Fresh off a promotional run peppered with successive controversies,Borderlands 3is finally out, and players love it. Critics seem to agree, with the game racking up a more than respectable85 ratingover on review aggregator Metacritic.
Borderlands 3 Earns Praise From Critics and Players Alike
Borderlands 3 has also garnered some pretty noteworthy words of praise from the gaming press’ highest authorities:
“An absolute masterpiece – 9 / 10 “- Shacknews
” An arsenal of fun – 9 / 10 – IGN
“A hallmark of excellence – 9 / 10 “- Destructoid# Borderlands3is out now PC, PS4, and Xbox One!
— Borderlands 3 (@Borderlands) (September) ,
Players mirror that sentiment.
– Adam Cole (@ AdamColePro)September 13, 2019
— Jesse Lee (@ Mercenary4Pizza)September 13, 2019
Borderlands 3 and Epic Games Store Exclusivity
Much of the Borderlands 3 hype was overshadow by well-publicized opposition to 2K opting to sell the PC version of the game on theEpic Games Storerather thanSteamas the publisher has done for previous entries in the franchise.
A perceived lack of features and the questionable merits of siding with Epic’s store for a hefty down payment left many players enraged. The lack of a pre-loading feature resulted in frustration coursing through the Borderlands 3 community.
Alast-minute dashto implement pre-loading into the Epic client reversed the trend somewhat, but how both Epic and Borderlands 3 congratulated each other for a feature that’s been commonplace for the better half of a decade only bolstered opposition to exclusivity.
Furthermore, many fans felt that acrossover eventwithFortnitedetracted from the Borderlands franchise’s roots as a mature, irreverent title, acting as a haven from the pop-cultural offerings of Epic’s flagship battle royale.