While we’re aware that there are millions of people who haven’t upgraded to the PlayStation 4 yet, sales have shifted in favour of Sony’s next-gen super machine. Recent cross-platform titles such as Destiny and Watch Dogs all sold best on the Japanese giant’s latest box, putting Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in a strange position. Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford previously lamented that the new console’s install base wasn’t big enough to host the co-operative shooter, but we suspect that he’ll be changing his mind in a few months' time. Either way, the reviews for the raucous role-playing game are rolling in, and here are a few must reads.
IGN - 8.0/10
Despite its tendency to make you jump through hoops before getting to the good stuff, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel delivers where I expect it to as a Borderlands fan. The new gear and low-gravity mechanics mixed with the zany skill trees makes for a fresh experience, and with Jack at the center driving the story forward, you get a deeper dive into the always entertaining, if well-traveled universe of Borderlands.
Polygon - 7/10
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel doesn't feel like a game that needs to be, exactly. It's a story filling in gaps, adding a bit of nuance to a world that's already had two games worth of exposition rather than exploring new ground. It's the same recipe that's driven two full, long games and a host of downloadable content. But the lark of low gravity proves that the tedious parts of previous games don't have to stay an anchor holding the series down. That addition makes this one last run through the world of Pandora (or its moon, anyway) on the last generation of consoles worth the time.
Joystiq - 3.5/5
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has the makings of a pretty great Borderlands game. There are plenty of enemies begging to have their faces shot. The environments on Elpis are stunning neon spectacles, there are plenty of new guns that are bundles of violent joy to use (including lasers!), and the new characters are well-rounded. The Pre-Sequel is missing just a bit of soul, but it has plenty of heart – hearts exploded by laser rifles.
Destructoid - 6/10
Despite that glowing praise, I am torn, because I also recognize that it is far from perfect. The environmental art direction gets dull too quickly, the level design is lacking in basic conveniences, and a general sloppiness is present when looking closely. Some of the cool new features like multi-leveled areas and combining weapons could have been enhanced further if the user interface and systems had been updated to play to those strengths. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a solid entry to the series, but I hope that the development team takes some of the failings to heart and delivers excellence in the future.
USGamer - 2.5/5
If you've played Borderlands and the sequel, devoured all the available DLC, and still want more, that's exactly what the Pre-Sequel delivers. If you're looking for anything measurably different than your prior experiences with the series, though, The Pre-Sequel won't satisfy. And this lack of ambition only serves to disappoint: there's a fantastic game buried in here, somewhere, if only its caretakers would perform a serious overhaul.
Will you be picking up Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel this week, or waiting for its inevitable PS4 port? Have you had your fill of shootin’ ‘n’ lootin’ in Destiny? Are you able to stomach another round of bad jokes? Trade up your firearm in the comments section below.
Going with the full $60 price tag was a mistake. It should have been at most $40.
I'll wait till the GOTY Edition hit PS4 next year but in the mean time I got this game preorder on PS3 with season pass. Been loving the Borderlands games since the 1st one came out.
I would have been happy with more BS2 DLC, not being a huge leap forward is absolutely not an issue for me, I just wish it was on PS4......
I sure am putting a lot games on hold, which has nothing to do with the abundance of titles launching this holiday and the backlog purchases.
Too little, too late...
Comments in some reviews of the games art style getting dull or being poor is quite surprising, Borderlands has always had strong presentation and style. I'll hold off on getting this until the inevitable PS4 upgrade....need my psycho midgets looking pin sharp as I shoot them.
See my biggest issue here is that my PS3 is in my daughter's room being used as a Netflix Machine. I have it on my rental list for sure but may find it hard to get access to my PS3! I have so many games to play at the moment and I really feel indifferent about this one. I really enjoy the Borderland titles but like @Boerewors says - is it a little too late? When I first heard that it was coming to PS3 I honestly thought that I would be buying it day one but I have not touched by PS3 in months, so why would I now? Espically with all the great titles I currently have on PS4 I might as well wait until the Ultra Super Game of the Year edition.
Agh, first world problems eh?
@ZeD: I found an interesting way to keep on using my PS3 and playing some of the games I never got around to: I gave my mom our PS3. Whenever I visit her I get really bored; she's a nice grandma and all...but the stuff she talks about to me and my wife is like watching paint dry (she actually told a story bout drying paint the other day). So now, whenever I'm there I immediately turn on the PS3 and start gaming away. My mom knows "I'm quite the gamer" and doesn't mind, she get to watch Netflix for free when we're not there and I play some of the finest games I would have missed otherwise. And now even my brothers start showing up more often for the same reason. Yesterday we just played the hell out of the PES demo and we decided to preorder it as an early Christmas for my mom. But in the last 6 or 7 weeks I played some games like south park, dark souls 2, DMC, Tomb Raider and Bioshock infinite... Imagine what I would have missed if my mom was fun! Thanks for being dull mommy, love ya!
What do you give it Sammy?? Would like to see this ported to PS4
I thought it was supposed to be more than just a shooter, never mind maybe my mistake. I'm more interested to see what guerilla are up to. I know a lot of people have a soft spot for borderlands, personally I hate it. That robot thingy is so annoying, just as the very similar robot crud in fallout new vegas was. I don't really miss my ps3.
I was it ported to ps4, these games have always interest me.
I've got 100% on the two previous titles but will not be picking this up. Two many other games on my 3 PS platforms. Maybe a future GOTY edition will tempt me, but by then there will be even more choices.
Love Borderlands (the sequel is in my top three PS3 games) and want this game like mad but will wait for the inevitable GOtY edition, whether it be on PS3 or 4. Also, there needs to be another name for those editions, how many games each year label themselves Game Of the Year?
If it comes to PS4, I'll buy it.
spew all the hate you want at borderlands, its still my favorite shooter and much better than most boring fps shooters.
If they bring this to the PS4 then I will pick it up otherwise I think I will pass on this one.
@Tasuki I hope that 2K see that people want to play it but because it is on last Gen they will be skipping it. Thinking about it I may be missing this one now as I have way too much to play on the PS4 and I do not think I am missing too much. If I want my Borderlands fix I have 2 on the vita
We got BL2 on vita I can't see why they wouldn't bring this to ps4
Love Borderlands and Borderlands 2, skipping this,not buying any more content for my PS3 anymore, spending too much on my PS4, hopefully this will come to PS+ in the future..
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