Those who don't care about the bad publicity surrounding Borderlands 3 should take advantage of the recently released interactive skill trees.
Borderlands 3 is one of the biggest and most anticipated games of the year, but you probably wouldn't know that if you judged it by recent headlines and Randy Pitchford's eccentric behaviour rather than the franchise's renowned reputation for being an incredible shooter-looter. The long-anticipated sequel launches this day next month, and it promises to be everything fans could have ever wanted and more thanks to its stunning visuals, unbeatable style and charisma, as well as its surprising influence from Mass Effect. And, for those who are just dying to play the game from day one, Gearbox has released interactive skill trees that you should take advantage of asap.
There's been a lot of bad publicity surrounding Borderlands 3 ever since its sweet cover and frantic gameplay was revealed earlier this year. A back-and-forth between Troy Baker and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford was less than comfortable, and there's been a lot of hoopla about Pitchford's definition of microtransactions being "mistranslated".
However, while 2K and Pitchford have arguably fuelled the fire for dozens of people pledging to boycott the title, Borderlands 3 still looks incredible and it appears to warrant a purchase from a superficial glance alone. Saying that, you probably shouldn't pre-order it on PC.
Why you shouldn't pre-order Borderlands 3 on the Epic Games store
One of the worst things about the video games industry is pre-order incentives such as platform exclusive bonuses and other junk, but it's a problem we keep feeding by continuing to prematurely buy titles we're excited about.
Yet, while pre-ordering games has become common practice in the industry, PC players should avoid repeating this circle of life with Borderlands 3.
Not only will it one day arrive on Steam, but PC loyalists also won't be able to preload it.
This means you might as well hold off on buying the game as you won't be able to play it the second September 13 arrives, and this'll give you the benefit of being able to see what reviewers and other gamers say about the release before you commit to spending $60.
Borderlands 3 interactive skill trees
Other than the visuals, the charming characters, and the stylish cut-scenes coupled with great music, one of the most beloved aspects of the Borderlands series is its skill trees.
While almost every game nowadays boasts skill trees that are unnecessarily convoluted and not all that helpful, Borderlands 3 is about to show everyone up by being an embodiment for how the feature should be properly implemented.
Borderlands 3 doesn't arrive until next month, but Gearbox has still given players the opportunity to sample a taste with four interactive skill trees online.
The interactivity doesn't stretch as far as being able to legitimately play test the moves and abilities, but it's a perfect opportunity to see every skill that will expand upon each character's arsenal.
In addition, it'll also allow you to do all the umming and ahing a month prior to the game's release so you can confidently choose who you want to do your first playthrough with the second Borderlands 3 becomes available to play.
You can find the interactive skill tree links below:
Borderlands 3 launches September 13 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on the Epic Games Store.
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