I have an appreciation for the action-rpg style games and there’s something about the core of Borderlands gameplay that has appeal over the alternatives that might be considered patron influence (the diablos and all their clones).
I enjoy settling into a niche style of play with these titles that includes a great deal of replayability: upping the ante, finding new challenges - rinse and repeat. And, while I generally still enjoy borderlands at my current place (level 72 UVHM sans-OP levels) the more I look over the state of he endgame the more something (a lot of things) seems wrong.
With a friend with a more, or less, mirrored play experience; I recently killed Terramorphous for the first time and the preparation required smacks somewhat unsatisfying. A collection of the token-good-weapons were acquired from a few quest turn-ins & torgue machines. Getting those items through normal play would have been impossible, though. We had to use read-only save exploits to repeat turn-ins in order to get the right weapons - as playing normally would have certainly resulted in the wrong weapons.
I can’t imagine anyone doing these quests or farming torgue tokens sufficiently to repeat the results acquired from hundreds of repeats. And our Terramorphous kill would have been simply impossible without those hundreds of turn ins.
Furthermore, flagging save files read-only to repeat quest turn-ins hundreds of times to save thousands of hours is still time consuming, repetitive, and tedious. And I have to wonder: with a general goal to run through end-game content as max level a time or two is there any reason not to just use a save editor at this point because engaging the content in a normal way that would consist of just playing the game seems completely impossible (not strictly impossible but again; is it really reasonable to expect someone to do full quest completions hundreds of times?).
This complaint has cropped up before entering OP levels where the damage reduction of everything becomes extreme and the incoming fire no doubt approaches the level of getting 1 shot (or brought to near 0 health as the health-gating control gives some level of reprieve from poor scaling).
My question to all of you that play UVHM at max level, and into the OP levels, is this: how much exploitation do you feel is necessary to enjoy borderlands game-play? How much is normal?