I’m a long time Borderlands player, and I’m also a game developer (Designer) so have some insight into how and why decisions are made.
Been waiting for BL3 like everyone else, with baited breath and have played it non-stop since release. Well, up until a week ago when I realised I didn’t want to boot it up at the moment.
Then the Halloween event dropped and I played through it once and then sat looking at the screen wondering if I should just rinse and repeat what I’d done or if I log out. I logged out.
So, I LOVE the core of the game. Have no problem with the story. There’s some great additions to QoL such as the teleporting to waypoints instead of just the Fast Travel stations, and the auto buy ammo etc. We all know the good.
IMO the bad things, aside from console performance and awful ‘lag’ on the menus etc are things that will get better I’m sure.
However, the criminal lack of bank space is something almost game-breaking.
It’s about the loot right? Yes, we don’t all have to collect every variation of every legendary but the option should be there to do so seeing as the pursuit of ever-better guns is the core of the game.
50 bank spaces is completely inadequate for that and has made me not want to play. I’m still on the hunt for an Anointed Night Hawkin, and a better Legendary CMOD and if I find ‘upgrades’ to already collected guns then I will throw the old version out, but quite often I find another version of a gun that is comparable to one I already have except it is Fire damage rather than Electric or vice versa, meaning I want to keep both. This obviously leads to the familiar mini-game of going to the (full) bank and (full) inventory and literally having to decide which awesome thing I want to discard over another awesome thing.
Spending 30 mins+ every time I find a gun trying to decide which legendary to drop is not fun. Sometimes it’s literally impossible due to there not being a ‘worse’ item, just that it’s different, meaning I don’t want to throw any of them.
It stops me playing because I’m leaving items I would otherwise loot on the floor.
Then we get the Halloween event with a ton of new Anointments on the weapons and now even some purple items are getting on par or above my prized legendaries. Kinda cool on the surface, making me question my loadout and use epics instead of legendaries, except for the point that I have no room for these 5+ new items that are definitely useful at the moment without sacrificing other ones. Which is bad enough, but I’m unaware if the terror mechanic will persist beyond the 5th December. Will these become more or less useless at that point?
It all adds up to discouraging what I would normally be doing, which is just enjoying running around with a very small chance of getting an upgrade.
I’ve never had these feelings in any similar loot-based game such as Diablo. Don’t get me wrong, those games had storage issues at times but only very rarely would it get to the point that BL3 is at constantly.
I’m not bothered about the nerfs, as I don’t play a build that everyone else does anyway. Even when I know that build is miles better than the one I’ve made.
I don’t care about the majority of the loot pool being world drops, in fact I’m pretty p****d off that they have bowed to the pressure and are going to put certain items onto certain bosses so they can be more consistently farmed. Why?
Unfortunately people want to play the game to ‘win’, to have the best at any cost and they want to know they go to Boss A to get Item Z. That’s not what I personally want as it just discourages playing 95% of the other content?!
Also, I’d like to see Legendaries actually be a lot rarer than they are. People don’t know or don’t care that unwittingly they are ruining the longevity of a game they love by wanting legendaries to drop every ten seconds. Yes, we all play to get them but they should feel special. They are Legendary. When you are getting 3+ legendaries popping out of a single kill on occasion and leaving 99% of them on the floor as they are the 50th version of that you have seen…it loses something,
I mean, it’s too late to change any of that stuff now, but I’m always surprised how impatient people are and how willing developers are to make a core game mechanic into a farce, to appease people. Of course I get it, and I’m the minority here so why would they tailor it to me rather than the millions who think differently?
Most people want legendaries popping every 5 seconds, while for me I like the thrill of the hunt. I want to not see one for a while and then get that little adrenaline rush when one pops out of a corpse!
When was the last time you got that feeling playing BL3?
Anyway, this sounds negative but for me its just pointing out my personal feelings towards the game at the moment. I still think it’s a great game and I will definitely be back playing once the bank upgrades come online, and when I know if the Halloween event items are void or not.
If you’re enjoying the game regardless of all this then I envy you, cos I envisaged myself playing this game constantly for a long, long time. Not breaking off for a couple of months only a month or so after release