H.G. Well I’m Screwed: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt Reviewed
The first thing you need to understand is that Borderlands 2 is exactly like an AC/DC song. Specifically, it is exactly like this song:
“It’s A Long Way To The Top (If Ya Wanna Rock and Roll)” might be the most incredible rock song ever recorded, not only because of how hard it nails everyone’s balls to the wall, but because AC/DC clearly employed scientists to determine the most awesome thing about the song – that would be the bagpipes, and the dueling bagpipe and guitar solo – and then designed the song to deliver it in exactly the perfect amount until the song is over.
Borderlands 2 DLC – Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt (PC [Reviewed], Xbox 360, PS3)
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Borderlands 2 is just like that, only instead of guitars and bagpipes, it has guns, explosions and ridiculously awesome dialogue. It is consistently the most addictive and entertaining game you were likely to play in 2012, and the newly released Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt DLC confirms that at least until Grand Theft Auto V, it will be the same for 2013.
In Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, you’ll travel to a newly-added continent of Aegrus, where you’ll encounter a host of new beasts, weapons, enemies, vehicles and environments that will give you plenty to chew on while you’re being killed again and again and again. And you will be killed again and again and again, because this has to be one of the hardest things yet seen in Borderlands 2. But don’t let the difficulty intimidate you; yes, it’s going to annoy a lot of you, but it’s tangential to some of the funniest and weirdest stuff yet seen in the already f*ckballs-crazy game.
Quick note for those of you who, like me, spent a few minutes wondering where the hell you go to trigger the expansion: The Big Game hunt will become available once you’ve downloaded the DLC, but you won’t see it as an orange exclamation point on your map or an automatic quest update in your menu. Instead, use the fast travel network to visit the new destination, Hunter’s Grotto. The second you arrive, you’ll trigger a new cutscene.
About that cutscene? The Big Game Hunt might be a story-based expansion of the main game, but perhaps more than anything yet seen in Borderlands 2, it’s one big collection of references, in this case, to the classic monster movies of the 1930s (particularly King Kong,) with the creepiness of The Boys From Brazil thrown in for good measure.
The Big Game Hunt is geared heavily to players who’ve already finished the main campaign. Massive spoilers, by the by: In the aftermath of Jack’s defeat and ignominious death, one of his admirers, who just happens to be a potential rival to Sir Hammerlock, Professor Nakayama travels to Aegrus, a primitive land filled with incredibly dangerous animals and equally dangerous people, intent on cloning Jack and reinstalling him as dictator of Pandora.
Into this toxic moral mess comes Sir Hammerlock, who has no real interest in Professor Nakayama’s plans at all; he simply wants to explore the wilds of Aegrus and bag as many dangerous beasts as he can. Nakayama’s crazy schemes – he decides early on that you’re there to stop him despite the fact that Sir Hammerlock keeps insisting he couldn’t give a damn – constantly interfere with the Big Game Hunt, forcing you to battle with the good doctor several times just so you can actually do what you came to do.
That would be the Big Game Hunt itself. In between dealing with Nakayama, you’ll get quests from Sir Hammerlock, though truth be told, the bulk of the packet has you dealing with Nakayama. In his research on cloning he’s created several monsters, which (duh) you must eliminate. If you were expecting nothing but such hunt quests, you’ll probably be a little disappointed. However, if you just accept that The Big Game Hunt is merely the frame for an expansion of Borderlands 2′s insane mythology, you’ll enjoy it just fine.