Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Review

I managed to acquire this DLC through the season pass and admittedly
felt supremely disappointed with it. I knew it wasn’t going to be as
good as Torgues due to well, that one being just amazingly fun and 2K’s
batting average. It was a supreme disappointment.

The first
problem you encounter with it is the new Catch-A-Boat system, which
creates a new vehicle specifically for that area and is limited to that
area alone.
The skins you find on the majority of the baddies there only
work for the boat and not your Bandit Technical or Runner. That irked
me to no end having to once again gather skins I’ve already acquired for
the other two vehicles. Grinding kills, ho!

The second problem
with this DLC is it’s admittedly short main quest line and limited
side-quests. Torgue’s was filled with side quests, fun achievements, and
replayable battles. This DLC offers only a few compared to that and the
path to get to any of the baddie areas to reconquer them is filled with
a rather annoying mini-boss which revives all of it’s companions. It
wouldn’t be too annoying if they actually stood out a bit more when in
their more powerful form. In the weaker versions in playthrough 1, I
noticed many of them only due to their elemental adaptation and that was
still easy to miss. The raid bosses were pretty much grindfests and not
very fun to play, especially considering you have to run around the
entire island just to summon one of them.

The third problem is
the lack of new materials. Beyond the fan boat, skins, and a few shoddy
Jakobs {I should know, considering I am still using my Purple Jakob’s
Pistol which outclassed that poor excuse for a level 50 the game gave me
as a reward for doing quests here}. There is no new styles of items nor
particular funny names.

The final problem with this DLC is of
course the dialogue. A DLC could be easily saved in Borderlands if it
had some witty or humorous dialogue. There was little to be had. The
villian that appeared was pathetic to say the least, offering maybe a
pity chuckle but not a true guffaw. Claptrap didn’t do much beyond what
he normally does, and Sir Hammerlock just basically sits there for the
majority of the DLC, as short as it is.

In short, don’t waste
your money on this specific DLC unless you are buying the season pass.
Go buy the Mechromancer, Torgue’s Tournament, or Captain Scarlet’s DLC
instead. Money far better spent.

Verdict: 60/100

Written by: Brent

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