Released (on Steam): 13 Mar, 2020
Genres: Action, RPG
Developer: Gearbox Software
Steam Price: £49.99
The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure! Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters – the ultimate treasure-seeking badasses of the Borderlands, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, score loads of loot and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.
Completion: Completed main story, most side quests, and a some extra stuff after the story.
Playtime at Review: 73.1 hours
Total Playtime: 73.1 hours
Achievements at Review: 32/81 (40%)
My rating: 9.3/10
Tonnes of different weapons and equipment with different attributes for varied gameplay.
The combat is generally action-packed and chaotic.
Loads of different content and meaningful side quests.
Interesting and hilarious characters!
I really loved the visual design!
Occasional invisible walls when in vehicles.
DLC items visible on the map and can be interacted with without the base game, only to be told you need the DLC (just remove them from the base game!).
I have to start by saying that I’ve had minimal exposure to previous Borderlands games, with my only experience prior to this having been a few hours of being dragged around Borderlands 2 by a couple of friends. I didn’t really know what was going on, other than we spent most of the time trying to enrage/level up Goliaths for better drops. That means I can’t really relate my experience of Borderlands 3 with the previous games, and this is more of a review from the perspective of someone new to Borderlands. That said, it’s evident from my playthrough that completing the previous games would likely clue you into the story some more, as they appear to be linked, have recurring characters, and reference things from the rest of the series. You can still follow the story and most aspects of Borderlands 3 without having played the others though.
There are four characters to choose from Amara “The Siren”, FL4K “The Beastmaster, and Moze “The Gunner”, and Zane Flynt “The Operative”. I chose Zane Flynt. He took a little while to get accustomed to, but he turned out to be quite a beast! I have played through the game once so far, completing the majority of side quests and exploring a lot as I went. I just can’t help myself! I finished the story after around 60 hours, but there's plenty to do after completing the story! No doubt I’ll be trying these out at some point too, likely starting with FL4K. I mean, who doesn’t want a pet fighting alongside you?
Anyway, each character has three skill trees, each coming with its own action skill. Playing as Zane, I focussed on the SNTNL action skill and tree. SNTNL was a drone that flew around me in battle, firing it’s machine gun, launching rockets, and debuffing my enemies with extreme prejudice! At the maximum upgrade, it was an absolute death machine! I was heavily reliant on the beastly drone towards the later stages of the game. I didn’t use the other skill trees much, but one of the was based around spawning a digi-clone, which quite frankly sounds pretty awesome, while the other allowed me to deploy a barrier which sounded way too boring and convenient compared to the other options!
Story-wise, it wasn’t really anything particularly special or surprising, but I did still enjoy it. The main reason for this is the characters. The characters are simply awesome, laughable, and lovable! They really make the game what it is. It didn’t take long to realise this either, and I was constantly looking forward to meeting more and more characters! They’re all very different and have their own unique qualities and humour, and they were a true pleasure to adventure with! Throughout the entire game you’ll hear the different characters saying all kinds of hilarious things, and that’s one the my favourite things about the game. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. You’ll see this in several of the side quests too. I’ll likely be playing through Borderlands 2 sometime soon just to get the backstory for some of the characters, that’s how much of an impact they had!
There is a crazy amount of weaponry and variations of weaponry in the game, and you’ll need to swap out your weapons regularly as you level up and progress through the game! I definitely recommend trying out the different weapons to find what you enjoy the most. One of my personally favourites was a pistol with electric elemental damage, where every shot left a ball of electricity above it, which shortly came crashing down to the ground for even more damage! All good until you get struck by your own electric balls! Naturally, I was the main cause of my own death! The same kind of variety goes for the grenades and shields too. I was spoilt for choice!
I generally enjoyed all aspects of Borderlands 3. Be it the lovable, hilarious, and downright crazy characters, the graphics, the references, the insane variety of weapons, completely action-packed fights, or the varied quests. I enjoyed it all. As I said before, I don’t know how this compares to the previous Borderlands games, but I had a load of fun! I guess I’ll just have to play through the Borderlands games in reverse now!
Posted on 11-09-2020