Sunday, August 21, 2016

—DLC Review— Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep (Borderlands 2)

Borderlands games are known for humor, bright colors, loot, and DLC that's almost as fun as the game itself. Each DLC is like a game of its own, thus worth a review of its own. 

**Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep**

Published by 2K Games | Developed by Gearbox Software
Released 2013/2015 | FPS/RPG
For all platforms | Review: Xbox 360, PC, PS4
*Rated M for Mature 17+*
Blood and gore | Intense Violence
Language | Sexual Themes | Use of Alcohol

HGG rating: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 9.8/10

Tiny Tina is playing a game with her vault hunter friends. The game? Bunkers and Badasses. You are the main character in this game. The goal? Rescue the queen and stop the evil sorcerer. ROLL FOR INITIATIVE!

First impressions? 
Slightly disturbing. Tiny Tina is a disturbing character. She's a psychotic 13-year-old who loves to blow stuff up. She's funny; she's twisted. But I love her. 

Graphics and voices? 
As usual, spot on. There's not really much to say when a dev manages to nail the perfect graphics and voices for a game/DLC.

Fun, though a bit frustrating. This DLC presents a bit more of a challenge than your run-of-the-mill Borderlands 2 playthrough. You can start this DLC whenever you want, but it starts at level 30, and some of the baddies are level 36 right from the start. So, to make things easier on yourself, you can take this on once you're level 35+. Or, if you're like me, you can start it right at level 30 and accept the fact that you will die. A lot. A lot a lot.

Here's a gameply video from my PS4 playthrough with Gaige, the Mechromancer. I don't die in it, but that's just blind luck.

In my PC playthrough, I started this at level 34. The baddies are guess what? That's right. Level 34+. That makes some mini bosses 37+. So...yeah. This one seems to level with you, kinda like Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode.

If you're interested, there are more videos for this particular DLC, specifically my PC playthrough with Axton, the Commando. I shared a Tuesday Tip on how to beat Grug and Ork without getting killed (a Glitch Rock, if you will) and there was a Monday Movie about swiping bloodfruit, as ordered by Tiny Tina.

Fabulous! Funny, entertaining, compelling, disturbing, heartbreaking. Yes, heartbreaking. I cried so hard. Could be the girl in me, but holy crap, the TEARS!

This wasn't sad. I didn't know this guy.

The level of disturbance in Tiny Tina is almost off-putting. She's scary disturbed. 

One of my all-time favorite DLCs ever. However, this game and everything associated with it is more than deserving of the M rating. Play this only if you don't mind language, crude humor, and shooting things point blank in the face with a shotgun. Even with the gore turned off, it's gross.

My rating? 
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ - 9.8/10 life hearts.
Two tenths deducted for Tina's crazy. Honestly, I shouldn't deduct anything for Tina. She's one of the best written characters I've ever seen. Disturbing, yes, but compellingly so.

Where to buy?
Since this is DLC, some of these links are for the Game of the Year edition of Borderlands 2 or The Handsome Collection. PLEASE NOTE: Buying a used GOTY edition will most likely result in you NOT getting the DLC since they are download codes. The Handsome Collection (PS4/Xbox One) includes everything on the disc, so a used copy would work out just fine.
Have you played Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep? Tell us what you thought of it in the comments section below. ♥

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Until next time... 

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