- Total Score - 9.2/109.2/10
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a smart evolution on Borderlands core gameplay with the best story it’s had since the original.
Developer – Gearbox Software
Publisher – 2K Games
Platforms – PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X
Tiny Tina is back. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is an odd and fantastical mix. The storyline and the direction of its plot and characters have made big leaps from the dreadful droning of the twins in Borderlands 3.
Tina and her band of DnD role-players are back in force. With new faces mixing with old and a story that goes to places I’ve never seen in gaming.
Original moments occur around every corner, and sometimes you get three of them back-to-back to back in a way that will have you scrambling to find reaction videos or wanting your friends to see them for the sake of discussion and laughs.
The story has weight and lots of dice rolls. Decisions will be made, and what happens with all of these characters will stick with you in a lighthearted but enjoyable manner.
This is all helped by the games fantastic visual design.
Characters are the standouts, with great animation bringing them to life. For the first time, players must create a character, and it’s satisfying to finally have agency over how I look.
Environments and the world-building they do just with art direction and style alone is fantastic. Tiny Tina’s former DLC was good, but Wonderlands takes it to new heights.
The gameplay of Wonderlands is the game’s biggest strength. Every time you are in between these amazing moments or cut-scenes you are left with a game that builds on what Borderlands 3 improved in terms of moment-to-moment gameplay.
The multi-class system is a fun way to handle leveling and build diversity. It lets your skill increase based on your play style and builds preference. Missions, where you get to go and hunt targets, is very satisfying and the various gun and spell upgrades come together very well.
I’m a deaf writer, and accessibility options abound in Wonderlands. Wonderlands are thankfully very bright and colorful, which helps keep the battles in my field of view.
Enemy attacks and damage received showcase okay, but not as good as I would have hoped. Thankfully easier difficulty options allow for a breezy campaign experience through and through. I’ve attached screenshots of the game’s built-in accessibility functions.
Full CC captions are included, so every grunt, line of VO, and enemy bark are represented and help complete the experience.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a great return to form. It evolves and modernizes the core gameplay experience. Custom characters and multi classes create the best build crafting yet, and the story and presentation are the best they have been since Borderlands 2.