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  Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is the final planned Borderlands 2 expansion. If this indeed does end up being the final piece of Borderlands 2 DLC the game is going out with a bang.



  Assault on Dragon Keep revolves around fan-favorite character Tiny Tina forcing the original vault hunters to play a board game. The DLC is basically a game within a game. You play as a character that is technically being played by another character. It lends itself to some pretty amusing situations. A lot of other beloved characters from the franchise are back to take a victory lap as well. You can expect to see Ellie, Moxxi and Mr. Torgue among others. It was especially nice to see Mr. Torgue back as some of the funniest quests in the expansion (and the series) revolve around him once again. The humor is top notch. Underneath the humor though is the tale of Tiny Tina coming to grips with the losses she has suffered in her life through the playing of the board game. A lot of friendly faces met untimely ends in the main Borderlands 2 story and it seems like this is finally the part where the original main characters reflect on that. This piece of content has a heart to it that was missing from the other expansions.



  Assault on Dragon Keep is the biggest and most ambitious piece of DLC content in Borderlands history. It is also one of the best pieces of DLC overall for this console generation. Gearbox outsourced the other expansions for Borderlands 2 so they could handle Assault on Dragon Keep internally. The gamble paid off. The other content didn’t suffer (I wouldn’t have even known the other content was outsourced had I not read it) and players also receive one of the meatiest extra offerings from a developer in recent memory. It will take you at least seven hours to work through the main quest and probably longer by doing side quests or playing on higher playthroughs.



  The amount of hard work that went into this expansion is evident when you play. The setting is entirely new as are the enemy types. Nothing is reskinned from the main game. These are all new enemies with new behaviors and weaknesses. There are new slot machines that accept only Eridium. There are chests that allow you to roll dice before they open. The higher the number you roll, the better the loot you find inside. There are nice touches like this throughout the experience. You can feel the hard work that went into all of this.



If you own Borderlands 2 and are still actively playing it I think this is a great value. If you are only going to get one piece of DLC for Borderlands 2 this is the one to pick up. I bought Deadpool this week (review is up on the blog) and I have a feeling that Assault on Dragon Keep may be longer. At $10 (or included with the season pass) it feels  like a good value. If you don’t like Borderlands I don’t think this expansion will change your mind but if you have any interest at all in the series this is worth picking up. If you are planning to play this on playthrough three I highly recommend you bring friends. This content is challenging. I think this piece of DLC is a triumph for Randy Pitchford and the rest of Gearbox. You can tell they put a lot of hard work and passion into this project.



Coming Next Week



—Impressions of Black Ops II: Vengeance DLC



—Missing Parts: What won’t be included with the PS4 and X-Box One



 

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