Overall I’m enjoying this standalone. It’s nice to have something to freshen up the classic BL2 thing, kinda like how the Commander Lilith DLC did a couple years ago. Nice to start that DLC from 100% scratch and 2 skill points per level works great going through the campaign so you have a decently fleshed out character. My only gripe really is the busted scaling on TVHM.
Pearls CAN show up in Tina’s slot machines, as they can in the DLC version even in normal mode, but they delete themselves after you save/quit/restart. Since they were added to BL2 in the UVHM DLC, the pearlescent code is only kinda half there in the standalone and I guess a sanity check deletes them from your inventory when you start a session.
Oops yeah there’s that, copied over from TPS. I’m guessing they put that shield in so players could have some more melee options available, since melee seems to have a larger part in Wonderlands coming up. Also probably why they made the magic grenades drop like candy in this, to make it feel more “magical”.