So after over 15 days of playtime in this game i think its safe to say the endgame could use a little work in keeping players engaged, and giving them reasons to return to areas from throughout the game aside from just farming a few bosses that are good to farm and calling it a day. After a players build is set and they have all the top tier annointed gear needed to play later mayhem levels there is little reason to return to the game, whether it be daily, or weekly, let alone return to random planets like Athena’s and all the great locations on Pandora, Eden 6, and Promethea ect. My BIGGEST SUGGESTION to remedy this would be to introduce an “Adventure Mode” likened to that of the “Diablo 3 : Reaper of Souls” expansion. I realize this would require alot of dev side work but i think its very possibe, for those that have never played “Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls” let me explain why this pertains to borderrlands 3.
So Diablo 3 is a VERY similar game to Borderlands 3 at its base, its a heavily loot driven action rpg. When diablo 3 first came out it was very bare with little to do,(similar to bl3 currently) with this the player base complained and what blizzard did to fix it was actually amazing and it made the game infinately replayable and it still has a large player base today because of it. They came out with an expansion called “reaper of souls” and with this expansion they added a few key things that made the game what it is today. The first is “Adventure Mode” what this did was add “Bounties” which were short task-based quests that take place all over the diablo open world. These exploration/mini boss hunt quests would reward Blood Shards and “Rift Keystone Fragments,” also a “chest” with loot specific to the area the bounties were done in was awarded to players when they completed all five bounties in a given area.
This brings me to the second addition that came in this expansion - “Nephalem Rifts” which were randomly generated dungeons that were packed with powerful mobs and challenging events. Nephalem Rifts are meant to be completed quickly, and the mini-bosses at the end dropped tons of good loot. A player could only access these rifts by completing the 5 bounties in an area and earning the right amount of the aforementioned “Rift Keystone Fragments.” These rifts would scale higher and higher and get more and more difficult the more you completed them, but the higher you went the more loot you would get and with better stat rolls too!! And with things like leaderboards for each level of rift it became competitive over time as well!
This created an addictive, yet satisfying and endless gameplay loop of getting 5 bounties for an area, completing those bounties as fast as possible (alone or in a group) and then turning them in awarding you with a sweet loot cache, and the currency needed to unlock a randomized “dungeon” to run through with EVEN BETTER rewards after defeating the final boss at the end of the dungeon. The rifts would keep going up in level and would become more difficult as time went on offering a good challenge and even better rewards for those who grinded them out further. On top of all this it encouraged players to return to ALL of the old areas in the game to complete different bounties because each area would award different loot drops from the cache that you got from completing the bounties making the bounties a fun part of the gameplay loop as well, not just the rifts!
I’m not saying rip off “Adventure Mode” to a tee, i’m just saying an addition similar to this in Borderlands 3 would only expand on the experience that all the hardcore players know and love which is essentially [ log on - do runs - get paid - log out ] which for me is why i love Borderlands 3 and want it to succeed, it has the framework for something amazing, i just wanna see that happen!!
If a dev is reading this i highly recommend looking at the reaper of souls expansion and what it did for diablo 3’s lifespan, also just know i wouldn’t have taken the time to make this if i didn’t care about bl3 greatly and if i didn’t think this was an alright idea
Sorry for the long read, feel free to leave suggestions and stuff if you feel and if you made it this far your a champ and thx for reading!!