You had me at Booty.
It hasn’t even been a full month since Gearbox released Borderlands 2 and they’re already backing up that Season Pass you may have bought with a new DLC pack. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty says so much, in just the title, to veteran Vault Hunters; namely that there’s going to be loot, and there’s going to be thinly veiled dirty jokes. If you blew through your second Pandoran adventure as quickly as I did you’re probably ready for some more, so lets get into it.
The good news, for those of you that haven’t finished the main story in Borderlands 2, and haven’t blown through True Vault Hunter Mode to level 50, yet will still be able to access this new DLC as it scales to your current level. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty adds a new location to the Borderlands 2 world map that can be accessed via the fast-travel system at any time, by pointing yourself toward Oasis.
Once you arrive in Oasis, a not exactly thriving resort town on the edge of the Flat Sands, you’ll begin a quest line that will have you meeting up with our main character, Captain Scarlett, and the crew of her sand skimming pirate ship. You see, this is a pirate themed adventure but since there doesn’t happen to be a lot of water around at the moment, Captain Scarlett’s crew, and the other pirates of this new land, all drive around in hovercrafts.
Once you get out of Oasis, where you’ll meet one of the game’s craziest and funniest characters yet, the area around Oasis, and the zones immediately adjacent, to it will remind you of the standard Borderlands 2 desert areas but there is some variety if you delve deeper into this DLC. Of course, Booty (yes, that’s what I’m shortening the title to) covers all of the areas that made the main campaign in Borderlands 2 so good; great characters, good jokes and plenty of loot.
You’ll shoot plenty of pirates, complete missions for porn obsessed robots and literally hunt for buried treasure in a way that takes advantage of Borderlands 2’s ability to mark quests as pertaining to a wide area, instead of a specific point. Booty’s main story quest line will run you right around five hours, but there are also a boatload (nailed it!) of side quests to complete and sub-zones to explore. It all culminates with a very large boss battle, and an even bigger treasure room. Just the way you wanted it to.
As with the rest of the Borderlands 2 content you can play every moment of the Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty DLC with three of your friends, so really the whole review could have gone under this section. Why didn’t it? Because my friends are way behind me in Borderlands 2 so I played this one by myself. Slackers.
The Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty DLC doesn’t really break any new ground within Borderlands 2, but it does deliver a lot more of what made this game great to begin with. The writing is still great, the enemies are still ridiculous and there is probably more loot here than anywhere in the main story. If these are the elements you were looking for, then it will be ten bucks well spent.
Available On: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC