Video Game Review: Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and the Fight For Sanctuary

Details: Spent about four hours playing through it. Downloaded this content for free from Steam, though it no longer looks like it is free. More information can be found at https://borderlands.com/en-US/news/2019-06-09-free-now-commander-lilith-dlc/ and https://store.steampowered.com/app/872280/Borderlands_2_Commander_Lilith__the_Fight_for_Sanctuary/

Score: 7/10

Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary is free downloadable content (though not free anymore) meant primarily as marketing for Borderlands 3. As free content, it is surprisingly substantial.

Fight for Sanctuary picks up directly after the end of the last Borderlands 2 DLC. A new villain shows up to destroy Pandora and its up to the gang to stop him.

Gameplay is just more of the same from Borderlands 2. You run around, shoot things and get loot. Rinse and repeat. The content is fully voiced, which I can appreciate. It’s got a story, though whether it’s an appreciable story is debatable.

I think the primary purpose of this DLC is to remind fans what they loved about Borderlands 2 and hype them up to buy Borderlands 3. Personally, this game just reminded me of all the things I disliked about Borderlands 2. I hate the slot machine style loot mechanics. The story was not that engaging in this DLC or in the main game. Most of the objectives in this game were simplistic and felt like chores. The Fight for Sanctuary simply taught me that I probably should not buy Borderlands 3 based on how much I didn’t love Borderlands 2.

Overall, as free content, this was great. As marketing material for Borderlands 3, this is also good in that it reminded players whether they liked or disliked the Borderlands franchise. I don’t love it, so I will not be purchasing Borderlands 3.

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