…And I liked it! GGUK got a very limited sneak peek at the imminent DLC expansion for the mighty Borderlands 2 – Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty.
Are your Vault Hunters ready for a life on the ocean waves? No? Well, that’s probably just as well because the first content-laden DLC expansion for Borderlands 2 doesn’t actually have any oceans in it. But what it does have is Pirates. Lots of Pirates. And treasure. And humour.
So it’s a Pirate adventure without any oceans. That’s fine. However, just because the bodies of water in Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty are limited to droplets of perspiration, it doesn’t mean that there can’t be a nautical theme, providing a very different feel from the core game. The Borderlands expansions have always been something a bit special, and this time around is no different.
Coming across the strange little town of Oasis for the first time is quite refreshing after playing the main game. The randomly-placed palm trees and occasional parasol give an out-of-season roadside motel feeling, sort of. This expansion is accesible at any point during the game, but it is well recommended not to venture forth until you are suitably powerful enough. The level 50 Mechromancer that we got to play with managed to hold her own, but it was touch and go for a while.
In the town of Oasis, which at one point in its history was surrounded by rolling oceans, players will come across the equally strange Shade, a character who has quite obviously gone completely mad, and the rest of the townsfolk who have been created and voiced, in different accents, by Shade himself. Keeping with the Pirate theme, he seems to have gone the way of Ben Gunn in Treasure Island, which is not too out of place in a game like Borderlands 2, let alone a shipping town in the middle of the desert.
The missions that we got to try are not dissimilar to those found in the main game and will involve collecting stuff as requested by other characters, fighting the new Pirate-themed bad guys and finding an abundance of treasure. Realistically, that’s not a bad way to spend your DLC time.
But the real fun comes from the incredibly dark humour found throughout the nine or so hours of DLC. From the crazy character of Shade, to Captain Scarlett herself and her badly-hidden evil nature, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty feels like a proper romp. There Pirate-themed bad guys are entertaining, with hulking brutes carrying spiked anchors and stumpy fellows wielding a pair of red-hot cutlasses.
You may be thinking that the only thing missing from this Pirate adventure are the ships, but Gearbox don’t want to disappoint. In fitting with the desert setting, early on in the DLC the player will be charged with finding the parts for a new vehicle with which to navigate the seas of sand. Similar to the Sand Skiffs from the Star Wars universe, these hovering ships should be enough to make your Vault Hunter seasick and will be your transport for the rest of the DLC.
Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty may not be a huge departure from the mission structure found in the main game, but it’s a huge chunk of extra content and has a wonderfully dark humour that pushes the player onwards. Priced at £7.99, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty is well worth picking up if you want more Borderlands 2 craziness with added Pirates.