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All the goodness and nuttiness of the other Borderlands, now with more plot!
Ah Borderlands. The awesome FPS/RPG hybrid that brings out the best of both, while combining interesting plot with fantastic humor to get quite an experience. The original Borderlands was, in my own opinion, was a game more serious in tone, but that was back when it was still new, still trying to find its way into the gaming world. One sequel and tons of DLC later, Borderlands has cemented itself as a series about fantastic adventures of Vault Hunters, and the crazy universe they live in. I loved Borderlands and Borderlands 2, so jumping right into another one was a no-brainer, even with it being the “story before the story”(which is and it isn’t, in a way, but I won’t spoil it any and let you play it for yourself).

Starting up the game, I went to make a character, and was greeted with the traditional Borderlands cinematic, to introduce our characters: we have Athena, the gladiator, who has a more “melee focus”, Wilhelm the Enforcer, a drone wielder who uses drones to aid him in combat, Nisha the Lawbringer, more of a focus on pure damage, and then we have Claptrap the Fragtrap. Guess who I picked? Picking Claptrap was too good an offer to pass up, so I decided to pick him. Once my character was made and the game loaded, I set off to start my journey through the game. 

Starting off, I was given an assault rifle and pistol, with really no loot to be found throughout the beginning, which I guess can be expected. I fought my way through several enemies, going through the Hyperion space station (it’s the giant “H” station above Pandora, this was before the station was completed) until I was shot to the moon, to where the real game began. When you arrive on the moon, you will be introduced to one of the new mechanics of the game: Oxygen. If you are one of the 3 humans in the game, you will have to find your way to air vents, or to air bubbles/atmosphere generators so that your character can breathe. If you picked Claptrap like I did, you will get all the benefits from this mechanic with none of the downsides. After making your way from bubble to bubble, you get your first Oz kit, which is essentially a space mask that allows you to breathe out in space. Without it, or if your oxygen depletes to zero, you start to lose health. The Oz Kit serves two other purposes: It lets you “double jump”, either jumping higher, or if you jumped while moving, you can jump again and the oxygen used will give you a sort of “boost” in that direction, letting you jump pretty far in the low gravity environment (Most of the game will be in low gravity, with only a few locations being semi-normal gravity). The other function the Oz Kit serves is another interesting mechanic, a new attack called the “slam”. Your character, if high enough, can slam down onto the ground, creating a “shockwave” of sorts, damaging enemies around you. Your Oz Kit can have different slams, mostly in the form of different elements such as freezing damage or fire damage. Luckily since I picked Claptrap, I got to play the whole game like a jumping maniac without a care in the world about oxygen.

After acquiring my Oz Kit and making my way through the beginning, I started to find copious amounts of guns, in traditional Borderlands fashion. The guns were the same as the other Borderlands games: varying rarity, sometimes has extra effects, and it can be either hard or easy to find a gun you really like. I did find that there were lots and lots of elemental damage guns in my play through, so I got to experiment with the different elements and see which I liked best (though I never really did have a favorite in the end, they all served their purpose). I decided to stick with Sniper rifles, as the variations of the snipers, the long range, and the high damage let me clear out enemies quite efficiently and quickly. Another gun I used very frequently was a new type of gun, laser guns: they fire in either one of four ways generally: One solid beam, sort of like a rail gun, a “spread shot”, sort of like a laser shotgun, a continuous beam, which let you just hold down left click and go crazy, and a “rapid fire” type gun, sort of like a machine gun laser gun (which this wasn’t encountered very often at all, however my first gold-rarity was a laser gun that fired essentially like a pulse rifle). Between the laser guns and the sniper rifles, I rarely, if at all, found myself using any other gun types.

The guns that you use may or may not be determined by your sub class/skill tree that you choose, also depending on your class. The skill tree is pretty much the same as Borderlands and Borderlands 2: you activate your initial skill, which is your “bread and butter”, and then you proceed to pick which skill tree you would like to go down (or you can mix and match, though spreading too thin may be detrimental to your class). I decided to go down the skill tree that gave Claptrap more of a “general” focus, so that I wasn’t too limited by which gun I picked, and so that I could play how I wanted (Interestingly enough there was a skill tree that was dedicated to ally buffing, I.G. a skill tree that relied upon playing with friends/others online). Each class gets their own unique ability, which can help them quite a lot while playing the game. Claptrap, on the other hand, is like playing a handicapped lottery: You are guaranteed to gain back your entire HP bar upon activating, however what follows is totally random. You may get a sawblade melee weapon and now are a melee machine of doom, you might get a small “burning” claptrap which goes around and burns your enemies, hell half the time I ended up getting the rubber ducky special, which puts Claptrap in an inflatable duck tube, and proceeds to make Claptrap bounce around like there’s no tomorrow, all while reflecting most projectiles back at the attackers. The randomness of his ability makes Claptrap quite an interesting character to play, and can either make the game stupidly easy at times, or make it incredibly difficult. Whatever the case, Claptrap does not live down his reputation for craziness. We also get classic “Claptrap lines” as he does each ability, and throughout the whole game.

The characters in the game that I came across while playing were quite interesting: Gearbox and 2K Australia did not skimp out on characters at all for this one (hell this game doesn’t feel like it was just “thrown together” at all, but I’ll get to that), and there are quite a few funny and wacky characters to enjoy, along with some returning characters from Borderlands 1 and 2. Along with the characters, we get to see some new enemies, some even with new mechanics, and quite a few bosses. The enemy AI in this game is definitely not easy, and each encounter will give you a good run for your money, testing your skills at every turn. The boss battles got progressively harder, with some bosses making me just straight up want to punch a wall because of how difficult it got (I would go so far as to say some of the bosses if done solo can be harder than Dark Souls), however that could have also been due to my level vs their level, as I was under leveled a few times (though that was more my fault and not the game’s fault). Regardless, the game scaled, making you think more as you got farther, as well as test your skill ever more increasingly. By the time I got to the end, I was pretty under leveled, however because of my skill I was able to push through. Many of the fights however, felt like they were made specifically for groups, and not scaled down to meet single player levels of skill. An example of this was one of the boss fights towards the end, there was maybe one or two locations that I could try to “hide” at, where the enemies couldn’t really hit me, so that I could try and focus on the boss, however one bad move, and you could be instantly wiped out with no way to second-wind yourself back up. Another reason the fights felt like more for a team was when I found that when I died, the boss’s HP would reset, however the area in which the boss was did not reset, causing me to have to leave the area and return so that I could start off in a fresh boss room without a ton of adds right off the get-go.

The gameplay overall was pretty much the same as Borderlands and Borderlands 2, with some new additions added on to keep it fresh and entertaining. You have a nice open environment to explore, find chests with loot in them, and plenty of side quests to do, each with that nice spin of humor that you can come to expect from Borderlands. Vehicles make a return, only this time you get a moon buggy, and a new “hover bike”, which lets you jump across gaps/broken bridges to access other parts of the maps. I did find myself exploring a little bit at certain points, which I was rewarded some of those times by finding a chest with weapons in them (one of those times I found a sniper that I ended up using for nearly the rest of the game), so the game definitely does reward for finding all of the hidden goodies should you choose to explore.

For this review I wanted to complete the story/main game, so I only dabbled a little bit into the side quests and focused more on the main story, which with as long as some of the boss fights took me, it added up to about 15 hours of gameplay from just the story alone. If you were to add in all of the side quests, as well as any exploration you might want to do, there’s quite a bit of content to be had. I did originally think this game was going to be more of a “side game”, however this game feels complete and can stand on its own two legs, making it worth its value in my opinion, especially if you’re hankering for some more Borderlands goodness.

The visual style is the same as the other two Borderlands, so if you’re a fan of that art style, this game will definitely satisfy in the eye-candy department. Some of the new textures/visuals from it taking place on the moon of Pandora are really nice, and does blend the cell-shaded look with a moon setting very well. Accompanying the visuals is another fantastical music score by the same people who did Borderlands 1 and 2’s music. The music fit the game perfectly, it was a different style from the traditional “wasteland” music of Borderlands, which it needed to be different considering it takes place in space. I felt there were hints of Portal 2 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution in the soundtrack, but also some unique sci-fi music to help set the mood.

Overall, I would say that the game adds just enough to the formula to keep it fresh, while still giving us the tried and true gameplay that made Borderlands and Borderlands 2 so great. Combine it with great visuals and plenty of content, not to mention the possibility of any DLC like we’ve seen with previous Borderlands games, this game will definitely give you your Borderlands fix while we wait for the development of Borderlands 3 (fingers crossed).


~BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL TRAINER~



Features:
  • Freeze Mission Timer
  • Unlock Golden Chests
  • Jackpot Editor
  • Freeze Health
  • Freeze Shield
  • Freeze Ammo
  • Freeze Oxygen
  • Easy Target
  • Save/Load Position
  • Teleport to Waypoint
  • No Recoil
  • Super Speed
  • Super Jump
  • Unlimited Action
  • Edit Badass Tokens
  • Edit Backpack Size
  • Edit Money
  • Edit Moonstone
  • Edit Skill Points
  • Edit EXP
  • Edit Shop Timer
  • Edit Mission Timer
  • Edit Weapon Slots
  • Edit Ammo
  • Edit Oxygen
  • Edit Shield
  • Edit Health
  • Edit Player Speed
  • Edit Melee Damage
  • Edit Gun Accuracy
  • Edit Gun Damage
  • Edit Recoil
  • Edit Reload Speed
  • Edit Elemental Chance
  • Edit Elemental Damage
  • Edit Critical Damage
  • Edit Grenade Damage
  • more
Made exclusively for GameZ8ne. WRITTEN FOR THE ORIGINAL/RETAIL/STEAM VERSION OF THE GAME. May not work with all versions. Read the included readme file with Notepad for important instructions on using the trainer. This trainer features customizable hotkeys. This file has been scanned and is virus and adware free. Some trainers may set off generic or heuristic notifications with certain antivirus or firewall software.
Compat: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10



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