Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is one of the best surprises I had at the beginning of 2022. After being disappointed with Borderlands 3 in many ways, Gearbox’s new bet has arrived for not only relive the jokes and oddities of the franchise with great care, as well as continue one of the most amazing DLCs in modern video games: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keepfrom Borderlands 2.
In this text, I share with you my experiences exploring the fantasy lands created by the twisted mind of the charismatic Tiny Tina. I’ll let you know that if you’re a longtime fan of the Borderlands series like me, this game is a plate full of everything we love most: frenetic action, over-the-top explosions, guns to give and sell, and offbeat humor.
Welcome to the Wonderlands of Tiny Tina
As it happens in Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keepyou are put in the role of a fantasy tabletop RPG player called Bunkers and Bambambãs. Your mission is to defeat a terrifying enemy that wants to dominate the Wonderlands of the Glittering Hoof — ruled by Queen Ponytail, a magical diamond bicorn.
Because it is a Bunkers and Bambambãs adventure, the franchise’s traditional sci-fi theme is set aside to give way to a medieval fantasy world filled with magic, dragons, undead, trolls, fairies and other mystical creatures. If you are a fan of Dungeons & Dragonsyou will feel at home.
Create your own destiny in Bunkers and Bambambãs
At the beginning of the adventure, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands presents a different proposal from previous games in the series Borderlands. Instead of choosing one of four or more Vault Hunters, you must create your own Fate Boss and write your storyfrom your starting class to your character’s origin.
Although I even liked some Vault Hunters from Borderlands 3especially Amara and FL4K, I haven’t been excited about the characters’ gameplay in a long time. As classes de Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands are like a breath of fresh airas they allow very different styles of play from the usual.
In my first campaign, I started out as a Spellcaster, which can equip two spell tomes at the same time. It’s nice to always have a power available in combat to attack from afar, but I had a lot more fun going at enemies with Brr-Ucutu and his giant ice axe.
Tiny Tina remains as precious as ever
Your character has some importance to the story, but the real protagonist is Tiny Tina. The hyperactive (and potentially dangerous) young woman is the Bunker Master responsible for creating and narrating all the bizarre situations in the Wonderlands. In many cases, the girl’s imagination is so fertile that it spirals out of control.
I always thought Tiny Tina was one of the most interesting characters in the entire Borderlands series., and this opinion holds to this day. On the outside, she looks like a mentally unstable girl fond of stuffed animals and explosives. But inside, she’s still just a lonely 13-year-old girl who wants to have fun with her friends.
As with all of Tiny Tina’s appearances in previous games, the actress who voices the character — Ashly Burch — does an impeccable job by perfectly conveying both sides of the young woman’s personality. As you laugh at the girl’s eccentric humor, you are thrilled and warm-hearted in many moments.
Fun always comes first
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands earned a lot of points with me for being too much fun, although repetitive at certain points. Combat is fast-paced and there are lots of different weapons and abilities to use — all adapted to the fantasy universe. However, it is common to find yourself repeating the same activities dozens of times.
Between campaign missions, you can navigate a board with your character’s miniature, just like in a tabletop RPG. This board is full of hidden paths, blocked by bottle caps and cookie pieces, which must be cleared by completing dungeons.
The biggest problem is that these dungeons are identical for the most part, only changing the enemies that spawn. Other than that, the script is the same: enter the cave, eliminate waves of monsters in an enclosed arena, and leave. This gets a little annoying after a few hours of gameplaybut it doesn’t quite dim the rest of the game.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands make the heart warm
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands it’s a delight to play. The purpose of the game is to be fun, and it delivers with great quality. For those who are fans of Borderlandsthere are still several secrets and references to the DLC Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep — which makes it all the more magical and even nostalgic.
Although not perfect, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands it’s all that Borderlands 3 Should be: unpretentious, comical, colorful and fun. It’s easy to spend at least 40 hours exploring the Wonderlands in search of items of the highest rarity and increasingly stronger enemies to face.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is available starting this Friday (25th) for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. This text was produced thanks to a game key given to the technoblog.