Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 100
    What’s brilliant is how this can feed varying playstyles. Sure, I’m a sniper guy, but I’m currently in love with an assault rifle with a scope that FEELS like a sniper rifle. You might dig pistols, but that pistol-like assault rifle? It’s OK to love that, too.
  2. Sep 25, 2019
    I do believe that new players will not only enjoy Borderlands 3 but will want to go back and play previous titles in the series. Borderlands 3 has only pushed the bar higher and I can only commend the entire development team on creating yet another fantastic game.
  3. Sep 23, 2019
    Borderlands 3 is just what we have been waiting for. Gearbox Software has done an amazing job improving gameplay, loot and Borderlands's world. Characters are more mature and story is finally relevant and well executed. And what's more important: more loot than ever. I can't wait to see what's next in the Borderlands franchise.
  4. Oct 9, 2019
    It delivers on its promise and then some, and if you’re someone who enjoys playing video games alone or with friends, and likes having fun whilst doing so, in that respect, Borderlands 3 is perfect.
  5. Sep 24, 2019
    Borderlands 3 is the sequel everyone were waiting for. Tons of new loot, missions, challenges and a renewed gunplay that not only we think it is the best of the whole saga but also one of the best shooters of this generation.
  6. Sep 23, 2019
    Borderlands 3 is one of the best games of the year and without a doubt the best game in the franchise to date Yes, it's more of the same, but consider it quantitatively: more action, more chaos, more weapons, more possibilities, more roads, bigger stages, more impressive battles, etc. Do you have a problem with that?
  7. 90
    Borderlands 3 delivers the game fans have been waiting for.
  8. Sep 17, 2019
    As satisfying as it is for longtime fans, it's still accessible to newcomers so that nobody is left out of the fun.
  9. Oct 10, 2019
    Rather than trying to latch on to current trends, Borderlands 3 stands confident in the fact that there’s still no other game that does exactly what this series does so well. The sheer creativity and inventiveness presented in its arsenal is hard to match, and while the humor may not be for everyone, it keeps the gameplay in perspective as we’re all just here to have a good time. It isn’t as big of a leap forward as Borderlands 2, but it’s well-refined and there’s a lot to experiment with to keep you coming back for more.
  10. Sep 26, 2019
    Borderlands 3 doesn't add much to previous iterations, but is a still a smart, almost rhythmic shooter with superb movement, deep RPG systems and more guns that you can shake a stick at. You might need to mute the dialogue though.
  11. Sep 29, 2019
    Borderlands 3 definitely feels like a Borderlands game. Although it isn't a huge departure for the franchise, what's here still provides plenty of off-the-wall fun that should be very familiar to anyone who has previously dabbled in the series.
  12. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Oct 13, 2019
    Borderlands 3 may not be clever, but it is very big – and above all else, the source of a vast well of over-the-top shooting fun and mayhem. Be thankful that Gearbox refused to reinvent the franchise just for the sake of it. [Issue#183, p.73]
  13. Oct 1, 2019
    Borderlands 3 is a great game, but it’s definitely got some technical issues with sadly brings the score down a bit. While my issues weren’t as bad as others I’ve heard about, they’re still annoying at times. However, if you can get past that you’ll find a game that’s more of the same as previous games (especially 2 and pre-sequel), but that’s what made Borderlands great to start with. A great story, reuniting with old friends, and some pretty interesting villains ensures I’ll be coming back to open any more vaults that are found on any planet Gearbox wishes to travel to.
  14. Sep 29, 2019
    Borderlands 3 is another excellent game in the series that started the whole "looter shooter" genre. Tight controls, non stop action and a great variety of stages make us want to explore even more all the time. Some parts of the dialogues may feel slightly over the top though. And as the subgenre's name suggests, the whole thing is to loot weapons, which in the long run may be to repetitive for some. Gearbox did not revolutionize the genre this time around, but instead refined it's own concept a notch.
  15. Sep 23, 2019
    Borderlands 3 brings back the overwhelming funniness and simple but addictive gameplay the series is known for, even if Gearbox played it safe taking little risks in innovating the game, thus making it feel a little bit older.
  16. Sep 20, 2019
    Borderlands 3 is the ultimate example of playing it safe and giving their core fans exactly what they want to see.
  17. Sep 19, 2019
    Is Borderlands 3 the best one yet? Not quite, but it's incredibly close. While it may not eclipse Borderlands 2, Gearbox has crammed Borderlands 3 with more chaotic gunplay, more ridiculous guns with which to wreak havoc, and more silly humour. More of everything, then? Yep. Borderlands 3 is one big bundle of fun.
  18. Sep 19, 2019
    Borderlands 3 doesn’t take much risk and doesn’t evolve much either. It has more content, more loot and more options to customize your character, but that’s it. It’s still fun to play though, thanks to great action sequences.
  19. Sep 18, 2019
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Borderlands 3 is as safe as sequels come. Its gunplay has hardly changed at all and the humour remains as polarizing as ever, but the package in its entirety works. It’s fast, satisfying and constantly addictive as you hoover up new guns and grow your selection of badass vault hunters.
  20. Oct 1, 2019
    The core feel of classic Borderlands action is enough to carry you through at least one play-through of Borderlands 3. One more round of a specific style of over-the-top shooter we loved playing years ago. But in 2019, it’s hard to feel as excited as we once were with the more-of-the-same approach taken here. Especially when it fails to capture the charm of the original two outings or innovate beyond the guns you wield.
  21. Sep 18, 2019
    Although it is a hell of a lot of fun and you will no doubt have a great time with it if you enjoyed the rest of the series, it’s hard not to feel that Borderlands 3 has been left behind somewhat.
  22. Oct 3, 2019
    I really want to like Borderlands 3. I know I will eventually, at least I hope so. As it stands right now, the game is a hard pill to swallow. It has the makings of a great loot driven game, but it’s missing a few key ingredients to make it a great first play through to level up. If they can fix the loot drops, have the performance not fall over dead in areas, and maybe clean up a few bugs, it will be a great entry in an already well done franchise. Until then, for anyone that hasn’t picked it up yet, I say wait until we get a couple of patches.
  23. Sep 23, 2019
    Despite issues with the narrative and the mountain of bugs and technical issues, Borderlands 3's fun factor is still undeniable.
  24. Sep 19, 2019
    The phrase, “doesn’t do anything particularly new,” is apt to describe Borderlands 3. It’s more Borderlands and that’s just fine for fans of the franchise. Gearbox has done an excellent job crafting an experience fans will feel familiar with.
  25. Sep 24, 2019
    Much about Borderlands 3 is different, but nothing feels like it’s actually changed.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 473 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 13, 2019
    If you liked borderlands 2 you will love this game. They basically improved on everything. Graphics are noticeabley better, I recomend playingIf you liked borderlands 2 you will love this game. They basically improved on everything. Graphics are noticeabley better, I recomend playing on performance. Movement, climbing, sliding is awesome. Looting is quicker, you don't have to spam the loot button. Guns feel great. And it still has that great borderlands charm. Full Review »
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    Borderlands 3 is the newest addition to the critically acclaimed FPS franchise. Starting the stories of 4 new Vault Hunters, Borderlands 3Borderlands 3 is the newest addition to the critically acclaimed FPS franchise. Starting the stories of 4 new Vault Hunters, Borderlands 3 delivers 300% more awesome. Led by former Vault Hunter, Lilith, Recruit Vault Hunters Zane (as Himself) the operative, Amara the Siren, Moze the gunner, And FL4K the Beastmaster embark on a journey with a lively roster of characters from the former games. The story is loaded with all the twisted humor you've come to expect from Pandora's wild inhabitants. Giving fans the finality of several story arcs, Borderlands 3 also opens possible story niches to further explore. The skill system has evolved greatly allowing far more customization to how you can build your Hunter. You could play the same character as your friend and end up with entirely different skill sets and roles in the heat of battle. The games Soundtrack and voice audio collection is staggering! Everyone, has something to say, usually snarky, about nearly everything. The weapons... Where do I even Start? Borderlands has always boasted an impressive collection of firepower from the absolute Wackiest, to the most incredibly devastating weapons, but this installation brings an ass-load more to the table. Every feature in the game is beautifully crafted from the UI to the Map screen. If you are new to the franchise, or a returning fan Borderlands 3 will provide you with hours of insane combat, with crazy weapons, and tons of laughs as you interact with the games cast! A Must Have for fans of Borderlands, and anyone that likes to shoot things! A true must have for fans and newcomers alike on the Xbox One. Full Review »
  3. Sep 14, 2019
    Game is, pretty much, unplayable in local co-op. The horizontal split-screen makes it ridiculously hard to see enemies or your map and theGame is, pretty much, unplayable in local co-op. The horizontal split-screen makes it ridiculously hard to see enemies or your map and the text is so small you can't read any tutorials, gun stats etc. The fact Gearbox didn't include vertical split in the first place and are remaining silent on patching it in is very worrying. Full Review »