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Review

Borderlands 2: Headhunter 5 - Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax Review

  • Game release: September 18, 2012
  • Reviewed:
  • X360
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Gun in the sun.

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To be a vault hunter means a life of tough, dirty, bloody work. Mostly bloody, but still, it's a lot of exhausting labor for that precious loot. Naturally, after fighting through a full game and plenty of content packs filled to the brim with rambunctious bandits, enormous monsters, and ambitious, murder-happy villains, the vault hunters could do with a little vacation.

In the final Borderlands 2 Headhunter downloadable content pack, called Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax, we see our fatigued antiheroes taking a trip to beautiful Wam Bam Island, where they hope to kick their feet up, get some sun, and enjoy a fruity cocktail with Sir Hammerlock. But just as you start to feel relaxed, Hammerlock is snatched away by a neon-blue claw and dragged underground, leaving you to lock and load, and get back to work.

So much for that vacation.

Bathing suit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Instruments of death and destruction? Check, check, and check.

Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax ends the Borderlands 2 legacy, putting the cap not only on the Headhunter packs, but on any more content for the game. Thankfully, Son of Crawmerax delivers a proper end to the Borderlands 2 saga. This is both the lengthiest of the holiday-flavored Headhunter packs and the best, providing a challenging story boss, a hilarious side mission, a gorgeous, sizable new area to explore, and plenty of humorous narration from enemies and beloved characters.

A bright, blue sky envelops Wam Bam Island, a paradise adorned with white, sandy beaches, jungle flora, rocky cliffs, and an underwater dome surrounded by multicolored coral where clown fish thrive. You warp onto the island next to a small resort made up of huts and buildings raised on stilts and crowned with thatched roofs. The resort is split by a colossal water wheel, and is decked out in bright Easter colors of pink, yellow, and light blue. In the distance, an angry volcano erupts, belching smoke into the sky. Don't get caught staring too long at the environment; the areas are crawling with new and returning enemies, and all of them are eager to see your head on a pike.

This is both the lengthiest of the holiday-flavored Headhunter packs and the best.

Oops--forgot flip-flops!

Making a comeback from the game's first DLC pack, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty, are pirate bandits, this time sporting tropical apparel. The flying varkid insects also make a return to not just annoy, but also inadvertently aid you in your hunt for Hammerlock. New enemies include craboids, which are crustaceans that come in two varieties: small and irritating, snapping at your shins from under shallow pools of water, and large and surprisingly fierce. The dark recesses of the island are inhabited by natives, whom you battle on sandy beaches and in their home village nestled deep within a shattered dome. These warriors defend themselves with large wooden shields while throwing spears, distracting you long enough for their dimunitive witch doctors to fling a slag-charged spell in your direction.

It's impossible to become one of Pandora's chosen gun-toting badasses without making a few enemies in the process. Veteran vault hunters may remember Crawmerax the Invincible, the titanic crab worm that appeared in the optional mission of the Borderlands DLC pack The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. Long after his father's defeat, Crawmerax Jr. has emerged seeking revenge, and since the original four hunters have hung up their guns, he decides to set his claws on Pandora's new group of vault hunters instead. Whether you're still running to the hills from the flying rakks, or you're the undisputed terror of skags, Crawmerax Jr. is a challenging foe, who mimics many of his father's moves and abilities. He slashes and bites, and bores into the sand causing massive shock waves while his army of craboids attempt to soften you up. But you are well rewarded in your victory with a wealth of loot, chests to unlock, and a small version of Crawmerax Jr.'s head to wear as a mask.

It's impossible to become one of Pandora's chosen gun-toting badasses without making a few enemies in the process.

Finishing the story mission isn't the end of your island adventure. With Crawmerax's lineage ended, a new enemy appears, hungering for vengeance. In the optional mission, you are contacted via radio by Sparky Flynt, son of Captain Flynt, one of the first bosses you kill in Borderlands 2. Furious at you (and apparently his father), Sparky gathers six people who have been harmed by the latest group of vault hunters and turns them into assassins, sending them out one at a time with the goal of putting an end to your stay on Pandora. The optional quest isn't that strenuous, because the actual goal is to leave you in hysterics as you come face-to-face with all of Sparky's, ahem, formidable assassins. You don't know what to expect to come out of these reunions, but it's worth taking the time to see each one to its comical end.

As you play the pack, you are joined by the original vault hunters, who pipe in through your radio offering to aid you in your search for the missing Hammerlock, while provide entertaining back-and-forth dialogue. With Handsome Jack defeated, the tone of the conversations is unusually friendly. Mordecai talks about his new pet, Talon, which captures the adoring affection of Lilith. Her determination to befriend the bird, despite its tendency to occasionally bite her, leaves Brick bewildered. Though their presence was brief, they kept me smiling throughout most of the story mission. I'm going to miss those guys. Also making an appearance is Crazy Earl, who offers some assistance after asking for one last favor.

Welcome to your next stop, the famous Flying Numbers of Borderlands campsite.

The pack comes in at around three hours, but there are plenty of reasons to visit Wam Bam Island more than once. You can fight Crawmerax Jr. a second time, which ups the difficulty but provides rarer loot. Defeating him again also unlocks a room filled from floor to ceiling with loot chests. You can fight through the areas while hunting down the new skins, which dress your character up in bright, tropical hues. Lastly, somewhere on the island lies a buried chest, filled with even more booty to plunder.

The second trip to Pandora has been a long and entertaining ride. Handsome Jack is gone for good, and this latest content pack ties up any remaining loose ends. Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax is a short but entertaining episode that ends on a high note, with things finally looking brighter for the battle-weary vault hunters. Perhaps now they can start on that well-earned break.

The Good
Gorgeous new environments to explore
Hilarious narration
Lots of reasons to jump back in and explore
The Bad
8
Great
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Cameron Woolsey has spent dozens of hours on Pandora slaying bandits and ending threshers with his trusty blade and sniper rifle. For the purpose of this review, Cameron spent about six hours enjoying the sun.

Discussion

42 comments
Trev9421
Trev9421

Good end to a great game. It was also one of the few games where all of the dlc was good. Tiny Tina's dlc is how it's done. Take note other companies.

andmcq
andmcq

8/10 and nothing in the bad column?

lilflipp
lilflipp

This game has the best DLCs. They are consistently good.

kingsanchez4
kingsanchez4

Vault Hunter taking a vacation? Loool yea right!

AngryGlock
AngryGlock

Good overall DLC but the loot table for Craw is crap. There is no reason to farm him. Too bad since it's a fun fight. Maybe GBX will fix it in a patch.

raddys2001
raddys2001

Pretty good DLC love the dialogue between the characters.  My favorite moment is talon pecking on Lilith.  

themc_7
themc_7

How much does this cost? I got the season pass, but none of this content is included in that (which is BS). 

ziproy
ziproy

DLC: The Video Game

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

Hmm... I've already clocked up about 108 hours in BL2 according to Steam... is it time to go back for some more?

CyrenII
CyrenII

I've yet to get into Borderlands 1 & 2. Can anyone tell me if its worth it if you're soloing the game, or is it mainly designed with co-op in mind?

CapmJim
CapmJim

3 Hours? My friend and i did the took out Crawmerax jr and the sidequest in about an hour and that was with a little bit of looking around and exploring too. I thought it was pretty comparable time wise to the other headhunters, not sure how we could have squeezed 2 more hours out of it. It was a pretty good time though.

junaidmalik85
junaidmalik85

This so called DLC is worst of all headhunter dlcs boss give nothing shit loot 


Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

Jeez, how many DLCs are there for this game? I bought the GOTY edition and thought it had them all but apprently not

futureops
futureops

This headhunter pack is so perfect,I should be nominated for the DLC of the year.And this is a good way to end Borderlands 2.Mass Effect 3 Citadel aslo did this.

Zjarcal
Zjarcal

Totally agree that this was a good sendoff for the game, was really glad they brought back the old vault hunters for the final dlc.

Trev9421
Trev9421

-_- The season pass specified that it was for the first 4 main dlc, and then they through in a level cap increase for free. I can't believe people still complain about this. To answer your question, all the small ones are like 3 bucks.

Phooey442
Phooey442

@CyrenII  It can be played either way, with both being very entertaining. It's just up to you on how you prefer it, with or without friends. If you like shooters, it's a fairly safe bet that you will enjoy it.

ahpuck
ahpuck

@CyrenII I only played BL1 solo, and it sucked. From what I have heard, borderlands fun comes from co-op.

Zjarcal
Zjarcal

@CyrenII  I enjoy both BL1 and BL2 more solo than in coop, but that's just me.

Pyromk1
Pyromk1

@CyrenII  I have no friends.

I had to play solo.

I played it for hours... which is probably why I still have no friends

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

@CyrenII BL2 definitely fun to co-op but you'll likely miss a lot of story & dialogue.

It's great fun combining powers & a huge advantage to have another 3 players around to save you in Fight For Your Life but it makes it hard to sort your loot when other people are waiting on you.

In short - it's fun if you can find a friend but you can definitely play solo. Maybe have another character (pick a different class) that you only play co-op so you don't level differently when playing apart.


(Edit) I played BL1 solo - it's an OK game but not nearly as much fun.

Zjarcal
Zjarcal

@CapmJim  Yeah, that part of the review did throw me off a bit, this one was on par with all the other headhunter packs as far as content goes.

d-man
d-man

@junaidmalik85  Loot is procedural, jackass. If the boss gives crap loot it's your own damn fault.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@junaidmalik85  "So-called DLC?" It is DLC by definition. There's nothing "so-called" about it; I am confused as to what you mean by that. Are you suggesting that it's not actually DLC, like it's really a kitchen sink, or a zebra?

delta5931
delta5931

@Dirk_McHardpeck  See, its like Pokemon man. You think you have them all, but a new game comes out! So scurry along and buy that too! Buy all our crap!

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

@Dirk_McHardpeck 46 DLC items, according to Steam. Some  of those are packs including the others but yep, that's pretty crazy.

Boddicker
Boddicker

@Dirk_McHardpeck The GOTY only has two.  There are two more "main" ones and 2 or 3 mini ones that are cheap.  I agree it was shitty for 2K to release that GOTY version when it wasn't even halfway complete.

themc_7
themc_7

@Trev9421  I know what they said. It's just frustrating when the Season pass doesn't come with all the content. I've never seen a game in this generation that didn't have all game based,DLC included in the season pass.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@ahpuck @CyrenIIYou're missing a lot of you're soloing it. Also BL2 improved A LOT on what BL1 was missing.

camachine
camachine staff

@Zjarcal @CapmJim  As I played through the pack I did a lot of stopping, starting, and retreading, so my time may not reflect everyone's playthroughs. But I still stand by my opinion that the pack is lengthier than the other Headhunters, many of which I cleared in less than an hour. I hope that clarifies things!

themc_7
themc_7

@Kevin-V @junaidmalik85  I would've preferred all DLCs in the season pass. I'd much rather pay $40 for a season pass that included all DLCs. The 4 main DLCs were great, but these smaller ones almost don't seem worthy. They should have bundled the smaller DLCs imo

donmuath
donmuath

@Kevin-V @junaidmalik85  You're homing in on only part of his comment, the gist of it is he didn't like the DLC, not his fault he used the expression wrong if his first language isn't English.

If you're going to reply to something reply to his statement instead of making fun of him.

hitomo
hitomo

@Kevin-V @junaidmalik85 it depends on how you define Content, in the meaning of being worth to use up energy and time it takes to Transfer the data over the Internet ... I hope I could help with your confusion ... your welcome

themc_7
themc_7

@Boddicker @Dirk_McHardpeck  GOTY edition comes with: 4 add on campaigns, 2 more playable characters, Increased Level cap to 61, new arenas, skins and heads.

boogie25
boogie25

@Boddicker @Dirk_McHardpeck well i have the goty from steam (got it on sale for like 13 euro, now it cost 45) and it has all dlc except headhunter packs, vault hunter upgrade pack 2 and ofc without all the shitload of skins that they made and i dont care about. but all the "big" dlc are there with both psycho and mechromancer classes.


http://store.steampowered.com/sub/32848/?snr=1_7_7_151_150_1

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