Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ new Blightcaller class is a little weird

In Little Tina's Wonderland, a Blightcaller escapes an explosion.

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For those who like to grind, Little Tina’s Wonderland Yes Borderlands Heaven. For those who don’t, it’s a solid shooter that lacks the sharp hooks of real live service games. I imagine this dynamic will remain the same after the game’s latest expansion, which adds the game’s first new class since its release: Blightcaller.

Released in March for consoles and PC, Little Tina’s Wonderland is a fantasy spin-off of Gearbox Borderlands Series of trophy shooters. Historically, Borderlands Entries highlight rich, story-driven post-launch expansion. (wonderland It itself is technically a follow-up to one of these: Borderlands 2awesome Raid on Dragon Fort. ) but for wonderlandGearbox has opted to release four smaller packs called Mystery Mirrors, Each is a series of battle rooms– Light story, heavy looting and shooting.

However, the price tag remains more or less the same.

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A fourth such expansion, “Broken Ghost Glass,” came out yesterday and is available in pieces or as part of the game’s season pass.The most interesting aspect is the launch Blightcaller classwhich brings the total number of classes available wonderland Up to seven (the maximum total for double classes I would, uh, need one of you who knows math to figure out).

Blightcaller is a strange profession.while the standard issue wonderland kind–bayonet warlock is your assassin type, Brr-Serker for melee-focused builds, etc. – neatly maps to previous classes Borderlands In the game, wither summoners have no simple inferences.Generally, it throws elemental damage. But it also has companions. And focus on defense, not offense.

For example, there are several skills that increase your damage proportional to how much Ward (wonderland “shield” argument) you have. ghost mail Part of the ward will be restored for each enemy you kill.This is the same as perfect edge; If you have a full ward, every point you invest in the skill increases your damage output by 6%.

its action skills, Swamp Totem, summons a small tree buddy who fires a volley of tiny evil skulls that target and attack enemies. But here’s the real attraction: these skulls will match the elemental type of the weapon you’re equipping.combine it with Ghost in the Shell Skill – Summons a similar barrage, causing poison Damage, every time you hit a critical strike – you’re more or less a steady stream of elemental projectiles, dealing damage of up to three different elemental types at once.

The Blightcaller uses a sniper rifle to target enemies in Little Tina's Wonderland.

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Last night, I pulled up small houseZack Zwiezen’s new wonderland Clearance. I screwed up a new blightcaller character that we played until the end of the “Your Bard, Revenge” story quest, which allows you to choose a subclass. (Because Zack doesn’t have access to the expansion, he can’t choose Blight Summoner as a primary or secondary class.)

There is no obvious match – say, Claw Herald and Spore Guardlead to super powerful wildfire double shift– but I ended up choosing​​ Spore Guard The same goes for my Wither Summoner, as it comes with a small mushroom monster as a companion.now i sound cool Mushroom Wraith. Blightcaller . Active decay Skills increase poison damage and make little mushroom monsters more powerful. I’m excited to see how these two develop over the course of this game.

That is, if I keep playing.

The Withercaller is a blast, of course. But it didn’t fundamentally change the rules of the game.Look, this is my fourth wonderland Features.Maybe it’s because I’ve gone through the intro five times now (because I don’t know what happened, I lost a character), but rerolling has really cleared up the gap between the recent Borderlands Game and original: wonderlandand kind Borderlands 3 Before that, existed in a murky purgatory between typical campaign-centric games and live service games.

For a while, I liked it very much Endgame “chaos chamber” mode, its roguelike elements and seemingly limitless legendary loot drops. But it’s starting to feel like being honed for grind’s sake, all serving endlessly to make bigger numbers so you can make bigger numbers. Maybe, if you really, real lucky – like multiple wins – lucky – you will eventually Find the 1 in 85 billion gear. wonderland There’s the compulsive repetition of live service, and none of the motivation you get with the steady stream of content you get with real-life live service games: cosmetic rotations, limited-time seasonal events (even Borderlands 3 There are some Those ones), a new area that doesn’t cost $10, a social space to gather with other players. Adding the Blightcaller class doesn’t change this dynamic.

So, at least for me, this grind has become stale. this is OK! Allow the game to end. You have every right to enjoy a game, have a really good time, and then… move on to the next game.if you start wonderland For the first time, of course, yes, I’d say opting for the Blightcaller build would be a good choice.But if you’ve been waiting with bated breath for this new class to revive the game, you’d better wait Borderlands 4.

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