Borderlands 3 is the latest games in Gearbox Software’s cel-shaded first-person shooter franchise which merges satisfying gunplay with endless fountains of loot. This third entry is the first one developed natively for PS4 and Xbox One, following on from the success of 2015’s Handsome Collection which bundled in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel together. There are new worlds to explore and millions of gun combinations to take hold of, all wrapped up in that notably irreverent Borderlands charm.
Outside of a fresh line-up of vault hunters, Borderlands 3 slightly tweaks the loot ‘n’ shoot formula that makes it easier than ever for you to jump in with friends. Level scaling, for example, now ensures that players at wildly different ends of the spectrum can play together and still have a good time, with bosses and enemies being scaled accordingly to whomever shoots at them. Sliding and ledge climbing movement abilities have also been introduced, with Borderlands 3 being much more fun to traverse.
Take hold over one million guns in the original looter-shooter
One of the defining mechanics of the Borderlands franchise is the sheer number of guns the game’s algorithm presents before you. It essentially means that nobody’s experience playing through the game will be exactly the same, with each gun’s stats being randomised. Previous series entries had thousands, but now Borderlands 3 allows for millions of combinations.
Play as four new vault hunter classes
Like the previous three entries before it, Borderlands 3 offers up four distinct playable vault hunters that each look and operate differently from one another. This time they come in the form of Moze the Gunner, Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster and Zane the Operative. Each have their own independent skill tree that, when upgraded, helps make them a unique asset to your four-person team while journeying through the galaxy in search of the precious vault.
Fresh planets to explore outside of Pandora
Up until now, Pandora has been the only planet players were able to roam. Now, however, Borderlands 3 is going bigger and better by letting you visit multiple – all boasting lashings of loot for you to track down and plunder within a distinct location that looks noticeably different from the last. They’re all reachable via the Sanctuary III, which acts as your new main hub base flying through space.