I’m a casual gamer. I love to lose myself in the Borderlands games; I think they’re the best games ever. My impressions for BL3:
The maps are beautiful. The artwork seems to keep the basic feel of the original, with major exceptions for the new planets, heh. But overall, I’m pretty blown away by the visuals of the game.
The playable characters are all fun to play: I like to vary my play style, so I have lots of choices with the new chars and especially the new expanded skill trees. They offer a lot of experimentation possibilities.
The number of weapons is so vast, I haven’t really used very many of them yet. I seem to keep defaulting to Torgue shotguns, sniper rifles, Atlas rifles and whatever ‘trick’ weapons I run across.
(For example, I just had a ‘True Monocle’ sniper rifle world-drop after beating a basic badass enemy. This is by far the best weapon I’ve ever come across.
It’s the absolute perfect Jakobs sniper with a 14.9x scope and perfect stability and damage. This level 5 rifle was effective all the way to level 20.)
A lot of the legendary rarity wepons are actually really good in this game; not all of them by any means, but enough to make me happy to try them when they appear.
Personally I never use launchers, so I don’t even know whether they’re any good yet, lol.
I love to explore, and my favorite part of gaming is exploration of all the nooks and crannies whenever I can. So far, I’ve been happy with the amount of exploration in BL3.
I also discovered on my own that the cube on Nekrotefayo can be farmed and got a huge kick out of that.
Okay, so basically I think BL3 could be a classic.
Drawbacks for me:
~It’s quite a taxing game for system resources. I had to upgrade to 16 gigs of RAM to get the game to run well, and still occasionally get frame drops and laggy play that lasts for a couple of minutes before self-correcting.(?)
~I’ve had the game crash many times now. The first month or two were a constant battle to get the game to not be a bug-fest; it’s gradually getting much better, but still sometimes crashes for no apparent reason.
~My biggest complaint might not make sense to anyone but me. Using the voice of Bob Goldthwaite for KillaVolt didn’t bother me at all. But when Ice-T appeared, I thought, “Oh, man, I play to get away from annoying things in the world, and here they’re using a voice of someone who irl is one of my least favorite people.” Then came Penn Jillette’s voice, another one of my least favorite people.
It kind of burst my little fantasy-world bubble when they used “celebrity” voice actors.
Anyway, Gearbox, I think I really like the game, but it still needs some smoothing out; I don’t want to have to spend a thousand bucks for a monster spec computer just to handle the heavy load of this new game. Waaaah.
That’s my 2 cents so far.