Alright, prepare for this big block of text. While I would love to spice this post up with a lot of awesome pictures and really cool stuff, I feel like it would detract from the overall point of this review. This is meant to be my own opinion of it, and shouldn’t really matter to you if you disagree with me. That being said, this is a really well done DLC and I have thoroughly enjoyed playing through each and every comedic moment it had to offer. From the witty and interesting Captain Scarlett to the creepy and rather strange Herbert, this DLC had be wanting more and more (at least, up until I had to start fighting more Hyperion robots. It would be nice to note at this point that while I did beat the DLC, I have yet to try and take down Master Gee, so I can’t really give you a good amount of detail concerning their drops. I can, however, give you an idea of how Hyperius is, and how much I enjoy the new tier of guns. Shall we move on to the review?
The plot to Captain Scarlett’s DLC has you trying to find the treasure of someone known as Captain Blade, forcing you to fight your way through enemy infested sands in order to collect the pieces of a compass that should hopefully take you to his hiding spot. It begins by taking you through the occupied town of Oasis, or what remains of it. After taking out a few bandits, you find yourself talking to a rather lonely (and clingy) stranger known as Shade, who informs you of the situation. You soon find out that nearly all of the town’s inhabitants are dead (despite Shade’s musings), and are forced to undergo a series of quests (the first of which lands you a nifty new vehicle known as the Sand Skiff) in order to progress through the content. You eventually find yourself at the lair of Captain Scarlett, who tells you of the compass and the treasures hidden beneath the sands, after which she promptly gives you a series of quests in order for you to go ahead and find said pieces. After much frolicking around in your desert skiff, you assemble all of the pieces in order to unearth the treasure, only to find a large wurm known as the Leviathan, who promptly eats you. After defeating Scarlett (who betrays you, which is no surprise due to the game’s constant reminders of it), you end up in the Leviathan’s lair, where you must defeat it before finally getting to the treasure room at the end of the content.
It should be noted that you can only access the treasure room twice during each playthrough (4 times per character since you have two for the normal playthrough and two for the TVHM playthrough). Bearing this in mind, one should wait during their second playthrough on a character before choosing to undergo and complete this DLC.
We are introduced to a new tier of weapons in this DLC, the Seraph weapons, all of which seem rather powerful (though do not fare well against the traditional end game legendaries. I can say that I do enjoy the Blood of the Seraphs more than Terramorphous’ Blood due to the nifty fact that the numbers change upon re-equipping it, and it provides additional stats on top of the regen. These weapons are much easier to get in my opinion, as they only require the player to farm up enough crystals to purchase them, making them much more accessible than legendaries depending on your view point. Additionally we get access to Captain Blade’s personal weaponry, all of which are powerful, despite their secondary curse effects that do wacky, insane things during battle. They definitely change up the game in ways only the developers over at Gearbox could manage.
New End Game Bosses
There were two end-game bosses this time around, Hyperious and Master Gee, both of whom are incredibly difficult to face using normal methods. The favorite and simplest way to down him (Hyperious) nowadays seems to be tossing a tediore weapon (preferably the Baby Maker or a Plasma Caster) in order to inflict copious amounts of damage when used in conjunction with the Bee shield. I’m not going to comment more on the subject as this is the only method I’ve used to successfully kill him. If you’re looking to do a legitimate run without the baby maker, you’re gonna have a hard time doing it (but if you manage, props to you).
There was a second boss added during this DLC called Master Gee. I have yet to defeat him due to the requirements you have to complete in order to even deal him any damage. Overall the fight doesn’t feel worth it at any point. This being the case (in my opinion), I have chosen not to include any information concerning him to this review (it wouldn’t be credible if I didn’t do it myself).
The latest vehicle in this DLC is the Sand Skiff, which is an awesome boat that hovers on jets as you float across the sand. It is probably the best and most fun vehicle in the entirety of the game, despite that not being hard to manage with only two other forms of competition. Anyway, this particular boat is probably my favorite part of the DLC, hands down. Just driving it is a joy in and of itself, and with the wide, gigantic over world maps, there is definitely tons of space to drive it in. Regrettably, you can only use it in the DLC maps, meaning no Sand Skiffs in places like Three Horns or the Arid Nexus, as much as I know you all wanted to.
Overall I feel like this DLC is definitely worth getting. If you have the Season Pass then this shouldn’t be an issue, but if you haven’t, this may tip the scale in favor of it. With Mr. Torgue’s DLC already out, that’s two sets of DLC for only 30$ at this point. At the rate Gearbox keeps releasing DLC, even the Season Pass might not be enough to have all the fun downloadable stuff. We’ll see when the they release their next awesome, fun-to-play expansion to one of my favorite series of all time.
This probably sums up a majority of the DLC without giving away too many spoilers. I tried to keep that down to a minimum in case anyone just wanted a general outline of the plot. If they want to see everything word for word then they can either look it up on the borderlands wiki or play through the DLC themselves. Hopefully you enjoyed a slight in-depth look into Captain Scarlett’s DLC.