Bor­der­lands: The Pre-Se­quel

Is this game a must-have on your Mac?

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - De­vel­oper 2K Aus­tralia/Gear­box, bor­der­land­s­ Re­quires Day-one re­lease to Mac Looks great, per­forms well Game Cen­ter co-op play only

A mod­ern fran­chise with a fer­vent fol­low­ing, Bor­der­lands is back with a third in­stal­ment. And this time the nar­ra­tive is rewinded and new char­ac­ters and a grav­ity-de­fy­ing moon en­vi­ron­ment are in­tro­duced.

If this is your first ex­pe­ri­ence with Bor­der­lands you will prob­a­bly be con­fused, as this game feels like a stand­alone ex­pan­sion for ex­ist­ing fans. How­ever, the first-per­son shooter me­chan­ics are re­li­able enough, with a bar­rage of weaponry and loot to pil­fer. Ev­ery­thing is larger than life and typ­i­cally bom­bas­tic, the bright vi­su­als backed up with witty scripts and voice act­ing. Progress is lin­ear with plenty of mini-quests bolted on. But, there’s repet­i­tive­ness over the level de­sign and en­e­mies, which may grate.

Although per­for­mance ex­cels on OS X, there are mo­ments where the game doesn’t con­sider the player – sud­denly ini­ti­at­ing at­tacks while en­gaged in NPC di­a­logue, be­ing a prime ex­am­ple. Re­gard­less of such neg­a­tiv­ity, pub­lisher Aspyr should be

Great per­for­mance on the Mac is some­what marred by repet­i­tive lev­els and an old-fash­ioned vibe.

applauded for a day-one Mac re­lease. Sadly, though, this is a gaming ex­pe­ri­ence that feels out of time.

The bot­tom line is it’s a solid, en­ter­tain­ing shooter that ex­tends the for­mula for fans but feels some­what out of sync with the se­ries and genre. Matt Bolton

The story bridges the gap be­tween Bor­der­lands and Bor­der­lands 2.

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