Justice not done to a great title
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.