Yeehaw writing a review of a DLC instead of the main game it comes from because I can’t be assed to replay Borderlands 3 to do it. I did however just finish this new DLC so I can most definitely get on everyone’s nerves about it, and nothing will stop me. Short of ignoring me anyway.
I’ll be completely honest from the start though, I’m probably really biased towards the DLC though because 1.) I like Krieg, 2.) The DLC is solely about Krieg and 3.) Did I mention I like Krieg? So yea, I figured I’d mention that before I got started, just to be honest about it.
I don’t really have too many complaints about the DLC, it was really fun I enjoyed it. It felt kind of short though compared to the others, then again I haven’t played the other Borderlands 3 DLC’s since they came out and I never even finished Bounty of Blood. So maybe I’m just misremembering the others and it’s not that much shorter? The DLC was also set up kind of different to the other as well though, so that could also be why it might feel shorter. Since the last two DLCS, Bounty of Blood and the wedding one I don’t remember the name of were both set on new planets they were more open world and kind of required you to have a vehicle to get around them. I mean I guess you could walk your happy ass everywhere, not sure why you would though. Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck though doesn’t take place on a planet, you’re in Krieg’s head so the DLC’s just made up of like one little hub like area and then the different levels you have to go through to progress the DLC’s story. Those levels are all extremely linear too, so that could also be the reason it feels shorter, the lack of having to drive halfway across the map to get a new quest.
The boss fights in the DLC were also kind of shit. They weren’t too interesting, they weren’t that difficult, although difficulty could vary, since I play as Fl4k I don’t have to worry about being downed since my pet can just revive me. The bosses were also all bullet sponges, except the second to last boss because he could heal himself or something I think. The final boss is kind of the worst for being bullet spongey though, he has three stages and it takes soooo long just to get him down to his second stage.
To be fair though, this could be an issue with the weapons I have. I don't usually grind for the best weapons I can get and I currently have a shotgun that I rely on most of the time. I've also heard people say the bosses get extremely bad on higher mayhem levels though, but I don't usually turn on mayhem mode so I'm unsure.
The boss fights not being that great though didn't bother me that much. I couldn't give less of a shit about boss fights, they mostly just dragged on more than anything but none of them ever impeded my progress at all so as long as I could finish them and continue with the rest of the DLC I didn't really care. There are only 4 bosses anyway, five I guess if you count the mini-boss earlier on in the first level.
The music in the DLC was also really good. This was the first time I actively noticed the music when I was playing. I normally don't really notice Borderlands music and I probably couldn't point out any tracks if you asked me to, but this DLC's music was super fucking nice. I hope it gets released onto like youtube or Spotify or something at some point because I'd listen to it on its own.
I really like the plot of the DLC as well, I’m probably going to do a terrible job summarizing it, because when do I ever decently summarize anything? The plot pretty much boils down to you getting sent into Krieg’s mind by Patricia Tannis because she wants to know what makes Psychos crazy. She thinks it’s this thing she calls Vaulthalla, but you can’t get into whatever the fuck Vaulthalla is because the giant door is locked and because Psycho Krieg is the one who’s usually in control of everything he lost the keys to unlock the giant door. So then you have to go through three different memories of Krieg’s to get the missing pieces of a statue to open the door.
The different memories/levels are all really cool. They’re all fucked up because of Psycho Krieg so like, one’s a giant fleshy hellscape, the other has a giant sentient train that wants to fucking kill you, and the last one is just trippy as fuck. There’s a hallway that unravels as you walk through it, you constantly get teleported around the level, walls disappear, it’s pretty cool.
All the levels are pretty linear like I said earlier so it’s not very hard to find any sidequests in the levels or the crew challenges as you’ll usually just naturally walk past them as you progress.
There aren’t many sidequests that you find naturally through the levels, and the ones you do find don’t really require you to leave the area you get them from but they’re usually kind of weird. There’s one where you have a funeral for Krieg’s Buzz-axe and in the process get banned from giving eulogies, There’s one where a couple of people who are on fire get mad at you for putting them out, it’s just a lot of weird shit. Which is to be expected.
All in all the DLC’s pretty fun, it’s probably my favorite out of the four that have been released so far and I’d recommend getting it if you have or ever get Borderlands 3. Being honest in my opinion, most of the DLC’s are more fun than the main game is, the only reason I’d even consider replaying the main game would be to replay the DLC’s.
Also hey, if anyone has Borderlands 3 on PS4 you should add me, or if you have Borderlands 2, I’m always down to replay Borderlands 2.