Borderlands 3 is the most ambitious title yet in the series and it is a certain Game of the Year contender. With the stellar reviews rolling in, there’s clearly a lot to like about the game so here are 5 things that really stand out.
Borderlands 3 Is A Lootin’ Shootin’ Good Time
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of opening a chest to reveal the tantalising glow of a “Legendary” item. Borderlands 3’s loot is more diverse than ever with “one billion” different guns promised by developer Gearbox. In addition, weapons can now have alternate firing modes, allowing for even more combat diversity! Secondary modes can add anything from typical options like semi to full auto, or even change your assault rifle into a grenade launcher.
Shoot Stuff on Other Planets!
Everything is more vibrant and interactive in Borderlands 3, especially the many varied worlds you’ll travel to. That’s right, WORLDS – plural. Pandora (the planet from the original Borderlands games) is better than ever, but we’re finally leaving orbit.
In Borderlands 3, you’ll explore stunningly beautiful locations ranging from idyllic natural landscapes to neon-drenched gritty metropolises. Every one of these vastly different planets will hold a treasure trove of quests, enemies, and loot as well; not to mention collectibles and easter eggs! Travel these new lands on foot, or explore using a selection of off-road vehicles.
Smoother, More Polished Mayhem
Cooperative gameplay is the core of Gearbox’s popular franchise, and a number of new features in Borderlands 3 make playing with friends much smoother. First of all, loot is now instanced– meaning that when you and your buddy open a hard-earned reward chest, you won’t end up fighting for the single legendary item. Each player will see an individualised selection of goodies on his or her own screen.
Another new feature, which we should probably thank Apex Legends for, is the fabulous new “ping” system that makes its way into Borderlands 3. Communicating with friends (without a mic) is now easier than ever thanks to the ability to mark important locations, enemies, or items in the environment around you.
Lastly, cross-play may not be available at launch, but CEO of Gearbox Randy Pitchford has stated that his team is “committed to supporting cross-play for Borderlands 3 with our partners as soon as practicable after launch”. Which systems will be cross-playing with which is unknown at the moment, but be sure to follow our blog for more updates as they arrive.
New Story and New Faces
In addition to traveling to new worlds and unlocking new loot, you and your friends can try your hand at one of four new Vault Hunters in Borderlands 3. In fact, if you have three friends, you can do so all at once in 4-player co-op mode.
Zane is our pick for players who want to experience a little bit of everything the game has to offer, and FL4K’s pet-based abilities make him a great choice for those of you playing solo. But in reality, you can’t go wrong with any of them. Like the exciting characters and story that awaits you, you’d be missing out if you don’t take a walk in each of the vault hunters boots.
Check out the video above to find out a little bit more about the faces you’ll meet throughout Borderlands 3.
It’s the Same Borderlands You Know …But Better!
The Borderlands series had its looter-shooter formula figured out by the second game, and Borderlands 3 has perfected it. The world, dialogue, and gameplay is still filled with hilarious mayhem, and there are a massive amount of really cool and really satisfying guns to play around with– what more could you want in a game?
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