First off, I liked the game. I really do, it’s a lot of fun, but all in all, it’s a little disappointing.
Firstly, the Calypsos. While I was not expecting the villains to be anywhere near the level of Handsome Jack, I was at least expecting them to be a lot more than what they were. Good grief they are annoying. They don’t inspire a desire to rush after them and beat them to stop their plans the way a good villain does. I just wanted them to…go away. Didn’t care about killing them anymore than I did any other regular old bandit or Maliwan trooper. They are some of the worst video game villains I have ever come across. Pain and Terror were better bad guy characters, or at least Pain was since he was the only one who talked, though that might have been because who he was voiced by.
Ava…uggh, she was another seriously annoying character. Just a bland, typical angsty teen, nothing special about her really and yet they put a lot of focus on her. And Lillith just hands Sanctuary to her at the end? Seriously? So she’s going to be a major character going forward? Uggh.
Also, they didn’t use already established characters enough. My old favorites Tiny Tina, Moxxi, Brick and Mordecai, Clap Trap, just were not used enough for my liking. I know new characters have to be made, but still, how do you not explore Tiny Tina more now that she’s all grown up? Also, I miss Scooter, I really, really miss Scooter.
The writing was just not as good in this one as it was in BL2 either. It wasn’t as funny. To many turd jokes. A lot of the jokes really just don’t land.
Another thing not as good, the level design. The game looks really good, don’t get me wrong, but in BL2 I loved almost every single area in the game. There is just no place in this game that comes close to matching Opportunity, Tundra Express, Lynchwood, or the Bloodshot place. At least not to me.
I also wish they would have done something different with their bosses but we got a ton of bullet spongey bad guys yet again. Well, there was something with the last boss that made it a little more interesting, but they could have done a lot more. Ah well.
The thing I am most disappointed by though, is that they don’t do anything with the end of the Pre-Sequel. That ending made it seem like they were setting up for something truly, truly epic, like there was some great war coming. If this was what that Erydian dude was talking about, then it’s kind of a let down.
I don’t hate the game though, I enjoyed it. The game play is a lot of fun, and if the bosses were bullet spongey then at least they were pretty cool regardless. Especially Pain and Terror. Really cool boss, though again, that is partly because of who voiced it.
There are a lot of really cool guns to. Legendaries seems to drop almost like candy. Maybe a little over board with that but it’s hard to argue with having great gear almost all the time. I enjoyed a lot of the side quests to, often more than the main story missions.
The thing that BL3 really knocked out of the park though was the character progression. The skill trees are a lot better than they have ever been, and they were not exactly bad before. They did a great job with these and I have only played the Siren so far. Can’t wait to try the other ones.
I just recently finished the game, so maybe I will enjoy the end game stuff as well, and hopefully there will be some interesting lore now that I can go back and translate all those Erydian writings.
So, all in all, a good game, but one I feel could have been a lot better.