Review: Borderlands 2 Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt

25 January 2013, 9:55 am EST By Vamien McKalin email: Mobile & Apps

Borderlands 2 is one of the best shooters of 2012, but how does the latest DLC Bing Game Hunt stack up against previous ones? Is it just as great, or does it fall short of expectations and fails to garner the same excitement of the main quest and other DLCs before it?

Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt is an enjoyable game, but only not that much. Quite a few things are missing from the experience that makes the DLC fall short from being an exceptionally great game. This by all means is the weakest downloadable content for Borderlands 2 so far, but it still managed to garner a little bit of fun, so all is not lost.

The Story

Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlocks Big Game Hunt pulls you into a quest with Sir Hammerlock himself. The task here is to track and kill big monsters. Sadly, it all turned out to be one big disappointing experience. The disappointment shows its ugly head when Professor Nakayama into enters the picture, right at that moment you begin to ask the question is this really necessary - another evil genius to go after?

Professor Nakayama is infatuated with the now dead Handsome Jack, the villain from Borderlands 2 main campaign. What we have here is just another mad man who wants you dead, which brings nothing interesting to the story line, just more shooting and picking up of loot.

The Presentation

Apart from Professor Nakayama, there are quite a few different enemy types to fight here, the most difficult being the witch doctors. The witch doctors are able to cast a number of spells. which allows them to heal themselves and level up, along with other things to cause the player great pain and suffering. Going up against these guys will be tough and very frustrating at times, but in the end you will feel satisfied at the end of every fight.

Note: Beware of the witch doctors' elemental attacks. They have the potential to be one hit killers if you are not geared properly. Also, don't bother trying to shoot a witch doctor in the head, the masks they wear makes them resistant to headshots.

Some gamers may not like the fact that Gearbox didn't raise the level cap this time around, which is crazy because some enemies in Big Game Hunt are points over the level cap, making them difficult to take down.

The Verdict

So, is Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlocks Big Game Hunt a bad game? No, but it isn't the best either. The game lacks memorable humor and the story is not that engaging to begin with. The witch doctors are fun to fight against and though you'll feel good taking them down, you'll be running away quite often to save health and ammo, and that's where the frustration begins to creep in.

The game could have been slightly better if Gearbox had increased the level cap; hopefully, this will happen in the next DLC.

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