Gearbox Software released the full launch trailer for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The trailer is only two minutes long, but it still manages to get a little long in the tooth. The main problem is that it's basically Borderlands 2.5 with a few new characters, locations and guns.
The novelty of the original Borderlands was that it was all about unique guns, a westernized alien setting and four-player cooperative play. The second game was mostly taking all the good parts of the original and then ratcheting them up by two-fold, with more characters to play, more skills, more guns, more enemies, new stages, more vehicles and bigger, badder, deadlier bosses. The game wasn't groundbreaking, but it did what it did and it did it well.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel isn't really anything new but mostly just more of the same. Yes, there is the new oxygen system that players will have to watch out for, but beyond that it's literally just more of the same. I think what really stands out with this not-quite-a-sequel is that it's limited to the Xbox 360 and PS3 (as far as console releases go) since it was originally supposed to be an expansion pack but was too big to be attached to Borderlands 2 as DLC, since both the seventh gen consoles didn't have enough memory to support any further expansions to the game.
But if that's not bad enough the The Pre-Sequel retails for $60. Literally, a glorified expansion pack for $60. I'm sure there's a financial breakdown somewhere that explains why this couldn't be a $40 expansion – or why this appears to be less of a leap from Borderlands 2 than what Blood Dragon was from Far Cry 3, yet costs a heck of a lot more than Blood Dragon, but I can't be bothered to be interested. It's kind of obvious what we call releases like this.
What's more is that The Pre-Sequel is kind of marred by the fact that Gearbox Software is currently embroiled in a very dirty lawsuit – the same lawsuit over the Aliens: Colonial Marines false advertisement issue.
The lawsuit took a startling turn when Sega filed a counter-suit against Gearbox when claims surfaced that the studio may have been involved in embezzlement. Even worse yet is that there were some unsavory comments made by some of Gearbox Software's employees against their own audience that really put a sour taste in the mouths of some gamers, as noted by Niche Gamer.
The lawsuit around Aliens: Colonial Marines has created quite the conversation surrounding Gearbox Software, and following some of the comments from Anthony Burch and Randy Pitchford about their own audience, some gamers ended up speaking up about it quite loudly on Reddit.
Nevertheless, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is scheduled to drop tomorrow on October 14th, for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The game will be available for $59.99. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official website.