Borderlands 3 is more Borderlands, and that’s fine - I’m sure you’re familiar with this phrase that has been circulating the internet, but it’s an apt statement to make. Our return to the wastelands of Pandora also takes us on a galactic journey across the cosmos, exploring new planets in pursuit of that sweet loot. The blueprints of the Borderlands formula remains perfectly intact, with its signature, eye-catching art style getting an upgrade, along with the terribly addictive gameplay loop of collecting an absurd amount of weapons to decimate colourful enemies with. Borderlands 3 brings the series full circle, and it’s a blast yet again from the folks over at Gearbox Software.
Borderlands 3 no longer restricts you to the confines of Pandora. Instead, our journey takes us to new and previously mentioned planets in the Borderlands lore, from Maya’s home planet of Athenas to the new cyberpunk-like futuristic metropolis of Promethea. Like any Borderlands game, you take control of one of four characters with unique abilities. Amara is your compulsory telekinesis-jacked Siren, FL4K is a beastmaster capable of controlling animals to do his bidding, Zane is the Operative class who is able to create a projection of himself to aid in battle, and finally, Moze possesses a hulking mech called Iron Bear that provides great defensive and offensive skills. No class of character is more powerful than the next, as they’re each fairly balanced and enjoyable to use. However, I played through the campaign as Amara, and it scratched that itch for some awesome psychic abilities.
With Handsome Jack out of the equation, the villain role is filled by the Calypso Twins, Troy and Tyreen.
Each planet is massive in scale and boasts some impressive designs, particularly Promethea which has now become my new favourite location in Borderlands history.
There’s a lot to keep Borderlands fan busy for dozens, even hundreds, of hours, and there’s no denying that the price of admission right now is worth it.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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PC, PS4, Xbox One
13 September 2019
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