Instead of pushing the Borderlands franchise forward with a new numbered entry, the latest installment of the loot-filled cooperative shooter fills in the gap between the events of the first two games of the series. Developed by 2K Australia in conjunction with Gearbox Software, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel rightfully claims its spot as a worthy addition to the franchise even if it takes a narrative step back rather than pushing the story forward.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel runs on the same engine as Borderlands 2 and only appears on last-gen platforms. In several ways it’s refreshing to see 2K Games choose a console generation to release the game on and exclusively stick to it. Too many cross-generational releases obviously make several compromises in order to make title’s work on new and old hardware alike.
Since the game does run on the same engine, anyone who has tried and enjoyed a Borderlands game in the past can rest assured that they will also like The Pre-Sequel. A better story-driven narrative coupled with two of the better additions to the franchise to date, thanks to O2 kits and cryo weapons, makes Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel a must play for fans of cooperative shooters or loot-based gaming.