You enter a swamp where everything is decrepit and dying. The trees have very little, if any, leaves and everything is dark and gloomy. Welcome to the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned. The first Borderlands DLC takes place, according to the intro, right after the ending of the main game and it places you in the spooky location known as Jakob’s Cove that looks like it was taken straight out of a Halloween movie. This time around our favorite treasure hunters aren’t in it for the money.
As you enter the island you are greeted by a ClapTrap which you then help for a bit until you are finally able to meet Dr. Ned. The creepy Doctor enlists your help in dealing with the zombie apocalypse. He has you running around the island trying to find the antidote to the zombie virus and defeating the endless hordes for a while until you learn something very interesting, the Virus was caused by him. It is now your quest to put and end to Dr. Ned’s insanity and save the rest of the world from becoming a zombiefied wasteland. By the end of all of the quests you will probably end up spending 5 to 7 hours adventuring.
This DLC adds in a few new enemies, although they are more like tougher variations of older enemies since it takes much more to put them down. You fight a zombie version of many of the enemies found in the main game. Humorous enough, all of the giant badasses look like Frankenstein’s Monster. You also fight some skelerakks and bloodwings. Bloodwings, for those who didn’t use, or see someone use, the Hunter are the Hunter’s pet and Action Skill. The Psychos and Midgets are there, along with Bandits, but my favorite “new” enemies has to be the Wereskags. The Wereskags, if you couldn’t guess, are like werewolves fused together with Skags and are very formidable enemies.
The humor that was present in the main game makes a great comeback in this add-on. There are many funny quotes spouted out throughout the DLC and even the design of Dr. Ned is a joke. There is even a part where you discover the remains of the Pandora version of Scooby Doo and the gang. One of the best pieces of humor in the whole DLC in my opinion is the return of a certain character in a side quest.
The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is not the greatest DLC released for a game by far but it provides a lot of enjoyment the whole way through. The added 5-7 hours of gameplay is much appreciated and the humor is great. The near endless zombie hordes keep you almost always on your toes and the weird zombie versions of enemies are a nice challenge to defeat. The add-on is well worth the $10 (800 MSP) that they charge and if you only buy one Borderlands DLC, I highly recommend this one.
- 5-7 hours of Game Play
- Hilarious Quotes
- Zombie hordes (in quantity) are similar to what you expect from games like Left 4 Dead
- Some players may find the DLC very difficult
- Not for you if you hate Zombie titles