HITCHING A RIDE
Some of the original Borderlands' DLC added new vehicles, but those mostly boiled down to faster cars or more powerful tanks. Before now, nothing as unique as this expansion's Sand Skiff—the new lightning-quick vehicle—has ever been featured in Borderlands.
Put simply, this thing is a joy to pilot. It looks like a dilapidated boat, but it's more of a hovercraft than anything. It can reach some insane speeds, and hitting a slope at the right angle causes it to glide through the air for awesomely unrealistic periods of time. You can even drive it up into pirate lairs and other locations that the game's more traditional vehicles could never go, and its rockets, rapid-fire saw blades and exploding harpoons make it ideal for taking out entire swathes of swashbucklers.
Sure, it's only a two-seater—one player to pilot and another on the chain gun turret—but extra players can simply jump up on deck and hang on for dear life (it helps to not move at all) while using their normal guns to chip away at passing pirate skiffs and sand worms. Experimenting with the Skiff is definitely half the fun in "Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty."
THE TREASURE ROOM
No matter what else happens, Borderlands fans are always going to be obsessed with one thing: loot. So there's no bigger draw than a room full of it. Just ask players of the first Borderlands' DLC "The Secret Armory of General Knoxx." After the disappointment of opening the first game's vault to find a giant monster and zero treasure, Gearbox gifted players with a massive armory filled with mountains of the stuff. The only problem was the timer ticking down to the room's destruction.
Hopefully it's not too big a spoiler to reveal that there's no such limitation on the treasure room in "Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty." From the beginning of the expansion it's clear that you've travelled to Oasis for one thing and one thing alone: treasure. And by the end of the DLC we had found some seriously superior weaponry. Thanks for giving us what we wanted, Gearbox!