The Borderlands series has captivated players for a large variety of reasons. The villains, the supporting cast, the skill and weapon synergy, the guns (oh, the bazillions of guns). With the previous games offering so much, along with the popularity of Borderlands 2 and the Pre Sequel, fans were inevitably excited when Borderlands 3 was released in 2019. And with new Vault Hunters, new guns, characters, and, for the first time, new planets to explore, Borderlands fans around the globe were excited to hop back in for some more Borderlands mayhem.
Now, two years have passed since its release, with four new DLC’s out as well. Not only that, but Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands DLC will soon be released as well, with more on the way. With so much new content coming out soon, many fans and new players alike will wonder whether this game will be worth their time, money, and energy. You may first check online on Reddit to see what other players have to say about the game. Or you could look for articles like this one that takes these reviews and shows you the crucial points from all of them. Keep reading, and you’ll learn all you need to know about Borderlands 3 and whether or not you should buy it.
Let’s start with the good aspects of Borderlands 3. Out of all four main Borderlands games (excluding Tales from the Borderlands), Borderlands 3 has the strongest gameplay. Borderlands has always been good at giving players unique Vault Hunters with their own unique playstyles, perks, and weapon synergies. Borderlands 3 builds on that by offering four new Vault Hunters with amazingly powerful perks to give the player the classic Borderlands power fantasy. Not only that, but each Vault Hunter now has three different Action Skills that they can choose from. In terms of build creation, Borderlands 3 definitely offers the most variety while still maintaining power. Add on all the quality of life changes and modern control updates, and Borderlands 3’s gameplay will keep you entertained.
It is also worth talking about the DLC’s. Each one adds new content, guns, and in one case, even a brand new skill tree for each of the Vault Hunters. In addition, some of the more powerful weapons and gear appear in these DLC’s, meaning they provide more than just a fun time for the players. Not only that, but the DLC’s help expand the story and universe of the Borderlands series, often to the enjoyment and intrigue of the players. However, the DLC’s are never required, but if you end up enjoying the gameplay of Borderlands 3, then all of the DLC’s will be worth getting.
Unfortunately, this game has plenty going wrong for it as well. For starters, the player base is not a fan of the base games’ story and villains. Coming from Borderlands 2 and its fantastic storytelling and villain, fans expected good things from the newest game in the series. However, the story disappointed on nearly all fronts. The story was filled with plot holes and terrible writing with character arcs that felt unfinished or poorly designed. The main villains of the game, the Calypso Twins, were generally poorly received as well. In all fairness, they had a lot going against them coming after Handsome Jack, one of the most popular gaming villains of all time. However, even taking that out of the equation, the Calypso twins failed to make players enjoy their presence as the main villain.
Furthermore, as impressive as the gameplay is in Borderlands 3, it’s just more of the same. If you enjoy the gameplay loop of the Borderlands games, then this may not be as bad for you. It could arguably be a positive for the game. However, if you have been getting burned out from the previous Borderlands games or you just outright did not enjoy the gameplay of the previous games, Borderlands 3 doesn’t do anything to mix things up. As such, it is a very real possibility that if this isn’t your first Borderlands game, it may not be able to hold your attention for as long as someone who’s never played Borderlands before.
When Borderlands 3 was first released, it had many more issues under the surface. So much so that it even turned away die-hard Borderlands fans and sent them back to previous games. However, as time progressed, Gearbox made many attempts to fix the game and make it more enjoyable, and players seem to agree that they’ve done a good job. As said before, the first four DLC’s were met with a favorable reception by the player base, with countless players and users agreeing that if you left the game, now would be a great time to come back and give it another chance. And, unlike previous games, a second season of DLC’s is in the works, with the first one set to come out early 2022. Considering all of that, most players stuck with the game in the direction Gearbox has been pushing it towards.
Of course, this won’t win everyone over. As said before, if you didn’t enjoy the gameplay initially, you will not enjoy it coming back. However, if you’re a fan of Borderlands or if you’re looking for a new game to play with friends, then it might be worth checking out. There’s plenty of good to find in this game if the game’s features are to your liking. But don’t forget about all of its flaws as well as, for certain kinds of players, they will be the biggest turn-off and might push you away for good. It all depends on what you’re looking for from a Borderlands game.