I think alot of us set our expectations very high. I can’t really blame GBX for hyping the game as well it is part of there job to sell games so they can make more or support existing ones.
I do fault them on launching the game before it was stable. Consoles still experience semi regular crashes and the games still has several bugs and a few progression blockers. We also consider the online multiplayer on console which added a degree of frustration for my friends and I due to some people lagging and others crashing.
I think after the Handsome collection we all had the expectation that GBX had console figured out but we are once again reminded they make Borderlands for PC first.
As for item balance the game now faces similar problems to BL2 where some guns, skills or gameplay just don’t function across the entire experience. Mayhem mode feels like the game guts itself down to its most basic form removing the vehical gameplay, making a number of builds and items worthless, and asking you to farm spicific sorces for spicific loot to be able to play several parts of the game more naturally. This is why some might consider Mayhem mode to be a regression rather then expanding the gameplay.
I am fine with having to get better loot or having to focus on spicific skills for higher difficulty but I don’t want all the frustration we get while trying to re clear story missions that don’t scale well in Mayhem mode. I don’t want to spend 5 minutes trying to run over varkids befor I haft to turn mayhem mode off and restart. I also don’t want to get be doing a circle of Slaughter and all of the sudden the game crashes and I lose everything I just did. I enjoy BL3 but for every 10 things I enjoy there is one thing that annoys or frustrates me. That is a pretty good ratio but still it sucks. For me that is also what keeps the game from being truly enjoyable for long periods of time.
I know the team is hard at work at have alot of stuff they are juggling and I am happy to see them commit to more content. I hope one day BL3 can be the game I originally believed it would be. What the devs have done and created is great don’t get me wrong but it had glaring issues which players encounter daily which sucks.
All I can say is that with BL3 is we want more quality not just quantity. Bigger better patches with stability updates and changes to make the game run more consistently and more balance changes so the experience in Mayhem mode is not so removed from the initial leveling experience.