Borderlands: The Pre-sequel! is by no means a new title. It released back in 2014 for last-gen consoles and PC, but was later remastered for Xbox One and PS4 as part of “The Handsome Collection” which compiled both Borderlands 2 and The Pre-sequel. My history with the series has been very positive.
The original game in the series released back in 2009. I finally got my hands on a PS3 at the beginning of 2010, and this was one of the first games I purchased for my new console (along with Fallout 3). I loved it. Not only is it one of the zaniest first person shooters I’ve ever played, but it combined its sense of humor with tight combat and loot of Diablo proportions. I played this one mostly solo, though I did jump in with a couple of friends for some of the more difficult content. I earned the Platinum trophy, played through all of the DLC and eventually moved on.
When the sequel was announced for release back in 2012, I knew I was going to pick it up so I went ahead and preordered it. Doing so got me some sort of bonus via GameStop, and I was able to pick up on release day and jump into the action. I played this one mostly solo again, but eventually my best friend got a copy and we ran through it again co-op. I also picked up the season pass but I don’t believe I ever completed all of it. It was still a great game and a bunch of fun.
When The Pre-Sequel was first announced I wasn’t as thrilled. I was more looking forward to a proper third game in the series rather than a game that was shoe-horned in between the two existing games. I knew I wanted to try it, but I didn’t want to pay top dollar. Thankfully I had become a more frugal gamer by this time, so I ended up picking up the base game and all DLCs for it for something like $10. Back when I was doing the podcast with Eri of Healing the Masses, we were continuously looking for games to play together to help feed the content creation side of things. It turned out that she too had a copy that sat unplayed so we decided to try this one out together. This was back in 2015. We put in about ten hours before we moved on to other things, and as such the whole of my experience with the game was in co-op and I honestly don’t remember much. Here are some screens of our time with the game back then:
We clearly played for a bit, and I remember having a good time running around blowing shit up and chatting via comms. This title is very similar to the others. Graphically it looks a bit better than the first two but probably only because I played those on a PS3 and played this one on a PC. The gameplay is exactly the same though some slight modifications were made to the mechanics in that you can jump around a little differently due to the low gravity of this moon and also have to pay attention to your oxygen tank while space walking. Otherwise it’s more of the same but it’s a good same. There are some Aussie jokes that I didn’t really get but that she understood being from the same country as the devs.
For now I’m using this post as a jump off point, as I’ve been eyeing the game for a while now and want to get back into it and finish it off. It’s likely I’ll play solo but I’ve always enjoyed that anyway. I’m just wondering if I should try to pick up where I left off or just roll up a new character and start over. I played as Jack’s Doppleganger the last time and remember him fondly enough, but I know there is the other DLC character and a couple of the originals that I wouldn’t mind trying as well. So for now, this is a preview post for things to come, but I do plan to grind this one out soon and strike another title from my backlog list.