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.
Hard to pay much attention to this when HFW and Elden Ring are so fresh still, and so much superior IMO
I loved Borderlands 1-2 but eventually got burnt out playing Borderlands 3. Not sure I’m ready to dip back into the world of Borderlands just yet.
I will most likely play Tiny Tina at some point but it won’t be day one. Glad it seems to be getting good reviews nonetheless!
$70 US for a spin-off is a wait for sale for me. Most BL fall in price fast & I'm only halfway through Elden Ring after completing Forbidden West last week.
I enjoy all the borderlands games. Borderlands 2 is my favorite.so this will be amazing as well.word up son
Ended up buying this after watching more footage and at first I wasn't that impressed but I was sort of like "yeah this doesn't look bad" so I ended up favouring this over Ghostwire.
I Just feel. Like many franchises they just repeat the same old game play loop sequel after sequel without anything fresh or even story improvements.
Borderlands 3 was such a let down and dated. Can't give another retread a go. Especially not for full price.
Borderlands 2 was so good at the time. But I just didn’t think 3 held up to todays standards in gaming compared to other shooters on the market.
This does look cool tho and I hope to give it a try at some point down the road!
BL3 proved they had run out of ideas so I don't have much hope for this. Even if the series was still flying high I'm not sure I'd pick it up, Tiny Tina is easily the worst character in the series.
my copy is pre-ordered, I learnt long ago not to worry about review scores (...especially IGN)
Eh, I’ll pass on this for now and opt for Tokyo: Ghostwire. Reviews are pretty close for the two games and I’m honestly looking for something that’s different.
Looks great! It’ll just have to wait patiently in line like every other game that’s come out recently 😅 great time for gamers on every platform rn
It’s often a red flag when the review codes are sent out the day of release. Like the developer is trying to hide something. (Cyberpunk was the classic example of review codes only going for the PC version and look how that turned out. They clearly knew the console versions were broken). I’m suspicious.
They said exactly what I feared. I like Borderlands, but became bored of it a while back. I bought Borderlands 3 with all its DLC and only played maybe 3-5 hours of it and decided I’ll play it at a later date as it didn’t do much for me. Now, they say it’s more if the same, so, it’s a definite pass.
I loved BL3 so I'll definitely jump in at some point. Might wait for a sale though since I'm still playing Elden Ring and have plenty left to do
Already pre-ordered. I'll be playing it this weekend.
If it's more like bl2 than bl3 then I'll get it eventually
Pretty excited for this, but yeah, still trying to finish dozens of other games.
One thing turned me away from this game immediately. That annoying female voice over....I could never play a game whilst having to hear this...it completely turned off my interest.
I do enjoy the gameplay of Borderlands, but find the characters, dialogue, story and voices all insufferable.
Hard pass for me, gonna be busy between Kirby, Returnal, and the rest of my backlog.
Not to mention I'm tempted to buy LEGO Star Wars day one.
Cant wait! Fingers crossed it gets delivered a day early!
After playing BL1, 2, 3 and the Pre-Sequel, and every bit of DLC content for each, if this is just more of the same, I'll be waiting quite a while for the inevitable 'complete edition' and at a serious discount too. Fun though the BL formula is, there's just too much else out there to spend full price on the same 'ol, same 'ol.
More borderlands but now based around one of the most annoying character ever? Yeah, I'll pass.
@Dreamcaster-X your pfp and your name please me. Dreamcast is NOT dead, Dreamcast is LIFE (and Skies of Arcadia is my second favourite game of all time.)
@Dreamcaster-X £70 for anything is a wait for a sale for me.
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