By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee & Lex "Gaz the Dungeonmaster" Ansems on November 12, 2014

Ok, first things first; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is an equally great genius gun galore game (wow that's a lot of g's) as its predecessors. The game is as much Borderlands as part 1 and 2 were, but with some extra's (it now has lasers, yay!). The guns are awesome and diverse and even more combinations are added this time around. So if you're a bit of a gun nut, Borderlands: The PreSequel has them in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Aside from this ludicrous arsenal, this game features a story and characters are funny, engaging and very well designed. The gameplay hasnít changed a bit since Borderlands 1 and 2. It is still a first-person shooting, loot hoarding maniac of a game, focused mostly on playing multiplayer with friends. So if you like loot and guns, then this is the game for you.

Let's start with the story. The game takes place between Borderlands 1 and 2 and the whole game is a flashback, told by one of the playable characters. You start of by saving Handsome Jack on the ship Hyperion. After you save Jack you go on your quest on the Moon of Pandora to recover the ship from the bad guy (the one that isnít Jack). Now, how would one go about stealing a ship from a deranged evil lunatic? By building an awesome robot army of course, what else?

And now for the big question; can you play the game without having played the first 2 parts? The answer to that question depends on how much you care for the story. A lot of puns, events and characters that appear in Borderlands 1 and 2 do make the game more fun. However, the gameplay and humor in this latest installment is enough to make it an awesome adventure in itself.

As stated earlier in this review, there are no major changes made as far as the gameplay goes. This does not mean however, that PreSequel is just a copy/paste job. The relics from the first two games are removed and replaced with an O2 system. This should come in handy because you are on the moon where there is no atmosphere. So if you are not a robot (lucky Clap Trap players) you will die if you run out of oxygen. The lower gravity and O2 boosts make it possible for you to jump really high and reach places that you couldnít reach before. So now you can boldly go where no man has gone before...

While the game is great to play by yourself, it does get a bit repetitive at times when you complete your 40th fetch quest on your own. The multiplayer is great and really makes this game shine. You can match your skills and weapons to the teams composition. However, in this mode the loot is still shared, so if you are a really selfish person you might want to keep all the good guns for yourself.

The first change to the arsenal is twofold. Firstly, slag has been removed completely, which is a big improvement in my opinion. Secondly, a new damage type has been added: cryo damage. This slows and sometimes freezes the enemy, making it a great way to deal with groups and bosses. The second change is the addition of laser weapons. First off, let me just get this out of the way; THEY'RE AWESOME! They come in different shapes, beams, bursts, even freaking LASER SCHOTGUNS! How bad-ass is that?

We were lucky enough to have the strategy guide which is every bit of awesome as the game itself. It is informative on all the side quests, the main quest and all the enemies. The quest are usually straight forward enough, so you will not necessarily need the guide for these missions. However, on some of the fetch quests, it helped me not to run around like a headless chicken caught in a merry-go-round from the deepest pits of hell, but to go straight to my objective. The info provided is also great when it comes to making decisions in weaponry, grenade mods and shield types. However I found that, even if the boss was weak to a shock weapon, my FIRE laser also did the job. This was to be expected though because, come on, it a FIRE LASER! (oh man, I wish I had a fire laser at home... every day would be BBQ day!)

The last thing that is really noticeable about both the game as well as the strategy guide is the art style. Borderlands 1 pulled off the cell shaded graphics like a boss, and Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel still look amazing with the cell shaded graphics. The art in the guide is of high quality and great to look at (to bad it's not as big as a poster, I would hang it on my wall)

Final Verdict:

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a great game, it explains how Jack got to the power of Hyperion and why he hates the Vault hunters in Borderlands 2. The game is fun to play on your own, however it gets repetitive after a while. Playing with friends will solve this problem. The graphics are great and look better than ever. And although it's not a necessity, the Borderlands strategy guide is really helpful and makes a great addition to the Borderlands experience. So all in all: Buy it, play it and enjoy!

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October 17, 2014