PS3 Review: TK Baha's Bloody Harvest

Headhunter DLC for Borderlands 2 From 2K Games

Borderlands 2 Headhunter 1: TK Baha’s Bloody Harvest
Borderlands 2 Headhunter 1: TK Baha’s Bloody Harvest. Image ©2K Games

I wish there was a Borderlands 2 add-on every other week. I would play it front to back as I have Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s BootyMr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, and the wonderful, final full-DLC, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, an experience that I really expected to be the final word on my choice for the Best Game of 2012.

Much to my surprise, that poignant final note in the Borderlands 2 saga wasn’t the end. Just as they’re writing books in the universe of Harry Potter and the number of Star Wars spin-offs never ends, it looks like we could be playing Borderlands 2 until the inevitable Borderlands 3 is released. Not like anyone should have a problem with that.

2K Games launched a series known at the Headhunter franchise this week, a series of mini-games, brief adventures that don’t have the weight or canon importance of the full add-ons and can be played in one sitting but only cost $2.99 and continue an adventure that any good gamer wants to never end.

The first one is, of course, Halloween-themed, a fun romp through a Nightmare Before Christmas-esque world where your player can eat candy dropped from demon pumpkins. It’s all-too-brief and the missions it contains aren’t as much fun as the world in which they take place first promises they could be but it costs less than a VOD rental and runs about the same length. This bite-sized gaming entertainment is going to be a major part of your entertainment future. Let’s hope they’re all this much fun.

Game Details

  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
  • Genre: Role-Playing/First-Person Shooter
  • Pros: Holiday Fun, Amazingly Low Price
  • Cons: Relatively Uninspired Compared to Other DLC



When you fire up your Borderlands 2 experience, you should head to a Fast Travel station and find the Hallowed Hollow, where you’ll encounter a zombified version of TK Baha, hanging out and watching TV as the skin falls from his bones. It’s a Halloween adventure! TK needs you to defeat the Pumpkin King. To do so, you first have to find some bones to create a skeleton key to access the majority of the rather-small map. Those of you accustomed to the other add-ons, which featured new environments larger than many on-disc games, should lower your expectations significantly. Not only does Bloody Harvest feature a small map, there’s not much going on within it. There’s a crypt/cemetery area, a town area, and some non-descript, foggy combat areas.

What the developers place within this Hollow is a lot more entertaining than its concept or design. The undead has risen, including skeleton marauders and “Pumpkings,” little creatures with Jack O’Lanterns for heads that can be easily killed and drop candy that can increase speed, strength, etc. You have to work your way through a few quest missions (find the parts to the keys) to get to the big battle with the Pumpkin King. None of it is difficult. None of it should even get you to a second wind really (in a funny twist, I faced the biggest challenge after killing the King when it appeared everything I killed over the map regenerated and I was just trying to turn in my mission). It’s a diversion, an appetizer compared to the main courses of the rest of the game. Viewed as such, and remember it’s only three bucks, it’s a good time.

Graphics & Sound

Bloody Harvest doesn’t look drastically different from the rest of Borderlands 2. To be honest, it’s not as lovingly conceived and designed as, say, Pirate’s Booty, which felt like a quasi-sequel it was so complete. This is more of a spin-off, a game that uses the skeleton of the gameplay you know and love and just tweaks it a bit with a holiday theme. It’s like your favorite store or restaurant put up Halloween decorations. The store is the same, it just looks a little different for the holiday season.


Reentering the world of Borderlands 2 just a few weeks after I thought I had closed the door on it forever reminded me why I love this game. And the fact that Borderlands 2 Headhunter 1: TK Baha’s Bloody Harvest has a number after the word Headhunter, meaning that there will be more of these bite-sized missions to come is the best gift that gamers could get this holiday season. With the Borderlands games, 2K Games has revolutionized and set the standard for what DLC Add-ons should be. You can (and should) buy the Season Pass and get them all, pick your favorites, or even just enjoy these mini-DLCs. However you approach it, there’s something for everyone who has enjoyed the world of Borderlands 2, which, by now, should be everyone with a PS3.