Jus­tice not done to a great ti­tle

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE -

BOR­DER­LANDS 2 is one of the best shoot­ers of 2012, so its a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing when the oth­er­worldly an­tics that earned this ti­tle the above ac­co­lade touch upon the mun­dane real world ac­tiv­i­ties that Bor­der­lands 2 so bril­liantly avoided.

Sir Ham­mer­lock's Big Game Hunt is an en­joy­able game, but only not that much. Quite a few things are miss­ing from the ex­pe­ri­ence that makes the DLC fall short from be­ing an ex­cep­tion­ally great game. This by all means is the weak­est down­load­able con­tent for Bor­der­lands 2 so far, but it still man­aged to gar­ner a lit­tle bit of fun, so all is not lost.

The setup for Big Game Hunt brims with op­por­tu­nity. Sir Ham­mer­lock, the bionic-armed gen­tle­man hunter from the main cam­paign, has in­vited you out to his cabin in the sav­age lands of Ae­grus for a quiet week­end of hunt­ing and hi­jinks - you know, like track­ing and fight­ing tons of huge, unique mon­sters for loot, honor, and the Bor­der­lands way. Sadly, what it turns out to be is a short, unin­spired quest line to take down yet an­other self-pro­claimed evil ge­nius.

En­ter Pro­fes­sor Nakayama, a one-di­men­sional new vil­lain whose only dis­cernible trait is that he's ob­sessed with the late Hand­some Jack, some­thing that seems to be ham­mered home again and again through truly for­get­table sto­ry­telling.

Apart from Pro­fes­sor Nakayama, there are quite a few dif­fer­ent en­emy types to fight here, the most dif­fi­cult be­ing the witch doc­tors. The witch doc­tors are able to cast a num­ber of spells. which al­lows them to heal them­selves and level up, along with other things to cause the player great pain and suf­fer­ing. Go­ing up against th­ese guys will be tough and very frus­trat­ing, and the re­ward doesn't war­rant the gru­el­ing slogs that th­ese fights can some­times be, mean­ing that its pos­si­bly bet­ter to run away from th­ese rather than en­dur­ing the con­flict.

Bor­der­lands 2: Sir Ham­mer­locks Big Game Hunt isn't ex­actly a bad game, but it doesn't come close to do­ing jus­tice to the great ti­tle that gave birth to it. The game could have been slightly bet­ter if Gear­box had in­creased the level cap; hopefully, this will hap­pen in the next DLC.

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