So by now, you have to know that I love Borderlands. You don’t just get video game tattoo’s of games that you don’t absolutely love. Anyway, I was super excited about this game because it took place during that in-between time of Borderlands 1 and Borderlands 2. Also, because it told the story of Jack and would act as a lead in for what would possibly be Borderlands 3. It took years, and the urging of my buddy @tjarvinen6, before I was able to get all of the trophies for this game, so that means it’s time for a review.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, you get to play as Athena, my personal favorite, Wilhelm, Nisha, Claptrap, Jack the Doppelganger, and Aureila the Baroness. As one of these characters you’ll answer a call put out by Jack looking for Vault Hunters. When you head to meet Jack, you’re in for a surprise as his station is under attack by Colonel T. Zarpedon, her legion, and some weird alien. Jack will help you escape facing certain death himself and shoot you through space hoping you survive so that you can eventually see what’s going on with Colonel Zarpedon and as is the point with any Borderlands game, find a vault.
One of the things that I like about this game is that it’s told by Athena after she’s been captured by Brick and Mordecai at Lilith’s demand. This takes place in the future after the events of Borderlands 2 where Lilith is still pretty pissed that Roland was killed and it’s Athena’s second appearance since the Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC. Not only that, but it gives you a different look at Jack as a character. I’ve never really considered him a bad guy and this game tells you the story of how he started off wanting to do something good for Hyperion and his final descent into what the player sees him as in Borderlands 2. It also tells the story of some well-known villains from Borderlands 2, Wilhelm and Nisha. This is the good that comes out of this game. The rest of the game though is highly debatable as it has a lackluster story, even more lackluster than Borderlands 1, and not enough story to really pull you into the game and make you care about what’s going on. That being said, even the shooting and looting fails in comparison to Borderlands 2 and makes you wonder if this will be a continuing trend for the hopefully upcoming Borderlands 3.
If you’re familiar with the Borderlands series, then this game will feel familiar as all of the main gameplay elements stay the same. The only new thing added was the need for oxygen since you’re playing is space. This at times puts a damper on the game as you run out of oxygen, depending on the power of your OZ Kit, and you frantically search for oxygen hoping that you don’t die. The class of characters gets switched up a bit this time as you don’t have the standard siren, tank, gun expert, and melee expert. While Wilhelm is your tank option, Nisha your gun expert, and Athena your melee option, there is no siren. Claptrap has random powers that serve as a hinderance most of the time to you and your co-op buddies, while Jack “inspires” people, and Aureila has an ice storm. These are an interesting change ad mix up for this game, but it’s not enough. All of this is over shadowed by a faulty and confusing map and another game where the driving is just awful. Not to mention the various different bugs and glitches that are at times game breaking.
The graphics are the standard graphics you can expect from a Borderlands game. This isn’t in anyway an insult because I love the graphics and art style for Borderlands because it’s different and refreshing in an age where everything has to look super real. This game doesn’t do that and instead offers graphics that are comic book like and I really love the feel to them. It enhances the game and makes it stand out from other games.
Let’s talk about the trophies for this game. There are a total of 51 trophies for this game, 64 if you count the 3 trophies that come from The Holodome Onslaught DLC and the 10 trophies that come from the Claptastic Voyage DLC. These are the typical trophies that you can expect from a Borderlands game and including story mission trophies, side mission trophies, leveling up trophies, and of course the crazy trophies that require you to do something crazy. All of these trophies require some time, dedication, some major grinding, and three co-op partners for one trophy. While these are pretty easy to get, some just pop from dumb luck like Collateral Damage and Elementalist, you’ll probably have the most difficult time with Who You Gonna Call which requires 4 people to complete the sub-level 13 mission. With the servers being pretty much dead for this game, I suggest setting up a trophy session via PSNProfiles.com
As with all Borderlands games before it, there is no actual multiplayer for this game in the traditional sense, but some good old fashioned co-op. This is one of the things that I love about Borderlands especially now that I have a buddy who isn’t so damn serious about this game. While playing this game alone is just fine, playing with someone with a similar playstyle is always better. The servers are stable enough as well that there’s no interruption or lag during playtime.
Overall I give this game a 3.5 out of 5.
+ This game tells the story of what happened in the Borderlands universe between Borderlands 1 and Borderlands 2, along with the story of how Jack came to be the character we meet in Borderlands 2, and leaves this series wide open for a Borderlands 3.
+ There are 6 new characters for you to play this time around, some with skills that you’ll be used to and some with skills that are new.
+ The graphics are not only a highlight of this game, but the series as a whole as they enhance the actual gameplay.
What’s Not So Great:
– While the story for this game is good, it’s not the same caliber of storytelling that you are used to from Borderlands 2.
– The maps are just horrible for this game and can even be called useless at times as they really aren’t any help with finding objectives. Also the driving, did I mention that the driving for this game and the series as a whole is just horrible?
– There’s also the huge fact that this game suffers from game breaking bugs and glitches.
Not really the next chapter of Borderlands that everyone was hoping for, this is a decent entry in the series that tells the story it needs to tell and leaves things way open for the much anticipated Borderlands 3. That’s still a thing right? The only thing that I really enjoyed about this game was being able to play as Athena and being able to hear her side of the story. As a die hard Borderlands fan, this is the one game that I will not be going back to and really can’t recommend this game. The only good selling point for this game is that if you want Borderlands 2 or your PS4 is that this game comes with it so why not play it. Other than that, I would say to give this game a pass and continue to wait for Borderlands 3.