Borderlands: Claptrap's New Robot Revolution Review
It's been a little while since I spent any time with one of my favorite games of last year, Borderlands. The action/shooter/RPG kept me enthralled for dozens of hours, and subsequent add-ons only extended that playing time, though some of the DLC packs were better than others. The latest pack, Claptrap's New Robot Revolution, is one of the better ones, though the previous installment, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, remains at the top of the heap. Regardless, this pack contains enough content to make it a must-buy for anyone who loved and continues to love the original Borderlands.
Claptrap's New Robot Revolution finds its greatest strengths in its story and level cap increase. First, lets talk story. Anyone who is familiar with the original game remembers the Claptraps, tiny talking robots that appeared nearly everywhere, gave out missions and occasionally needed a helping hand. For this expansion, the Claptraps switch sides, more or less. One Claptrap in particular has begun changing once benevolent Claptraps, and even some familiar enemies, into cyber killers, and its up to you to stem the tide. The story plays extremely well within the bounds of what you've seen up to this point, though players who haven't finished the main quest may want to sit this out until after that final boss – the in-jokes and references won't hit home unless you've already found The Vault.
And this isn't going to be a “War and Peace” length tale; you can finish the main plot missions in a few hours. There are side missions and the extras fans are used to, but this expansion doesn't come close to the amount of time I put into General Knoxx. Further constricting is the new area in which you'll be tackling these missions. It is a comparatively small speck of real estate you'll be blasting through, and you won't find much in the way of vehicles here, either. There is a final boss, just like in the DLC packs before this one, but General Knoxx's exceptional boss battle raised the bar too high for this one to look good in comparison.
Wow… that last bit made it sound a lot like I didn't like this quick and somewhat tiny expansion. That couldn't be further from the truth. As much as I enjoyed the new storyline, the real reason I'm so keen on this DLC is the further raising of the level cap. Fair is fair, so I'll tell you that you need not purchase this pack to get that cap raised; a free update, installed when you put the game back into your Xbox, will do that on its own. But the asking price is relatively low, so why not just go for the extra content?
There's not a whole lot more I can tell you about Claptrap's New Robot Revolution without ruining the surprises found within. It's a better expansion than the somewhat pointless Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, but it can't come close to The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. Even from its position in the middle of the road, it gave me exactly what I wanted: More of the trademark Borderlands humor and some new reasons to jump back into a truly exceptional game. Yeah, the level cap has been raised with or without a purchase, but if you liked Borderlands, and who didn't?, you'll love this. I can't wait to see where Gearbox goes next.
In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 87%.