Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! It’s the prequel to the sequel to the first Borderlands! At first blush it seems like it’s just more Borderlands 2 (which Panzer and I just finished LPing over here!) but I can give you a quick rundown about this new entry.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a first person shooter set on the shithole planet moon of Pandora – Elpis! It’s overrun by psychos, mad robots, and wildlife Australians that want to kill you. There’s some kind of story going on where the CEO a programmer for an evil corporation is trying to awaken a mystical beast to destroy the planet stop the moon from getting blown up by a big space laser, but that’s not really that important. Here’s what’s really different about TPS compared to BL2:
- the playable characters are way better designed!
- ~MOON PHYSICS!~ you can jump real high and you can attack with your butt!
- the playable characters talk to each other! and to NPCs!
- the quest design is? so bad??? oh my god??
Much like Borderlands 2, whenever we finish replaying that game for the dozenth time we hop right back into this one for another go. We love these games, and we’ve wanted to LP them for a while, but every time we tried it just never felt right. For us the comfort in Borderlands was just a way for us to shoot the shit while we shoot the shit. So we figured the best way to retain this casual approach would be to stream it!
For the past several weeks Panzer and I have been streaming Borderlands: The Pre-Squel on my Twitch channel. If you care to catch us live, we usually play on Sundays at 3PM PST. If you can’t be around for them or the streaming thing just isn’t your scene, then this thread is for you! Please enjoy this easily paused and rewound format to watch at your own pace. If you wish to experience our Twitch chat along with the video, simply enable Closed Captions on the video! If you don’t care for chat, don’t sweat-- just leave that sucker off! Panzer and I do our best to explicitly mention if we’re speaking to or answering questions from chat so you shouldn’t find us saying random things out of context.
Due to the casual stream format, videos will typically be around 25-45 minutes long. Like our Borderlands 2 thread, we’re going to start with two uploads a week to build up just a little more of a backlog and then soon after transition to three videos a week. Also, fair warning to the Borderlands purists out there… we cheat our asses off. Where’s the fun in the game if we aren’t getting sick guns all the time? General commentary/video/audio quality might be a little all over the place as we go on due to me not editing this by hand, but the moment we actually start to care about that stuff is when we lose track of why we like to play Borderlands in the first place. Our playthrough is going to be chill as fuck, yo.
We don’t have a game spoiler policy, but all we ask is if you’ve seen our streams to not explicitly tell people what we do in future videos!
Panzer will start playing as Nisha; one of the game’s base characters. Nisha’s action skill is to enter Showdown-- having the game take control of her aim for her as it auto targets all her enemies for several seconds with near perfect accuracy and increased damage. It’s a bit of a far cry from her days as Gaige in BL2! As the resident cowgirl, a lot of her abilities are about making her shoot guns gooder. She is also incredibly horney for violence (and Jack).
If you want to learn more about Nisha’s skill trees, you can find it here. Panzer usually picks skills from the middle and right trees.
I will start playing as Claptrap; another of the game’s base characters. Claptrap’s action skill is… everything? He has several possible abilities it can randomly choose from, but the most important thing is your co-op partners also get these “buffs” applied whether they want it or not. I am picking Claptrap solely to annoy Panzer. He’s also the only character who doesn’t need to really engage in this game’s oxygen mechanic which honestly is kind of so minor it’s barely worth mentioning.
If you want to learn more about Claprap’s skill trees, you can find it here. I don’t plan on playing as him for very long, but I’ll likely stick with the right tree.
I got Claptrap out of my system, so I’ve switched to Athena! She’s another base character, and as we’ve seen from the intro cutscene she’s considered the main character. She’s kind of a three entirely separate playstyles? Her action skill is to pull up her shield Aspis, absorbing all damage taken from the front and releasing it in a Captain America-style throw. Her trees focus on self- and team-preservation, melee damage, and elemental damage.
If you want to learn more about Athena’s skill trees, you can find it here. My favorite is a mix of the left and right trees, and I hope to show it off in full at some point.
What’s great about The Pre-Sequel is, compared to Borderlands 2, there are multiple characters that Panzer and I like to play as. We will be switching them up as the playthrough goes on, so expect the new characters to show up here once that’s done!
Episode #1: The Only Video with Wilhelm in It
Episode #2: Deadlift Time
Episode #3: Space Sanctuary
Episode #4: Contractually Obligated to Reference Australian Things
Episode #5: Borderlands Austin Powers
Episode #6: Sleepy Sidequests
Episode #7: The Pickle Part
Episode #8: Literal Fart Jokes
Episode #9: One Weird Elevator
Episode #10: Let’s Build a Robot Army
Episode #11: Light Buzzass