• Emily

Borderlands 3 is a Failure on Most Fronts

The fact that 2k decided not to send out review copies sets the arrogant tone Borderlands 3 carries. Borderlands 3 was released on the 13th of September. It was met with relatively positive reviews, with a score of 84 on Metacritic by critics but a low score of 5.2 by fans. This is mainly due to frame rate issues and bugs. This sequel is incredibly similar to the last one, and in my opinion, that’s not a good thing.

The most lacking element of Borderlands 3 is the humour. As times have gone on, the games have gotten less amusing. Arrogant self-satisfaction has replaced the nervous energy from the first game. There are some good jokes in there, the nerdier ones to elicit a small smirk but that’s about it.

The super-powered twins don’t have a patch on Handsome Jack from the previous games. The twins are laughable parodies of internet culture and its nothing but cringey.

The combat is the shining glory of this game. The basics are nothing spectacular, but the guns are unique and creative. While the majority of the guns are basic machine guns with randomised stats, others are one of a kind and extremely desirable. Fireball spitting cannons and guns that fire heat-seeking ammo. Some do elemental or radiation damage, while others can be flung like grenades or dropped like mines. Rare guns have had extra love put into them and it shows.

Along with the multiple characters to choose from, comes multiple skill trees for each of them. This means that you can really make the character your own and customise them to your liking. However, Amara’s magic attacks are boring, and Zane’s gadgets are not original at all.

One of the features I was looking forward to was the multiple planets. They aren’t as fun as I had hoped. Apart from a graphical change, there isn’t much to differentiate them. Planets like Eden-6 and Promethea should work different but they don’t.

The open worlds don’t feel very open. Small loading screens and connecting corridors makes it feel like small connected areas rather than one open map.

Missions are designed to be as drawn out as possible. Constant sub-quests and detours will make you forget what you are actually supposed to be doing. Its padded out and it ruins the experience for me entirely.

If it wasn’t for the better guns, I would think this was a Borderlands 2 DLC rather than a full game. Despite the length of time between 2 and 3, there doesn’t feel to be any significant change. It feels like 2k got too smug for their own good. The lack of attention and poor comedy makes it feel like they didn’t have to put much effort in.

In my opinion, Borderlands 3 isn’t worth the money or time. If you want a good Borderlands experience, then play the first two games.

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