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Done with Pre-Sequel, On to Tales

On 03/19/2017 at 10:09 PM by KnightDriver

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I began today's gaming by playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel solo for a while and avoiding the final boss fight with the Empyrean Sentinel. I went to play the Holodome DLC instead. It's just a large arena and you have to survive five rounds and then one more crazy hard round. I just did one because I dislike arena fights unless I have friends in there with me.

Then I went to the Claptastic Voyage DLC where you go inside Claptrap's mind. Unfortunately I was in over my head at level 26. Enemies were at level 31 and higher. Battles were tough and sometimes impossible. I stopped a few missions in and returned to Condordia, the home town, with my health throbbing near zero. I felt like a soldier back from a tough battle, broken and weak. 

To rehabilitate, I went around to finish up some side missions from the main campaign. There I was pretty powerful and wrecked house. I got the achievement for finding all the named locations in the Hyperian Hub and Helios Station areas. I also nailed the kill while airborne with a sniper rifle after rotating 360 degrees achievement. 

Then I joined Mark's game to help him beat Colonel Zarpedon, and we continued together until we beat the final boss. The Empyrean Sentinel is your classic multistage, insanely desperate boss battle. I really hate boss fights but they are satisfying to finish. 

Then we attacked some easy achievements like sufocating for five minutes (get yourself a Moxxtail health regen drink, take your ox kit off and go find a place on the moon's surface), winning a duel with another player, drinking one of every Moxxtale boost drinks, and reviving a player with oxygen ten times. Then we tried to get the freeze enemies solid and slam three of them at once achievement. I had a SMG that freezes enemies solid that worked really well, but we didn't get it. We couldn't find enough enemies that would stay alive long enough. Not a really hard achievement, just got to find the right place and the right enemeis. 

But both of us were kind of done with Pre-Sequel. I think if you look at the hours I put into the Borderlands games this year, it correlates pretty closely to which games I enjoyed the most: Borderlands 1: 72 hours; Borderlands 2: 103 hours, Borderlands Pre-Sequel: 37 hours. They are all great games though. 

Today I picked up Tales from the Borderlands for XBO and will tackle that next, for the second time. I hope it runs better on XBO than it did on X360.

That's a day. Have a lovely week. 



Matt Snee Staff Writer

03/19/2017 at 10:39 PM

Colonel Zarpedon?  Good name.  

Looks like it took less licks to get to the center of the presequel tootsie rolll pop than the other games.  


03/19/2017 at 11:03 PM

Her full name is Tungsteena Zarpedon. Handsome Jack laughs at her at one point in the game and tells her she must've had a rough time in high school and that her parents must've hated her for naming her that. Jack makes jerky comments like that all the time, but that is a funny name without the military title. 


03/22/2017 at 11:36 AM

That one achievement about spinning 360 and shooting someone in the air with a sniper rifle sounds tough. Congrats on that and finding all the named areas. I think my copy of Pre-Sequel is a vanilla copy or else I would have tackled the DLC. 


03/22/2017 at 06:33 PM

There's not much DLC for Pre-Sequel. One's an arena and another is a true level. The rest was extra character types like Aurelia The Baroness and something else I forget right now that was minor.

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