In the past I was late to the party for BL games. I THINK I came in for BL PS at release, but BL1 and BL2 were after completion and after completion minus DLC, respectively.
I think, for me, that those experiences were much more what I was looking for, and were subjectively much better.
The “moving target” that BL3 has been for me has been, I’m trying to find the words…not anxiety provoking exactly, but a combination of FOMO (fear of missing out) and running on what feels like a “forced” treadmill rather than the route I wanted to run.
I don’t mind running. I just don’t like the pressure points put on where or how I should run.
The events (which have been fun) and the tiny level increases (which have been annoying) have made me play in ways I don’t find the most fun, but in ways that will help promote my future fun.
For instance, right now I’m farming the ideal Ghast Call. I have 1-2 days left. I’d probably rather be doing other things. Or I’d come back later and farm it at my leisure, if I could, but I can’t.
I think that’s a major difference in how I’m experiencing BL3 vs the other ones. I feel like pretending it’s Christmas, I can go play the Mercenary Day DLC. I can go grab any unique gear from that. Can’t do that with BL3.
I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but honestly… the more control I have over how I play makes me happier. The less control I have (and the more GBX does) doesn’t.