Borderlands 2 is one of my favourite FPS games on the 360 to date, for its mix of great gameplay and absurdly good humour throughout – and the most recent DLC pack for the game – “Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragons Keep” – is a truly epic expansion to an already impressive game. This expansion revolves around a game of “Bunkers and Badasses” (their version of dungeons and dragons) being run by Tiny Tina, who you met a few times throughout the main story line of Borderlands 2.
The first thing to call out about this DLC is that it is huge in every sense of the word. It’s a couple of gigabytes in size to download, and for that you get a whole new world added to the map, a massive amount of new voice acting and narration, and a whole new campaign and set of side missions to fight through in this new world – which of course only exists in the imagination as it’s all really just a game, so we have a game inside a game here, and it shows. As you play through Tina will change character and location names on you and adjust difficulty of certain bits too – it all fits nicely in to the narrative of the game though and it is hugely entertaining.
Visually you are getting what you got our of the main game of Borderlands 2, but with the new imaginary world there are a lot of new types of scenery that you didn’t see in the main campaign. There is a huge amount of new audio though, which adds a very polished feel to this DLC – every bit of voice acting is as well done as the original game, and makes it far more engaging than a lot of other DLC packs I’ve played in other games.
The main campaign will take you several hours to get through, making it one of the bigger DLC packs I’ve had the pleasure of playing as well. I still haven’t finished all the side missions yet, but I do plan on doing so. The thing that really got me for this one though is the humour. The comedy of the characters was one of the things that put Borderlands on my radar, and Tiny Tina’s game will have you in stitches from the very first boss, all the way to the “plot twist” at the end. There are also a lot of custom weapons and items that you can pick up in the game here as well to keep the memory with you as you play through the rest of Borderlands 2 (I wont give anything away in detail, but there is a gun that shoots swords, which explode in to mini swords – I mean really, enough said, sign me up now!)
If you have a copy of Borderlands 2 then you really should do yourself a favour and go get this expansion (if you have the season pass it is already paid for!), but if you haven’t played Borderlands 2 do yourself a favour and keep an eye out for it – it’s a great shooter that is fun to play, and downloadable content like this keeps it fresh and amazing, and worth every cent to buy it.