Much of the dialogue is shouted at you in typical Borderlands fashion, and the music is perfectly atmospheric. Voice performances can be irritating if you're not on board with the humour, but there's no disputing that they're excellent.
Borderlands' distinctive, crisp, hand-drawn style remains a joy. Environments are more varied, more colourful and generally more inviting, while character models are slick. Occasional frame rate issues and other technical hiccups are an unwelcome annoyance.
Quite possibly the most enjoyable Borderlands yet, with distinctive guns, a thoroughly entertaining story, great side missions, and a cast of Vault Hunters boasting very cool abilities. Now and again, a sense of repetition can creep in, but you'll be having too much fun to really notice. Modern trappings like mantling and sliding bring BL3 bang up to date.
Normally, I wouldn't be all that invested in a Borderlands narrative, but this one had me hooked from beginning to end. Across several different planets, Gearbox manages to deliver an exciting journey filled with meaningful stuff to do. There is some filler, but for the most part, almost everything is made to maximise the fun factor. Again, dodgy technical bits scuff an otherwise polished game.
Not the most imaginative list in the world, but an undeniably solid one, covering all of the requisite bases. There's ample incentive to keep playing once the story is over, with achievements attached to endgame content and finishing every side mission.