I really enjoyed the chess quest, which was wacky and witty and delightfully ludicrous. It had a spark of imagination that the rest of the DLC mostly lacks.
Part of the problem is with the central character. I don’t know how Krieg can be such a fan favourite, because he’s about as one-dimensional as characters can get.
Basically every line of dialogue in the whole thing follows the same simple structure: crazy Krieg has a comically inappropriate outburst about meat bicycles or whatever, and sane Krieg sighs, rolls his eyes and, when necessary, translates it into normal English for us. Rinse and repeat.
I enjoy how imaginative and clever some of crazy Krieg’s twisted metaphors are, but ultimately it’s the same gag, over and over. As for sane Krieg, his role is strictly that of the straight man, the supporting act to crazy Krieg. And he’s really straight. Boring as a plank of wood.
So the source material is very thin, though I’m sure the writers and world designers could have tried harder to make things wackier and more interesting. As it stands, some the biggest laughs I had during the DLC was at the completion of some of the side quests, because I found it hilarious how stupidly short they were. I’m not even kidding.
Still, I’m enjoying the DLC enough, partly because I read this thread beforehand so had low expectations.
The whole thing reinforces my belief that the best way to play games is how I usually do it: a year or two after launch, once bugs are fixed and DLCs are out.
Taken as one part of a whole, this DLC would be just fine - some quirky side quests that added to the variety of the main game. Taken as its own entity, with its own hype and its own release date, it can only disappoint.