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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

2K Games, 2K Australia
Oct 14, 2014 - Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

42%

Critics Recommend

PC Gamer
77 / 100
IGN
8 / 10
GamesRadar+
4 / 5
Polygon
7 / 10
GameSpot
7 / 10
Kotaku
Yes
USgamer
2.5 / 5
Game Revolution
3.5 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

A well-executed but thoroughly unambitious extension of Borderlands 2. Low-grav jumping adds a new dimension to combat.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel successfully builds on the series' many strengths while repeating its pacing mistakes.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a hilarious, fan-focused continuation of the series' core values. But lacking any truly evolution, it makes for a fun diversion rather than a meaningful new chapter.

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Low gravity makes The Pre-Sequel more than a simple rehash of the Borderlands formula

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel brings you more of the loot and lighthearted humor you love, though it never quite overcomes the gravity of its predecessors.

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If you've ever played a Borderlands game, this is mostly more of the same. If not, it's a solid albeit unspectacular shooting and loot-hoarding.

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If you've played Borderlands and the sequel, devoured all the available DLC, and still want more, that's exactly what the Pre-Sequel delivers. If you're looking for anything measurably different than your prior experiences with the series, though, The Pre-Sequel won't satisfy. And this lack of ambition only serves to disappoint: there's a fantastic game buried in here, somewhere, if only its caretakers would perform a serious overhaul.

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If you're a Borderlands fan who's looking to scratch that itch for loot-based four-player firefights, then this will serve your needs well until the next core installment in the franchise. Otherwise, you're better off waiting for the inevitable Game of the Year package. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel fails to reach the stars, but at least it maintains orbit.

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