Borderlands 3 – Weapon Crafting

borderlands weaponsBorderlands has centered a lot of its marketing around one major element of their games: the guns. They boast of having millions of guns, and after playing through any of the titles you will really get a sense that when guns drop and show up they rarely look, feel, or behave the same way. Up to this point, however, there has not been any real element of weapon customization or crafting in any of the games. The Pre-Sequel had “the grinder”, but that became a glorified trash can that output the same result with the right recipe, so it had almost no customization factor at all. As I’ve said in previous posts I want to be careful not to suggest something that will take away from the identity of Borderlands while still trying to add something fresh and new to the franchise. Continue reading

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Borderlands 3 – Reversing the weapon pyramid

borderlands gunIf there is something Borderlands has consistently sold itself on, it’s the insane amount of weapons in their games. Practically everything you kill or open drops a weapon of some kind. Not only does the game offer a lot of guns quantitatively with respect to drops and loot chests, it also has a creative variety of weapon types. And the guns aren’t just plentiful, they look great. Sub-machine guns have sleek looking clips that spin as you shoot, pistols can come with unique and helpful sights, and sniper rifles look futuristic and ruthless. The franchise deserves high and consistent praise for their wealth of creativity, innovation, and dynamic levels of use with their weapon system. However, like other RPG’s, it struggles with the end game, as the field of useful and effective weapons narrows significantly. Continue reading