2K Games has expanded the world of Pandora with its latest DLC, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned. Although it adds more of the same great game play for die-hard Borderlands fans – it comes up short on addressing player requests.
It’s time to return to Pandora, but this time around you won’t be just shooting down your regular old run of the mill Skags and Rakks. In the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned (no relation to Dr. Zed), it’s all about - you guessed it - gunning down zombies. It takes place in Jakobs Cove, a gorgeous swamp-like island filled with trees and of course, tons of zombies. You can fast travel to Jakobs Cove from any of the stations in the game once you’ve downloaded it. The minimum level requirement is only 10, so it’s a great place to level up an alt character for anyone like me whose already played through the main game multiple times. You’ll only get a max of 3 levels out of it, but it’s a blast.
The great thing about the enemies in Jakobs Cove is that they come in so many different varieties. You’ve got slow walking zombies, quick crazy zombies, midget zombies, zombies crawling around without any legs, zombies carrying chests of loot on their back, and the list goes on and on. I never got sick of them, but that could be attributed to the mere 5+ hours is took me to finish the entire DLC including completing every mission available. There’s also a lot of great humour running throughout the story and side missions that will keep you entertained along the way.
In terms of game play nothing has really changed here. It’s still the same great shooting and looting from the main game. The zombies come at you from all angles, which can make things a little frantic at times, but if you have a decent gun equipped and you aim for the head, they go down real quick. If you weren’t a big fan of Borderlands to begin with, don’t expect to be pulled in by this add-on, unless you’re a huge fan of zombies. Other than a new gun manufacturer, the guns that drop are no different than the guns that drop in the main game. It would have been nice to see some more zombie-related weaponry.
As I mentioned earlier, the environment is gorgeous. Kudos to the design team, because I was starting to get tired of the desert wasteland that makes up the rest of Pandora. The art style works perfectly here and although there are a few slow downs when there are a lot of enemies on the screen, the frame rate is pretty consistent.
I had a blast playing through the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, and I certainly think it’s worth the money. My only gripe is that my gripes from the original game haven’t been addressed. There’s still no trade or looting mechanic, and the PVP arena aspect of the game hasn’t changed. It would have been nice to at least get a new arena to blow up your party members in. I was also hoping for a level cap increase, but hopefully we’ll see that in the next installment of DLC.
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…
Final Score: 8.0
Reviewed by Mike Baggley | 12.02.09
- more of the same great shooting and looting
- gorgeous art style and environment
- great new enemies
- fantastic final battle
- super funny
- no level cap increase
- no trade or looting mechanic
- no enhancement to PVP game play
- some visual slowdown
More Borderlands DLC: Claptrap Revolution (6.8) | The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned (8.0) | General Knoxx (8.5)