Review: Borderlands 3
The Borderlands series has been around for many years and through these years, we have had a lot of fun. We have a weakness when it comes to opening boxes and waiting with excitement for what may be in it. That’s why we went crazy when we saw the first trailer of Borderlands 3 a few month’s ago. Will 2K Games and Gearbox Software deliver again a brilliant looter shooter in the Borderlands universe? We went back to Pandora to find out and we came back with lots of loot to share with you all.
Borderlands 3 starts a few years after Handsome Jack’s death in Borderlands 2. The planet Pandora is still a place with many vaults which contain vast amounts of treasure and technology. Many factions and clans have tried to find these vaults, but due to the many conflicts it never became a succes. Here we seize our opportunity and explore Pandora as a vault hunter.
Once again there are four vault hunters to choose from. Moze is a young “Gunner” that uses her mecha Iron Bear. Zane is an “Operative” that can apply handy gadgets, Amara is a “Siren” who has the ability to summon wraithlike fitsts and Fl4k is a robot “Beastmaster” who summons creatures to aid him in his adventures. Each vault hunter now has the ability to use three unique skills, but only one can be equipped at the same time (with the exception of Zane). This choice makes it possible to expand the build up of every character to compete against the Calypso Twins.
Troy and Tyreen are the Calypso Twins and they are the fearsome leaders of the Children of the Vault (COV). This group of terror are remnants of the planet’s many bandit factions. Their mission is very simple, to possess the many hidden vaults, specifically one called ‘the Great Vault’. As a vault hunter we must take on these COV and we join the Crimson Raiders that have a familiar face as leader, Lilith one of the vault hunters from the original Borderlands.
Like previous games, the Borderlands story is the least important part of the game. The loot, that’s the main reason we play games like Borderlands. The loot is not only incredible, but also amazingly varied. If you know that you can combine various weapons with certain vault hunters that make the weapons even more powerful or certain weapons do more damage against certain enemies, you know your in for a treat.
We played Borderlands 3 both solo and in co-op and there was clearly some difference. The solo campaign played almost perfectly, but in co-op on the same PlayStation 4 it was at certain points nerve-racking. Everytime someone opened their menu, the screen was delayed for both players. If this happens once, you can live with it, but it was everytime this action took place. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to play a Borderlands game on the couch with a friend or in my case my daughter. What’s great in the co-op mode is the ping system like we know it from Apex Legends. If you play with someone it’s easy to just ping that important chest or ping on the enemy you want to kill first. You can also choose how you play in co-op. You can choose to distribute the loot cooperatively, everybody gets their personal best loot or competitively, the loot drops for everyone and who’s first to grab the best stuff is the winner.
Borderlands 3 is also unique because the game takes place on multiple planets, not just Pandora. You can travel with the Sanctuary III to different places around the universe. Promethea is a built up metropolis of futuristic high-rise towers, home to the Jakobs clan. Eden-6 is covered in miles of swamplands and towering greenery, hiding all kinds of creatures, such as semi-sentient Jabbers and bloodthirsty Saurians. The last planet is Athenas, a once peaceful planet, and home to the Order of the Impending Storm, a sect of monks who inhabit the high peaks. Sanctuary III is also the hub where you can talk to NPC’s for more missions, play the slots and there is even an epic loot chest that you can open up with golden keys.
Because we travel to different places, the graphic style is even greater than its predecessors. The atmosphere is of exceptional level. Of course, a Borderlands game without the silly humor wouldn’t be a Borderlands game. There are a huge number of missions present, some more interesting than others of course, but they’re all filled to the brim with humour.
Not only are there many missions available, there are also a heap of challenges to be completed in Borderlands 3. If you complete challenges and you finish the main story of the game, you unlock even more challenges which give your character many bonuses when you play through the game a second time. The content in this game is almost never-ending and for every fan of a good looter shooter, this is a game you just have to own.
Borderlands 3 is a game that you can play over and over again. With four characters that you can expand in different ways and loot that is unpredictable you are in for hours of fun. The game looks incredible and the sound is astonishing. Borderlands 3 is – at this moment – the first person looter shooter you have to add to your collection.
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games