Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Here we were thinking that Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep would be the end of Borderlands 2's DLC offerings, and then this little lot comes along. It's the first in a new series of add-ons that'll be released under the Headhunter banner, and this first instalment is a seasonal themed add-on with the reward of an additional head for your Vault Hunter at the end. It's also some of the most lightweight and inconsequential DLC you'll ever play, entirely devoid of story or any sort of connection to the rest of your exploits in and around Pandora. It doesn't pick up where you left off, and it doesn't build upon the Borderlands 2 narrative. It's still fun though, but only because it serves as an excuse to revisit Borderlands 2.
Essentially, you get what you pay for with Headhunter 1: TK Baha's Bloody Harvest, with a new, rather compact location called 'Hallowed Hollow' to explore and two remarkably short missions to complete. Hallowed Hollow is an atmospheric, spooky location, plagued by undead bandits and marauders. What this DLC all boils down to however, is a pair of extended fetch quests with a boss battle sandwiched in the middle. It's all perfectly fine, but if you're expecting anything substantial for your three bucks, three euros or two quid, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Whisked away to Hallowed Hollow, your first port of call is a meeting with the reanimated zombie corpse of TK Baha from the first Borderlands, who has a couple of jobs for you. First of all, you have to locate three parts of a key required to enter the pumpkin patch where the malevolent Pumpkin Kingpin reigns. Once you've tracked down the key parts, you'll fight a mini-boss, forge the pieces to assemble the key, then go toe-to-toe with the big bad pumpkin fella himself.
Higher level players are much better off playing in True or Ultimate Vault Hunter mode, as the level 30+ enemies we faced posed little challenge on normal mode for our level 54 assassin. You can pick up pieces of candy that provide various buffs too, which adds a little extra variety a la Assault on Dragon Keep. Yet, the Pumpkin Kingpin can be vanquished in seconds, so higher difficulties or lower levelled characters are definitely recommended if you're looking to wring some extra longevity out of what is otherwise an incredibly short DLC.
TK Baha's Bloody Harvest is good while it lasts and you may even fancy revisiting it for additional loot and XP, but this slender slice of DLC falls well short of being essential. Those hoping for some extra achievements are also shit out of luck, because there aren't any. As we say, you get what you pay for.
Comprised of one area and two missions, both of which are fetch quests, we'd have liked to have seen a little more from TK Baha's Bloody Harvest. But for anyone with an insatiable thirst for more Borderlands 2, this will provide a temporary scratch for that itch. And hell, it's Halloween-themed, you get a pumpkin head for your character and it's dirt cheap. If you really feel the need for some extra Borderlands 2 content, this will fill the void for now. It appears that Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep really was the end in terms of actual story-driven DLC though, so just don't expect too much from TK Baha's Bloody Harvest, and you'll have a blast for about an hour or so.