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The Gaming Review - Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt DLC

Game Platform: 
Xbox, PlayStation 3, PC

Wilderness adventures with the wildest Englishman this side of Pandora.

The Pitch: The highly addictive RPG shooter, Borderlands 2, has wrapped its latest DLC in the gruff exterior of Pandora's favorite resident safari gentleman. So pop in your monocle, load your favorite rifle, and clear some space on your mantle because heads will roll and they're not gonna mount themselves on your wall.

What It Really Is: Starting out as a gentlemanly hunting party, this adventure quickly escalates into a wrathful quest for survival among a host of pissed off Handsome Jack (RIP) supporters and a plethora of new, devastatingly difficult beasties. The third BL2 DLC pack introduces the harsh swamplands of Aegrus, an agile but woefully under-weaponed new fanboat, entire legions of savages (swampy, self-healing, headdress-wearing cousins of the bandits you already know and love), and more wild enemies than you can point a sniper at. But Borderlands is not (entirely) a cruel game, and the added difficulty yields big rewards. These come, mostly, in the form of gnarly new guns, grenades, and gear. If you want to start mentally preparing to abandon some of the old favorites in your arsenal, now would be a good time. Ready-Made Press Blurb: "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt is the most fun we've had hunting big game since cougar night at Weight Watchers."

Fun Fact: Though this is the third DLC pack for Borderlands 2, it's easily the toughest, and is as challenging as any of the missions in the entire game. In fact, even the price of the pack won't buy you entry into Sir Hammerlock's hunting lodge unless you're ranked 30 or better.

Who's it for?: Considering there are five playable character classes and the fact that it takes a shitload of time and effort to max out each of them, the campaign that Gearbox originally burned onto the disc is infinitely replayable. However, die-hard devotees always appreciate new cannon fodder, and Gearbox is not in the habit of disappointing their fans, so we consider this DLC a bonus for season pass holders and a worthwhile investment for everyone else. Now, if they'd just raise the level cap past 50, we'd happily sign over another six months of our lives to our Pandora overlords.

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