HEAVY SPOILERS AHEAD, READ IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!
I think that my 3 major problems with the plot are: The deaths sequences in this story were so poorly handled that it feels to me like a joke. The execution of Maya’s death was a disaster in my opinion, like they tried so hard to make sure Ava is a thing now, so they stomped on Maya purposely in order to get away with Ava being a siren. The cutscene itself was just poorly directed, her “battle” was a complete clusterfuck, specifically the way she died was anticlimactic af, and the whole scene with Ava blaming Lilith for her death was cringeworthy and just dumb overall.
The death of Typhon, while was justified to the general plot, was unnecessary to the whole story imho, I don’t think they should’ve killed him in the first place, it didn’t serve any meaningful purpose in my opinion, especially not when we only did see his actual self for like an hour altogether. That’s a complete shame because I think they really nailed his dialogue style, and they actually have created a really cool character that we could explore more in the future. Now he’s just a thing that happened in the past and we need to get over it.
And lastly… the death of Lilith. I can’t even start explaining how much I didn’t like her treatment in this game. From a badass that basically did everything she wanted in the second game, the Firehawk that almost every bandit on Pandora adored or feared, the legendary Siren that was said to be the strongest, became a worse version of Roland in this installment. She basically did nothing the whole story, the only times she was meaningful were the times she got kicked in the ass and screwed over and over by Tyreen, and in her final moments she just dies… without any context or knowledge to the true merits of her powers. It felt like, so forced and unnatural to me that I cringed the whole ending and almost rage quitted the game.
If I’m taking the death scenes from the second game, for example, you can clearly see a better executions all in all in those fields (from the death of Bloodwing and how they made sure you’re gonna hate Jack for what he did to her, the death of Angel which basically have putted all of the plot points about her in the first game into an end, and even the questionable death of Roland was done better imo, put the logical problems that happened with the New-U station aside). in BL3 it feels like they only wanted you to feel more invested emotionally with the general narrative, so they made the entire plot unrealistically darker, and way more stupid in the process.
The dialogues and writing in this game are nutritiously bad, and before someone here just bashing me with the argument that I don’t remember how the second game was written - I’ve played through BL2 before the launch of BL3, so I’ve got a clear image of how things handled compared to this game. It’s just feels like the voice lines had a better punch, the story paced a lot better and the actual plot was easier to understand.
The overall story just doesn’t feel cohesive and engaging, it misses the heart that was so bright and colorful in the second game, it feels shallow and empty. I can’t even pinpoint my finger as to why it happened, but the story just didn’t click with me at all. It’s so frustrating because I’m such a big fan of the franchise, heck, I loved the Pre-Sequel, but I just can’t get myself to love BL3 because of the plot issues I’ve got with it.