Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt DLC Review
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt DLC Review
I love Borderlands 2. There is no other way around it. Blending a Diablo-style loot system with the first person shooter seemed so obvious after Borderlands that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t done until 2009.
Now here we are in 2013 and Borderlands is still your one stop shop to shoot n’ loot.
I am going to assume that if you’re reading this, you are already somewhat familiar with the Borderlands universe. This being the third DLC, I would be surprised if people were planning to start here, especially since you need to be around Level 30 to even stand a chance in this section.
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Disappointments
Since I already had a Mechromancer and an Assassin Class at level 50, I was very disappointed that the level cap remained the same. It did give me a reason to start a Commando Class, however, since going through higher levels would be kind of dull, I decided to start that new character before attempting the DLC. I also went back a second time with my Mechromancer on True Vault Hunter’s mode.
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Gameplay
Sir Hammerlock’s entry is the third DLC for Borderlands 2, chock full of giant bugs and monsters to kill and loot. When it came to the first two DLC, most enemies felt like modified versions of the regular game. This is less the case with Big Game Hunt. The game features a variety of fun new enemies to tackle, from Witch Doctors to the daddy-long-legs styled Drifters, all with different abilities and levels of aggression. What I really enjoy about Big Game Hunt is the challenge of it all.
Since things are a bit higher leveled in this DLC, it makes taking down groups of enemies tons of fun. This entry is also heavily focused on big bugs, and most of the missions involve taking down either hordes of the creatures or one larger creature. This is a nice compliment to the last DLC, Campaign of Carnage, which was my personal favorite so far. Instead of people, Big Game Hunt is all about insects and animals. The last boss is fun, although the main bad guy is supremely lame.
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Story
This brings me to the game’s largest fault: the story. Where Campaign of Carnage shined with a hilarious script and an intriguing plot line, Big Game Hunt feels ultimately pointless. The main bad guy is named Professor Nakayama, and he is hell bent on bringing back Handsome Jack for a nameless reason. The story just feels like a short rehash of the original story of BL2, except not as funny. This DLC does have some funny moments and is admittedly better overall than the first DLC, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate Booty.
The other big complaint about this DLC is its length. The DLC feels incredibly short -when I ran through it with a higher level character, it took almost no time at all. You will definitely want to do most of the side missions, which they dish out about three at a time and are all pretty fun to play. This gives the game a little extra meat, but the main plot is over in a mere four missions.
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt
In general, I have been quite disappointed with all three of the DLC’s. The main game was easily one of 2012′s best offerings. The DLC keeps me coming back but leaves me craving more, and not in the good way; they’re fun, but so much more can be done with the Borderland universe and it just makes me sad that these aren’t living up to the core game. As I mentioned earlier, I would love if they raised the level cap in the game. I really hope Gearbox takes a little extra time and puts a little more love into the fourth and possibly last Borderland’s 2 DLC, which is due out by this summer.
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Grade