Borderlands 2 - Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty DLC Review
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
North American Release Date: October 16, 2012
European Release Date: October 16, 2012
Trophies: 0 | 1 | 1 | 1
The original Borderlands was heralded for having one of the best DLC suites of this past console generation. Being ever so awesome, Gearbox has decided to once again supply its faithful fans with a host of additional content for its sequel, Borderlands 2. The first of which, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, introduces new areas and missions to sink your teeth into.
The core aspects of Borderlands 2's gameplay go completely untouched. The additional content still has a large focus on the series' norm of shooting, looting, and repeating, which continues to be extraordinarily fun and addicting.
The DLC adds a few new additions to the gameplay suite. A new vehicle, the Sandskiff, is introduced here and it's definitely the best in the game. Aesthetically, it resembles the hovercraft from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and it handles wonderfully. Truly a joy to ride, though the craft is unfortunately limited only to the new DLC areas.
He's only invincible if you can't kill him.
Two new 'Invincible' bosses were also added in the DLC, which is perhaps the add-on's biggest selling point. Hyperious The Invincible and Master Gee The Invincible are both extremely difficult, even with the coveted Bee shield at your disposal. Both bosses can be fought once a day and drop the ultra-rare DLC item Seraph Crystals upon death. These Crystals can then be saved and used to buy Seraph weapons, which are pretty decent. Any Legendaries you already own will probably still be significantly better though, making farming for Crystals a waste of time. Still, the bosses are fun to go up against.
Upon downloading and installing the DLC, a new fast travel location will open up. Traveling to this location, the near-deserted town of Oasis, will start you up on the DLC content. The story is pretty light, with the average treasure hunt tale following throughout.
Heavily pirate-themed, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty has you traveling from area to area completing the story missions and giving a handful of increasingly repetitive side missions to indulge yourself in if you so please. Mission structure is relatively varied, but it fails in creating truly exciting moments.
Comedy has always been at the heart of Borderlands, and thankfully Captain Scarlett's DLC heavily tacks it on. New characters Shade, Herbert, and even Scarlett herself all add a ton of comic relief to the narrative to spice things up.
What can brown do for me? Nothing. Brown does nothing for me.
However, the DLC is disappointingly short. Able to be beaten in a single 3-4 hour sitting, the DLC is ultimately too brief to have a large impact. It's difficult to justify a purchase when the price of admission is relatively high when compared to how much extra time you'll be getting out of the DLC.
As with the rest of Borderlands 2, the DLC can be completed with a group of up to 3 other friends. Drop-in and drop-out co-op still works smoothly, and it should be noted that the game is most definitely more fun with friends.
The additional bosses of Master Gee and Hyperious make co-op exceedingly enjoyable for these fights in particular. Team coordination is key, especially against these fellas, and it can be ever so satisfying to take one of them down with a team of Vault Hunters.
Borderlands 2's cell-shaded graphical style has always been attractive, but the DLC's mostly brown color palette tones things down a notch. With the exception of one beautiful underground area filled with water and plantlife, the rest of the DLC areas are barren and dull. It's disappointing to see, especially when Borderlands 2 took such great strides in moving away from the overuse of the color brown.
In terms of bugs, the DLC didn't add anything game-breaking, thankfully. However, some things definitely feel unusually sloppy. Most notably, a glitch exists where you can access the major loot room multiple times when it was obviously intended for you not to. Not necessarily an awful thing for loot-whores out there, but it should be noted nonetheless.
The three trophies are fairly well done, forcing 100% hunters to go out and do everything available to you in the DLC. If you want to earn these trophies, you'll increase the DLC's value from 3-4 hours to around 10, so for anyone interested in earning all trophies, it's recommended to go for these.
Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty is like a candle in the wind. It's a pretty fun ride while it lasts, but its flame burns out quickly. Couple that in with the fact that missions can become mundane and it becomes hard to recommend purchasing the DLC unless a Season Pass has already been bought. It's a fun addition, but nothing that can't be skipped out on.
Still solid, and two new Invincibles offer a significant challenge. The addition of the Sandskiff is also great.
Extremely brief and with mostly boring mission structure, the DLC doesn't impress in the slightest.
A better experience with friends.
Bugs are noticeable, but the main problem here is the mostly uninspired color palette.