Borderlands 3 continues to be an absolute monster of a looter shooter, with best in series sales and a whole suite of substantial campaign DLC in the pipeline. We take a look at the first major expansion, Moxxi's Heist of The Handsome Jackpot.
Creating a villain that you secretly root for is the ultimate challenge in any work of fiction, regardless of the medium. Borderlands 2's Handsome Jack, a fountain of self-congratulatory humour and scathing put downs, was a memorable and well written character that absolutely deserves to be revisited. Enter Moxxi's Heist of The Handsome Jackpot, a brand new collection of missions and story content that catapults you to a bizarre space casino. You'll explore places with absurd names like the Spendopticon, shoot abandoned Hyperion robots, and generally indulge your best loot-tastic instincts.
There's a pleasing freshness to this DLC offering that may go some way toward addressing fears that the third outing, despite its multiple biomes and shiny new set of vault hunters, had largely played it safe. At the same time, taking the "if it ain't broke" approach seems to have worked out pretty well for them so far. Regardless, there's a genuine sense that Gearbox are trying to expand their horizons here, whilst doubling down on what worked in previous titles. Handsome Jack's return makes a world of sense, and it's a real treat to see Moxxi truly take centre stage.
With a ton of unique voice over work, and the same irreverent humour you've come to expect, it appears that this first expansion will fit right in. Although story details are pretty thin on the ground, we do know that Moxxi and Jack have a romantic history, and the casino is an expression of his ego on steroids. Jack was originally supposed to bankroll this space gambling endeavour from Moxxi's original plans, but after stealing them and doing it for himself, you're tasked with taking back the station on Moxxi's behalf as a final middle finger to her ex's tyrannical rule.
Although details of a standalone release are still forthcoming, Moxxi's Heist is included as part of the Season Pass, and the Super Deluxe edition of Borderlands 3. Access to the content itself requires you to have at the very least nabbed control of Sanctuary III (following the events of the main games prologue sequence), and is balanced for characters that have hit a minimum of Level 13. Fortunately, for those players who are well and truly at the end of the main games storyline, enemies and loot will scale depending on where you're at, ensuring that veterans will have plenty to sink their teeth into.
The enemies you'll face will be familiar to anyone who has played through the second mainline title, with Hyperion security bots and crazed looters trapped on board the station following Jack's demise. There's also several neat touches that deserve a mention; the Handsome Jack silhouette style logos built into the design of most surfaces, and the slot machine that asks for over $1000 but can seemingly just be smashed and looted instead.
Additional cosmetic items and legendary gear have been thrown in to sweeten the deal, and it looks like they'll be all manner of secrets and side quests to keep you busy. Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot is definitely an intriguing step on Gearbox's long road ahead of DLC support, and it won't be long before we can check out the finished product.
Borderlands 3 is available now, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot DLC launches on 19th December 2019.