Borderlands 3 has been a long time coming and on the surface looks nothing more than just a by the numbers sequel. And hey, that wouldn’t be a bad thing, but most people want something more.
Borderlands 3, however, is a fantastic sequel, doing all of the things that made the previous games wildly popular, with, obviously some of their shortcomings as well. The main thing is that it’s a fun ride with plenty to do and see.
Not surprisingly, Borderlands 3 puts you into the shoes of a Vault Hunter, sometime after the fall of Handsome Jack, where Tyreen and Troy Calypso have formed a cult hellbent on becoming an all-powerful force. Your job is to help Lilith and co as they try to stop the Calypso twins, nada nada nada. You know the story. The 30+ hour main campaign may be the main event, but as in all open-world games, there’s plenty to do in terms of side content, Easter eggs to find, and weapons to track down.
Looting and shooting is the name of the game, and there is a shit tonne of shit too loot, and plenty of foes to shoot.
The thing is, Borderlands has always done its own thing, it’s own way and in its own style. And this is the game’s main strength and it’s biggest downfall. Borderlands has never been everyone’s cup of tea, and with number three Gearbox certainly isn’t trying to widen the appeal which is great, especially if you’re a fan.
So if you have enjoyed the Borderlands series so far, strap yourself in for a wild and exciting ride. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of Borderlands, be prepared for something a little different as graphically Gearbox employ a type of Sobel filter – a cartoony look that emphasizes edges.
Rating: R16 Restricted to persons 16 years and over. NOTE: Violence.