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The Gaming Review - Borderlands 2: TK Baha’s Bloody Harvest

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Xbox, PS3, PC
Star Rating: 
9 out of 10

Hunting pumpkins, just in time for Halloween.

The Pitch: Far be it from Gearbox to let an opportunity like Halloween pass without creating a little something extra for fans that want to celebrate the haunted holiday in their favorite game. The Bloody Harvest DLC adds a quick couple of missions, a new boss fight, and a new spin on loot to the already-extensive Borderlands 2 canon just in time for you to ignore the bell-ringing of trick-or-treaters. 

What It Really Is: It’s the DLC equivalent of one of those fun-sized Snickers that seem to be everywhere around Halloween; in other words, it’s not more fun than a regular-sized Snickers, but you can eat it faster and it still tastes delicious. Make no mistake; TK Baha’s DLC is quick, clocking in at about an hour. This is a huge departure from the last DLC, which was an eight-hour romp through all things fantasy – the size of some other full games. The simple premise – undead TK Baha needs you to end the Pumpkin Kingpin’s reign of terror – is a flimsy excuse to add some holiday-themed goodies, and we don’t mind at all. This mini (micro?) DLC pack adds a new location on the planet of Pandora, some “Pumplings” to shoot, a boss to defeat, and loot (in the form of candy) to collect. For the bargain $3 admission fee, this is easily more satisfying than any haunted house you’ll visit, mainly because haunted houses will not let you shoot pumpkin-headed baddies with shotguns. Borderlands: 1, Haunted House: 0. Ready-Made Press Blurb:  “Fact: Taking down the Pumpkin Kingpin in TK Baha’s Bloody Harvest > any amount of pumpkin flavored food you’ll eat this fall.”

Fun Fact: In case you weren’t sure from the oodles of DLC packs that have come before, the inside jokes, or the real-life loot they’re currently giving away, the guys at Gearbox love their fans, and this is their official ode to Halloween. One quick note: Pumpkin Kingpin? Why not Pumpkingpin? Just seems like missed opportunity…

Who It’s For: If you grew up watching The Peanuts and their seasonal TV specials, you’ll get what Gearbox was going for here. Take something that fans love, dress it up for Halloween and it’s an instant classic. Only, in true Borderlands fashion, they’re letting you hunt the Pandora-equivalent of The Great Pumpkin. It’s not gonna make fans out of the uninitiated, but it’s a nice treat for those already in the know.



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