I haven’t seen much if any discussion of Borderlands 3 around these parts. Borderlands has always been a problematic fave for me, so here we go.
Gearbox, specifically Randy Pitchford, has a bit of a shady reputation when it comes to employee and labour relations. This is not ideal and it is good to go into this with eyes open. As the Waypoint crew has discussed there are many ways to approach this and if you are a person who sees this and full stop can’t get on board with the game that is totally cool. On the other hand the Waypoint gang has discussed that the many folks who work on these games still deserve to get paid even if their bosses or the companies themselves aren’t ideal. So there’s also that.
Ok, on to Humour. The humour has not aged well. I have not stumbled across anything particularly distasteful yet but it is definitely more of the same. I’ve had a few chuckles but I really haven’t found anything actually funny yet either. It’s borderlands you know what you’re getting and it’s definitely poop jokes. It’s really turned up.
With those discussions out of the way I have to say that this game really offers me something that I missed quite a bit. It’s a diablo-esque shooter looter that has not gone full in on live-service style gaming a la Division and Destiny. You grind, there are many ways to grind, and the game is happy to let you do it however you want. You want spawn points right beside grindable bosses? You got em. You want to fight a “raid boss” over and over again without waiting a week? You got it. It’s just very honest about what it is and that is refreshing to me. It doesn’t offer the same depth of mission type or story as Destiny or the Division, but it is also lacking a lot of the things that make those games frustrating.
In 2019 it’s nice to have a game that just let’s me jump in, watch some numbers go up, and jump out again without asking too much of me.
Is anyone else here playing Borderlands 3? What are your feelings on it over all?