I’m a little torn on how to respond to people’s views on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It seems that it wasn’t a particularly popular game, with just four of you deciding to share your thoughts on it. However, the four that did take part all seemed to be reasonably impressed by the Pre-Sequel, although psychobudgie did say that while “It’s good… it’s not Borderlands 2 good”, and marked it as their least favourite game in the Borderlands series.
What’s interesting about psychobudgie’s view is that he couldn’t quite put his finger on why The Pre-Sequel didn’t tickle his fancy in the same way the earlier Borderlands titles did. Instead he simply said that it’s lacking “that certain thing, whatever it is that makes me love Borderlands 1 and 2”, and stated that he’s “just not feeling it at all”.
However, this view runs in pretty much the complete opposite direction from the others who shared their views on the game. In a short comment, scavenga said that “The Pre-Sequel is awesome for any Borderlands fan looking for more”, and nicely fills the void they experience when they haven’t dipped their toe into the Borderlands universe for a while.
MrYd had a very similar stance, saying that while The Pre-Sequel might not be “better than the second game… somehow that doesn’t matter”. Instead of the game feeling like more the same in a negative way, MrYd felt that “it’s more of the same, but that’s exactly what we want. And it’s a bit different”.
On the topic of minor differences from the earlier games in the series Forrest_01 felt that the “lasers and double jumps” in The Pre-Sequel really shone through, and made it hard to return to Borderlands 2. A slightly stranger difference from the earlier games is the fact that “everyone on Elpis has an Australian accent”, presumably due to the game being developed by 2K Australia. While this certainly didn’t put Forrest_01 off, they did find it “a little jarring as we are so used to hearing American accents of different types in our games”.
However, by far the best element of Forrest_01’s comment was a brief foray into writing a cookbook when trying to describe the game:
Basically, take Borderlands 2, add in some floaty type physics for the fact that the game takes place on Pandora’s moon (one of them?), sprinkle some new enemy types across the landscapes & leave to settle. Add a double jump, a butt-bounce & some pretty devastating lasers as new weapons, pop it in the oven for around 30-40 minutes and you have a pretty good (pre)sequel.
When it comes down to the game’s overall rating, just one person rated the game at Sale It, while the other three all plumped for Buy It. In fact both Forrest_01 and MrYd have some more specific advice, saying that people should pick up The Handsome Collection on the current generation of consoles, which not only includes The Pre-Sequel, but also Borderlands 2 and all of the DLC for both of the titles. If you’re still having doubts, MrYd said that the collection is “better value than a pony made out of diamonds”. If that doesn’t seal the deal, nothing will!
In tomorrow’s WeView we’ll be taking a look at Battlefield: Hardline. We previously featured it in WeView at it earlier in the year when it had a public beta test, but this left people a bit uncertain and undecided. I wonder if the final game will have faired any better?
As always, you can vote for next week’s game below.