Vault hunters, grapple any of the bazillion guns on offer and get ready to loot all over again.
Borderlands 3 takes us back to Pandora, the semi-post apocalyptic wastelands dotted with outposts, rebels, rascals, cannibals and cybernetics.
The cross fused genre bending FPS RPG from 2K Games gives you the options of selecting your hero from four character classes; Fl4k who is mostly robot and has a penchant for Beasts, Amara who summons ethereal magic to battle with, Moze the ‘Gunner’ and a gadget wielding Operative.
With Handsome Jack long deceased and the fall of the Hyperion Corporation, you are guided for the most part by the memorable, witty and super annoying Claptrap droid as you pursue the long rumoured vaults containing tech and treasure.
The legend of these Vaults that contain an extreme wealth of booty has been the cause of demise for many a explorer (and Corporation), so naturally, you’re as keen as any of them to locate and pillage.
But you have an obstacle. Well… two.
Troy and Tyreen Calypso, who gave birth to the loosely organised group called ‘Children of the Vault’. A violent and crazed member filled series of satellite factions all made up of most of the bandits and no-gooders sprawled throughout Pandora – in search of the holy grail called the Great Vault.
You are answering the recruitment call by Lilith (Borderlands) who is in charge of the Crimson Raiders. A resistance movement designed to protect Pandora and any treasures within.
A multitude of missions are laid out in the free roam, destroy anyone and anything planetary explorer title with a huge RPG element.
Both your character (that you have chosen), weapons and unique abilities are upgrade-able via a simple to use skill tree. Further items can be purchased in-game, with in-game currency that you loot, at stores and/or traders.
Perks not only make up the voluminous amount of ‘a billion guns’ within Borderlands 3 but can add elemental power-ups aswell.
Online co-op in parties of up to four players, or single player offline equally results in the realisation of just how massively over-the-top super large and expansive the glorious cell-shaded Borderlands 3 is. Then there’s online missions, events and campaigns.
You will not always stay on Pandora and will gain access to a space-craft and go intergalactic. Remember, there’s Vaults on other planets too…
Borderlands 3 has become 2KGames’ fastest selling title and I can absolutely see why.
The characters that we know and love from Borderlands 1 and 2 feature as NPC’s – and I have to admit is a welcoming familiarity as you encounter personalities from the past, making you feel like you are a part of an epic legacy.
Gearbox, developers of Borderlands 3, have absolutely placed a lot of crazed and enthusiastic love in to this third edition, listening to fans, staying within the Borderlands lore, all the while heaping on top so much sugary icing topping to the gritty and hardcore gameplay that awaits you.
Your quests are before you Hunter – stop reading this review, get looting and do some shooting.
Released: September 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), also on Xbox One & PC
Genre: FPS, RPG