Borderlands games have had some great character intros, they can make or break how I feel about facing an enemy or interacting with a friendly NPC. I just got done playing the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands and IMHO they’ve completely nailed the character intros for everyone… I got the “this guy is awesome, **** just got real!” feeling and tbh from the first time I played TPS I felt they totally missed the mark on almost every character in the game.
This isn’t a remark on the characters themselves but on how they’re introduced and mostly it’s flat, boring and completely unremarkable. I think the worst one is the Meriff, he just turns around and his splash screen shows up… silent and boring. For all the buildup of the container crashing down on Elpis to Janey looking down at the crash site, you’d think something cool would happen but all we get is her quietly floating giving a thumbs up, again not really memorable at all.
There’s the Redbelly intro, I think it’s better than some of the others but for all the action that takes place the lack of any audible cues that he/they are a heavy BA jumping from a window crashing down, all I hear is a faint thud and that’s it. There should have been a nice deep “rumble” upon landing to signify that this guy is going to kill you.
Honestly the only three that truly work for me are Ninas because it’s similar to Zed’s humorous intro, Moxxi’s well because Moxxi and the Sentinels because he/she/it looks like some weirdo model walking down a runway.
I’m really hoping that any new character intros in the upcoming DLC were done by Gearbox and not 2k because 2k seriously disappointed my expectations for something that plays an important role in how I perceive this, vital to me, part the game.