It’s been seven years since the release of Borderlands 2 in 2012, so fans have been eagerly anticipating Gearbox’s next entry in the popular shooter-looter series. Borderlands 3 is finally coming this September, and after playing it at E3 2019 we came away excited to see and play more.
A key component of the Borderlands series is its weapons, and we found that the weapons feel more distinct and that there was simply a wider variety of guns at your disposal. Specifically, the shotguns felt super punchy and had strong knockback, while the sound design was excellent as well, effectively communicating the heavy thud and shock. Another highlight in the gun department were the Hyperion weapons that have different abilities when aiming down sights. One weapon randomly fires laser beams every few shots while another has a shield that returns bullets to your magazine. Another is a pistol that fires zip rockets as its secondary. This is all to say, Gearbox seems to be on a good path with guns.
Another big component of Borderlands 3 are the characters. All of the ones we’ve played so far, including Moze, Zane, and Amara, have their own distinct feel and playstyle focusing around roles like tank, rogue, and others that are balanced somewhere in the middle. Not only that, but another nice tweak with Borderlands 3 is enemies appear to recognize which character you’re playing as, meaning they’ll say different things to you.
Our main takeaway is that Borderlands 3 doesn’t feel like a massive departure for the Borderlands series, but instead something that’s both expanded and refined, especially with the gunplay. Borderlands 3 launches on September 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.