The first in a trilogy of Borderlands 2 “Headhunter” downloadable campaigns, the phrase that keeps coming to mind when I try to describe Bloody Harvest is “bite-sized”. The story mission is short (an hour long maybe, and not enough XP to get me from level 41 to 42 in its entirety), and it lacks the production we’ve grown accustomed to in other downloadable entries for the series: there’s no introductory cinematic, and most of the enemies are skeletal reskins (so to speak) of the most common enemy types.
Ah, but then there are the pumpkins. Or rather, “Pumplings”. These are seemingly based on the midget enemy types from the main game, but their model is different enough to make them stand out. In addition, they usually drop candies, the DLC’s new gameplay mechanic. There are different candy types (each type is colour coded), which when collected will confer some sort of buff over time. There’s one that makes you move faster, one which regenerates your health, and another which gradually replenishes your ammunition. This last one actually made the otherwise lackluster final boss that much more palateable, as it meant I could simply burn through ammunition without concern (indeed, ammunition drops are rare in the Hallowed Hollow).
Your host to all of this, TK Baha, will be familiar only if you played the DLC from Borderlands 1, but is a likeable sort, and I found myself laughing at his witty dialogue. Even for a low-budget add-on (in comparison to the others), I appreciated that the writing was up to the usual standard for the game.
I can heartily recommend Bloody Harvest if your desire is a bit of Halloween-themed Borderlands 2 to get you in the festive spirit, or if you’ve tired of all the rest of the game and are just looking for something new. It’s not long, it’s not brilliant, but it does add a little more variety into the mix.