Borderlands 3: The 5 Best Things About The Bounty Of Blood DLC (& 5 Worst)
Borderlands 3’s Bounty of Blod DLC adds a ton of guns, characters, and quests. What are the best and worst things about its content?
Borderlands is the face of the looter shooter genre in gaming. The very first Borderlands had over a million guns and after each game released the number of guns kept getting bigger and bigger. The franchise is also famous for its cartoon-like graphics, crazy humor, and powerful enemies. The combat and weapon mechanics are some of the best in gaming and Borderlands 3 does not disappoint in that area.
Borderlands games have strong campaigns that are followed by new DLC that adds extra weapons, loot, enemies, and characters. Borderlands 3 recently released the Bounty of Blood DLC and it has received a lot of praise from the fans. It introduces a lot of new content that stands out from the regular game and adds several hours of new and engaging gameplay. Most of the feedback is positive but some there are a few minor criticisms.
10 Good: Brand New Planet to Explore
Borderlands 1 and 2 took place on the planet of Pandora which was a wild world filled with vicious monsters, merciless bandits, and no authority to put a stop to the violence. It was a lawless desert planet that got a bit repetitive after the first two games; however, the Pre-Sequel took place on the moon of Elpis and Borderlands 3 took place on various planets.
In the Bounty of Blood DLC, players can explore a brand new planet called Gehenna that has a classic western feel to it and has many new characters and enemies.
9 Bad: Mind Control Plants & Teleporters
There are a lot of new features added to the game that worked quite well, and there are a few that didn’t. There are now mind control plants that can be used to confuse enemies and make them attack each other which sounds cool in theory, but not nearly as effective as using your own guns.
There are also teleporters scattered around the new maps but they are kind of difficult to find. Once they are found, they can help players gain access to new loot.
8 Good: Improved Graphics & Art
Borderlands graphics were always meant to look a little cartoonish with a large range of colors. The loading screens were basically the same in every game with the name of the area and a picture of it which normally would be a desert.
However, the Bounty of Blood DLC added some big graphic changes to the game. The loading screens and character intro screens are completely different and add some fresh excitement every time a new ally or villain is introduced.
7 Bad: New Vehicle
The new DLC adds a brand new vehicle called the Jetbeast and it’s just as annoying as the rest of the vehicles in the Borderlands series.
While it’s pretty fast, the guns on it aren’t that strong and the weapons the player is armed with can do more damage against enemies. But at least the Jetbeast is useful for exploring and traveling long distances in a short period of time and the armor is pretty durable as well.
6 Good: All New Loot
Weapons are more important than the gameplay, story, graphics, and multiplayer in the Borderlands franchise. Nothing is more satisfying in the game than defeating a very powerful enemy and seeing an orange light falling from the sky.
Legendary weapons are difficult to get in the main game and the Bounty of Blood DLC has added new legendary and unique weapons for players to use against their enemies.
5 Bad: Humor Not As Goofy as Before
Borderlands is well known for being a goofy series that doesn’t take itself too seriously. A lot of the humor is childish, which makes interactions between characters memorable and hilarious.
In the new DLC, the story has a more serious tone to it and the characters are a little less crazy than they were before. The story is still great nonetheless but the classic Borderlands wackiness will be missed.
4 Good: Better than Previous Two DLCs
Borderlands 3 had two previous DLC expansions before Bounty of Blood. Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot came first and it was really good. Next came Guns, Love, and Tentacles, which focused on the relationship between Sir Hammerlock and Wainwright Jakobs.
It was solid but not as good as the first expansion. Bounty of Blood is better than both, it has all new characters, a distinct planet, and hints at a storyline for the next game.
3 Bad: Side Missions Get Repetitive Quickly
Side missions are very important in RPGs to pass the time, get new gear, get better at the game, and earn XP. The Bounty of Blood DLC adds new side missions but many of them are just as bland as the main game’s side quests.
A lot of them just instruct the player to retrieve an item and once they try to get it, waves of enemies show up. While they are repetitive, they can still be fun.
2 Good: Bard that Sings Songs About the Players Choices
It’s very rare for side characters to be memorable in video games but there is an exception in this DLC. There is a bard in the game that sings songs about the player.
After every mission from the main quest line is completed, he will begin to sing about the choices that were made and the potential aftermath it will cause. This is a simple addition to the game that adds more enjoyment to the DLC.
1 Bad: No Returning Characters
Borderlands has a large number of characters and a lot of them are fan favorites such as Claptrap, Brick, Mordecai, Zero, and many other vault hunters. Every other DLC throughout the series has re-introduced previous characters and made them NPC’s or even made them playable characters.
Unfortunately, the Bounty of Blood expansion has only new characters. Even though they are well written and memorable, it would still have been nice to see a few old faces in the new story.