Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Cover Art - Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
What if Dungeons and Dragons had guns and explosives?

Well jump into the world of Bunkers and Badasses, a legally distinct from world that happens to answer that question!

Set in the Borderlands universe, Tiny TIna's Wonderlands is a stand alone story in the series that lets you create your own adventure.
Platforms PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One S/X, Xbox Series S/X, Windows
Developer Gearbox Software
Publisher 2K Games
Player Count 1 with co-op with up to 3 others
HomePage https://playwonderlands.2k.com/

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April 4th, 2022

Borderlands is a series that I have enjoyed but rarely get the chance to enjoy properly. Some games are definitely biased towards cooperative play, and coop time is rare. My favourite Borderlands DLC was Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, and I want to play a game based on the idea. Hence watching Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands on day one to see what the gameplay would be like.

Well after a week of praise and watching some gameplay from some awesome streamers, I nabbed a copy. There is still a good chance I won’t play for a bit to play with SpookedShibe, and enjoy a coop adventure. But everything was looking good as a solo romp, and a fun shooter is what I need right now.

So if you haven’t heard of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, think of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. In Borderlands. With all the guns and general mayhem that entails.

20220404 - Tiny Tinas Wonderlands - Meet the Newbie
Meet the Newbie – not even fully painted!

This starts in the best possible way for me. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is the first Borderlands game you create your own character! No more jumping into a prebuilt character. Everything is yours to mould in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.

The humour of Borderlands is a known quantity, and the tone generally hits for me. What is killing me at the moment are the voice actors. The cast is public knowledge, but I am not going to go into detail here. It’s something you need to hear and appreciate for yourself.

I have only played a couple of hours of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, but the pacing so far has been pretty spot on. Even with the fantasy epic quest backdrop, it’s still a first-person shooter at its heart. And not only that it’s a Borderlands shooter, so the loot cycle starts pretty quickly.

20220404 - Tiny Tinas Wonderlands - Borderlands gunplay so far is great
Borderlands gunplay has always been fine. It’s the ridiculous loot that keeps things going.

There is a large change in the form of the Overworld. The world of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands isn’t a huge open-world affair. The Overworld map connects you to different locations. Even random encounters whisking you to small squad combat areas.

The thing I love about the Overworld is the obvious love put into the world. Chips and soft drink rivers litter the landscape. Dice can be seen buried into the terrain. Punching bottle caps drop them down to become shortcuts to areas.

While most of the game will be in first-person combat, this Overworld feels like it is going to be a lot of fun to explore.

20220404 - Tiny Tinas Wonderlands - Exploring the overworld is more fun than I imagined
The humour of Wonderlands is easier to catch in the Overworld where you can take your time

As mentioned, I have played Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands for about two hours so far. My first class was a Sporewarden, for the ranged abilities. I might start another character and see which I prefer, then play that one solo and the other for coop play.

Hopefully, this week settles a little more, so I can explore Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands a little more!