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In releasing this DLC, Gearbox and 2K have done what seems to be so difficult for other studios: drop a well designed, value laden expansion pack in a timely manner. With a tighter, more condensed storyline, tons of great humor, lots of varied enemies and fresh, new environments to play in once you finish your first run to the Vault, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is a simply awesome expansion pack and a great way to change up your Borderlands experience.
At $10 or whatever that translates to in Microsoft fun money, you're looking at at least another eight hours of gameplay (maybe more if you don't work on the brain-hunting missions while doing all the other ones). At that price, Zombie Island just may be the perfect place for your next vacation, and for your next level up too. I went from being a level 40 Hunter to level 46 while playing through the new missions available. It arrived just in time too, as I was starting to lose interest in my second playthrough. If you're still playing or are looking to reach that level cap with something a bit more engaging than grinding, I suggest you check it out.
The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is a nicely distilled slice of Borderlands that bodes well for future DLC potential. The dramatic moments that are fairly strung out in the main game happen with invigorating regularity. And the flashes of comedy are much more frequent, giving the action a lively, entertaining vibe. From voice recorders chronicling the exploits of unsuccessful zombie hunters, to the casually maniacal hilarity of Dr. Ned, to heartbreaking Claptrap-on-Claptrap violence, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned delivers the game's distinctive humor even better than the original and has all the great gunplay and satisfying loot to boot. If you've got any kind of desire to seek out further adventures on Pandora, you should definitely pay the Zombie Island a visit.
The Zombie Island of Dr Ned is a great add-on for Borderlands as it keeps the core gameplay and the solid single/multiplayer experience. There are also loads of weapons to collect , some dark and funny characters and best of all is that it also drops you in a whole new location with this generations favorite whipping boy, the zombie.
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While I wish The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned added some more innovative and substantive mechanics to the Borderlands formula, the completely re-skinned experience is definitely enough to warrant this add-on's purchase. Besides, the quality of the co-op gameplay found in Borderlands is undeniable, and Zombie Island gives you the perfect excuse to head back to Pandora and dish out the hurt. If you haven't gotten completely burned out of Borderlands' shoot-'n-loot hijinks or are looking to pick the game back up, taking a relatively new character through the perils of The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is certainly a worthwhile endeavor.
If nothing else, it's entirely fitting that a game that's always been brilliantly brainless is now genuinely brain-dead as well. Oh, and I finally got that bloody Mario-themed Achievement. SCORE.
The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is a solid addition for anyone who wants more Borderlands, but the lack of additional items or further opportunities for character building feel like a missed opportunity that could have given this content a lasting effect. Without any of that, you're really just paying $10 to tack an additional few hours of content onto an already-long game. As someone who played the heck out of Borderlands and desperately wants more, that's totally fine with me. But if you've already moved on and want something with a little more substance, this might not be the DLC for you.
The bottom line is that if you’re a fan of the original game, then this is a must-download. It’s very entertaining and it’s great to take a break from the bleak deserts of the Arid Badlands and New Haven. If you’re a casual Borderlands player, this might not be of big interest to you. It certainly doesn’t improve upon the game in anyway. Here’s to hoping that there’s a lot in store for the next installment of Borderlands…
While it doesn't alter the core of Borderlands in any dramatic kind of way, it is one of the most vividly characterized zones. Considering the strength of the gameplay formula and the fact that it's still fairly soon after the main game's release, what's presented here -- more things to kill and more reasons to laugh while doing so -- is welcome.
And that's fine because, after all, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned isn't simply an additional arena in which to grind your stats, it's a self-contained episode that uses Borderlands' idiosyncrasies to tell an intriguing story of great whimsy. It's hard to imagine this is the story Gearbox has always wanted to tell, but judging by the craftsmanship behind all of its elements, from the crisp visuals to the hilarious writing, you'd be forgiven for making the mistake. With a greater duration and improved AI it would've been damn near perfect.
Une excellente surprise que cette première extension pour Borderlands. Très aboutie en termes d'ambiance, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned assure une bonne petite poignée d'heures remplies de frags et de fous rires. Par bien des aspects, cet add-on paraît même plus réussi encore que les meilleures quêtes du jeu de base. Mais pour profiter à plein de cette petite incursion en territoire zombie, nous ne saurions que trop vous conseiller d'employer un personnage qui n'aura pas déjà retourné tous les cailloux de Pandore et tué tous ses habitants pour en extirper le moindre point d'expérience. C'est à ce prix que vous profiterez de la balade !
L’ottima varietà di nemici ed il deciso cambio d’ambientazione accompagnano un’offerta ludica che espande in maniera interessante l’esperienza offerta da Borderlands. L’isola del dottor Ned è consigliata a tutti gli appassionati del gioco, e fornirà loro qualche nuova ora di gameplay avvolta da un’atmosfera del tutto inedita per il brand. Un buon inizio per il supporto promesso da Gearbox, che speriamo possa continuare su questa strada a sostenere una delle sorprese di questo 2009.
La Isla Zombie del Dr. Ned puede que no resulte particularmente atractivo en términos de armas, habilidades o aumento del límite de experiencia. Sin embargo su decidida apuesta por el humor, su más que razonable duración y nuevos enemigos y localizaciones lo hacen francamente recomendable.