I really like Zane from an aesthetic standpoint, and I see a lot of potential in his abilities, but while every other character in BL3 takes a concept from previous games, cranks it up to 11 and breaks the knob off, Zane takes a bunch of different concepts from previous games and dials them down to a safe, inoffensive 5.
This character just doesn’t have that awesome factor, that certain something that induces mad cackling as your screen erupts in chaos and violence.
The abilities are just not that great, every single one of them is a step back from comparable abilities in previous games. The class mods don’t help either, not a single one of them takes a cool ability and pushes it over the top of absolute glorious insanity, and in fact, hardly anyone even uses the ability specific class mods, because it’s better to just trigger your kill skills more.
I’m kind of at the point where I’m starting to wonder if any improvements are coming. Quite frankly, with Zane being as lackluster as he is, and no DLC characters being added, Borderlands 3 might actually have the weakest character roster out of any of the Borderlands games yet. That’s a shame, and it’s getting kind of frustrating that there is no official recognition that that’s a problem.