It’s been a bit muted on the Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands front, hasn’t it? The game is out this week, but 2K Games’ marketing machine has been quieter than the titular character, that’s for sure! Reviews are beginning to appear all around the web, however, and the word is that it’s pretty good. The common theme appears to be that it’s very much Borderlands 3 with a fantasy spin, but that change in setting and storyline is refreshing enough to keep the format fun.
We must stress that all of these reviews are based on the PC build, which is why Push Square hasn’t prepared a review yet. We’re told that PS5 and PS4 review code will be available on launch day, and while we’re of the belief this is a mere logistics issue, it’s always worth observing some degree of caution when console access is withheld. We’ll bring you our verdict as soon as possible.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a fantastic fantasy take on Borderlands’ tried-and-true looter shooter formula. As spin-offs go, it sticks dangerously close to its past successes which at times felt a bit unoriginal and some of the new stuff it tries, like procedurally generated combat encounters, didn’t pan out terribly well. Luckily, the excellent writing, hilarious performances from an all-star cast, and ridiculous combat continue to shine brightly and make this tabletop-inspired explosion-fest absolutely worth your time.
That Borderlands cel-shaded look has been refined here into something more subtle, combined with some lovely fantasy landscapes, to create a surprisingly beautiful game at times. If you've been grinding yourself to the nub on Elden Ring, or just generally dealing with… this [waves hands at everything], then it's probably just the sort of lighthearted fun you need.
As a spin-off, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands doesn't reinvent the Borderlands wheel with its shift towards fantasy that bears a chaotic-neutral alignment. Instead, it explores familiar territory that repeats the best and worst of the Borderlands formula and it doesn't venture out of its comfort zone. That makes for a game that is packed with solid first-person shooter action and a competent multiclass system for creating an interesting Fatemaker. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands retreads the same mechanical and narrative ground as Borderlands 3, ultimately creating a chapter in the franchise that's fun but forgettable.
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By not taking its time or its space too seriously, the game leaves the player free to romp, roam, and plunder it likewise. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands thus breathes new, weird life into a franchise that had become terminally rote, and reminds me why guns-meets-Diablo was the perfect obsession so many years ago.
Will you be picking up Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands at launch, or are you tired of the Borderlands format – even with this fresh approach? Loot an answer in the comments section below.