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Borderlands is a series I’ve played since the first installment released in 2009. The games, of which there are now three, are addictive, hilarious, and seem to cater perfectly to my most basic animal instincts; shoot everything you see and grab what’s shiny.
The three main installments have followed the same formula but it continues to work time and time again. An open world for you to explore, a plethora of side quests to keep you entertained long after you beat the story, and a truly ridiculous amount of variable loot, typically in the form of guns. Guns that can shoot explosives, guns that shoot energy and lasers, even guns that shoot guns. No, that’s not a typo, there is actually a gun that shoots more guns.
The absurdity of the gameplay and hilarity of the story has kept me addicted for over a decade now and part of this formula includes excellent DLC releases that jockey with each other as fan favorite additions. In honor of the newest DLC releasing today for Borderlands 3 (Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck), I explore the best DLC released so far from each game in the main series.
Borderlands – The Secret Armory of General Knoxx
The original Borderlands game quickly gained a cult following and as such, four different DLCs were released within a year of each other. From a zombie incursion to an underground style gladiatorial arena, this add-on content kept the game fresh and drastically improves its replayability. The content released includes main stories, a ton of new side quests and, of course, new guns to blow baddies up with. There is some DLC from this first installment I would not recommend playing, but the best certainly stands out from the rest.
The best for the first game in the series is The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. This DLC is massive and could have stood on its own as a new installment in the main series. It raises the max level of your characters, keeping the RPG elements of the game fresh. This DLC was well-worth the $9.99 it cost at release, and is still one of the best add-ons to the series, even a decade later.
Borderlands 2 – Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
The second game in the series also released four main DLCs, all of which are well worth the time and money. They explore different side characters and the various humorous and strange problems they were facing in Pandora (the planet that Borderlands takes place on). From pirates to a big game hunting preserve, each pack is extensive and adds on a multitude of new quests and loot to keep yourself busy with.
For my money, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is the best Borderlands DLC of all time, possibly the best of any game ever. The plot and gameplay all unfold within the imagination of Borderlands’ strangest side character, the maniacal Tiny Tina. It introduces you to a new fantastical world to explore, fantasy-themed enemies to blow up, and hilarious geeky puns to enjoy, not to mention the inclusion of the most iconic raid boss of the series: the dragons of destruction.
Borderlands 3 – Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome jackpot
The newest installment in the main series, Borderlands 3 has released three main DLC so far with a fourth releasing soon. The three released so far have all been great but none hold a candle to Tiny Tina’s DLC from the latter installment. The three DLC have taken us on a casino-themed thrill ride, a completely new planet, and to the wild west. Of these three I most recommend Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot. This casino-themed DLC has the most interesting ambiance and locations and lots of references to the previous Borderlands games.
I still have hope for a future Borderlands DLC to be as expansive and creative as Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep from Borderlands 2. Perhaps the next DLC to release, Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck, will live up to the high bar set by many of the previous post-game releases, when it is launches today, 10 September 2020.
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