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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel PreviewE3 2014 Coverage » Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Preview

Borderlands Pre-Sequel takes place in between the original Borderlands game and Borderlands 2, thereby making it both a prequel and a sequel, hence the awful abomination of the English language for the name. Handsome Jack is back, and he needs you as one of four new characters, to hunt down an AI on a ship that crashed on the moon. He wants it so he can build his robot army and become even more powerful than he already is. Sounds like a great reason to go shooty-shooty-bang-bang on the moon in low gravity, right?

Of course this new Borderlands has a host of new and outrageous weapons, but that's not really the draw this time around. It's the low gravity of the moon that makes this Borderlands trek stand out from all previous entries. With the low gravity, your character can leap quite high and quite far, giving you the option to shoot at enemies from above instead of taking cover. You can also perform a slam upon landing, which will knock down any enemies within the vicinity if your cataclysmic stomp doesn't kill them outright.

As fun as playing this new Borderlands was, you can't help but feel that it's just more Borderlands that happens to be on the moon instead of a truly unique title. If you love Borderlands and can't wait to play more, then this will be a good thing for you. If you're looking for a little bit more, this one won't really have it, unless the idea of performing moon jumps is enough to get your heart rate going.

Granted, it's still just as hilarious as the first two Borderlands games, so none of that is lost in the slightest. I giggled out loud more than once during my time with the new game, but it wasn't enough to get me personally excited about checking out yet another Borderlands game.

And I also have to say that the Borderlands art style looks absolutely incredible on the new generation of consoles. I always loved the cel-shaded look of Borderlands, but I never imagined how much crisper and brighter it could look on the new console generation.

Borderlands Pre-Sequel will release October 18th for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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