Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Sep 9, 2019
    95
    Borderlands 3 has surpassed the bar that its predecessor had set. The story is grand in scale, the humor is on-point and updated to 2019, weapons are diverse and the new Vault Hunters are unique in every way. Every BL-fan must pick this game up.
  2. Sep 9, 2019
    94
    Gearbox has taken the Borderlands formula and improved it to achieve the definitive "looter shooter". Bigger, better, longer and funnier; Borderlands 3 is legendary loot.
  3. Sep 11, 2019
    90
    Maybe it’s not the most innovative game out there, but Borderlands 3 is a total must have for loot shooter fans.
  4. Sep 10, 2019
    90
    We don't know what happened to Borderlands 2, but that's probably the fault of Claptrap. This new game offers funny stories, an amazing world to explore and so much more. Must have.
  5. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Borderlands 3 is pretty traditional, but in many ways this is the ultimate looter-shooter offering up a great satire about the streamculture of today.
  6. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    For me, the game is for sure at the top of my list of games of the year.
  7. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Gearbox returns with a new entry in the Borderlands saga and it's the best one yet. It has more guns, a better gunplay, a bunch of iconic characters and a great story, more planets to explore and interesting quests. Even though it has some bugs yet to be fixed, fans are going to enjoy Borderlands 3 and it's going to become a good entry in the shooter-looter genre.
  8. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Borderlands 3 does not include any major revolution, something we celebrate taking into account the shameless essence of the Gearbox franchise. So many years of waiting have been worth it to return to the office of Vault Hunters.
  9. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Borderlands 3 is the best game Gearbox has ever made. The weapons are interesting and goofy, the battles are intense and tricky, and the multiple open-worlds are beautiful and full of challenging missions. For Chinese gamers, it might be the most immersive 3A game in recent years because of the wonderful Chinese voice acting.
  10. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Borderlands 3 sticks to its guns and outdoes itself with an amazing arsenal of weapons, humor, and missions.
  11. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Borderlands 3 does not feel like a total transformation for the series, just an evolution. And that may leave some part of it stuck in the past, but overwhelmingly, it’s a game that’s still a blast to play, particularly for those into the loot shooter genre.
  12. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Borderlands 3 feels like the return of your favorite band to the studio for one more great album. A collection of hits all brought together to help celebrate what made you fall in love with that band in the first place. The insane amount of content shown here, including side quests, collectibles, and all the throwbacks to previous Vault Hunters and beloved characters makes Borderlands 3 an absolute delight to play through.
  13. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Borderlands 3 is bigger and better. It’s everything we expected for the third main entry, and even if it’s very conservative, it’s a fantastic game you will love with friends or even on your own.
  14. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    It didn't need to reinvent the wheel either; as Gearbox pretty much had the formula figured out the second time around.
  15. Sep 9, 2019
    88
    Apart from a few minor annoying issues with AI and Interface, the game is absolutely right for me and is exactly the Borderlands comeback I've been wanting for years.
  16. Sep 9, 2019
    88
    In terms of improvements, there could've just as well been a 5 behind this Borderlands.
  17. Sep 9, 2019
    85
    A great return to the franchise that invented most of the modern loot shooter mechanics.
  18. Sep 9, 2019
    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.
  19. Sep 9, 2019
    80
    Borderlands 3 is more Borderlands, and all the loot that entails. This proper sequel improves upon the formula with more guns, but more importantly, a stretch of unique planets to kill enemies on. The new planets offer more visual variety and a great evolution of enemy encounters. The tuning is clearly meant for more than one player, making a punitive experience at times for the solo Vault Hunter. Despite the formula growing a bit stale, Gearbox has expanded upon it in the right way, resulting in a great Borderlands experience.
  20. Sep 9, 2019
    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.
  21. Sep 9, 2019
    77
    I just wish the studio had advanced its humor and encounter design as much as class progression and weapon variety. If you enjoy lootin’-and-shootin’, check out Borderlands 3. But go in knowing that you’re going to cringe at some of the jokes and feel fatigue every now and then.
  22. Sep 9, 2019
    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.
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  1. Sep 9, 2019
    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.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 965 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 13, 2019
    0
    What a disaster holy moly. Incredibly rushed game, runs piss poor on a 2080ti, and the humor is the worst in any game ever.
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    0
    Epic store exclusivity already deserves 0, but this game isn't even good. Graphics are slightly better, but everything else is significantlyEpic store exclusivity already deserves 0, but this game isn't even good. Graphics are slightly better, but everything else is significantly worse: Vault hunters are boring and have no personality, humor is pathetic, environment design is much worse than in borderlands 2. I can't name anything that this game does better than the previous one except graphics. Full Review »
  3. Sep 13, 2019
    2
    The game is mediocre at best.

    Cons: 1. Boring repeative gameplay 2. Same graphics, same rpg elements like in 2012 3. Large bland maps
    The game is mediocre at best.

    Cons:
    1. Boring repeative gameplay
    2. Same graphics, same rpg elements like in 2012
    3. Large bland maps and levels
    4. Optimization is terrible
    5. Game characters are boring.

    Pros:
    1. It's same Borderlands franchise
    2. Loot.
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