‘Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty’ DLC Review

Borderlands 2 is probably one of the most engaging, entertaining and fresh first-person shooters in recent times. With its witty sense of humour combined with broad customisability across five different characters, and a massive variety of guns and other items, Borderlands 2’s campaign runs ahead on replay value to an extent usually only seen with FPS games that actually have competitive multiplayer.

With this in mind, it’s very exciting that the first piece of campaign DLC was turned over at a pace similar to the game’s first character DLC, where the excellent Mechromancer was released ahead of schedule. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty was recently released for Borderlands 2, boasting new locations, new characters, new vehicles…new everything, basically, and it certainly delivers.

Throwing you right into the mix, you are brought to the new town of Oasis, a place cursed by the lack of water that has ultimately killed all but one inhabitant of thirst –the manic Raoul Duke-esque Shade. Shade somehow comes off as even more eccentric than the Johnny Depp role from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, creating a character that is both hilarious and concerning in his insanity. As you help Shade, you start to learn more about the surrounding areas, and Shade’s conspiracy theory behind pirates stealing all the water in Oasis, leading you to find Captain Scarlett and subsequently helping her on a treasure hunt.

The story for the DLC holds together quite nicely, and alongside side-missions and exploration you have at least 8 hours of gameplay (without taking into account the massive replay value Borderlands 2 offers). The characters in this expansion are brilliant, from Shade and his madness as he impersonates former inhabitants of Oasis, to the brilliant swash-buckling Captain Scarlett, a wonderfully written on-and-off antagonist.

There are also the impressive additions the DLC brings to the Borderlands 2 world, including several new areas with new enemies and a wide range of simple to challenging quests. There is no skimping on the content here; it is a fully-fledged expansion that offers a lot of stand-alone content. Even Star Wars fans have something to indulge in, thanks to the new vehicle added to the game: the sand skiff, very similar to the ones seen in Return of the Jedi! This new vehicle gets you around smoothly in the DLC, and because it is effectively a hovercraft it controls differently from the vehicles in the main game, leading to a new approach to vehicle gameplay.

As well as this, the DLC brings forward a few challenging bosses unlike anything seen in the main Borderlands 2 campaign. Optional after beating the DLC, these bosses will give you a near-impossible challenge that will call for time, effort and teamwork.

Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty can be enjoyed either alone or with friends and provides a brilliant 8 hour+ expansion to the story with even more clever jokes and references (including some brilliant hidden gems) as well as expansive new areas, weapons and enemies. It is definitely worth downloading to broaden your Borderlands 2 experience. You really do unlock a treasure trove of material with this DLC.

 

Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty is DLC available for Borderlands 2. It can be downloaded for any version – PC, PS3 or Xbox 360. The version reviewed was on the Xbox 360.

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