Borderlands DLC The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned – Video Game Review

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I just realized it’s been months since I played through the main story of Borderlands, and had been playing so many other titles lately instead of finishing up the first DLC pack, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned.  Based on Steam’s played time this DLC was good for about 10-12 hours of good ole zombie shooting fun.

Like the main story, one of the biggest draws for me is the particular brand of humor they use in the game.  There is a sequence where you have to find what happened to some previous zombie hunters and the one character is basically a caricature or Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

One of the bigger problems with the design of the DLC is there is a running collectible quest that can be started very early on but it so easily missed that most people I speak to think you can only do it after you’ve defeated Dr. Ned.  I had to look it up to see where the quest starts after I’d finished the story, then I played killing zombies for their brains because you need a total of around 435; it takes a while.  If it’s found this quest early on I would have easy completed it in an organic fashion while doing the main story, and it wouldn’t have seemed like such a waste for all the zombie brains to be left lying on the ground.

I found after playing all that time shooting zombies who, for the most part, just run at you without shield I had trouble fighting normal NPCs with shields and guns.  I tried out the second DLC, which is Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot only to find that it’s primarily a multi-player arena.  Attempting it solo got me to the boss fight of the first arena match and I think I could probably win but it isn’t very fun by myself, so I’ll have to find some people willing to play through it with me; I’ll instead move on to the third DLC, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx.

After reading about Playthrough 2 of the main story, I am fairly certain I will not bother attempting it.  Basically it is the same game, only at a higher difficulty and with better quest rewards.  There are too many different games left on my list for me to replay the same game twice.