Developer: Gearbox Software
Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X (Reviewed)|S
Gene(s): First-person shooter, RPG, Adventure
Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep was originally the 4th instalment of DLC for Borderlands 2. Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-Shot Adventure is the release of that DLC as a standalone game. Expect a wonderful Borderlands world where you get to explore plus an excellently narrated story.
Tina Tina’s Assault is a first-person shooter in a beautiful world full of orcs, mages, skeletons and a cast of amazing characters that help to drive the narrative of the story. It has that wonderful cel-shaded art style of Borderlands and gameplay. It’s an all-action shooter that has some great narration and storytelling that helps drive the story. Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep has fantastic voice acting and humour that helps to drive the game forward. The game oozes personality and humour. An engaging level up system with tons of customisation too.
The gameplay is just all out hectic action of first-person shooting with extra mayhem. Enemies spawn from every nook and cranny. You must deal with enemies as you wish – melee or shoot them; it’s up to you. Your character can be levelled up and customised with your loadout. You can quickly switch between 4 weapons (as you unlock more slots throughout the game), while this may seem like a simple mechanic, it allows you to customise your gameplay to whatever weapons you have and the style you prefer. I love the ability to switch between rifles, shotguns, and bazookas at the hit of one key. It makes the gameplay more enjoyable, and you can cycle through the array of guns you find. You can also upgrade your characters as you please, magic heavy, health heavy, shield heavy etc. The upgrades, collectables, ammo are available easily throughout the world too. I liked the general availability of items whilst playing the game. Enemies drop upgrades too. If you prefer, you can upgrade by collecting cash and buying upgrades. A huge; array of customisations, weapons and mods are available, too much to mention.
The shooting elements and general gameplay is superb. It’s easy to pick up and play and provides a rich gaming experience with multiple ways to play. The shooting mechanics are spot-on, the movement and navigation are smooth, and there weren’t any noticeable annoyances with game mechanics on my playthrough. The game is smooth and super fun. It supports 4 players too. It’s the chaotic fun I love and the numerous ways you can kill enemies. The level design and gameplay is top tier.
Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-Shot Adventure is a beautifully rendered world. The game wonderfully transitions from being dark to bright to funny while the story unfolds. Narration helps drive the game forward and provides a wonderful rapport between the cast of characters which helps feel the world is alive and breathing. You feel you are immersed and part of this world. A wonderful mix of humour, storytelling helps drive you through the game. It’s tons of fun; I highly recommend it.
The game is available for £7.99; prices may vary by format.