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Whimper And Crush: Borderlands - The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is called Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which should already tip you off that it's a game trying extremely hard to out-zany its predecessors. In the press release that accompanies the release date trailer below (it's out on October 17th on this side of the internet oceans and on the 14th in the US), several characters do a dance on the moon. Crazy, right? I can't think of anything more hilarious than lunar choreography set to ironically terrible music, except maybe exactly the same thing but with a gun that shoots bees dropped in the middle of the whole show. Borderlands 3 will probably be announced by a troupe of clowns spilling out of a tiny car at your front door and rubbing a cream pie into your face.

Yes, I'm a misery-grump. I did enjoy what little of Borderlands 2 I played but not enough to see it through to the end and I didn't even touch the DLC. The Pre-Sequel already has extra content prepped for launch in the form of a preorder exclusive - the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit.

There's zero gravity monster-mashing on the moon but the game looks like more of the same, like a huge chunky expansion rather than a sequel. Or pre-sequel. Do you need more Borderlands in your life? Alec's pre-preview provides information that I cannot.

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Adam Smith

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Adam wrote for Rock Paper Shotgun between 2011-2018, rising through the ranks to become its Deputy Editor. He now works at Larian Studios on Baldur's Gate 3.