The positive Metacritic reviews for Borderlands 3 so far suggest fans will be more than happy with the long-awaited final result.

Gearbox Software’s long-awaited Borderlands 3 comes out in only four days, and reviews have started popping up for the highly-anticipated sequel. For those who haven’t already committed to a purchase via pre-order, Metacritic is a great way to gauge just how well the game has been received on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Borderlands 3 has been marred in a lot of controversy thanks to behind the scenes fiascos, and this has resulted in a number of people pledging to boycott the game for reasons that aren’t related to its quality.

While it’s always best to vote against injustices such as the Epic Games exclusivity deal with your wallet, the early reviews on Metacritic highly suggest that Borderlands 3 will be a difficult title to successfully boycott for its biggest fans.

Borderlands 3 Metacritic reviews PC

Despite Borderlands 3 having given most of the PC community the middle finger by becoming an Epic Games Store exclusive at launch, the PC reviews so far have been overwhelmingly positive.

IGN is arguably the biggest and most recognisable gaming publication on the internet, and they have given the long-awaited third instalment an incredible 9/10. Numerical scores aren’t something I favour thanks to the contradictions and arguments they cause, but the verbiage used by IGN’s James Duggan is promising.

Duggan’s opening line will immediately be a godsend for fans of the franchise: “Stubbornly refusing to reinvent itself after a five-year absence, Borderlands 3 sticks to its guns and manages to outdo itself.” And, as if that wasn’t enticing enough, he finishes his review with heaps of praise for the arsenal of weapons and overall variety:

“The sheer magnitude and diversity of its arsenal of fun and surprising weaponry is unmatched, and the striking amount of loving detail and variety packed into its energetic and replayable 30-hour campaign is what makes Borderlands 3 a high-point for the series – and the genre as a whole.”

In addition to IGN, Destructoid have also pinned a 9/10 onto Borderlands 3. Chris Carter’s review echoes IGN’s sentiments about the game being the natural leap forward without deviating from the formula too much, and this is embodied by the review’s final words:

Borderlands 3 takes most of the good bits of Borderlands 2 and either rolls with them or improves upon them. It didn’t need to reinvent the wheel either, as Gearbox pretty much had the formula figured out the second time around.”

So IGN and Destructoid pretty much agree with it being a leap forward that deserves a 9/10, and reviews from other outlets have mirrored this positivity:

  • XGN – 95
  • Hobby Consoles – 94
  • Gamersky – 90
  • Forbes – 90
  • Shacknews – 90
  • Vandal – 90
  • Power Unlimited – 88
  • GameStar – 88
  • Game Informer – 80
  • US Gamer – 80

The only middling/yellow review (as of writing) has come from PC Gamer.

PC Gamer’s James Davenport notes that he wasn’t laughing with the game’s outdated 00s humour of vulgarity and edge thanks to not sharing the series’ obsession with turds and recycled memes.

He also notes that the writing is a step backwards from Tales from the Borderlands which successfully proved that the series’ universe could work with slapstick comedy.

Davenport’s review ends with his jadedness being compared to Gearbox fan events:

“There’s a lot of loud, extended posturing while holding what everyone really came for hostage. It’s a shame, because Tales from the Borderlands found a delicate balance of absurdity, self-awareness, and genuine heart. A better Borderlands is possible, it’s just not Borderlands 3.”

If you’re someone who only played Tales from the Borderlands without any of the main instalments from Gearbox, PC Gamer’s review will surely put you off indefinitely.

Borderlands 3 PS4 and Xbox One reviews

No reviews have been uploaded on the game’s PS4 and Xbox One pages as of writing. This article will be updated in due course.

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