Review Roundup: Borderlands 3 is Filled With Rewarding Gunplay, “Humorous” Boss Battles, and a Safe Gameplay Loop Structure

Borderlands 3 review embargo has lifted and critics are speaking their mind about Gearbox Software’s latest title.

Gearbox Software’s latest title is in the middle of being great and mediocre. A lot of critics love the gameplay loop, the gunplay, and its humorous jokes. While other critics find it repetitive, not funny, and by the books “corporate safe”. It’s a mix, and the community is left with no definitive answer. This Friday we will be able to judge it ourselves, but until then we have some early reviews to read.

Down below are some of the most respectable gaming sites in the industry, check out the highlights for their reviews on Gearbox Software’s latest title — Borderlands 3:

IGN 90

Borderlands 3 sticks to its guns and outdoes itself with an amazing arsenal of weapons, humor, and missions.

Game Informer 80

Borderlands 3 is a love letter to its fans and a celebration of the style of play it first popularized. Filled with characters from previous installments, and unapologetic in its silly humor and bombastic action, it’s an amusing ride that seems hesitant to innovate. If more of what you loved before is your chief desire, Gearbox has granted that wish through a game of impressive scope that charts some very safe territory.

GameSpot 80

Borderlands 3 has a few stumbling blocks when it comes to bosses, but these fights are overshadowed by the game’s rewarding gunplay and over-the-top humor. The game’s character-driven narrative acts as a satisfying finale for the loot-shooter franchise, and the new mechanics and features–especially the reworked skill trees and weapon manufacturer effects–give you plenty of agency in how you want to play through it. If you’ve never been a fan of the franchise, it’s unlikely Borderlands 3 does enough things differently to change your mind, as the game best excels at continuing what the series has always done: deliver a humorous tall tale of misfits looting and shooting their way to heroism.

PC Gamer 63

An endless font of bad jokes and cool guns in the series’ most vapid story yet, Borderlands 3 skates by on watching numbers fly and goons explode.

Polygon No Score Yet

The franchise used to feel adventurous. Now, without any fresh ideas or concepts, it’s little more than a holdover from a different time. Borderlands 3 feels safe, oddly careful (especially for a game about anarchy), and, worst of all, corporate.


Borderlands 3 is set to release this Friday on September 13th for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Are you excited for the latest installment in the franchise? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Metacritic