Vault Hunters, suit up. Borderlands 3 is more of what you love – guns, wacky characters, humour, Psychos and mayhem!
Borderlands, the game that defined the looter-shooter (or shooter-looter) genre is back with its “fourth” instalment – Borderlands 3, that gives fans more of everything they love.
We say goodbye to Handsome Jack and double up with the sadistic, influencer-styled, Calypso Twins – Tyreen and Troy. Inspired by livestream culture, The Twins are all about celebrity and building their following through media.
Answering their call… through likes and subscribes are the Children of the Vault, a cultish band of bandits and rogues newly introduced to Borderlands lore. The only one’s determined enough to oppose the Twins are the Crimson Raiders… and you.
Fans will recognize Lilith (the Siren) from Borderlands 2. She’s more powerful than ever before and leads the Crimson Raiders while wearing the mantle ‘Firehawk’. Alongside Lilith, returns the ever “dependable” Claptrap who recruits you to join their cause.
Just like the Borderlands that have come before, you can choose to play one of four Vault Hunters – Moze as The Gunner, Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster and Zane the operative.
Each Vault Hunter comes with deep skill trees and unique abilities to suit several different play styles. Moze calls upon her Mech, Iron Bear, for crazy firepower, Amara smashes her target up-close with her brawling skills and ethereal fists, FL4K lives for the hunt and calls upon his loyal beasts, while the mustachioed Zane that zips in, out and around battle with the use of his trusty gadgets.
In keeping with the looter-shooter genre, loot literally bursts out of every mob, chest, closet, toilet you can find. With bazillions of guns and gadgets, every fight is an opportunity to score new gear. Firearms with self-propelling bullet shields? Check. Rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes? Obviously. Guns that grow legs and chase down enemies while hurling verbal insults? Yup, that too.
Borderlands 3 retains its traditional rendering techniques combined with hand-drawn textures that give the franchise its iconic style. The beautifully crafted guns and diverse arsenal means that you don’t have to wait too long before you get your hands on a unique piece of gear that plays great and looks beautiful.
Guns not enough? Get in a badass Buggy and just run over those skags and scum. Vehicular combat is still just as fun and packs a punch
Unlike previous Borderlands, you can now board Sanctuary (your base/HQ/Ship) and discover new worlds beyond Pandora – each with its own unique environments to explore and enemies to destroy. Hostile deserts, war-torn cityscapes and deadly bayous? Sure.
One of the defining factors that set Borderlands apart from the rest was its entire sense of style, humor and the cast. With the expansion past the confines of Pandora, Borderlands deepens its lore with even more memorable inhabitants, an expanded universe and truly ridiculous predicaments.
If Borderlands 3 has one failing, it is its multiplayer offering. Borderlands has always been great fun on multiplayer, even more than solo. However, even on a PS4 Pro, get ready for frame rate drops. While it can more or less be managed through performance settings, you’d expect games to be optimized for the Pro not to have graphic issues.
If you prefer couch co-op, there is only one split screen option – Horizontal. With a game like Borderlands where there is lots going on all around you – especially above you, I’ve always preferred vertical split-screen where you don’t lose half the horizon whenever you look straight ahead. It also helps “split the couch” with one taking the left and the other the right.
Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any plans to offer a vertical option, but patches down the line might further optimize the graphics.
Till then, Borderlands 3 is still a great ride and definitely one for fans of the genre. It keeps true to its core and is simply… more. In a good way.