Borderlands Theory – Handsome Jack is Alive

borderlands 2 handsome jackI have a habit of sharing my theories about different things in Borderlands while streaming on Twitch. Since I got pulled back into Borderlands 2 for a 1-life challenge for charity the topic has come up yet again. This will be a series of Borderlands theories about Jack, zer0, Angel’s power helping Jack, and where I think the story needs to go in Borderlands 3. These theories are not based on my own fanciful desires about characters and story elements, but are pulled from clues, echocasts, and mythology within the game. For those who haven’t played through to the end of Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel there will be significant spoilers in this post, so be warned. Continue reading

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Borderlands 3 – Leave behind low-grav?

Borderlands low gravityEach new Borderlands title has something extra to give it a distinct identity. The first title set the stage for the franchise with gritty graphics and dark humor. Borderlands 2 offered a massive amount of new guns and characters. And The Pre-Sequel introduced a completely new way to move around with low-grav as you float and butt slam your way around the game world. But is low-grav a good enough feature to be kept in the future title of Borderlands 3? I’m sure there are many mixed and conflicting opinions about this, so I think the best solution is to attempt to please everyone (something I don’t usually advocate). While many think, myself included, that low-grav got a tad tedious and slog-like, others rightly point out the fun and entertaining new element of butt-slamming as a vertical extension to the battlefield and fights. Rather than entertain a false dichotomy of having the feature basically everywhere like it is in The Pre-Sequel or completely absent like in Borderlands 2, I think a middle ground is a better approach. Continue reading

Borderlands Claptastic DLC is a beautiful and disappointing disaster

Claptastic DLCAs a fan of Borderlands I was thrilled to see The Pre-Sequel get a piece of DLC that was an actual campaign expansion and not just another playable character or a “circle of slaughter” arena. I’ve already mentioned before that I was pretty disappointed in the way the season pass and four pieces of DLC for the The Pre-Sequel were marketed in a way that mimicked the previous expansions for Borderlands 1 and 2. The reason this marketing was disappointing is that it was passively misleading, looking like 4 campaign DLC expansions, but was instead two extra characters, a circle of slaughter, and only one campaign expansion. While the Claptastic expansion is good and adds 10 more levels to the level cap, Ultimate Vaulter Mode is plagued with enemy leveling problems and xp pacing issues. So the Claptastic DLC adds to the story and level cap, but is attached to a game that sullies the extra levels with poor pacing and sloppy development in the third playthrough. And then this final DLC finishes its own story with lazy over powered boss fights. Continue reading

The Handsome Collection: The Pre-Sequel Review

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel I have been having an absolute blast playing through The Pre-Sequel and streaming on my twitch while doing Borderlands trivia. If you haven’t followed me yet, be sure to join in the fun as I do trivia for giveaways and prizes for my followers at certain follower milestones. Having played all three Borderlands titles on the Xbox 360, I am definitely able to say it is my absolute favorite franchise. And I immediately knew I was in for an injection of fun and freshness once I saw just the title screen showing my character after booting up The Pre-Sequel on my Xbox One. Continue reading

Borderlands Trivia Twitch Stream

Borderlands the Handsome CollectionI am going to be Twitch streaming Borderlands trivia all week as a way for you to earn extra entries in a giveaway that I do every 50 followers on Twitch. Two people have already won! So be sure to click here, follow me on Twitch, and tune in each morning at 7am until around 11am. I will also stream in the afternoon starting at 1pm. I’m trying to find the best times to stream for my followers. Also check to have Twitch notify you when I start streaming so you don’t miss out on trivia!! It looks like this…

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Borderlands the Handsome Collection: Play “The Pre-Sequel” First

Borderlands the Handsome CollectionThe day has come Borderlands fans, the Handsome Collection has arrived on next-gen. Regardless if you’ve played either Borderlands 2 or The Pre-Sequel before, I have some advice about why you should play the games in a certain order. Both titles have their own merit and deserve your attention for different reasons. Having played both titles rather extensively I want to outline why I think the Pre-Sequel should be where you dive in first. Continue reading