Earlier today, I was able to complete the main questline in the 4th DLC for Borderlands 2, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. Ofcourse, this was done with a little help from my friends, but what game of Dungeons and, er, Bunkers and Badasses would be complete without friends? Looking back on this DLC, it was easily my favorite of the 4. Essentially, this DLC was an ode to all the RPG’s that I have played over the past 20+ years of gaming, and in all it’s glorious forms.
As soon as you step off towards the town of Flamerock, (as opposed to Fyrestone, the first town in the first Borderlands), the entire campaign was riddled with references to other games, people, events, and other media highlights. However, this one seemed to focus more with the “Geek Culture” theme, as the DLC itself is based on arguably the geekiest of all games, D&D. References that come to mind would be Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, Final Fantasy, Skyrim, Orcs Must Die, and Dark Souls. Other culture references that were made were “Fake Geek Girl” Mr. Torgue’s side quest “Fake Geek Guy”, Repair Her Armor in a side quest for Ellie’s to get some armor on her, and how everyone has wanted to punch/slap Geoffery in Game of Thrones. I am sure there are others that I am forgetting at the current time, but there are still more side quests to be had!
Everything that the developers had been making claim to this DLC has been absolutely true. All the enemies are completely unique to this world. There is not a single enemy that could be classified as a bandit, Nomad, Bullymong, not even a Skag! Also, I personally loved all the new dialogue spoken by the respawn station! “I cast: Revive!” “Thanks for using this portable Necromancy station!” “Warning: This respawn station is not canon!” So many little details, like the reskinning of the vending machines to look like they were made of stained glass, or Moxxi’s bar being named “Moxxi’s Girls and Grog”, and even the tuba heavy soundtrack in the Dwarven mines, all of these things came together beautifully to create a fitting end to the Borderlands 2 experience.
It should be noted that in this DLC, the developers took on some more serious issues, but with Borderlands’ style of humor. This is made evident as you play through and you hear dialogue between Tiny Tina and the other original Vault Hunters. There are some heavy topics at play here, but all of which are wrapped in a joke as to not dampen the mood entirely. Still, even with all the heaviness coming to a head at the very end of the game, the reveal of who plays the role of the “Queen” that requires the rescuing left myself and my friends nearly rolling out of our chairs with laughter. Absolutely epic, absolutely perfect.
Thank you Gearbox and 2K Games for making such a fitting ode to my favorite past times, in all of their forms. I promise not to be a rage-filled exclusionary geek when one of the “cool kids” wants to play my game.
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