What mysterious energy drives loot up from the fetid depths to be scooped up (ugh) by greedy vault hunters? Is it a secret sauce from Moxxi’s questionable drinks? Perhaps a side affect of the design of very cheap port-a-potties? I have never seen a better reason in any video game for hordes of grumpy people with guns trying to shoot each other than exploding toilets launching bones and feces. I was so startled the first time HUMAN BONES came erupting out of a port-a-potty I literally backed away from the screen as to not get hit! I still picked up the guns though. I can always wash my hands later.
If you guys are anything like me, then you like to wait for a game to come down in price or be chosen for a Steam sale before you buy it. There are some games, however, that have provided a record of quality that almost demands they be purchased immediately. Borderlands is one of those series that demands my attention. According to Steam records I have put in over 500 hours of game time in the first two Borderlands games. What can I say, those guys really know how to make an awesome game. That hours played number is probably skewed a little by me walking away from the computer with the game still running but that’s still a lot of time. This first impressions review is going to be extremely spoiler free. I like experiencing games for myself so I’m going to write like you guys do too.
To put it bluntly, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel lives up to it’s predecessors so far. This is going to be quick and dirty so get your boots on and strap in:
The classes are well built and less generic, though Wilhelm is a little dull in the beginning. There are some of the recurring characters but they’re only peppered in and not dominating the story lines. The lowered gravity on the moon allows for more movement oriented fighting styles, and they take advantage of it with Oz kits. The vehicles have interesting new weapon types. There are more guns than you could possibly use. And most importantly, CL4P-TP is as funny as ever. I’m playing through with Conrad and Bryce so I’m getting the co-op experience and I am LOVING IT!
I hope this was enough to get you guys interested. I say that for purely selfish reasons, I want 2K and Gearbox to keep making Borderlands games. ^_^
I wish I was an artist sometimes. Not because I have an untapped well of human experience that I want to share with the world, no. I wish I was an artist because I’m not sure I can properly express in words the amount of frustration that has oozed from my family and I since we moved here. Frustration that I am channeling inward towards my inevitable ulcer, possibly aneurysm. I’m not good with biology.
It’s been two weeks since my last update. Since then, I have managed to lose my Blizzard account authenticator. I should have used the phone app, I know that now. But losing my fob is just the start. The list of things we’ve done to make this place a home is impressive. The list of tasks yet to be done feels staggering. Everyone says moving is an unpleasant thing to do. But any word one uses to describe it feels insufficient in the moment. I guess that’s true with a lot of things. It pleases me to think that a year from now this will just be ‘that one time’ when we spent weeks at our wit’s end. It’s one of the things keeping me going, honestly. However, being as this is called ‘Moving Stories’ I should probably tell you guys one.
I have one word to say to the electrician that wired this house. Schooling, as in, get some. I won’t presume to know the kind of work that goes into wiring a house. I’ve never done it and I’ve never watched it be done. However, I know a flawed design when I see it. Flaw number one, major appliances don’t always have their own circuits. Flaw number two, major appliances that don’t have their own circuit share it with huge chunks of the rest of the house. Flaw number three, whatever it is that makes slightly different parts of the house lose power when the same circuit blows. Seriously, it’s weird. The last flaw is that there’s no surge protector on our 100 amp electrical panel. I just recently learned that 100 amps is completely insufficient for a house of five gamers all of whom like to enjoy their electronics when they’re home. But we knew about that problem going in, and it will be fixed soon.
On a more positive note, the new Borderlands game comes out on the 14th. My goal is to have time to play it by then. I’m really looking forward to playing as Claptrap. Some people find him annoying but I think he’s hilarious.