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Borderlands 2 DLC: Ultimate Upgrade Pack!

About This Game:

Systems: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release Date: 04/02/13
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K games
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Length: 15-20 hours

We loved Borderlands 2. We loved it so much that one of us (MegaHampton) has been playing the game practically non-stop since release. For the rest of use, though, the love has kind of dwindled in the past couple of months. The game was followed up quickly with the Pirate’s Booty DLC, which had fun gameplay and funny moments, and then Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, which provided even more laughs, loot, and lunatics. The game’s third DLC, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, had a lot of charm and provided probably the most content so far out of all the DLC’s. At the end of the day though, none of this was enough to entice me to come back to the game. With the level 50 cap the game forced upon players, everything seemed pointless outside of possible loot and achievements. But there was a light on the horizon. The Ultimate Upgrade Pack swooped in to save the day!

Mr. Torgue is easily one of the funniest Borderlands characters to date.

Mr. Torgue is easily one of the funniest Borderlands characters to date.

This DLC first piqued my interest when it raised the level cap from 50 to 61. On top of that, the game would have a new campaign playthrough called ‘Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode’ that threw newer, harder enemies at the player and also provided new loot to find and farm for. I was extremely excited to get back onto Pandora after being gone for so long, but what I ended up experiencing hit me like a brick wall. When Gearbox said that this new campaign provided would be hard, they meant HARD. Like ‘you HAVE to play with friends or you can’t move an inch’ hard. My first impressions of this DLC weren’t the greatest. Why make the game simply unplayable for those (like myself) who prefer to go it alone? After a day to access my thoughts and to collect myself, I went back into the game. This time, expecting the difficulty spike, the game actually became more entertaining. This mode forces you to not only play with others, but to rely on them completely. If someone won’t pick up the slack, the whole team will feel it. This makes the experience of going through the game again a whole different monster. With the exception of a couple parts, the game now has the perfect balance of difficulty and fun gameplay.

I would like to introduce you to your new best friend, The Bee.

I would like to introduce you to your new best friend, The Bee.

Another feeling this game brought back for me was the need to look in every nook and cranny for the possibility for the next best weapon. After reaching the level cap before, all of the weapons I had were the best I was going to get unless I wanted to farm bosses, which at the end of the day is a completely boring and ultimately pointless process. Now, though, I get giddy again whenever I see a loot check and fight a boss just because the feeling of finding a new, shiny weapon actually meant something again. Added in with the new difficulty, finding newer and better weapons became more than just a trophy collection, it became down right necessary to survive.

Given UVHM's new increased slag damage, having at least one Axton in your party with slag turrets is a necessity.

Given UVHM’s new increased slag damage, having at least one Axton in your party with slag turrets is a necessity.

After beating the final boss by the skin of our teeth, my party was completely satisfied with the new add-on. It rejuvenates the feelings that make the Borderlands games so great. It brings back that feeling of ‘just one more quest’ that the franchise has become known for. The add-on is available separately for $5, but is free if you purchased the Season Pass. I can’t recommend it enough, even if you get this DLC before the others. This add-on breathes new life into Borderlands 2 just when it needed it, and now I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the year to come.

Pros:
  • Breathes new life into the already addicting Borderlands formula.
  • Forces co-op play.
  • Level cap increase.
  • MOAR LEWT!!!!
Cons:
  • Some parts are punishingly difficult.
  • Almost forces co-op play.
Borderlands 2 DLC: Ultimate Upgrade Pack!
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