Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep

Downloadable content (DLC) is one of the most widely debated subject matter of modern gaming. A practice that has evolved from expansion packs to fit with modern technological advances and an audience primed for pay-as-you-go gameplay, DLC can be both engaging and contemptible in the […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageDownloadable content (DLC) is one of the most widely debated subject matter of modern gaming. A practice that has evolved from expansion packs to fit with modern technological advances and an audience primed for pay-as-you-go gameplay, DLC can be both engaging and contemptible in the same breath. The fact that many publishers are weaving DLC into their production plans long before a videogame launches is perhaps to be expected, but the fact that it far too often arrives only weeks after the core videogame itself is the hallmark of an add-on designed for maximising revenues, not enjoyment.

With this in mind, it’s always a pleasure to see a publisher who allows a development team or studio to take their time with DLC. In this regard, frankly, 2K Games doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit. Both Irrational Games and Gearbox Software are seemingly left to their own devices here, hence the arrival of Borderlands 2’s Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep more than six months after launch. Electronic Theatre ImageVery few videogame titles would dare leave such a huge window between launch and add-on content despite the initial guiding principles of DLC, and even fewer would do so with such a significantly sized addition.

Before jumping headfirst into Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, it’s worth noting that this DLC pack has been created with experienced gamers in mind. As stated above, Borderlands 2 has been available for a considerable amount of time now and so Gearbox Software has naturally assumed that you’ve made some progress in the videogame. Venturing forth into this brand new quest with a brand new character is not advised. In fact, it’s plain and simple foolishness.

This goes double when you realise that the storyline of Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep plays on events that happen reasonably late in the core Borderlands 2 storyline. If your time with Borderlands 2 ended before the finishing line, it’s recommended that you complete the main quest before tackling Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. Once you’reElectronic Theatre Image at a comfortable point, with a well versed character and maybe a friend or two, it’s time to check out that map and fast travel to the Unassuming Docks.

A cutscene introduces the storyline which essentially stands aside from the core plot. You’re role-playing as yourself while the titular Tiny Tina narrates the action. This simple premise endures throughout the whole DLC campaign, and while it’s never quite as well presented as Call of Juarez: Gunslinger it’s regularly more humorous. As the entire of the DLC is an adventure aside, some rather eccentric goings on occur at regular intervals. Perfectly in-keeping with the theme of course, as this is the crux of Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: it’s an adventure that’s kept entirely separate from the main campaign for a reason.

An entirely new map featuring new enemies, boss fights, characters, weapons and redesigned objects play host to several hours of core missions and side quests. Those who wish to take their time and enjoy all that Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep has to offer will find several Electronic Theatre Imagehours of unique gameplay here, but even just the main story will take a good couple of evenings to complete. Weighing in at less than £10 GBP¸ that’s a hell of a lot of bang for your buck.

The core gameplay is obviously the same Borderlands 2 that it always was, but with such great popularity it’s a videogame that’s now aware that it has a very keen audience, and is willing to play up to that. Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is a DLC package full of in-jokes, laughing at itself and other videogames, as well as fleshing out a brand new land for fans to visit. A clever expansion and a value proposition for a videogame in which the fans are crying out for new content more than six months after launch? There’s no question that Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is simply DLC done right.

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