Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is beautiful chaos.
The Borderlands series spin-off and successor to Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is an adventure you don’t want to miss. Developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2k Games, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is taking over the gaming world. Filled with non-stop action, superb writing, an amazing voice cast, and beautiful game design. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands leaves players with hours of fun and pure enjoyment. Not to mention, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands might be a great way to introduce more players to the wonderful franchise that is Borderlands.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is Action-Packed
This FPS game is filled with enemies ready to be shot. Between running into them while you are searching for quests, entering a dungeon for shards, or being forced to run through tall grass, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has enemies of all sizes and skills. With so many enemies, it makes sense that you also would have a wide selection of guns to choose from. This can be slightly overwhelming for players who aren’t so accustomed to heavy shooter games. As well as this could be the perfect game for people wanting to improve their shooting skills or getting players’ feet wet who always wanted to try a first-person shooter.
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Because there are so many guns, like A LOT of guns. Players shouldn’t be afraid to try them all until the perfect one comes around. As you progress through Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, you will eventually unlock 4 gun slots. This is great if you want to switch between a rifle, shotgun, and pistol. Or have all the same type of gun, but perhaps shoot different ammo like fire or ice.
And that doesn’t even brush the surface of all guns Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has to offer. On top of stats similar to most guns like reload, clip, accuracy, and handling. These weapons are filled with attributes that make shooting even more fun. For example a vampire rifle that turns damage into health or a crossbow that fires clusters of explosive bolts that only explode once the clip is empty. Also, players will have fun with certain reload animations like throwing the gun when it’s empty.
If you are not into heavy shooting games, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands might get old fast. Because the majority of the game revolves around shooting your way through quests, shooting your way through dungeons, and shooting your way out of encounters. And honestly, the encounters are something many players can do without. Encounters just don’t seem to be logical when the game is filled with side quests and dungeons to keep players entertained. Especially when it doesn’t seem to provide anything to contribute to the gameplay.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Writing, A+
This is where the game shines. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands focuses on a parody of people playing Dungeon and Dragons, but in this universe, it’s called Bunkers and Badasses. Which honestly, is a better name. Tiny Tina (Ashly Burch) is leading the campaign which we see through small cinematic cuts between gameplay. Along with her, you have Valentine (Andy Samberg), Frette (Wanda Sykes), and the newbie who is played by your character all taking part in her campaign. Plus we can’t forget the big baddie of the plot, Dragon Lord, played by Will Arnett.
The banter between the three makes up so much of the comedic genius in the story. It doesn’t matter if it’s something so small like Valentine charming a castle door. Or a whole discussion on being “voicest” that leads to a side quest. Players will be utterly charmed, bewildered, and shaking their heads laughing at the commentary.
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There is never a dull moment where the writing is concerned. And it isn’t just the characters’ banter, but also silly moments anyone who has played DnD can enjoy. Similar to DnD players who might use a map or board for a campaign, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has The Overworld. This is the in-between section that players run through to get to different levels. This also provides side-quests and dungeons.
At one point players will be faced with a giant cheese curl that has fallen onto the board. This leads to some amazing discussions between Tiny Tina as the master of the game and her players. This kind of out-of-character banter happens a few other times, including when Tiny Tina is forced to kill her favorite character. All of this just adds another exciting element to the overall story unfolding. As well as makes it clear this is a turducken of games within a game.
Lastly, when it comes to Tiny Tina’s Wonderalnds‘ writing, there are so many easter eggs for players to enjoy. A lot of these surround fantasy stories we have all grown up with. For example the side quest, “Little Boy Blue” is all about The Smurfs. Another one is the side quest, “Ron Rivote” based off of Don Quixote. And we can’t forget the best one (in my opinion), the pirate song that resembled a popular Disney Park attraction. Between the side quests, one-liners, and just items in the background, players will find a variety of references to their favorite fandoms.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands are Detailed and Gorgeous
One of the most beautiful things about Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is the graphic design. There is a moment in the game where Tiny Tina is called out for her Weepwild Dankness, not being dank enough. In a second, the trees disappear only to be replaced with mushrooms of all sizes. It’s these visual moments that really add to the excellent story development.
As well as the maps in general. While they can be huge and confusing to work through, they are breathtakingly beautiful. Filled with color and details, there is always something new for players to look at. Even if this is their fourth time running through the same spot while looking for dice, scrolls, poetry pages, and marbles. At the same time, because of the focus on detail, enemies will also leave lasting impressions in your nightmares.
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It’s this focus on detail that makes creating your own character in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands fun. When you first start you will be able to choose from a variety of options regarding face details, colors, armor, hair, and more. But as you continue to play and gather loot, those options expand even more. As well as adding on the ability for emotes and customizing your flag. All of these lead to players being able to fully customize their character for a fun playing experience.
Along with customizing your character, players will need to choose a class at the start. There are six classes in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, with each one having pros and cons. As well as having their own skill tree that players will be able to apply points to as they level up. The Stabomancer is great for people who love to get into more melee combat, while Graveborn is better for versatile play. If you are someone who isn’t used to FPS games, then being a Sporemancer or Clawbringer might be best suited for you with the help of their companions.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is jam-packed with hours of fun and chaotic adventure. No matter how you customize your experience, the weapons you choose, if you are the type to find 100% of all the items or just speedrunning for the main plot, players are in for a wonderful, fantasy-filled good time.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Digitally for PlayStation and Xbox
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