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BORDERLANDS 3 can be played multi-player across systems and to play solo you need to find the Cross-Play button and disable it otherwise the game is intent on finding you a partner. Playing with friends/strangers can be great fun but not when they already know the game and you are just starting out.

Therefore you need to give yourself time to get acquainted with the movement, weapons, and all things in-game that will ensure you don't act like a dope on your first joint game.

Exclusive content can be gained if you join and register for a GEARBOX SOFTWARE SHIFT account - it's free and useful.

  

Playing solo you get to choose your character from a party of four (shame that none of them are called Watney - that's a joke for old folk who remember Watneys Party-Four): who are, with their basic traits;

FL4K (aka Beastmaster): 

Amara: Elemental Siren: 

Zane: Gadget manipulator: 

Moze: Iron Bear Battlesuit: 

 

SEASON PASS:

Continue your Borderlands 3 adventure with the Season Pass, featuring exclusive cosmetic items and four story campaign add-ons with new missions and challenges!

This content is included with purchase of the Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition and Borderlands 3 Collector's Edition.

All Season Pass DLC will be available by September 2020.

ANNOUNCED CAMPAIGN DLC DETAILS

DLC 2 - Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock

The only thing more precious than loot is love. It's time for a joyous celebration now that Sir Alistair Hammerlock and Wainwright Jakobs have announced their upcoming nuptials. The adventurous couple has invited you and your fellow Vault Hunters to a surprisingly dangerous engagement party, hosted on the planet of Xylourgos where a gargantuan monster lies frozen above a decrepit village.

As if this ice world's biting cold and vicious wildlife aren't welcoming enough, a band of creepy occultists who worship the monster's carcass are hellbent on breaking up the betrothed partners. You'll have to fight back the forces of otherworldly evil if Wainwright and Hammerlock are to have their happily ever after. Luckily, the most badass wedding planner in the galaxy has got your back: Gaige, a former Vault Hunter who's inseparable from her robot BFF Deathtrap.

Many creatures and cultists will need to be dealt with before Wainwright and Hammerlock can say "I do," but those intrepid lovebirds wouldn't want it any other way. Let's lock, load, and liquidate some tentacled monsters so we can make with the matrimony.

What's New:

DLC 1 - Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot

Ready for the biggest score of your loot-hunting career? Moxxi has just the job for you, sugar: a good old-fashioned heist. She's looking to take control of a space station casino called The Handsome Jackpot, a once-thriving destination that's been on total lockdown ever since the death of its owner, the infamous Handsome Jack. Thing is, this particular casino was Moxxi's dream project, which Jack spitefully stole for himself when they broke up. This heist is as personal as it gets, and you'll be gambling your life to help Moxxi get some much-needed closure.

Moxxi’s assembling a crew to plunder the derelict station and you've proven yourself worthy of joining her ragtag team of "experts." Should you succeed, a safe loaded with Eridium, cash, and Legendary loot awaits; you'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams. There's just one small problem: The Handsome Jackpot is also home to an army of Hyperion security forces on high alert and crazed casino-goers trapped on board since the station went dark. Even in death, Handsome Jack always finds a way to screw with you.

Will luck be on your side in this high-stakes heist, Vault Hunter? Time to ante up and see where the chips fall. 

What's New:

Deluxe Bonus Content Pack includes:

GGO Note: At time of writing the word on the web is to buy/order the SUPER DELUXE edition (which is not available on Steam at the moment or ever?) to save about $20.00/€20.00. 
The Borderlands.com website has plenty of offers for variant combinations of the basic game plus add-ons. What isn't made clear amongst all the "Buy Now" click-boxes is the price.
(eg. 
https://borderlands.com/en-US/shop/borderlands-3-super-deluxe-edition#rg=%22united-states%22  )

Found elsewhere online:
B3 Standard Edition: $59.99  Includes Gold Weapon Skin Pack and Trinket
B3 Deluxe Edition: $79.99   Standard edition plus as mentioned above
B3 Super Deluxe Edition: $99.99  
Standard edition and Deluxe Edition as mentioned above plus Season Pass
B3 Collector's Edition: $249.99  All the above plus:
Premium Diamond Loot Chest: Featuring a functional retractable lid, this chest is perfect for storing your real-world loot.
Borderlands 3 character figurines (x10): Make room on your shelf for the whole crew, including the four new Vault Hunters, the fanatical Calypso Twins, and some of your favorite characters from the Borderlands universe! Approximately 3.5” tall.
Sanctuary 3 snap model replica: Construct your very own Sanctuary 3 model ship and display it proudly on its included stand.
Planetary Vault Key, keychains (x4): Because you never know when you might stumble across an unopened Vault.
Cloth galaxy map: Discover new worlds beyond Pandora with Typhon DeLeon’s map of the Borderlands.
Character art lithographs (x5): Unique character prints starring the new Vault Hunters and fanatical Calypso Twins.

MATURE CONTENT DESCRIPTION

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work.

Frequent Violence or Gore
General Mature Content
Sexual Themes (the only sexual theme I have discovered is that I keep getting f****d by some very nasty monsters - Chris/GGO)

GAME PLAY POSSIBILITIES

Single-player

Online Co-op

LAN Co-op

Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Downloadable Content

Steam Achievements

Full controller support

Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Denuvo Anti-tamper 5 Activations per 24 hours machine activation limit
 
  

The game requires that you shoot, loot and bring mayhem wherever you go whilst on the pretence of saving your Home from some of the nastiest evil beings in the Galaxy. They will stop at nothing (except you) in the ferocious quest for World Domination. You have to ask WWJWD and then go do it only better and with more malice.

Without a controller the Mouse and Keyboard do a remarkably good job on the control side of the game. You can still fire first and fast with accuracy and you can run away, though generally it is better to fight than run.

 

Filled with witty comments from characters who appear stuck in the late 90's/early noughties as far as content and game progression from early Borderlands games, this is an indication of what a time-filling action packed, incident creating, time consuming entertainment should be. 

Get stuck into those awsome-looking deadly aliens, blasting them with gun and shotgun, and traverse the exquisitely built and designed new terrain, enamoured at both its beauty and its eerie deadliness.

 

If you have played any type of unit based killing game, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Command & Conquer etc then you will find little in the way of progression here. But there is something fulfilling, heroically satisfying, about getting hold of a BIG GUN and blasting the heck out of Aliens of all shapes and sizes (and ugliness). Of course they don't just sit and take it, in fact they move spectacularly quickly towards you and hit hard, mostly very hard. The good thing is that when (not 'if') your character (choice of 4 but only one in play at a time unless you are in an online group) dies, they come back alive and kicking at your last checkpoint. This, at least for me to date, has never been too far away from the location of my character's death, so getting back into the fray is never a problem.

Naturally progressing through the game you find new weapons and equipment, that's a given for almost every game of this type. But therre is usually a catch, that being you have to lay down one of you 'comfortable' weapons to pick up an untried weapon, even if the new one has a grand sounding name. Generally you need as much sustained, damaging fire as you can manage. Large explosions and such are great fun and can be rewarding in the number of enemies killed; the problem being that there are always more enemies.

 

Over time you may get to feel like you are repeating yesterday's news, that's the nature of a shoot-em-up game, but then you are using new higher tech (usually) weapons and learning more about them as you play. It is easy to think that you have played this before, it has many similarities to a many other games of this genre, but it's still pretty darn cool and rootin' tootin' fun in a wild-west type manner; you are the Cowboys and the dozens of creatures on the warpath are the Indians - I know that's not PC but I remember those days from way back black & white TV and this is like those shows only with Aliens and Adventurers instead, and you are the hero saving the world.

I haven't discovered anything I haven't 'felt' before in a game (I won't say 'seen' as all/most games have different variations of enemies) but I am still enjoying it, especially thundering around as the Beastmaster.

Is BORDERLANDS 3 a gripping the edge of your seat type of game? 
For it most definitely is.
For players of previous Borderlands games it may not be what they expected.
For anyone looking for a good time in a game with good characters, evil monsters, great terrain and background beauty it's a no-brainer!
Value for Money?
I would maybe question the overall prices but then in my mind I still remember the trouble I had when 4* Petrol (stop asking "What is 4* petrol" ?, just believe me, it was a thing) went up to 43pence per gallon. I'm rather an out of date, conservative type when it comes to the value of things.
I like to revert to my coffee theory. If I happily pay $3.00 for a Latte that lasts 10 minutes, then $60.00 (or as I see it 20 Lattes) for a game that will last me maybe 60 hours or more has to be good value. It doesn't have to be coffee, but think of something that you are buying regularly and consuming quickly and then mentally decide if you can do without however many of those it would take to buy the game.

I use Lattes, but Beer, Cakes, Pies and especially Theatre or Cinema tickets work just as well. $60.00 on a night out is nothing these days. Don't go out that night and you can buy a game that lasts much, much longer.

WWJWD = What Would John Wayne Do?

© Chris Baylis 2011-2015