When Gearbox Studios announced Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, an imaginary subject Borderlands spinoff, during this week’s Summer Game Festival, it predicts fan comparisons with border zone 2 DLC Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. But Gearbox made that clear while Wonderland will remain pretentious – Tiny Tina is the dungeon master of the game “Bunkers and Badasses” and constantly changes the game around the player – Wonderland takes place in a whole new world with new characters (apart from Tiny Tina) and incorporates new combat mechanics, like spell prediction.
With Wonderland so obviously take the signal from Tina’s Tina Attack on Dragon Keep, one of the best and most impactful DLC of all time, I worry that Gearbox will have to repeat the same mistakes it made. Borderlands: Prequel and Borderlands 3.
Gearboxes tend to be reused and recycled Borderlands concepts and characters that have resonated with players before. Handsome Jack, the baddie in is extremely well received border zone 2, considered one of the greatest video game villains; know this, Gearbox built Borderlands: Prequel around the origin story of Jack.
However Prequel part Arrive later Border Zone 2, it’s not the third main series game that fans are looking for. It comes in 2019 under the name (apt) Borderlands 3, faced with the grand task of living up to the heights of the story and gameplay of border zone 2, not to mention the nearly seven years of player expectations. Sure, the game is fine, but that’s the point – it’s just fine, no amazing.
Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep However, it’s a different story; nothing quite like it in the franchise. For most border zone 2, the player is stranded on Pandora, where the landscape and enemies look very similar. By the time you complete the base game and all other DLC – Attack on Dragon Keep designed for ultimate play – you’re looking for something new. The Dragon hold The DLC not only offers brand new enemies, locations, and weapons (magic instead of grenades!), it also presents something that Borderlands series doesn’t have much: True feelings.
Besides giving players more of the humor and crazy antics they are used to during gameplay, Attack on Dragon Keep explore Tina’s grief over the death of Roland, a playable character in the first season Borderlands and a central character that is not playable in border zone 2. Tina, refusing to believe that Roland is really gone, makes him a character in the DLC’s universe. The other NPCs, who are playing the game as Tina DM, are looking for ways to tell her Roland won’t be back… but of course, this is Borderlands, and what should be simple is not.
The storytelling is silly and untidy, but there’s something much stronger and deeper lurking beneath the surface. Unlike almost everything else in the franchise, this aspect of the story isn’t overdone – it’s quiet and light, more of a meditation than an explosion.
Although it takes place in a new world with new characters, Wonderland seems to get a strong signal from the overwhelmingly positive player response to Attack on Dragon Keep. Although I was excited at first when I had the chance to go back to a fantasy world Borderlands , the more I thought about it, the more worried I became. One of the reasons Attack on Dragon Keep It works because it’s really two different stories put together – the story about a group of friends playing board games together and the story about a young girl dealing with grief. If you remove Tina’s story, the DLC will simply be another movie Borderlands adventure – an extremely creative and exciting one though. What powers the story is its emotional resonance and the difficult reality it forces Tina to face.
Gearbox may have chosen to spin Attack on Dragon Keep into its own game because it was warmly received and welcomed by players. If Wonderland In order to raise the level of its DLC predecessor, it has to remember what made the original so great in the first place – and it wasn’t dragons and guns.