Nov 1, 2012

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Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett And Her Pirate’s Booty Review

Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett And Her Pirate’s Booty Review


You might have checked out our recent Borderlands 2 review. With the release of the first DLC (not counting Gaige the Mechromancer), it seemed only fitting that we let you know what Gearbox has in store. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, or Scarlett’s Booty as I will use throughout the review, combines the popular title with pirates. Read on as we find out whether this treasure was best left undiscovered.

Avid fans of Borderlands 2 likely have already taken on all the enemies that the base game has to throw at them. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty sets the Vault hunter on the trail for the hidden treasure of Captain Blade. Along the way, you will meet new characters and go toe-to-toe with some new and powerful enemies. The story for this add-on is separate from the storyline within Borderlands 2. This helps if you’re not too far into the main story and want to go through Scarlett’s Booty as a way to help boost your levels.

When you first arrive in the new location of Oasis, you get tasked with killing off your first pirate. Though it might seem bleak–as there is one sole survivor in Oasis who might be slightly psychotic–the idea of treasure beyond your wildest imagination should prove to be motivation enough to put up with backstabbing pirates and an overly attached “friend.” Shortly into the DLC, you get the chance to meet Captain Scarlett and her motley crew. She asks for your help to recover the pieces of a compass needed to show where the buried treasure is and even seems to promise not to backstab anytime soon. For the most part, I really thought the story was good. Out of the new characters, I really think that Captain Scarlett was the best. Shade, the crazy one from Oasis and modeled after Hunter S. Thompson, didn’t take long to wear out his welcome. I personally was glad to get done with his quests as soon as I could.

While the story is an important factor, I’m sure that the main reason anyone would purchase this DLC is for the loot. Scarlett’s Booty doesn’t disappoint too much. There is plenty of variety in loot to be found. Even the new rarity, Seraph, offers something that previous items don’t, in the form of everchanging stats. An example would be the Evolution shield. It offers a boost to your maximum health and health regen. Each time you equip it or load up your game, the percentage will be different than the last time. This can be a double-edged sword, as you might spend a few minutes getting the percents at a high number just to see them be lower the next time you go to play. Another small issue for the new rarity is that the only way to obtain them is from the Seraph Vendor. The cost of each item is not cheap nor is getting the Seraph for them easy.

Earning the new Seraph currency is done by defeating of the two optional bosses after you complete the final mission of the DLC’s main storyline. The kicker for fighting these bosses is that Gearbox has a once-a-day lockout. This means that you can only fight (and defeat) them once every 24 hours. Not to mention that you will also be locked out from fighting them if anyone in your party has beat the bosses that day. This might not be too bad until you realize how little Seraph Crystals are dropped. Or the chances of no loot being dropped at all. The purpose behind the lock-out is understandable, as it helps to pace gamers from constant farming. However, some players will be turned off by this restriction. Another thing to point out with one of the raid bosses is how difficult he can be if you don’t know how to go about fighting him. Ammo used on him will be wasted, and you will need to form a strategy with some teammates. He’s not too difficult to fight once you know what to do. The other enemies do provide some effort in not being just easy targets. As with the main game, they do tend to run off once putting you in the Second Wind mode.

Scarlett’s Booty isn’t as long as the main game in terms of missions. But this will not stop players from putting plenty of hours into it. As the DLC scales to whatever level your character is, you will still need to go back in order to take on those raid bosses. They won’t be the only reason you go back to Oasis, as those who like to complete the Badass challenges to up their ranks and boost stats will find some unique ones within the DLC. Not to mention, if you are wanting to get at least one of the new rarity guns, then you will have to put a bit of time into fighting the two raid bosses.

Obviously, if you purchase this DLC, then you own the main game. Like the base game, multiplayer, both online and offline, is handled the same way. If you want to stand a good chance against the new raid bosses, it is recommended to play with a full party. This isn’t saying that you have to play by yourself or that it’s impossible to defeat them. It’s just easier.

While I don’t feel like Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty is as great as The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, it is a worthwhile experience. The dialogue is really good, but I felt like there could have been more characters to stand out. Not to mention that the new weapons might not be worth all the effort to purchase them for some players. Despite this, I do suggest picking up this DLC if you are really enjoying Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty
Platform: PC, PS3 (reviewed), Xbox 360
Genre: First Person Shooter, RPG
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
ESRB Rating: M
MSRP: $9.99