On March 26th, 2020, Gearbox and 2K Games released the second expansion to Borderlands 3. Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock. The expansion introduces a new planet to explore and plunder, Xylourgos. Here is the location that the Vault Hunters are invited to for the marriage of Wainwright, the heir to the Jakobs corporation, and Hammerlock, the proper gentleman hunter of strange and exotic monsters. Upon arrival to Xylourgos things go awry fast as no one is there to greet your characters. Very shortly after another drop pod carrying their wedding planner, Gaige the Mechromancer from Borderlands 2 with her robot bestie who makes a messy D374-TP aka Death Trap. After helping her out of an ambush you embark to the lodge that will act as your mission hub for the story.
The expansion introduces a number of repeat cast from the games and introduces a number of strange and quirky newcomers like Mancubus (voiced by Game Grumps own Arin Hanson). The conversations are interesting and the voice acting can go from weird to charming in a heartbeat. From the denizens of…The Lodge to the citizens of the town of Cursehaven all flesh out this world and its atmosphere.
The story starts out innocent enough with the Vault Hunter is welcomed to The Lodge. You are given some tasks to help out with the preparations. It is when one of the grooms, Wainwright, asks to see you in the town that the story takes a turn. You eventually come upon, and interrupt, a cultist ritual that ends with Wainwright becoming possessed with the spirit of the deceased lover of the stories antagonist and leader of the cult. From here, Hammerlock and Gaige recruit the Vault Hunter to find a way to free Wainwright from the cult’s control and save the wedding.
The main quest line is pretty direct and will take you from a variety of locals. From the town, to a cemetery, to the towns archives, and a mountain where the fleshy remains of a giant eldritch beast that the town citizens worship. Your quest will throw in your way enough cultists, madmen, beasts, and Lovecraft inspired monsters that will turn the snowy landscape of Xylourgos red. And in traditional Borderlands fashion you will find plenty of new loot to arm yourself to the teeth with. The weapons have a very sci-fi crossed with Lovecraft feel. Like sniper rifles that can convert to a shotgun but the entire barrel is wrapped in thick tentacles.
Like the previous expansion, it contains a self contained story line that takes place after the events of the main game. But there are also plenty of side diversions to help encourage you to explore this new world further. From finding the lost gifts for the wedding, destroying cultist statues, hunting legendary beasts, and completing a variety of challenges. There is enough to keep you entertained as you level to the new level cap of 57 and raise your guardian ranks.
The second expansion, Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock, has a variety of diversions to entertain you while expanding the story of Borderlands 3. Introducing new characters while bringing back previous characters from Borderlands 3 and 2. While not extensively large, the content provided is rich and challenging while you learn the new gimmicks for the bosses and bad asses you will run across. Those who have the season pass have no reason to pass this. And much like the first DLC, The Handsome Jackpot, it is fun enough that any fan of the series should pick it up and give it a try.
Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock DLC – 7.5 / 10