Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Review Round-Up

Phew – these releases are coming thick and fast now! Next up in our review round-ups is 2K’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! which is set for release on the 17th of October. The first-person shooter RPG focusses on four playable characters from the Borderlands universe and charts Handsome Jack’s descent into villainy. Our review will be coming up soon, but in the meantime let’s take a look at what the rest of the gaming community thought.

The consensus seems to be that whilst it’s a solid and enjoyable game it’s very much more of the same from 2K rather than pushing any boundaries for the series.

IGN – 8/10

“Despite its tendency to make you jump through hoops before getting to the good stuff, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel delivers where I expect it to as a Borderlands fan. The new gear and low-gravity mechanics mixed with the zany skill trees makes for a fresh experience, and with Jack at the center driving the story forward, you get a deeper dive into the always entertaining, if well-traveled universe of Borderlands.”

Polygon – 7/10

“Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel doesn’t feel like a game that needs to be, exactly. It’s a story filling in gaps, adding a bit of nuance to a world that’s already had two games worth of exposition rather than exploring new ground. It’s the same recipe that’s driven two full, long games and a host of downloadable content. But the lark of low gravity proves that the tedious parts of previous games don’t have to stay an anchor holding the series down. That addition makes this one last run through the world of Pandora (or its moon, anyway) on the last generation of consoles worth the time.”

Games Radar – 4/5

“Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a hilarious, fan-focused continuation of the series’ core values. But lacking any truly evolution, it makes for a fun diversion rather than a meaningful new chapter.”

Destructoid – 6/10

“2K Australia nailed the combat with The Pre-Sequel. It is fast, fresh, and more tactically interesting than ever before. The writing hits the right notes, although the overarching plot is not quite as emotionally powerful as other entries have been. For many, that is enough to be a great experience. I had a lot of fun playing through, and I anticipate I will keep playing for months as more friends obtain copies.Despite that glowing praise, I am torn, because I also recognize that it is far from perfect. The environmental art direction gets dull too quickly, the level design is lacking in basic conveniences, and a general sloppiness is present when looking closely.”

Joystiq – 3.5/5

“Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has the makings of a pretty great Borderlands game. There are plenty of enemies begging to have their faces shot. The environments on Elpis are stunning neon spectacles, there are plenty of new guns that are bundles of violent joy to use (including lasers!), and the new characters are well-rounded. The Pre-Sequel is missing just a bit of soul, but it has plenty of heart – hearts exploded by laser rifles.”

PC Gamer – 77/100

“The Pre-Sequel is a happy to be Just Another Borderlands Game. I enjoyed it for that, but I also finished it thinking my time would’ve been better spent on one of the more original games that’ve released this year. I love seeing Borderlands embrace the FPS trend of unconventional movement. Apart from the low-gravity leaping, though, The Pre-Sequel doesn’t do much to freshen what we’ve been playing since 2012.”

Metro – 7/10

“We know in our hearts that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is just a stop-gap, a game created simply because Borderlands 3 isn’t ready yet and 2K and Gearbox want to keep the brand alive. But we couldn’t help but enjoy it all the same, and we applaud 2K Australia for making the very best of their opportunity. More significant changes will be required for the next game, but for now the pre-sequel provides an experience that is at least as entertaining as Destiny.”

Gamespot – 7/10

“Repetition and a lackluster story are its biggest shortcomings, but Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is different enough to separate itself from the shadows of its older siblings. Elpis provides some gorgeous scenery, and the low-gravity environments bring an exciting new dynamic exploration and combat. No, it never reaches the furthest edges of space, but Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel still offers some the best of what the series has to offer: good loot, good laughs, and good times for many hours.”


  1. Would probs get a PS4 version, despite never actually finishing Borderlands 2.

    • I want a next gen Borderlands. Not a port or a remake, a fully fledged next gen game with all the bells and whistles that entails. Hopefully that’s what Gearbox have planned.

  2. Is a Vita version too much to ask? I suppose…

  3. If you’re reading the Destructoid paragraph, it’s probably best to click through and catch the following text too. That was way too positive for a 6/10. :-)

    • Cheers mate – I’ve edited it in!

  4. At least they’ve put that colonial marines money to good use i suppose, i hope they get their asses handed to them in that US court case

  5. I feel that this isn’t going to be as good as Borderlands 2 but the new features do look great.

    Another story in the Borderlands universe involving Handsome Jack is enough to get the wife and I back onboard for many more hours of `Borderlandsy goodness`.

    Just wish they were releasing this on the PS4 as well but nevermind.. We’ll dust off the old Dualshock 3’s and get stuck in. :)

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