5 Awesome easter eggs in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel that made it worth playing twice
I’m somewhat disgusted with myself. Over the relatively scant time between the release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and now, I’ve finished the game. Twice. I’d clocked 430 hours on Borderlands 2, though, so I was always bound to sink my time, effort, emotions and tears into a title that takes the only good thing about Destiny – addictive, twitchy co-op shootery fun-times – and weaves in the addictive loot and talent point systems of MMORPG’s like World of Warcraft, not to mention the best humour in any game I’ve ever invested my time in/ruined relationships over.
The Pre-Sequel is, I feel, a brilliant addition to the series. Sandwiched between Borderlands 1 and 2, it adds to and draws from both; having one traditional ‘good’ guy, two ‘bad’ guys and one ‘idiot’ guy as the playable vault hunters, all of whom we know the fate of in Borderlands 2, was a bold gambit, but it totally paid off.
But one of the greatest gifts the Borderlands games give are rampant pop-culture references. Here, then, are arguably the five best.
I’m suitably convinced that in terms of sheer feels and uniformity of brilliance, the Toy Story trilogy might be the best trilogy out there. But Buzz Lightyear, the guy who doesn’t fly, but rather fall with style, makes a hilarious and jarring quasi-cameo in the Pre-Sequel in the quest ‘No Such Thing As A Free Lunch’ in the Triton Flats area.
The theme from Space Jam is arguably one of the dumbest and finest ringtones you could ever wish for. It’s also a really great way, if you’re a DJ, to either get a party started or to kill a party where it stands. Regardless, you’re probably tangentially aware of Space Jam, the nineties classic that combined Looney Toons with the NBA, Michael Jordan and Bill Murray. This quest, in which you help Dunks Watson achieve his basketball dreams, is sheer wonderment.
This is actually a brilliant Star Wars reference; you end up getting sent into the trash compactor aboard the space station, in a mirroring of the scene from A New Hope. Whilst down there, a tentacled monster modelled after Meg from Family Guy appears, complete with her haircut and beanie (albeit recoloured), and you’re prompted to ‘Kill Meg’.
In the quest ‘These Are The Bots’ (as in, these are the bots you’re looking for), you’re tasked with trying to help two droids, tributes to R2D2 and C3P0, try and find an Obi Wan type character. I shan’t spoil the details for you I will, however, say this: I laughed very hard at the reveal.
I’ve been playing a great deal (too much) of the new Super Smash Bros lately. Imagine my delight/horror to have two of my gaming worlds collide when, in the games final area, I ran into a fairly convincing rendition of a vintage Super Mario Bros. Level.
There are hundreds more references strewn throughout this title, and I’m sure future DLC will inject even more. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, and be sure to show the game some love: 2K Australia have done a bang-up job on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.