but it’s just not fun or interesting. The maps are confusing as hell and you’ll have to hoof it most of the way around not to mention the farming that is mandatory in order to complete one of the quests. Not the best DLC in the Borderlands 2 universe as it lacks a good story and the overall replayability.

Whether you play on the PS3 or the PS4, the playability is similar to the main campaign of the game. I will say that I had some crashing issues while playing this DLC on the PS3, but didn’t have any issues on the PS4. Overall the game, including this DLC, was much more stable on the PS4. That being said if you’ve played Borderlands 2 then you’ll know how to play this DLC since it of course fits into the universe.

The graphics are the same as the rest of the game, but I wasn’t really digging the environments that were introduced in this DLC. I know they were going for the whole outdoors thing, but it just didn’t feel like it fit into the Borderlands universe. It was a weird edition that I really didn’t enjoy.

Finish this DLC and do everything it has to offer in order to get yourself another 3 trophies. The only problem you’ll have is with the completion trophy. That’s because one of the side missions in this DLC involves a bunch of farming and I can see some people saying screw this because it’s a pain in the ass. If you’re a trophy hunter you’ll go ahead and do it then because you just can’t have a DLC without having the 100% for it.

As with all of Borderlands, there is co-op for this DLC. I have to say that while I’ve had a blast playing not only the main campaign of the game with friends along with some of the DLC, this had to be the worst DLC to play with someone else. There was nothing really fun about playing with someone else as there was with the other DLC and it felt more like a chore. This time around I enjoyed breezing through this DLC all by myself. This is kind of sad in the Borderlands universe because I think we can all agree this game was never made with the intention that you should play by yourself.

Hmm…which console to play on: You probably already know I played this to completion on both the PS3 and the PS4. If I had to do it all over again…I would have rather saved my money and skipped the PS3 version and just play it on the PS4 since it was already included in the price. I’m going to say if you have both versions, skip the PS3 and just go for the PS4 to save yourself the hassel.

Overall I give this DLC a 2 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ It was good to see a classic character from Borderlands 2 getting his own DLC.
+ You get to take down one more of Handsome Jack’s posse, but will it be the last?

What’s Not So Great:
Not that strong of a story in the universe of Borderlands 2 DLC.
Get’s boring really fast with tedious tasks that have you running all over the place and a bunch of farming, but not the fun kind.
Environments that feel like they don’t really belong in Borderlands.

Not the strongest DLC for Borderlands 2 at all. The overall DLC just felt like it was missing some crucial element that the other DLC had and it made it not as fun to play. This was one of those DLC’s that I was content with just playing the once and that was it because I didn’t need to play it anymore or feel the need to go back and farm some of the boss battles. If you just have to play this DLC to see for yourself I would suggest playing on the PS4 since it’s included in the package.

Now for next week, sadly the Borderlands 2 DLC is coming to a close. After the disappointing DLC that came out I was a little weary about the next DLC until I heard that it was a Tiny Tina DLC. Like Sir Hammerlock, Tiny Tina was one of those new Borderlands 2 characters that you couldn’t just but just fall in love with because she’s this psychotic little 13 year old who has the craziest things to say and some of the more memorable moments in the whole game. Next week I’ll let you know what I thought about Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon’s Keep.

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Throwback Back Thursday Review – DLC Remix – Borderlands 2 – Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage

As much as I had enjoyed playing Borderlands 2 without the DLC, a lot of the DLC makes this game even more memorable and it makes it one of those games that I keep going back to play over and over again without question. After playing the first DLC for this game, which you can read about here, I was super excited when it was announced that a new DLC was coming out for this game. Keep reading to see what I thought about Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage.

With the discovery of a new vault, it’s up to the vault hunters once more to go and uncover it. Of course there’s a catch though. You’ll have to fight your way through a bunch of other so-called Badasses to see who is the badass of them all. All of this is hosted by the very memorable Mr. Torgue who has a bunch of funny one-liners and just some crazy things to say that will have you laughing your way through this DLC. Once you prove to Pandora once more that you’re the most badass person around, you’ll be granted access to the vault and tons of loot. Not to mention there are plenty of new boss raids for you to play over and over again to your hearts content.

I love this DLC if for no other reason that it introduces Mr. Toruge. There are plenty of Borderlands characters who are way out there, but none of them are Mr. Torgue. He has to be one of the craziest and funniest characters out there and he really makes this DLC. You’ll also be able to see some familiar faces in this huge campaign of a DLC that can add up to another 8 hours of playtime to your original playtime. The overall story will have you exploring new areas of Pandora that you haven’t seen before and in typical Borderlands fashion have you running all over the place to hunt down all the quests and everything else this DLC has to offer. There’s a bunch of stuff for you to do in this DLC and there’s a bunch of story to go with it showing once again that this was an extremely well planned out DLC.

Matching the first DLC for this game, you can play this DLC whenever your heart desires and it fits into the main story of the game perfectly or is a nice continuation of your already existing story. Everything is basically the same and consistent throughout the DLC so there’s no difference in playing the main campaign or playing the DLC. In both versions I found no bugs or glitches that ruined my experience in any way and I was thankful.

The graphics for this DLC are the same as the rest of the game and they’re pretty awesome. The new areas are well detailed and it shows that a lot of work went into making environments that were new to the game and not something reused from earlier on. I give the Gearbox team a lot of credit because so much work went into the graphics and it not only shows, but it pays off as well.

Finish this DLC and do everything it has to offer to get yourself another 3 trophies no matter what system you’re playing on. There are two trophies that might give you some trouble because finishing all mission can be difficult, especially the racing one, but there is a trick you can find to make the last time limit and then there’s the collecting of the Moxxi pictures. While it’s a pain in the ass to try and get 10 pictures of her to drop, who wouldn’t want to spend their time gathering up 10 pictures of Moxxi, so if you want the trophy you’ll do it.

Like the game itself and the DLC before it, this game was made to be played by multiple people at one time. You can tell by the more epic loot drops and the harder enemies and just the overall gameplay itself. I’ve played this both ways, a few times with some friends and once by myself. I will say that once more it was better to do it with a friend or two instead of by myself, but it was a lot easier to collect the pictures of Moxxi alone because when you play with other trophy hunters it’s all out war as everyone wants to collect the pictures and get the trophy.

Hmm…which console to play on: Playing this on both the PS3 and the PS4 I can honestly tell you that I enjoyed playing on both consoles. I still to this day play on both consoles depending how I feel. If you have the PS4 version of this game then you already have the DLC and should play it anyway, but if you have the PS3 version then you should still buy this DLC because it’s awesome.

Overall I give this DLC a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ EXPLOSIONS! Mr. Torgue loves explosions and there are a lot of them with a really great story line that adds to the overall Borderlands 2 experience.
+ More memorable characters to add to the growing list of characters I hope to see in later games.
+ Great new areas to explore and great graphics to go along with it.

What’s Not So Great:
NOTHING BECAUSE THIS DLC IS AWESOME! <- If you read this in Mr. Toruge’s voice it makes it all worth it.

Another great DLC for Borderlands 2 making it one of my favorites. When it comes to the DLC for this game I really can’t decide on a favorite. There were so many good ones and the first two just blew me away. I thought that they were both some of the best DLC that I had ever played and I was excited for what was to come with the other DLC for this game. Even today at full price this DLC is totally worth it and you won’t regret playing it or buying it.

Now for next week, I was super excited that one of my favorite Borderlands 2 characters was getting his own DLC. Who didn’t love Sir Hammerlock? I sure as hell did and found him to be an extremely memorable character for more than one reason. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt and I’ll let you know more about that DLC next week.

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Throwback Thursday Review – DLC Remix – Borderlands 2 – Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a huge Borderlands fan. I have various different Borderlands tattoo’s, met two of the very talented voice actress’s, and have officially decided that this is one of my favorite games. This wasn’t always the case and I was kinda pushed into playing this game by someone that I once knew. This also meant that I had to pay the DLC, by this time though I was more than excited to spend some extra time in Borderlands so I went along with it and played it on both the PS3 and the PS4. Here’s what I thought about the first DLC release for Borderlands 2 – Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty.

For this DLC you’ll venture to the bone dry town of Oasis. Here you’ll run into a bunch of new and memorable characters, I’m talking about you Shade, and you’ll be on hunt of a treasure. In order to hunt down this treasure you’ll need the help of Captain Scarlett, who totally isn’t planning on stabbing you in the back. Your vault hunter and Captain Scarlett will hunt down the Lost Treasure of the Sands, you’ll do most of the work as Captain Scarlett will stand around and look pretty. Will you find this treasure? Will Captain Scarlett stab you in the back? You’ll find out all that and more in this first DLC for Borderlands 2.

Eh… Being the huge fan of Dragon Age that I am, I couldn’t help but notice that Captain Scarlett seemed like she was kinda a rip off of one of my favorite Dragon Age characters, Isabela. Captain Scarlett has that same air about her that Isabela does and it was hard not to pick up on this. I’m still torn to this day on how I feel about this. Let me know what you think in the comments section below. Maybe I’m wrong, and Captain Scarlett is nothing like Isabela. Or maybe I’m right. Either way I wouldn’t mind hearing what you think on the whole situation.

I thought this first DLC was absolutely brilliant. I loved that it added a bunch of new and memorable characters to the Borderlands universe and that it added a bunch of extra playtime and new places to explore. The story for this DLC was just top notch and it was well thought-out and planned. This wasn’t a DLC that was just thrown together at the last minute for the sake of making money. It actually added to the game and made it so much more enjoyable.

The playability for this game is like the rest of the game and fits smoothly into the whole scheme of things. You’ll shoot and loot your way through a bunch of new area’s to unlock and a bunch of new raid bosses that will have you going back for more each time. The DLC plays out nicely and it can be either played after the main campaign or while you play the main campaign. I personally like to leave the DLC for this game until the end, but that’s just me. This DLC was both bug and glitch free on both versions that I played which made me a happy camper.

The graphics for this DLC sync up with the rest of this game making the game as a whole coherent. With Borderlands, one of the things that I enjoy is that the graphics are different than other games out there. True, they’re similar to the Telltale games, but this is on a much bigger level for a much bigger game. It totally works for them and the graphics are one of the things I like the most about Borderlands and this DLC.

No matter which platform you play on, the PS3 or the PS4, this DLC will add another three trophies to your overall Borderlands 2 trophy list. The trophies are super simple and require you to play every mission, fill out every map completely, and just finish the DLC. Not that hard at all and is you’re really into it you’ll be doing all of these things anyway.

There is some good old-fashioned co-op for this DLC and the game as a whole. Grab a buddy or three and venture into Oasis in order to get some better loot and for more difficult enemies. I’ve done this DLC both ways. The first time I played on the PS3, I played with a friend. We completed the whole DLC together and it was a really great experience as Borderlands was made to be played with other people. The second time I played this DLC was on the PS4 and I did a solo run. While it was just as fun, I found the experience to play with someone else a little more fun. The choice is yours though and this DLC can totally be done alone, even the raid bosses.

Hmm…which console to play on: Playing this on both the PS3 and the PS4, I would have to say that if you’re looking to play this DLC that either console that you choose is a winner. It fits perfectly on the PS3 and on the PS4. Yes the PS4 has better graphics, but I still go back from time to time and play on my PS3 as well. The only real edge that the PS4 version has on the PS3 is the graphics. Everything else is basically the same.

Overall I give this DLC a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Great story and a great first addition to the Borderlands 2 game as a whole.
+ New memorable characters that might or might not show up in the future.
+ New places to visit and loot and new enemies to shoot.
+ Graphics that enhance the game and fit perfectly into the Borderlands universe making everything cohesive.

What’s Not So Great:
Umm…nothing, this DLC is awesome.

With some of the lackluster DLC that came out of the first Borderlands, I wasn’t really sure what to expect with Borderlands 2. I’m glad to say that Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty came out as a winner of a DLC for Borderlands 2 and was a great first DLC for this game to release. If you’re playing on the PS4 then you already have this DLC and you should just go and play it, but if you’re playing on the PS3 I would say that it’s still worth a buy and that you should totally get it because if you’re a Borderlands fan you won’t regret it.

We’ll continue with Borderlands 2 next week as there are more than a couple of DLC to get through. Playing as much Borderlands 2 as I did, and still do, it’s no surprise that I finished this DLC on both the PS3 and the PS4. I’ll let you know what I thought about Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage next week.

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This Week in Trophies 01-10-2016 – 01-16-2016

While this wasn’t an 80+ trophy week, it was a pretty decent week with a total of 21 trophies added to my always growing collection. I like to think of my trophies as a collection because if not, then what the hell are they? Anyway, let’s get down to business. Here’s how my trophy hunting week went.

Fat Princess Adventures – 75%

I got through the entire story of this game three whole times this week and what a grind it was. I only have a few more trophies to go before getting the platinum but it seems like it’s taking forever and I’m pretty sure that one of them is glitched although I haven’t heard any reports of it being glitched. Anyway, I will continue to power my way through as I work my way to the platinum trophy.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – 12%

I said I was either going to play Vice City or III and the clear winner was Vice City. This was mostly because out of every single Grand Theft Auto game that I played, Vice City was always my favorite. Mostly because I love the music, plus I think it has one of the better stories in the whole Grand Theft Auto franchise.

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Borderlands 2 (PS3) – 100%

I was only missing 3 DLC trophies for this game. 3! I can’t believe I was letting that stop me from getting the 100% in this game and in turn keeping my overall completion rating down. I powered through getting the 3 trophies in one day and to tell you the truth it didn’t even take that long. I’m just glad that I can finally say that I am completely done with Borderlands 2 on the PS3, although I might play again from time to time if a friend asks me.

That was it for this week, but it was also a crazy week with a new work schedule and other life stuff that could not be avoided. With a more clearer picture on how my week is going to go with free time, I think next week can be a much better trophy week. So what will I be playing? I’m going to try and finish Fat Princess Adventures, continue playing GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas, and start playing Until Dawn. I know I was supposed to play Until Dawn this week, but my PS4 hard drive is filled to its 500 GB capacity. Once I see what games I can delete from my system this will be the one I install. I’ll let you know how things go next week.

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Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – Can I go back to unfinished quests in Borderlands 2 after I finish the game?

With the end of Throwback Thursday, one of the new weekly blogs that I wanted to do came to me when I was looking through some statistics for my little blog. I noticed that a lot of people were entering in actual questions to the search box. Questions that I knew the answers to, so I figured why not just go ahead and answer them since people are searching for them. My goal is to try to answer as many Video Game questions, since this is a blog about video games, as possible. Let’s get started with the first question.

Submitted by AnonymousCan I go back to unfinished quests in Borderlands 2 after I finish the game?

Yes! Once the game is over you’re free to continue playing on your current save and go back to finish any quests you might have missed or just skipped over. I would advise completing as many side quests as possible though, especially the ones that involve characters who end up dead by the end of the game, while you play through the main story missions. Side quests help you level up and you don’t want to go into a main story mission under leveled. I also find it good practice to just collect every side quest even if you don’t have the intention to actually do them. While you’re in the area of the main quest you might be able to complete the side quest when you’re already there so why not just do it?

Have a video game question that you want answered? Go ahead and leave your question in the comment section below and I’ll make sure to add your name into the blog that features your question. If you prefer to be anonymous, then go ahead and type your question into the search box. I’ll be able to see it and maybe one day you’ll be able to see it on this blog.

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Power Leveling. Is It Wrong? Is It Right? Or Is It Just Plain Rude?

As you probably already know, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Borderlands world recently with the release of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for the PS4. While I’ve enjoyed most of my time shooting and looting around Pandora, when starting my True Vault Hunter playthrough to reach level 50 I’ve encountered more then my fair share of power levelers. If you play Borderlands you know what I’m talking about. It’s those people that hop into your room at a much lower level, I’ve had people jump into my room when I was a level 45 Siren with their level 19 character, with the sole purpose of using you just so that they could advance their character at a faster rate. This then goes on to lead to many annoying experiences and made me wonder if this power leveling technique was wrong, right, or just plain rude.

When it comes to a clear wrong or right when talking about power leveling, I think the whole subject is kind of a grey matter. It’s not straight out the right thing to do when you start a new character, but it’s not necessarily wrong or frowned upon either. If you want to spend hours ducking in the corner of my game just to level up without actually doing anything, then whatever that’s on you. It’s not something I would necessarily do because when I play Borderlands, I want to actually play Borderlands not just sit in the corner doing nothing.

Even though I don’t necessarily find power leveling right or wrong, I do find it extremely rude when someone just pops into my game with the intent to power level without even asking me. Every now and again when I’m playing I would have a friend message me seeing if they could come into my game with their lower level character, and I would then send them an invite. I knew I could handle myself in the game and didn’t mind the fine ass loot that would drop because I had more people in my room. What I do mind is when my room is open and Random Joe decides to just drop in with his lower level character and just expect me to help him. I don’t know Random Joe, so why should it be my responsibility to help him?

Not only does Random Joe want to power level off of you, but he only wants you to do certain missions. Random Joe will constantly switch your missions to the missions he wants. Seriously? Not only am I power leveling you, but now I have to do what you want in MY game. This isn’t the only thing Random Joe will do either. Random Joe will hide out in the corner until you kill a boss and then run out and try to collect the Orange weapon that was dropped. Random Joe is one sneaky bastard that you have to block so that you can get the weapon for yourself. At this point, Random Joe gets the boot because I’ve had just about enough of his crap and I get the nasty message about stealing his Orange weapon and then kicking him from the game when he’s been helping me out this whole time. Sigh…multiplayer.

While I haven’t power leveled because to me it’s just plain boring, I don’t think it’s a clear wrong or right. If you want to power level fine, if you don’t then fine. The only thing that I find power leveling is extremely rude, especially if you just pop into my room and expect me to just help you out. All I ask is that if you’re going to power level is to send me a message and just ask me. Or just actually ask me because I know you probably have a microphone. It’s not really hard and the worst thing I could do is say no.

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Weekly Trophy Tip – Borderlands 2 – So Much Blood!

Another Borderlands 2 trophy tip for you this week, and this one is for those of you who don’t really like playing as the Gunzerker, like me, but you’re doing so in order to get the platinum trophy for this game. Knowing how to level this guy up will be the key to your success, so let’s get you this trophy.

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Gunzerked continuously for 90 seconds – Bronze
TIP: To even start thinking about gunzerking for 90 seconds, you have to have your Gunzerker up to at least level 25. Not only that, but you have to have him leveled up a certain way. Here’s how to level up your Gunzerker especially for this trophy.

Skill Tree – Rampage
• 1 skill point towards Gunzerking
• 5 skill points towards Filled to the Brim
• 5 skill points towards Last Longer
• 5 skill points towards 5 Shots or 6
• 5 skill points towards Yippee Ki Yay

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Once you level up properly, now it’s time to find a place where there are a ton of enemies in order for you to continue to gunzerk for 90 seconds. If you want to go the easy way of getting this trophy you can always leave the first mission you receive from Marcus upon arriving in Sanctuary, “Rock, Paper, Genocide”, open. When you reach level 25 just go and start the mission but don’t do it correctly. This means that you can’t use a fire weapon which is what you need for the mission. When you don’t use the fire weapon a new enemy will continually respawn.

This isn’t the only easy way to get this trophy and you can easily get it by entering one of the slaughter houses. These slaughter houses have a bunch of enemies and I was able to get mine done by the second wave of Round # 2 in Bandit Slaughter. Killing enemies with grenades also counts towards the time, so I would suggest using grenades as much as possible to kill groups of bandits at a time. If you hit your 90 seconds, the trophy will pop after you come out of gunzerking.

Have anything additional to add to my tip? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll add it in and give you credit. Need help with a specific trophy? I’m always looking for my next weeks tip so throw out some suggestions in the comments section. If I have the trophy I’ll post a tip on how to get it.

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This Week In Trophies 05-10-2015 – 05-23-2015

This edition of this week in trophies is totally supersized since it includes last weeks trophies as well. After a week of feeling like absolute crap, it’s nice to finally start feeling better and getting back to doing what I love, which is gaming. While I didn’t even touch my PS3 or PS4 while I was sick, I have to say that my PS Vita became my best friend this week as I carried it just about everywhere I went and spent some major time playing between bouts of passing out from the over load of medication I was taking and watching many many reruns of The Facts of Life. Here’s how the past two weeks treated me.

The Unfinished Swan – 100%

I finished this game up early in the first week and was really glad to have done so. I didn’t get that much enjoyment out of the game as a whole and I’ll be posting my full review later this week for the game. Let’s just say though, that I’m glad it’s over and I don’t plan to play this game on any other platform.

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The Handsome Collection – Borderlands 2 – 100%

Even though I got the platinum for this a couple of weeks ago now, I just really wanted to finish this game up completely and get the 100%. I worked pretty hard farming to finish up some left over DLC quests and a couple of other things along the way. I’m just glad that it’s done and I have a new 100% game to add to my collection.

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Don’t Starve: Console Edition – 28%

I started playing this game again as I waited for The Witcher 3 to come in. I started this game a long time ago, probably when it was free for PS+, and just forgot about it afterwards. I’m glad that I started playing this game again and hopefully some day I’ll be able to get the 100% on it.

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Pure Pool – 55%

While I am in no way going for the platinum trophy for this game, I do like to pick it up time to time between games and just play when I have some free time. Any trophies that I get are just an added bonus.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare – 44%

This was just another game that was sitting on my system that I decided to play while waiting for The Witcher 3 to be released. I did actually enjoy picking this game up and playing again since it had been a while. Who knew that I was so close to getting so many trophies if I had just kept playing. Anyway, I’m kind of addicted now and have continued to play this game on and off.

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Sparkle 2 – 100%

While I was sick, I finally finished up the Vita version of Sparkle 2. It took me way longer then I expected since I would constantly fall asleep while I played, but at least I got it done. I’ll probably start the PS3 version some time this week.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 1%

I finally got around to playing this game and so far…I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I encountered a couple of problems actually trying to get the game to start, which is just a bunch of absolute crap because how can you not notice that your game isn’t loading during QA testing, and I’ve had a couple of other problems along the way as well. I’ll be giving this game another chance though as I continue to play through the story a little more.

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Fat Princess: Piece of Cake – 55%

Another game that I just started playing again after I finished with Sparkle 2 on the PS Vita. I didn’t really realize how close I was to the 100% and only have a few more trophies to go. I’ll probably continue to play this game just to get the 100% and delete from my system to clear up some memory.

Murasaki Baby – 100%

Another Vita game that I started when I was feeling just a little bit better and was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to pass out while playing. I played the whole thing in one sitting and got all the trophies. I’ll have my full review of the game in a few weeks.

So there you have it, all of my trophies for the past two weeks. What a crazy couple of weeks and I’ll be looking forward to things getting back to normal. As I play The Witcher 3 a little bit more, I’m sure next weeks trophies will be a little lighter since the trophies for The Witcher 3 seems to be very sparse, but you never know.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands 2 Review (PS4)

While I’m not really a fan of remastered games, especially paying full price for them, I couldn’t pass this one up. A lot of why I couldn’t pass this one up was because it came with both Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel. Not only did it come with those two games, but it also came with all of the DLC for each game. Now that’s a bargain. Anyway, I’ve spent the past month in the whole Borderlands 2 universe and here’s what I thought about this new version.

As with the PS3 version, you’ll play one of the six different vault hunters, my favorite is of course the Siren. Unable to be initially killed by Handsome Jack, it’s up to you and the four vault hunters from the previous game to stop him from getting his hands on this new vault and waking the warrior. Unlike the first Borderlands, this game has a more developed story. It’s not just about finding this vault that is supposedly filled with a ton of loot, this time it’s about stopping a bad guy from getting to the vault first to wake this ancient warrior and basically take over the world. This game does a good job of tying together more then a few loose ends from the first game.

Kudos: A big kudos to the writers and developers because there are some really memorable characters in this game. Not a lot of games can do that, but Borderlands does. You’ll be able to see some old favorites like ClapTrap, it wouldn’t really be a Borderlands game without him, Scooter, Moxxi, Dr. Zed, Crazy Earl, and my particular favorite Dr. Tannis. These characters, along with the writers and the voice actors who voice them, really make this game. Without them, this would be a bland FPS game that wouldn’t even catch my attention.

I of course couldn’t stop playing this game once I picked it up again. It wasn’t hard to get right back into the story like I was playing it for the first time. This game took up a hell of a lot of my time, but it’s not like I’m complaining because good games should do that and this is one of those games. Not only do you have 6 different characters to play as, but there is just a ton of different things to do. There are a bunch of different side missions, slaughter houses, main missions, and then you have access to all of the DLC at one time. Not to mention that if you want to level your character up to 72, you have three different modes of the game to play on in order to do so. With so much to do it’s hard to play anything else while playing this game.

While the controls for the game were basically the same from the PS3 version, I found a couple of things different. Even though it wasn’t making all that much use of the PS4’s touch pad, I did like the fact that you could just tap it to pop open your menu. I know it’s not a huge groundbreaking type thing, but I like that it was utilized in that way. I also thought that the driving around was much easier this time. The vehicles seemed to move a lot smoother and were just easier overall to maneuver. While most of the game ran really smooth and glitch free, I did suffer from one game crash in my 4 different playthroughs. I didn’t lose any data or anything and I’m not even really sure who to blame.

Having recently played the PS3 version with a friend a few months back, I can say that there is a noticeable difference in the graphics between the two games. The PS4 version is a lot crisper and more sharp making the whole Borderlands environment just come to life. Plus the graphics are just really cool to begin with. The environment is just insane, as well as the people who live in the environment and it all comes out thanks to the graphics. Not to mention the really awesome EXPLOSINS! Seriously, what would Borderlands be without explosions?

There is a total of 70, yes 70, trophies for this game including all of the DLC trophies. The trophies are the exact copy of the PS3 version of the trophies so if you got those, then these shouldn’t be hard. It’s also worth mentioning that the DLC trophies are still listed as DLC trophies, so if you don’t get all of them you can still get the platinum trophy for the main game and then work on the 100% at your leisure. The only thing I found different was that the random spawn trophies were a little more…well random this time around. While I found Jimmy Jenkins, which is needed for the Challenge Accepted trophy, on the first try it took me a lot longer to get Donkey Mong and Michael Mamaril to spawn this time around.

As with any Borderlands game the point of playing it to play with friends. More people means better loot and harder enemies. I really don’t agree with this though. While I played with friends sometimes, I played most of the game solo and found that I enjoyed it a lot better. Things weren’t skipped over, I could do the quests that I wanted to do, and I got to keep whatever good loot was dropped. Having over 100 Golden Keys helped as well since I was able to get some primo loot depending on which level I was at. I did at times play with random people and what a hassle it really was. Most people who entered my game just didn’t realize that it was my game they were playing in and would constantly switch the mission because they didn’t want to do the side missions or they would enter my game and then switch to a lower level character in order for me to power level them. That’s a whole other blog though. The point is, you can play this game alone, but if you play with other people make sure it’s people you actually know and enjoy playing with.

Because there is just so much DLC, I have to comment on it. The DLC for this game is amazing and it’s all there in one nice little package for you to play however you want to play it. You have all main story DLC, the headhunter packs, all of the extra characters, all of the slaughter houses, and all levels of difficulty. This has enough extra content to keep you going for at least an extra 20+ hours of playtime, even more if you do it with each character. All of the DLC is interesting and definitely worth your time. My favorite is really a tie between Captain Scarlett and Tiny Tina. I love that the whole Captain Scarlett DLC is basically the Borderlands version of my favorite Pirate Queen Isabela from Dragon Age and the Tiny Tina DLC makes you realize that even though Tiny Tina is this brilliant and crazy inventor, she’s also a 13 year old girl who’s been though a hell of a lot and it’s kind of taking it’s toll on her. The DLC really adds to this game, and while you don’t need it to understand what Borderlands is really about, it’s nice to have the story expanded and you get to play your vault hunter for a little while longer.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ More in-depth story then the original Borderlands
+ Old favorite characters make their return and you’ll meet a few new characters who are just as memorable.
+ Vehicles are easier to control this time around as well as maneuver which is good for those missions where you need a vehicle.
+ A ton of content that will keep you occupied for a long long time.
+ And of course…what would a Borderlands game be without EXPLOSIONS!

What’s Not So Great:
One game crash, but it could have been a bunch of different reasons for the crash. PS4 stability issues, game issues, take your pick.

If you’ve been waiting to get into Borderlands, now is the time. This is just one of those games that you can’t pass up and you really can’t pass it up on the PS4. Not only is there a ton of value with this version, but there are some noticeable changes to the game. If you have to pick a system to play it on I would say definitely go for the PS4 version, and if you have the PS3 version I would give it a go to pick it up on the PS4 as well.

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