“Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty” may not exemplify the best of Borderlands 2, but it has such a solid foundation to build upon that if what you’re looking for is more of Pandora to explore, more loots and more amusing excursions into the world, then there’s quite a bit of treasure to unearth. It may just take some unearthing to find the buried gold beneath the more average portions of the DLC.
I would have to say I’m very impressed with the first piece of DLC Borderlands 2 has to offer. It constantly keeps you moving from one area to the next, and nothing ever gets monotonous. The new loot and different enemy types add even more to the content, and when it’s all said and done, you can still take on a big raidboss for even more loot- all this for 10 bucks. If you have been looking for some more Borderlands 2, or if you’re still playing the game, and are looking for something a little different without changing the formula, then you should really pick up this piece of DLC.
Let's keep things in perspective here. Borderlands 2 is a four-player cooperative game, and really, all you need to enjoy any four-player cooperative game is three friends and an hour to kill. There's really no new or fresh gameplay mechanics being added, the new endgame content is actually quite disappointing, and even the new enemies feel dumber or slower than normal.
Despite all that, I genuinely had a better time overall, which I attribute that not to any fixes or feature changes, but to a better alignment of the game's flaws with overarching design. The end product has better pacing and delivery than the main game does. Of course, maybe I'm wrong, and my enjoyment was instead due to those two strong weapons that dropped as soon I started up Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty. As Borderlands 2 will teach you, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
DLC is a funny old business, sold by publishers as a service to flame fan commitment and designed to transform a game from an overnight flash in the pan to an evergreen wonder. For every good (BioShock 2's Minverva's Den) there's a bad (BioShock 2's Protector Trials ) but Gearbox has shown exactly how DLC is supposed to be done. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty is an affirming example of the right time, the right place and, crucially, the right content.
I enjoyed all of the DLC for Borderlands, save Moxxi’s underdome, for all of the reasons I enjoyed Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty. Gearbox does a great job of giving players more of what they liked in the main game, but at the same time, making the new content both expansive and sufficiently different to where you don’t feel like you could skip it and just revisit parts of the original game. The fact that this content is filled with such weird and enjoyably creepy characters helps, too. I bought the season pass, so I’m on the hook for all four pieces of Borderlands 2 content. If this DLC is any indication, I’ll definitely get my money’s worth.
The quality and style of the main game seamlessly carry over into the DLC, which you can start playing as early as level 15. The enemies scale to your level though, so even if you’ve got one or more characters at level 50, the DLC will still hold a challenge for you.
If Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty is indicative of how Gearbox means to carry on with their DLC plans for Borderlands 2, we can be expecting a lot of good times spent on Pandora.