If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Ice-T Revealed as Ornery Stuffed Bear in Borderlands 3

And he gets eaten by an alien T-Rex.

This article first appeared on USgamer, a partner publication of VG247. Some content, such as this article, has been migrated to VG247 for posterity after USgamer's closure - but it has not been edited or further vetted by the VG247 team.

Ice-T's latest video game role is an ornery stuffed bear named Balex who is in the middle of a messy breakup. His appearance in Borderlands 3 was confirmed during a recent hands-on session, where the assembled press had a chance to see a new location and try out some midgame content.

Ice-T appears during a quest to locate a ship called the Family Jewel on Eden-6, where he's revealed to be the ship's navigator. The only the problem is that he's trapped in the form of a tattered plush toy. And he's been eaten by an alien dinosaur.

I got a chance to play a good chunk of Ice-T's mission in Borderlands 3. I was playing as Moze, the D.Va-like mech pilot, who is probably my favorite Vault Hunter for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who knows me. I liked being in the jungles of Eden-6; it was certainly a nice change of pace after spending so much time in the Mad Max-like desert of Pandora.

Your first encounter with Ice-T's character, Balex, in Borderlands 3. | Kat Bailey/USG, Borderlands 3

Once you recover Ice-T from the belly of the rampaging alien dino, he mostly serves to give background on the quest and joke about his obsession with being a navigator (the line that made me smile the most for some reason: "Navigate it, bitches.") The main antagonist on the quest is a shipboard A.I. who apparently downloaded Ice-T's character into the plush toy and dumped him. It's a messy relationship.

The humor is as it always is—loud and heavy on punch lines that get explained to death. Ice-T, professional that he is, mostly rolls with it, playing Balex as a punched up version of Fin Tutuola, his character in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The navigator jokes are... whatever... but he does the best he can with the material he's given.

This isn't Ice-T's first video game appearance. He's previously appeared in Gears of War 3 as Aaron Griffin, and as himself in Scarface: The World of Yours—a game that was absolutely masterful at missing the point of its source material. He's also appeared in Def Jam Fight for NY and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He's of course best-known for his run on Law & Order, which is a supremely weird thing to write in light of where his career began?—as one of the pioneers of gangster rap.

In addition to Ice-T, Borderlands 3 also has a new Claptrap, who is now played by Jim Foronda. David Eddings, who previously represented Claptrap, departed the series after a reported conflict over wages.

Borderlands 3 will put a bow on the trilogy's story when it releases on September 13 for Xbox One, PC, and PS4. Check out my hands-on impressions here.

You're not signed in!

Create your ReedPop ID & unlock community features and much, much more!

Create account
About the Author
Kat Bailey avatar

Kat Bailey


Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

VG247 logo

Buy our t-shirts, yeah

They're far more stylish than your average video game website tat.

Explore our store
VG247 Merch