Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Review

A step back for Borderlands

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 🎲

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is rated Teen by the ESRB

If you still can't get enough Bunkers and Badasses since the Borderlands 2 DLC then I have good news; here's Tiny Tina's Wonderlands.

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I wonder what the Dragon Lord will try next

History

I've been enjoying the Borderlands series since my friend pushed me to play the original back when it released. As someone who usually doesn't enjoy first-person shooters, I didn't think I would dig it but I ended up having a blast with its over-the-top setting and clever loot system. Fast-forward to present day and we now have a full game based on DLC that released for Borderlands 2 and it plays very similarly to what the mainline series has to offer. v1d30chumz 34-231-247-88

Premise

For the unfamiliar, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands has you play as a created character (which is new) within a make-believe fantasy world from the fictional tabletop RPG Bunkers and Badasses; of which, the titular Tiny Tina is the game master. Although there's a fantasy premise, you still shoot guns which is something that I was hoping would have been replaced with more RPG-like weaponry. I mean, there are crossbows but this is still very much a Borderlands looter shooter albeit in a different kind of game world.

Voice cast and humour

As you progress through the missions of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, you're joined by an all-star cast of voice actors including Wanda Sykes, Andy Samberg, and Will Arnett who lend their voices to a robot, handsome hero, and evil Dragon Lord, respectively. Having these familiar comedic voices helps elevate the dialogue and I particularly enjoyed hearing Andy Samberg who plays a typical character for himself. Of course, Ashly Burch as Tiny Tina does an excellent job of fleshing out her boisterous personality. Did you know that she also plays Aloy in Horizon Forbidden West? Anyway, Tiny Tina's imagination is the star of the show as I loved seeing how she improvises scenarios such as when she drops a cheese puff on the board then sends you on a quest to remove it. Silly moments like this make the story fun.

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Ah! Giant enemy crabs!

Vs. Borderlands

As I mentioned, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is very similar to Borderlands and I wish more was done to set itself apart gameplay-wise. There are notable differences, though, such as melee weapons and magic spells and I ended up using both almost as much as shooting which says a lot for how well-balanced the combat is. There are also additional accessory equipment slots that give you more boosts and allow for additional customization. After decking yourself out then fighting all sorts of skeletons, zombies, and such; it can be a lot of fun. 😊

Multiplayer and overworld

This fun is amplified in the multiplayer component which you can enjoy via local splitscreen or online. I played both of these modes and had such a great time in each of them that I found it hard to enjoy the single player afterwards. With that in mind, one aspect annoyed me which is the overworld where you move a big-headed version of your character between missions and engage in battles whenever you come into contact with an enemy. This whole concept is more of a nuisance than a fun new addition but it is nifty at first.

Campaign and missions

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands does a lot of things exceptionally well but it also takes a bit too many steps in the wrong direction. For starters, I love how open the mainline Borderlands games are structured as they make it feel as if you're discovering missions yourself but this aspect is much more linear here as I felt like I was constantly pushed in one direction. There are side-missions (some of which are excellent) but they feel tacked-on as opposed to an organic part of the experience. Also, many missions are repetitive such as the overworld encounters which utilize the same arenas over and over again. Linearity and repetition is not a good combo no matter which way you slice it.

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This overworld is kind of a bummer

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is a quirky and silly looter shooter that simply doesn't distinguish itself enough from the mainline Borderlands games. It's still a lot of fun, though, especially when you play with friends.

  • + Classic looting and shooting gameplay within a quirky fantasy world
  • + Tiny Tina's imagination is wonderful
  • + Great multiplayer fun as always
  • - Campaign isn't quite as fun as it is in the mainline Borderlands games
  • - Overworld is more of a pain than anything
  • - Most missions are linear and repetitive
7.0 out of 10
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