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Review

Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty Review

  • Game release: September 18, 2012
  • Reviewed: October 18, 2012
  • X360

Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty delivers mild-mannered humor and a satisfying adventure for you to shoot and loot your way through.

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The planet of Pandora has no shortage of strange places to visit, hostile creatures to fight, and shiny objects to loot, a fact that the original Borderlands established with four downloadable content packs of generally high quality. Now Borderlands 2 is getting the DLC train rolling in earnest with Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, a suggestively titled yet surprisingly tame add-on adventure. The new characters provide some mild entertainment, but most of the appeal comes from some feisty new enemies and some lush new environments. This isn't Borderlands 2 at its best, but there's a lot of fun to be found in the fairly lengthy search for pirate treasure.

This psychotic demon pirate is about to turn on his buddies, thanks to the Siren's ability.

The titular heroine is, as you may have guessed, a sexy pirate lady on the hunt for some legendary loot. She leaves most pirate stereotypes behind for a kind of peppy determination, and once you join her search, her casual mentions of how she will inevitably betray you make for some amusing moments. There are also two lonely weirdos with whom you converse, each consumed by his own obsession, as well as some entertaining audio-log-only personalities. There are hearty chuckles and witty moments, but Pirate's Booty's humor starts to run dry a few hours in, making it feel like a tepid scion of the main game.

Conversely, the environments don't start off strong, but they get better as you go on. The dried-up resort town of Oasis (the spot you must fast-travel to in order to start the DLC) is saturated with the dusty brown tones that grew tiresome during the first hours of the original Borderlands. You can shake off this sense of deja vu by skimming around the dry seabed on a new hover-vehicle, squishing angry worms, and getting ridiculously floaty air off of jumps. Then later, you journey underground to a lush, glittering cavern, and the vibrant color palette is almost palpably refreshing. Sparkling streams and colorful pools are a welcome sight for your weary eyes, and a few other places have a similarly novel appeal.

Of course, all of these places are filled with things that want to kill you. From a creature standpoint, the mealy worms and sauced-up stalkers don't provide much excitement. The new pirate enemies, on the other hand, have a few interesting tricks up their billowy sleeves. At first they seem like little more than desert bandits, but then they start disappearing temporarily, drawing health from you, or dragging you into melee range with huge anchors that they throw through the air. These fresh tactics make things feel lively and a bit different, spurring you onward and making it easy to relish the challenge of combat.

Don't call it a pod race.

Pirate's Booty scales well to wherever you are on your first or second playthrough of the game (new characters be warned: enemies start at level 15) and even packs in two high-level raid bosses for those seeking a serious challenge. A thorough playthrough could stretch from 6 to 8 hours, so the 880 MS point asking price is reasonable, even though awkward scripting makes the ending oddly anticlimactic. There are a few technical hitches to contend with, including some texture pop-in and jaggy environmental edges that can cause some odd visual stuttering.

Fortunately, these stumbles won't be a burden as you blast your way through Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty. Though the humor becomes one-note after a while, it's good enough to make you smile as you tangle with anchor-throwing demon pirates. This DLC is a good way to spice up your second playthrough and a fun detour for your first, making it appealing to anyone looking for a fresh way to rake in the badass points.

The Good
New enemies liven things up
Lovely new areas to visit
Some amusing characters and quests
The Bad
Humor runs dry toward the end
Some technical hiccups
7
Good
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Discussion

43 comments
SuperiorAssasin
SuperiorAssasin

Hey gamespot when are you gonna put up a review for Mr Torque's Campaign of carnage?

10finalfantasy
10finalfantasy

"tepid scion of the main game" thats all that needed to be said. Agree %100. 

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

I am level 50 and it's incredibly hard to find good loot in the game in general, not just the DLC. I had to defeat the final boss as well as Terramorphous (with 3 other level 50s) in order to get any good loot.

Falru
Falru

Two terrible boss fights with no tangible reward for level 50 characters. Some funny moments and characters however.

 

And of course, tons of arbitrary side quests.

 

That's about it.

 

P.s. The funniest part was when the final boss killed himself the moment the fight began and instantly glitched into his "I am dead" position without actually doing his "I am dying" animation first.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

well this is the 1st time a DLC gets a review(or atleast 1st  time i've seen) and if the game itself gets 8.5 the DLC can't get lower than that like A DLC makes the game worst?have you ever heard of that?and what's a "technical hiccup"?like the game crashes?or glitches?which if Technical Hiccup means that i think it's a console problem and it should not be mentioned unless same thing happens on PS3 and PC and i don't think you  guys test the 3 of em(PC,PS3,XBOX 360) to write a review...you don't even say what console u used for the review!sadly i think consoles always suffer these stuff while PC players can get a lot of fixes,mods and stuff from  internet or just modify the files themselves (if they know how to!) and make their game work better.

Rich_ThaMan_360
Rich_ThaMan_360

i hope their not taking of points from the final score just because the  "Humor runs dry toward the end" cause that would be total bs

Sinophil05
Sinophil05

this DLC reminds me a lot of rogue galaxy which is a nice nostalgic effect. liked this.

Necromantic45
Necromantic45

While at level 50, I did not successfully pirate any orange items, I found quite a few very good green and purple snipers and rocket launchers.  I haven't fought the hyperion raid boss quite yet, but I'm pretty satisfied with it.  I think I put 10-12 hours into a complete run through, maybe more because I spent some time running around looking for the booty.  Great DLC and great value.

GamerDad420
GamerDad420

Nice touch with the sand speeder fo a vehicle

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I hope they don't release a Underdome Riot equivalent for this game.

 

I almost made it all the way through that before I decided I just didn't like Borderlands any more.

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

this game got 2 review now

TrueGB
TrueGB

No mention of the new currency for collecting rare loot and the Armory like area for chest farming as your final reward. These are crucial points for Borderlanders. Many people need upwards of 15 hours to completely clear this DLC...once!

nap11
nap11

I see one of the editor's grew bored and felt the need to review a DLC. Glad you could be kept busy for a couple hours.

farcorners
farcorners

looks like the proper use of expansions/downloads. Added content that veers away substantially from the standard game.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

"Pirate's" is misspelled on the home page as "Priate's."  Not complaining, just thought you'd like to know.

teknic1200
teknic1200

 @HKILLER88888 I'm a huge fan of borderlands and the game does go into stutter mode for about 40 mins - an hour when you are inside some type of industrial place.

The DLC is worth it, but in the grand scheme of things I think a 7 sounds about right.   Especially when compared against the franchise itself.

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @HKILLER88888 Well, if you look at the left hand side where it says "Also on" and it has PC and PS3 underneath, that means that this review is posted on 360.  If you right click those and open them in a new window, you will notice that the other versions have no score.  A good rule of thumb is to look at the color of the score and user names.  Green is 360, blue PS3, and teal/aquamarine is PC.  This is a 360 review.

Schwarte
Schwarte

 @HKILLER88888 It's not the first time DLC gets reviewed, but yes it's rare. The thing is the DLC can be a lot worse than the game. You don't review the game as a whole, you just focus on the additional content that is offered. For Borderlands 2 your review is about the game that you pay 60$ for, for this DLC the review is about the content you get for the 10$ you need to invest in it.

teknic1200
teknic1200

 @Rich_ThaMan_360 if you like borderlands there's no reason not to get it.  I wish we would have gotten at least a skill point from it.

Falru
Falru

 @Rich_ThaMan_360 It deserves the points it lost. There's absolutely no reward for level 50 characters in this DLC and the two raid bosses are appallingly designed, with no meritable rewards for killing them.

RTHKI
RTHKI

 @naryanrobinson No reason they should since the slaughterhouses are essentially a stripped down version of it.

thedarklinglord
thedarklinglord

 @naryanrobinson I have to believe Gearbox learned their lesson on that one, given that Moxxi's Underdome Riot was easily the least liked (i.e. largely reviled) DLC for the original.

 

I can appreciate what they tried to do there - a Borderlands Horde Mode, of sorts - but it was woefully tedious and wholly unappealing to anyone who wasn't a hardcore Horde fanatic.  It's the sort of thing that would've worked better as just a straight Survival/Horde mode, without any story or  the pseudo-mission setup, and completely separate from everything else - you either play the game or you battle in the arena.  Then it's a fun distraction, a place you can go with your friends, taking all your best gear, and just making a go of it to see how long you can last.  Even better if they 'end' it with one of the raid-style uber bosses.  Or have you face one of those at the end of Round 25, 50, 75, 100...ultimately capping it off with a colossal showdown against ALL of them simultaneously.

 

But that sort of thing should either come with the game or be free DLC.

lpsyco666
lpsyco666

 @TrueGB this dlc has more hours than the complete game of dishonored

JASAEric
JASAEric

 @TrueGB 15 hours?  I don't see how anyone could take that long, I finished every quest (minus invincibles, needed to come back with a group for those) in 4.

 

Content wise, there is a good amount for an 800 point dlc, the biggest problem with it is the loot drops from the raid bosses are terrible, first off, you can only kill them once a day.  Second, the new "seraph" gear (things you buy with seraph crystals dropped from these new 1 a day bosses) is terrible.

 

That said, the dlc is still well worth it, but you won't be finding any decent loot in it.

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

 @nap11 They've always reviewed DLC for popular releases. Where have you been?

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

 @teknic1200 I'm not actually complaining about the score...i'm complaining why 90% of game reviews are based on console and specially 360,PS3 is better in performance!every console must have it's own review or a review for all of em but the writer mentions the difference of em like some glitches some graphical problems and connection problems as the reviewer says "Technical Hiccup" atleast if he is not going to do that he/she should say my review is based on 360 version maybe other versions doesn't have that problem but no that's too much effort!cuz then he/she can't copy and then paste it for other versions!that's my main point the DLC itself i still can't talk about i haven't even installed it yet but i don't think its as bad as people say.this is based on what i've seen people complain about!most of em are about game play like the bosses are impossible heh bet you haven't seen Crawmerax and i dare you to beat it on PC Solo.cuz in PC the glitch doesn't work!(but in 360 and PS3 yes you can beat it easily!) or they say the new Vehicle is slow ok then how about the Zombie Island DLC in 1st game? it sure had long walks and no Vehicle what so ever in the entire DLC map....

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @HKILLER88888 Actually, all you really have to do is look at the top of the page, and the tab underneath the search bar should have the platform highlighted if there is still any doubt.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

 @Schwarte I'm not really into The money part i get my stuff for free cuz I'm a Cyber Pirate!but yeah that's a whole of 70$ and there is the gaige unless you have pre-ordered and it if you want good Items you gotta pay for golden keys which i don't do i just change my freaking Profile.bin and people are like wow you're a freaking idiot how much time u spend playing this to find all that stuff?

Chris_Watters
Chris_Watters staff

 @AlmityGuitarist  @Rich_ThaMan_360 A game doesn't start out with a score and get points deducted, it earns a score based on how good it is. And this DLC is good!

 

The review is meant to help you get an idea of how appealing the game would be for you, so if you feel like the one-note humor getting old won't be a problem for you, feel free to mentally adjust the score for yourself. 

wavelength121
wavelength121

@HKILLER88888 @teknic1200 Wrong, dumbass. There are vehicles in this DLC... just not in your lame-ass pirated version that lacks the content of a proper, legal, full version. Seriously, I can't make heads or tails out of most of your comments, you sound like a rambling blowhard moron who enjoys the sound of his own voice. Technical issues are totally worth mentioning since it's an FPS, which mean it belongs on a PC first and foremost and should be rated as such. Can't understand your logic that the DLC should be rated at least as high as the main game, that makes no sense-- it's not the main game, it's DLC. Shove off, troll.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

 @teknic1200 actually i think the game is super easy for a certain reason that Golden chest in the game as soon as you get some keys and open it 2 or 3 time you got some god like weapons that you can beat anything easily i say it's cheating cuz rich people gonna keep paying for keys and just slash through everything...for me i didn't really care when i triggered my 254 keys i was lvl 50,beat the game 2 time...there was nothing left to kill...

teknic1200
teknic1200

 @HKILLER88888 you solo devil jho first, mkay

 

i did spend about 650 hour in the borderlands..  it's not a hard game, I use it to bide my time until I go hunt some monsters.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

 @ZOD777 well if you are angry( cuz i'm sure you are if weren't you wouldn't have replayed and wrote an answer for every part of my replay which i appreciate you reading all that and answering all that ) that's your problem cuz i'm not.you should have thought about it before replaying to me in first place and trying to lecture me about the borders of site and the fact that this is a 360 review...

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

 @ZOD777Cool Story Bro!and THANKS FOR THE LECTURE!but (since you feel as a good teacher) my point still stands: "i don't think you guys test the 3 of em(PC,PS3,XBOX 360) to write a review..."the borderlands 2 page for example.open it for PC,Xbox360,PS3 and click on "Read The Review"(as for 3 of em,the text got 3 different color!!!!YAAAAY!) the 3 of em bring you the same review with different COLOR and TAB(as you emphasis on em so much!),same Score and Same Text.so only a difference of color and tab makes the review be specific for each of PC,Xbox 360,PS3??even thou that the text is exactly the same?the morality of your comment is :

"COLOR....MAKES THE TEXT DIFFERENT!"

you know your words reminds me of 8 bit era where in games Stages were the same but with different colors.

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