Borderlands 2 has barely been out for a month and already we are seeing the very first content DLC being released, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty.
For those of you who have played the crap out of Borderlands 2 and are looking to see if you should get a piece of Captain Scarlett’s Booty, we should this straight out of the way.
What There isnt:
- There is no level cap increase.
- No new use for Eridium.
- No increased ammo capacity or bag space.
What There is:
- New Raid Bosses
- There are spiffy new Pink weapons that you can only get from the new raid Bosses at level 50
- Pirates, and pirate loot. Woo!
Fear not doubters, Captain Scarlett is vintage Borderlands
Captain Scarlett’s Booty introduces you to the Land of Oasis, a former tropical resort in the middle of a desert. In oasis no one is dying of thirst, because they died of dehydration long ago. Hunter S. Thompson is you new best friend and initial guide to this dried out world, full of a myriad of pirates (Ghost pirates, Midget Pirates and even Robot Pirates, oh my!), sand-worms, new guns, and brown. It makes sense that a dried out Oasis would be, well, dried out, but damn there is a lot of brown. Also, loot. Pirates, being Pirates have a tenancy to hoard treasure, so there is no shortage of guns and sexy loot to be found.
If you haven’t yet finished the game, Scarlett’s Booty is a good place to spend a good 6 to 8 hours levelling up. My playing partner and I were level 19 when we first started in Oasis, and once we killed everything and stole all their booty we were both around level 23. Once you get away from the brown of the starting areas, you will find a good variety of locations, including my new favorite place in the entire game, the lighthouse. The lighthouse is a great reminder of us just how gloriously huge the levels can be, it just goes up and up and up.
If you have finished the game and are sitting on level 50, then you will likely still be dwelling on the first points I brought up. No level cap increase, no new use for Eridium, and therefore no increased bag space or ammo capacity. 87 Bazillion guns and 27 bag slots, really! I do not think that the game actually needs a level cap increase this early in its life cycle, but for some reason I was expecting one, and therefore a tad disappointed that we didn’t get one, but hey, at least my guns are all still relevant.What I am disappointed about is the fact that there is not new use for Eridium. I have been sitting on 99 Eridium for quite some time now, which annoys me to no end. Eridium goes from the single most sought after substance in the game during your first play-though, to the single most annoying useless substance in the second. Once you max out your ammo and bag space capacity, and kill Terramorphous a few times, all it does is sit there, being all purple and whatnot, getting your hopes up something awesome has dropped. This makes me think that this is a DLC that was finished a while ago, rather than an actual content expansion and attempt to fix the flaws that the original game bore.
The new raid bosses are also somewhat of an anomaly in that you can only kill them once a day to get the crystals to buy the new über pink loot. Each boss seems to drop around 7 to 10 crystals at a time, so the new guns will take weeks to farm. Whoever thought that was a good idea needs to be shot, this isn’t an MMO, and things don’t need to be unnecessarily drawn out over a number of weeks simply because they can.
Is it Worth it?
All that aside, this is a great expansion to an already great game. Fans of the original Borderlands will be happy to know that there are plenty of fast travel stations stationed around Oasis, though the new vehicle the Sand-Skiff is mighty good fun to cruise around in. It has clearly been finished for some time, so there was no time to fix some of the problems that the game has, but it brings enough to the table that it is worth it in its own right.
- 7 hours of new things to shoot and loot
- New Guns
- New Bosses
- Vintage Borderlands humor
- Silly daily limit to boss kills
- No fixes to existing problems
Where to Buy it
$15 might seem like a lot for 7 odd hours of playtime, but if you are the kind of person who is going to play through the game time and time again, any new content for you to level in will be more than worth it.
The Season Pass ($30) gives you access to Scarlett’s Booty and 3 to-be-released content campaigns for Borderlands 2, and is widely regarded as an awesome deal.
Right now at GreenManGaming is selling it for PC for $30, but the code GMG20-FXYD1-7WHP1 will give you an extra 20% off, bringing it down to around $24.
$5.50 per expansion pack, that is DEFINITELY worth it.