Published on July 7th, 2013 | by PJ Douglas4
Review: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon’s Keep
“That’s right, bitches – my big brudder’s about to teach you some MANNERS. Nobody steals Mushy Snugglebites’ badonkadonk and lives!”
– Tiny Tina
I love Tiny Tina, Gearbox’s mad mix of innocent child and psychopath fits in perfectly to the wild and whacky world of Pandora and as such it is no surprise that they choose her to host their fourth and final DLC.
Under the guise of a game of ‘Bunkers and Badasses’ a clear link to real life dice rolling game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ Tina acts as Dungeon Master narrating the action with her bizarre slang and manipulating the scenery and enemies as she changes her mind on what should be where, it relies a lot on you liking the character but it’s hard not to smile as she replaces a cheerful wood with a darkened landscape full of flesh eating trees.
Of course the full cast of Borderlands 2 works its way into the story either as mission givers or simply in passing reference and despite the humour there is a deeper more emotional message here as Tiny tries to come to terms with the loss of a character from the main storyline of Borderlands 2 (I shall say no more for fear of ruining a great plot line) with childlike ignorance and a few moments that genuinely had me quite choked up (possibly due to circumstances in my own life but I’m sure we can all relate).
The missions are as you would expect your standard kill X enemies with X weapon, fetch X and take to Y and fight a few rounds of arena battles. They still have creative new mission parameters and all the enemies have now been changed from robots, psychos and spider-ants to skeletons, tree-ants, orcs, dwarves and spiders in new locations however so I wasn’t at all bored, possibly as they have no annoying collection missions in this DLC.
The parodies come thick and fast from LOTR, Game of Thrones and Dark Souls to Star Trek and Dr Who and all done intelligently to combine with such weapons as a gun that gets dwarves drunk and a shotgun that shoots exploding swords and occasional plain idiocy.
The DLC brings 250G across 10 Achievements to earn with three being linked to the story and the rest being linked to side missions, arena battles or the new raid boss. Speaking of raid bosses the new DLC seems to give out a fair bit of loot, I played on normal and TVHM and got several oranges and a pearl weapon but this may be due to updates and not exclusive to the DLC.
Overall this is a fantastic goodbye to the series (Although there is a hint at a new DLC at the end and enough achievement points to add on if they wish) and well worth a go to satisfy the nerd inside yourself.
“Shorty you da best, you da you da best”
– Tiny Tina
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep
Summary: A fantastic send off to an amazing game, a violent mixture of humour and poignant emotion that reminds us how heavily we can be invested in a game's world.