After years of waiting, Borderlands 3 is finally here. The first batch of reviews has gone live for Gearbox's hotly anticipated looter shooter, and they're starting off pretty strong. Most of them talk about a relatively familiar formula, and that point seems to be one of contention. By the sound of it, if you're a Borderlands fan already, this new entry will be like popping on an old pair of slippers. See below for some early verdicts. As for ours, we're still waiting on review code to ping into our inbox, but rest assured we'll share our thoughts as soon as possible.
IGN - 9/10
Borderlands 3 sticks to its guns and outdoes itself with an amazing arsenal of weapons, humor, and missions.
Destructoid - 9/10
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.
GameSpot - 8/10
Borderlands 3 fumbles with its bosses, but the game ultimately continues its predecessors' tradition of fun, mayhem-filled looting and shooting.
USGamer - 4/5
Despite the formula growing a bit stale, Gearbox has expanded upon it in the right way, resulting in a great Borderlands experience.
Game Informer - 8/10
An old formula executed well, Borderlands 3 rarely takes chances or strays from expectation.
PC Gamer - 63/100
An endless font of bad jokes and cool guns in the series' most vapid story yet, Borderlands 3 skates by on watching numbers fly and goons explode.
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