The smartest thing I can say about Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is that I remorse beginning it.
Not as a result of it’s dangerous or unenjoyable however as a result of I booted it up pretty late final evening and am now extra drained as we speak than I’d prefer to be. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands scratches the “numbers go up and enemy well being bars go down” itch video video games have instilled in so many people. It’s compelling on a primal, simply digestible degree. It is a blast. It is difficult to step away from.
Over the course of 4 mainline entries and roughly 400 extra marketing campaign expansions, the Borderlands sequence has picked up a status as formulaic loot shooters, and rightfully so. You use a wide range of randomly generated weapons, organized by color-coded rarity, to kill enemies to earn even higher randomly generated weapons. You traverse cel-shaded sci-environments whereas struggling by way of performatively crass dialogue. You know what to anticipate, although to its credit score, the sequence did genuinely really feel recent when it was first launched. There’s simply been a lot extra Borderlands since then, you realize?
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, out as we speak for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, is a fantasy-inspired spinoff of Borderlands that bucks (some of) these expectations. Reviews describe a sport that’s principally “Borderlands however make it D&D.” (Why don’t we’ve got a full assessment of our personal as we speak? Kotaku didn’t obtain copies of the sport till yesterday night.) Several hours in, although, I’ve discovered that consensus to be truthful, if a bit wanting the complete image. A mere extension of Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, that fan-favorite Borderlands 2 growth—through which you and your teammates shoot and loot your manner by way of a game-within-a-game, rendered as typical Borderlands with a fantasy reskin—this isn’t.
The sport is equally set in a role-playing tabletop sport orchestrated by Tiny Tina (voiced by Ashly Burch), which suggests the plot, as far as I can inform, has no impact on the overarching Borderlands narrative present in the primary video games. You and your social gathering members (voiced by Wanda Sykes and Andy Samberg) are tasked with overthrowing the Dragon Lord (Will Arnett, in an absolute pitch-perfect casting for an absurd villain). A fantasy-inspired setting permits for visually lush locales extra imaginative than sci-fi landscapes that, after 4 mainline video games, have began to really feel like well-trod floor.
Sure, the beginning weapon, a crossbow, is for all intents and functions a Borderlands pistol with a Medieval respray, which actually reinforces the entire “Borderlands however make it D&D” factor. But Wonderlands rapidly tees up a bunch of options that haven’t been current in any earlier Borderlands sport.
A strong character creator presents you factors to allocate, ala S.P.E.C.I.A.L. factors in Fallout 4. There’s an overworld filled with random encounters (although no signal of an airship). Melee assaults, which see you utilizing swords, axes, and different fantasy weaponry, are literally viable for the primary time in Borderlands historical past. These adjustments don’t radically upend the Borderlands blueprint, however they do make it really feel totally different than its forebears.
In one other break from kind, Wonderlands begins you off with the selection from six courses. (Historically, Borderlands video games begin with 4, although have provided two further courses through purchasable DLC.) I selected the one that offers me slightly child dragon pal who breathes hearth on every thing in sight. My co-op companion, in the meantime, is adopted by a mini lich who siphons well being from enemies. We’re a small military of 4 tearing through the beginning areas of the Wonderlands. I’m thrilled to see how numerous different courses match up throughout playthroughs.
I’ll in fact have extra ideas as I play (and replay) the sport and uncover the remainder of its quirks. (It’s my understanding, as an example, you can combine and match courses in a while.) But for now, I’m completely satisfied to report that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a few strong, senseless enjoyable, the form of factor that’s sure to devour each second of my free time within the coming weeks. That’s the dream, proper?