Seven years after the release of Borderlands 2, the new opus is there and here is our Borderlands 3 review and test! Let’s go straight to the point!
In terms of gameplay, this is definitely a Borderlands. Fun to play, very good handle and a lot of different guns. Anyone who has played a first player shooter will get used to it very fast and start to get some fun. The gameplay of the vehicles, on the other hand, is, in my opinion, a bit .. special. Using one stick to accelerate and brake and the stick for the camera to actually turn is something very strange. It definitely took me some time to get used to it. But in the end, I understand the point which is that it is easier to shoot from a vehicle because you do not have to control the car on one side and try to aim at the other side, it is all in one.
I also know that having a lot lot lot guns is part of the Borderlands branding and a promise for that Borderlands 3 but it also makes life harder to find and pick the right gun. The inventory is small (even if it can be improved) so it is important to make good choice, which can be hard at the beginning of the game.
I do not know if there that is a bad thing too, but I do not feel like that there is anything new in terms of gameplay. Sure, the new characters got their own powers/skills, but in the end, that is mostly an extra button. I am also not a fan of the new skill tree and feel like a pain when I have to put a new skill point. That is a bit sad because it should actually be something exciting. I think that they have tried to put too many different skills and each of them seems to have a very little effect, which makes them … not really interesting.
Story and universe
I personally like how Gearbox handled the story part and find a way to create a new story. The concept of some kind of Rebel alliance with a spaceship is definitely catchy. And I do love that spaceship. The world, or planets, however, could, in my opinion, be a bit better. They are definitely large maps but not necessarily interesting. It feels like all that space is more to make you spend time going from one side to the other side of the map.
It also nice to see some old and new characters. Each boss/epic enemies also got their own personality and style which has always been a good point in Borderlands. That definitely helps to make the game more entertaining. I do not want to spoil the story but I found it motivating enough to keep going in the game. I am really only disappointed by the planets/city. I think that they could have been a bit better organized to actually feel more immersive and more interesting, but there is at least enough to do in it that it does not feel empty.
It is actually not easy to give a large and detail review of that game because in one sentence we could say that it is a Borderlands. If you like the previous one, you will definitely like that one. If you have never played a Borderlands, but you like first-person shooter and fun game you will also like it. if you do not like first player shooter, then it is maybe not for you.
Gearbox did not put a lot of new things in it (or at least it does not feel like it), but they succeed to keep what made the previous games very good. I was also and personally afraid to be bored like that, the feeling to play the same game for the third time, but in the end, I did not have that feeling at all.