Review: Borderlands DLC3 review: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx
The third DLC expansion for Borderlands is out. How does it stack up?
Here we are with another review of another Borderlands DLC, and I feel like I'm repeating myself becuase Gearbox has a habit of releasing great DLC that is marred by one or two flaws.
In the last DLC (Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot) there were some issues with the tournaments just being to long and the font colors in the bank just being damn unreadable (purple on orange?).
This time around we get great new features like new cars (but you can't use them in the old maps and they're still fragile as hell to enemy gunfire), a new level cap (although the old enemies in the main game don't level up with you turning it into a cakewalk with no good weapons to find), new guns (though I've only found better versions of my old ones as the new, cyan colored guns are very rare). There are also quite a few "glitches" in this expansion. We've found more than a few places to fall through the floor or walk through a wall or walk into an invisible wall. (See video.)
The biggest problem is the lack of fast travel stations throughout the DLC forcing you to drive everywhere. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if the levels you drove through were all open areas, but they tend to be straight freeway driving. That plus the fragility of your ride means a lot of driving straight and not stopping to get where you're going. It's like a family vacation simulator. There are certain missions at the road's end that need to be turned in back at the starting town, T-Bone Junction. It's faster to save, exit, and reload to get back there than it is driving, and the driving offers very little in the way of "fun".
Having said all that, the actual game play once you get out of your car is still there, and there are some great new enemies to fight and they are definitely a challenge your first time through. I especially enjoyed fighting packs of Devastators (baddies in giant mech suits).
I'd normally give something with this many problems but so much fun a "rent" rating, but since this is DLC, you can't really do that, so I'll say this: If you have Borderlands already, this is a worthwhile expansion. Buy it. If you don't have Borderlands or rented it but didn't like it, this isn't going to make you go out and get it.
So, overall, Buy it (if you have the main game already).
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