Interesting choice to do an open paid beta. When do you think the actual game will be finished?
In all seriousness, here’s my review that I posted on Metacritic. Borderlands 3 review:
tl;dr Wait to buy. Unfinished classes/characters. Serious framerate/lag issues (PS4 Pro). Sluggish developer response to serious performance and stability issues.
Had you asked me at or soon after launch, I probably would’ve given it 9/10 despite the frequent massive framerate and lag issues (which are still very much an issue). However, given the recent round of “balancing” updates (with many more likely), I feel generous giving it 6/10. Keep in mind it’s been 7 years since the release of Borderlands 2.
The core issue is the state in which this and many other games are being released. It’s becoming normalized to release games that are more or less incomplete, many appearing more like Betas or even Alphas sometimes. If I know this is the case up front that’s ok (Warframe). If I know it’s a game as service (Destiny, Anthem, etc) I’m also more tolerant. If it’s a AAA single/co-op player PvE game that’s “gone gold”? Totally unacceptable.
It took people just days to figure out OP builds and weapons, so all must suffer now while Gearbox nerfs/buffs classes and weapons in the name of “balance”. Gearbox will probably repeat this “balancing” cycle for a few months (at least) while they actually finish the game, on our time, with our dime that we already spent on a game that was sold as complete.
The updates also made the game LESS stable for me on PS4. Pre-update I had 1 blue screen in 2 weeks. Post-update I had 4 blue screens in 4 hours. And that’s nothing compared to all the poor people who had their entire Bank erased because of Gearbox’s ill-timed and poorly executed updates. But we still have those pesky framerate and lag issues. You know, the actual problems with the game.
Post release updates for a solo/co-op PvE game like this should be bug/exploit fixes, buffs and DLC ONLY. Not “We just now realized that a class that works as advertised is OP and now we need to fix it. Again. And again.” Balance is nice PvE co-op, but does it really matter that much? Why not just buff the weak stuff and make enemies tougher if necessary?
Now Gearbox has a big mess on their hands because fans are righteously pissed that they took stuff away from them. Stuff that they paid for. This is inexcusable. And it’s completely and unequivocally Gearbox’s fault. I love Borderlands and have played them all, but I will not pay Gearbox to be their Beta tester.
While I have not yet set aside B3 for 3-6 months (or however long it takes for these ridiculous updates to subside) before I pick it up again like I think I should, it’s simply due to a lack of other interesting games at the moment. Once Outer Worlds and Cyberpunk 2077 drop, I’m dropping B3 until Gearbox gets it together and actually finishes it AND addresses the serious playability and stability issues that are it’s true problems.
I’m sure it’ll be a great game some day, but it’s not there yet.