Gearbox really wants you to know that there are a lot of guns in Borderlands 3, but it’s not all about the guns, there’s a lot of story going on too. LOL, nah, it’s totally all about the guns.
So you’re ready for another story, huh?
Welcome back to Pandora, Vault Hunter. I hope you’re all caught up with the events of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Tales from the Borderlands, because history is important. That’s all in the past, though, and now Lilith and the Crimson Raiders are looking for new recruits to help take down two influencers gone way bad, the Calypso Twins (Troy and Tyreen), and their band of rabid fanboys, the Children of the Vault.
Welcome to Pandora, kiddos
You’ve got four new Vault Hunters to pick from and I already have my favourites. There’s Amara the Siren, Moze the Gunner, FL4K the Beastmaster, and Zane the Operative.
Amara – a melee-focused brawler that manifests her Siren abilities as multiple arms, primed for the beat-down
Moze – this feisty soldier lets Iron Bear, her mech companion, do all the heavy work, and team mates can catch a ride to use it as a mobile turret
FL4K – this non-binary hunter commands their pet beasts to do their bidding, so far we’ve seen three to choose from; a Skag, a Spiderant, and a mystery, gun-wielding fluff-beast.
Zane – basically Batman, he’s a wealthy guy with a lot of gadgets who can equip two Action Skills at the same time by sacrificing his grenade slot
Lock, load, and loot
Gearbox revealed about an hour of Borderlands 3 gameplay on Wednesday. It’s the Borderlands you know and love, just better. There’s reworked skill trees, user-friendly UI, and updated movement mechanics. You’re no longer confined to jumping and sprinting, now you can slide and mantle as well, like all the cool kids are doing.
As with previous installments, Borderlands 3 is all about the co-op. You can play online or split-screen, regardless of level or mission progress, and any loot you find is yours to keep. If you enjoy poaching all the rare items from your friends (no judging), you can always choose to play that way instead. New character emotes will add a little extra somethin’ somethin’ to your obnoxiousness.
Guns, guns, guns!
So. Many. Guns. Billions, if Gearbox is to be believed. The gun game has always been strong with Borderlands and now we’re getting guns that run towards your enemies while spewing insults, guns that spawn volcanoes, and guns that fire hamburgers, among many, many others. Are you not entertained?
The different weapons manufacturers have also upped their carnage capabilities so you expect new and improved bonus damage depending on the brand.
Catch a riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide!
Your home base is now the Sanctuary III, a giant, roaming space craft filled with familiar faces, familiar places, and Easter eggs galore. You will also be using this ship to explore new worlds. Yup, Borderlands 3 is letting you cruise across the galaxy to wreak havoc in all sorts of different environments, on all sorts of new and unsuspecting enemies.
I hear you like loot?
Why not bring it to life with the Diamond Loot Chest Collector’s Edition. This includes Borderlands 3, in a steelbook case, a Diamond Loot Chest replica, Sanctuary III snap model, 10 character figurines, five character art lithographs, four Vault Key keychains, a cloth map of the galaxy, deluxe bonus content, a season pass, and a gold weapon skins pack.
It’ll set you back about R4000.
The mayhem will arrive 13 September 2019, for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.