Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt DLC review: Dapper downer
Jan 22nd 2013 2:30 PM EST
Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt is the latest add-on campaign for Borderlands 2, developed by Triptych Games. Whisking players away to the savage lands of Aegrus, Sir Hammerlock wishes to engage in exotic game hunting but, much to no one's surprise, things don't go according to plan.
Actual game hunting and general mustachioed antics take a backseat to the machinations of the evil doctor Nakayama, who's trying to create a clone of Borderlands 2 villain Handsome Jack aboard his massive downed ship. The DLC takes place after the campaign, with enemies around level 30 and up. With a local tribe of psychos under Nakayama's mind control, there isn't much big game hunting going on at all.
In fact, dashed expectations is the underlying theme of Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt. The DLC spends a lot of time building tension for a conflict with Nakayama which resolves itself in an unsatisfying, anti-climactic event that comes off as more insulting than humorous. When it's finally time to take on Nakayama, players are given the proverbial shaft and then the credits roll.
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In Borderlands 2 proper, Handsome Jack is a smarmy, cocky talking head with a robot army to back up his schtick. Nakayama, meanwhile, is a second-rate Jack wannabe, a guy who instantly regrets challenging you and your fellow Vault Hunters. He contradicts himself constantly and monopolizes much of the DLC's focus, detracting from a potential gentlemen's holiday full of ballyhoos and exotic hunts with Sir Hammerlock. In fact, despite the campaign being named after him, Sir Hammerlock is barely featured at all.
The downloadable campaign takes place across three chapters, with a few side quests tossed in to pad things out. The DLC is fairly short, and where Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage was bolstered by a few great