While it's a bit late to be reviewing the Headhunter Packs for Borderlands 2, better late than never in my humble opinion. The Headhunter Packs are, basically, new maps for Borderlands 2 where the player characters get a series of adventures related to a holiday theme. How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day is the one related to Christmas (if you couldn't guess).
And it is awesome.
|The peaceful town of Gingerton. Filled with snowmen, toy-robots, and singing Psychos!|
The town has been taken over by evil snowmen who are out to steal their guns and ruin Mercenary Day! Mercenary Day is the corporate holiday when all mercenary operations are free! It's the most important holiday on Pandora!
It's hard not to give the game a ten out of ten for the above alone.
|Yes, you get a Critical for shooting his hat.|
Armed with candy canes!
At one point, you fight a giant version of Frosty and the only way to defeat him is by stealing his magic hat! There's a bunch of toy-sized Power Loaders, delivered by the Hyperion Corporation, which try to kill the citizens of Gingerton.
A bunch of Yeti are attacking the town. You must follow a trail of coal to determine what has caused the town to freeze over, only to be ambushed by Frosty's hit men! You must teach Marcus the spirit of Mercenary Day is killing, not stealing!
|Stay frosty, Merc!|
A lot of time and effort went into making this holiday bonus. Gingerton is beautifully designed, the writing is moving when it wants to be yet humorous when otherwise, and the monsters memorable. Even the music, something I don't usually notice in Borderlands, was excellent. It's Christmas-themed without being ripped off from existing songs. The Singing Psycho was great, too.
In gameplay terms, the map adds about an hour and a half to Borderlands 2. There's exceptionally good-quality loot in Gingerton and fans will note there's a decent possibility for top-quality gear. The fact the final boss is repeatable along with the loot means this is the gift which keeps on giving. This is a great purchase and a steal at three dollars.