After a fanfare start to the year for gamers, with nuggets like Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and Elden Ring, the second quarter looks much calmer. Just take a look at the calendar of upcoming releases to understand that you will now have to wait a few months before finding big hits.
This is an opportunity to focus on lesser-known titles that are worth a look. Take Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, for example. Available since March 25 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC, the release of this game went rather unnoticed. And yet, this shooter-looter is a nice surprise.
Behind this name, which is difficult to pronounce for French speakers who do not master the language of Shakespeare very well, lies the latest game from Gearbox Software, the studio in particular at the origin of Borderlands. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is also no stranger to this cult saga since it is a spin-off. It’s even the Borderlands 2 DLC sequel “Tiny Tina and the Dragon Fortress”. We find there directly the paw of Borderlands. First there are the graphics, all in Cel Shading. Then there is humor, quirky, sometimes a little clumsy, and omnipresent throughout the game. Finally, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands takes up all the game mechanics of Borderlands with loot, lots of loot, and thousands of chests to open to recover health, ammunition and new weapons. It is a FPS, rather fast and nervous, in which are integrated many elements of role-playing games with inventory management, equipment and the allocation of skill points. Level gameplay, fans of Borderlands will not be out of place. Moreover, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands can be played both solo and in co-op where up to four players can experience the adventure together.
Dungeons, Dragons and Unicorns
Where Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands stands out is in the proposed universe. Players are immersed in an original world populated by evil skeletons, dragons and unicorns. There are castles and rainbows. It’s rather rare to see these elements in an FPS and the least we can say is that it’s exotic! In addition, the narrator’s voice and jokes are omnipresent and accompany the player throughout the progression. So much so that we really have the impression of taking part in a medieval tale, both epic and completely crazy.
Finally, if you hang on to its humor and the fact of opening chests throughout the game does not scare you, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will keep you busy for a good handful of hours. Count a little over 12 hours to complete it in a straight line and a good twenty hours to complete it 100%.
Check out the launch trailer: