Dear Borderlands 3,
It breaks my heart, but we are done. It’s not you it’s me. You see I come from a different era. I played my first game circa 1993. It was Wolfenstein 3D. In looks funny today. Back then it was a paradigm shift. Then came Doom. A monumental leap. OMG. I had to upgrade my PC though. The 512 KB wasn’t enough for Doom. That’s not a typo, it was only 512KB. Then Half-Life was released on the world. Changing the gaming world forever. I had to buy a Monster 3D card to install beside my other video card. Then came Unreal. Both the game and the engine. Gaming was getting more popular than ever. Half-Life spawned Team Fortress. Online gaming was gaining popularity.
Fast forward a decade or two. I had my own little family. I bought my oldest a Playstation 1, then 2, then 3. He has a 4 now. I marvelled at watching him become immersed in gaming. It wasn’t long before he could beat his old man at any game. Then life happens, and I’m living alone with a PS3. Enjoying mostly racing games, Uncharted, BioShock, the standards. I stopped playing for a few years.
Then early 2019 I gave away my old PS3 and bought a PS4. The first game I played on it was Wolfenstein The Big Colossus. Wow, that was so much fun. And it was so free of bugs. Granted, it was out for a while. A Google search returned only one hotfix for it. Pretty good. At this point I never heard of nerfing. There were no developer interactions with the game at all. I was free to play it on my own terms, not someone else’s. I think you can see where this is going.
Shortly after I downloaded The Handsome Collection. It was free with PlayStation Plus. I immediately fell in love with TPS, BL2 and Claptastic Voyage. When I learned there was a BL3 I was extremely excited. I waited in line at the local EB Games and paid top dollar for the deluxe version.
Things were good at first. I looked past the horrible performance issues. I marvelled at the wonderful worlds. I enjoyed Zane. Not as much as I would later enjoy Moze. Amara is in between. Sorry Fl4K. You were abandoned by the dev team it seems.
Then there was the first annual event. I did not know events like this existed. It was fun until I realized I couldn’t opt out when I wanted to just play the story. I became so frustrated with the skulls I went back to TPS until the event ended. Then I started to read about nerfs in these very forums. WTH are those, I thought. They didn’t seem to affect me. I shrugged. Then I finished the game. Started TVHM. Then someone on these forums mentioned Mayhem made it redundant. That was a bummer. Also, there is no UVHM. What’s the point? O.K I guess Mayhem is the new point.
Then there were micro level updates. I enjoyed them at first. A chance to level up. But unfortunately, it was too easy. What took a long time in TPS/BL2, took hours on BL3.
The plus side was the first DLC. I loved it. The second one, not so much, it was O.K. The third one? Interesting narrator, but it was too short. The fourth one…
Well, this is when I realized we can’t be together anymore. You see, those nerfs were not only affecting me now, they were outright **** me off. I earned the gun. It’s mine, not yours. It’s fun, I’m not competing. Stop ruining my fun because of your less then stellar quality control. If you release something that doesn’t work as expected, it’s called a bug. PERIOD. Combine this with the ongoing visual **** space that is Mayhem 2, and I’m done. You took all those beautiful worlds, all that brilliant art design, then you just visually barf all over it. Spinners, ovals, skulls, drones, lava floor, c’mon!!! You’re sabotaging your own wonderful work.
Let us get back to DLC 4. I’m playing with a new character. New, so I can re-do all the DLCs and get the correct level gear. To me, this DLC looked like Nekratefayo with a dash of Guardian Takedown. Since the enemies aren’t new, and the attacks familiar, it was basically a level mission at best. Felt more like a new proving ground. I was trying to do a team challenge. It was timed, had to shoot those star-like things. This was after mind numbing jumping. I hate the jumping/mantel mechanic. I like challenge, but this mechanic felt fake. I play shooters to shoot, not jump. Don’t mind the jump pads. I’m trying to shoot those things, and Tannis is scolding me, and annoying the *** of me. Then it hit me. I’m not enjoying this game at all. I’m only playing DLC 4 because it’s paid for. I have reached the point of exhaustion.
I’m leaving you BL3, and going back to TPS/BL2. I’ve also met someone new, Wolfenstein Old Blood. What a shooter should be. To be fair, you’re more of a shooter/looter. But when the loot rains from the sky and it’s garbage, you’re better off playing earlier BL games. There is nothing you can say or do to change my mind. We’re done. I’ve deleted you. I have destroyed the media.
There were some good times. But those are gone. The only thing that remains is a sense of what could have been. Such lovely worlds and gameplay, if only…
Actually Borderlands 3, it isn’t me, it’s definitely you.