While many of us will experience Borderlands 3 alone, for some it has been the quintessential co-operative undertaking. Many committed fans of the franchise were indeed looking forward to playing the latest instalment with friends by their side in the same room, but that excitement has been thwarted somewhat by the complete lack of vertical split-screen co-op.
Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel all provided the option of a co-op experience that slices the TV vertically, with Borderlands 3 being the first to buck that trend. It only allows you to split the television horizontally, and longtime fans aren't happy about the change. Just take a quick scroll through the game's Reddit page and you'll find numerous complaints about the decision and pleas for the developer to make the switch back to vertical. Many users have even reported being unable to see subtitles at the bottom of the screen because of it.
The worst thing is that according to one 2K representative, Gearbox won't be patching in any sort of support. “There are no plans to add vertical split-screen at this time.” Were you planning on playing Borderlands 3 co-operatively, but feel let down by this decision? Share your disappointment in the comments below.
[source reddit.com, via comicbook.com]
I have the opposite issue with Mario Kart 8 which only does vertical and is pretty useless for that game. As for this well they need to actually make it playable in split screen first and then I see no reason why people can't have the option
Just play it for a few hours and get used to it.
Its not that bad. And the peripheral vision is good imo. Yea text is squashed for sure. I will admit that vertical split is baffling though. Years and years for poorly optimized BL2.5
Strauss Zelnik(?)/2k & Randy Pitchford are probably too busy doing a Cartman & swimming in a pool full of $50 bills to hear anyone complain!
As it is it remains to be seen what they'll do to fix the preexisting issues if they were happy enough to rush it out the door in an apparent "rough" state.
Purchased, Downloaded, Not fired up yet due to hearing about the technical issues, framerate drops etc. Only bought as something for me and the Mrs to drill through as couch co-op and this seems to be where a huge amount of the problems lie.
Also, the text issue is a bit off-putting as well as don't want to have to sit 3 inches from my TV just to see my weapon stats. It might be bearable, I don't know, but given how much love I have for the series I don't want to risk it given the myriad of problems and lack of vertical split screen.
There also seems to be some pretty game breaking bugs, locking story progression and also items disappearing upon loading your game.
On the plus side, it reminded me that we still haven't finished Commander Lilith so we've returned to that for a few days to play in normal sized text, side-by-side goodness.
Nothing beats 4 people playing Goldeneye 64 on a 14" CRT screen. I'm pretty sure our imagination did the "Hollywood film enhance resolution" because I remember the game looking good.
Also if no one is ever happy, they should meet people halfway and only authorise a diagonal split screen.
I wish all games were split vertical. I hate longboi horizontal splits.
I think the only reason they did this was because of the menu systems which you can now look at your gun in. I'm guessing it wouldn't work vertically. But seeing as the menus are a disaster anyway it all adds up to a poorly designed package that should've spent another 6 months in development. It's nowhere near finished. No cloud saves either? Come on. With horizonal split screen I can't even look at the gun & the gun card at the same time. Let alone read the text. Vertical is a must with this game. Couch co-op is awesome - I play all the time with my son who was crushed it wasn't there.
It'll be a critical omission if they continue to overlook this...
I think I'm in the minority that always disliked vertical split screen. I don't know why, it feels like it limits your peripheral.
Maybe I'm wrong since I remember playing Gamecube and PS2 games with a friend and always switching to horizontal.
the fact that most games now require 2 tvs 2 consoles 2 copies of the game and 2 ps+ subscriptions just to play co-op just having split screen co-op in borderlands 3 must be a positive thing even if it's just horizontal, must be a good thing at least for some people.
It's a shame Split-screen has gone backwards on last Gen and this Gen consoles When I was playing on my PS2 TimeSplitters 2 I thought what an EXCITING future split-screen could have in the future but it's all gone the other way :-/ Oh well.
@kyleforrester87 No need. Just put your TV on its side and crack on.
I ended up returning my copy after finding out there was no verticle splitscreen as it was nearly impossible to play it as it is. I literally had to stand in front of my 55 inch TV just to see what was going on on my side of the screen. I know people say well just play it on single player, this is not why I bought it. Borderlands is one of the few games my son and I enjoy playing together.
My only hope now is if they don't patch in verticle splitscreen that they do cross platform as I do have a PS4 and an Xbox One. Only then will I purchase this game again so my son and I can play together.
Third party devs have sucked for almost a decade now. What happened?
I prefer having a wide sight so no problem for me.
Too much whiners in this world
@arnoldlayne83 So because we can't enjoy the game how we want too like previous installments of the series we are whiners.
If you ask me they're too many ***** in this world like you.
What sort of psychopath plays a coop shooter in a vertical view?
Let's keep things on track, please. Name-calling isn't going to help anyone.
how can you possibly think horizontal co-OP with the prevalence of ever wider TVs is a good idea. Just absolutely mindbendingly illogical. How about ask your fans or target audience what they want. Or ..... a great idea.... give them options.. how much coding would it take to make it happen. Like maybe an hour. Maybe a few more to iron out the kinks. .... super sad face.
Dont get me wrong I will buy this game but I'd be super happy if the creators gave this idea some thought and effort.... me and the wife actually get to "hang out" together and enjoy this game... played every release. Just wish game creators cared more about people being together then forcing console owners to buy another damn console and TV just to play games together. Borderlands... thank you for being the one game that doesn't bend over to the console selling crime lords.. much love
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