Not only did Gearbox give us a brand new class for Borderlands 2 mere weeks after it’s launch, but not even a full month later we’re given our first full DLC expansion, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty. When you purchase and download the DLC you will instantly unlock the town of Oasis as a fast travel point for your exploratory pleasure. There you’ll find vast stretches of sandy deserts for you to sail across in your shiny new sandskiff.
More Borderlands is exactly what I want. Hell, that’s what Borderlands 2 was, so more of that should be exponentially better right? Math. Right from the start, Pirate’s Booty threw what I loved about Borderlands directly into my face. The first character you meet and the ‘only’ denizen of Oasis is Shade, and he is the funniest and best written character of the DLC. It’s really too bad that after the first few mission you never talk to him again.
The titular Captain Scarlett is a fun addition to the cast as well. She’s more in the line of General Knoxx, except instead of becoming terribly depressed at how dumb and silly the world is, she’s become a ruthless pirate that will totally stab you in the back. C3n5Or807 is also absolutely great, but it plays such a small role in the campaign. No one overstayed their welcome, instead I wanted more time with pretty much everyone. That’s not to say that the campaign is short.
Pirate’s Booty may very well be the largest out of all of the DLC packs for Borderlands. The sheer size of the environments is astounding, Knoxx may have had big areas, but the majority of them were just long stretches of roads. While the overworlds may not be that much different from the main game, several of the sub worlds have completely new looking environments. I particularly enjoyed the caves under Oasis.
The new enemies aren’t really that new. They’re essentially just reskinned and recycled. The heavier enemies do have some interesting new attacks and weapons, but there’s just not a whole lot of variety. Though, if you’re like me, at this point I’ve played so much Borderlands that I’m not entirely expecting a plethora of brand new enemies. This is more Borderlands 2 and that’s what I want. I was never bored throughout Pirate’s Booty, but I was never blown away either.
Except for Shade. Shade is absolutely hilarious and I wish he had more to do. Shade reminds me a lot of Scooter in Borderlands. He was a great, funny character, but he didn’t really have a whole lot to do in the main game. It wasn’t until the DLC and Borderlands 2 did he really get expanded. I really hope they do more with Shade, because he deserves more.
I enjoyed Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, while it didn’t reach the high points that Robot Revolution or General Knoxx did, it was still incredibly fun and absolutely worth $10. If this is going to be in the same position as Dr. Ned, then, as long as we don’t get another Moxxi, the Borderlands 2 DLC is looking to outpace the first and give me even more hours and hours of gameplay to blast through with my friends.