Borderlands 3 Could Be The Years Best Looter-Shooter

Borderlands 3 Could Be The Year's Best Looter-Shooter

Dean Abdou

Borderlands 3 will be instantly familiar to fans of the series as it’s a very similar game, albeit one boasting a plethora of new features and a fresh coat of modern digital paint to bring the series to life on current-gen systems. On paper, that might not sound like it’s not quite enough to get excited about, but Borderlands 3 could be the most fun iteration in the series to date, and already comfortably sits up there as potentially one of the best looter-shooters this year. Big words, perhaps, but bear with me here.

When it comes to ensuring Borderlands 3 feels fresh, Gearbox has completely revamped the skill trees and how abilities work for each character class. In previous games, each class had only one action skill, but in Borderlands 3 players can pick from three different action skills. With the exception of Zane, who can equip two action skills - although one of these replaces the grenade slot.

Not only that, but you can enhance each action skill with augments unlocked through the skill tree. During our hands-on demo, we were able to play as both new Siren Amara and Zane the Operative, and despite not having the time to progressing too far in terms of levelling up, we did have the chance to test out the new action skills and augment one of Amara’s to produce a radiation field, which was effective when taking on crowds of enemies.

For our this first or two hands-on demo sessions, we played as Zane, equipping Sentinel and Digiclone action skills that when combined proved incredibly effective in taking down multiple baddies. The second demo saw us testing out Amara’s Phasegrasp ability, great for taking on heavy foes by conjuring a huge ethereal green fist to grab and hold them in place, allowing you to focus on some of the easier enemies for a bit. For the most part, however, we used Amara’s Phaseslam action skill augmented with an acid effect to modify its standard electric elemental effect.

Gearbox is also shaking things up a little by giving players the ability to hop from planet to planet with new hub location Sanctuary 3, which is a big ol’ spaceship equipped with a hyperdrive with which to facilitate all of your interplanetary travel. On Sanctuary 3 you’ll get your own quarters, which you can decorate by mounting your favourite guns on the wall. Elsewhere on the vessel you can interact with a number of familiar faces like Marcus Kincaid of Marcus Munitions and Moxxi of Moxxi's Red Light. On top of that, if you ever forget to pick up or miss any loot during your missions, when you return to Sanctuary 3 you’ll find a little vending machine that delivers it all straight to you. Happy days.

During our hands-on time with Borderlands 3, we got to explore the planet of Promethea, and its neon-soaked city of Meridian. Everything from enemies to chest designs is different here, highlighting that players can expect to see a unique palette for each planet in the full game. We also meet one of the new characters here named Lorelei, who’s attempting to prevent the Maliwan Corporation from taking over the planet. We got a chance to play through one of the main story missions, one that clearly demonstrates that Borderlands 3 will have a very clear and defined campaign unlike the first Borderlands, which arguably had a pretty forgettable story. Additionally, we had time to sample a few of the game’s side-missions, which are happily chock-full of classic, mischievous Borderlands humour.

As for the guns in Borderlands 3, we only got to grips with a very small fraction of the billions of shooters that will be available in the game. As Zane, we were equipped with the Rare Vladof Assault Rifle spitting bullets that deal electric damage. Some guns - like this one - will feature an alternate fire mode, which in this case meant being able to fire both bullets and grenades. Switching between firing modes during combat is super seamless and when timed correctly, after using a few rounds, instead of reloading you can switch straight to the grenade launcher and keep combat flowing without missing a beat.

We were also equipped with a rare Tediore SMG that you can throw when reloading and see it become a little turret with legs (the one from the announcement trailer) that runs around shooting enemies until it runs out of ammo. These kinds of weapons inject even more comical, freewheeling fun into Borderlands 3, as well as being rather effective for taking on swarms of enemies, especially when combined with Zane’s action skills.

This was only a taster of the unrelenting gun-laden action that Borderlands 3 will have to offer when it launches this September. The feel of each gun is as meaty and satisfying as you’d hope, with each varying in what it has to offer for differing combat scenarios. Not only was going hands-on with Borderlands 3 a joyful experience, then, but also remarkably gratifying, especially when you can finish off an enemy by blowing their head off with a pistol or completely blasting off their legs with a shotgun. What’s not to like?

  • That would literally be 0 surprise if it's the best looter shooter since it practically made the genre what it is today
  • B2 is one of the best games of the 360, if B3 can somehow top B2, then it'll be more than just a good 'looter shooter'... looking forward to this game and all the DLC.
  • 7 of the last 33 news articles were Borderlands 3.
  • im pretty positive it will be the best looter shooter this year. lets see what its up against, Anthem (lol next joke) and destiny 2 expansion (decent game now). dont really see whatever bungie have for destiny in september being enough to beat out borderlands this year.
  • All aboard the hype-train! Choo-choo!!!
  • They already have a working formula, but it definitely needs tweaking. But they literally have no competition in the loot shooters so any minor grievances with the game will be easily overlooked. My only concern is hoping they can still deliver on the comedy and great voice acting. Going back to Borderlands 1 there is almost completely quiet compared to Borderlands 2 which stepped up conversations and fleshed out characters are lot better and Pre-Sequel kind of fell between quiet most of the time but when Jack or someone spoke it usually delivered a few good laughs. Hopefully Borderlands 3 will have some great laughs like General Knoxx's Armory and most of BL2 did.
  • The only real change we will see tot heir formula is microtransactions. I kinda fear how they will be implemented
  • Ya and thats really why this game is gonna fail all the hype gone to the head the wrong head lol.
  • I found a farm technique on Borderlands 1 on Xbox360 that allowed me to farm my money to $9,999,999 I then found a glitch that allowed me to gift that money to a fellow player, Then leave the game with both of us keeping ALL the money. I Then used these Farm techniques / glitch in all other Borderlands games (2, Sequel, All in the handsome jack collection).. And it still worked (On Xbox one and Playstation too)! I Shall be trying this in 3 as soon as it comes out. If anybody would be interested in me gifting them 9,999,999, then feel free to send me a message on here and if it works on 3, I'll gift to who i can, when i can. Yeah i know this isnt the right thing to do, But if you want to go to moxys bar and spend all your Dollars in the bandit to get better weapons and iridium (If its involved). Then this is the best way to do it! I suggest you have a seperate character to play through it legit, and get me to gift you this through a second character.
  • @7 lmfao cause they confirmed microtransactions right.... I hate people clear as day purely cosmetic my goodness
  • I think you mean it WILL be. What's it have to go against? Anthem? Destiny 2's next "Taken King" expansion? Not much in the way of competition.
  • @#11 and the division 2
  • Zane has three skills, not two, same as the other characters. He can equip two by substituting out his grenade for a second action skill.
  • Not one news in 3 days, despite the release of the Remnant trailer, the announcement of the next Ghost Recon next friday, news about Call of Duty 2019, Rage 2, Elder Scrolls Online, Control, Star Wars Fallen Order… Jesus Christ this site is only a husk of what it once was.
  • @14 Crazy, it's almost like it's a long weekend for them.
  • @15: When you're struggling, you work, weekend or not.
  • I can't wait for this game! I loved Borderlands 2 so much.
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