There’s a lot of things BL3 could learn from basically any loot game released since BL2.
I’m in Chapter 13 right now. Gameplay itself is decent-to-good - basically just more BL2. Still can’t stand the inventory management, and trying to figure out which loot is better than others, which becomes a massive chore as the number of drops you get really picks up… just like BL2. New addition of a far worse menu for skills and stuff, so that’s good, haha. It’s just nuts to me, that a game about collecting buckets of randomly generated loot, still has no good system for helping you quickly sift through what is or isn’t worth keeping - it doesn’t even have a “Pick up as Junk” key!
That said, I’m having a pretty good time with it, overall.
Special mention must be made, however, of the absolutely awful writing in this game. I’ll add a disclaimer here, that I found the humor in BL2 to be very hit or miss, and I found characters like Tiny Tina to be particularly grating. Some of it worked for me, some of it really didn’t. And I didn’t play any of the DLC past the first 1-2.
But Borderlands 3 is just… next level bad. And it’s made worse by the fact that this game clearly thinks it is HILARIOUS. I think the only new major character I’ve actually liked so far, is my own - Fl4k, with his robot deadpan voice. If you wanted dubstep jokes in 2019, this is your game. If the writing in this game could take human form, it would be a dude still walking around to everyone going “Pickle Riiiiiick!”.
Returning characters are more obnoxious than I remembered them being previously (or a complete bore now, like Lilith). There’s a guy whose entire schtick is people commenting on his having a mustache now. There’s a guy who wears briefs and a cape, and says “bro” a lot. I did a mission about someone who really wants their morning coffee, lolz.
The main antagonist is basically Handsome Jack again - the exact same dismissive arrogance thing, occasionally chiming in to make it clear you’re of no concern to them.
It’s not 100% awful - a game like this that managed to be 100% unfunny would be a feat in and of itself - but it seems far worse than BL2 was, as a whole.
So yeah - having a decent time with the actual gameplay, but will probably just go back to Gears 5 once I finish the story.