Borderlands 3’s beautiful new expansion tries to tell a better story

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I did not expect much to enter Blood reward: a handful of redemption, the third of four planned Borderlands 3 expansions The loosely western theme is over to death and, truth be told, it hasn’t been long with the game since last major crash update. But what I found was a unique addition to Borderlands universe with some of the most beautiful (and useful) landscapes the franchise has ever seen.

Blood reward Sends you on a mission to the arid world of Gehenna, where wandering bands of Devil Riders tame beasts plunder and plunder the contents of their hearts. Gehenna had been home to a mysterious corporation known only as The Company which, after its experiments were exhausted, dumped tons of technology on the planet’s surface. It is up to the Vault Hunters to end the Devil Riders’ reign of brutality and bring peace to normal people who are only trying to survive.

The narrative has never been the Borderlands franchise strength, and Blood reward does not contradict that trend. His attempts to lash out at the western genre often fail. The ever-present narrator is forgettable. And after a few obvious turns, it’s over. Interesting thing about Blood rewardHowever, it is his attempt to tone down the humor in favor of telling more serious stories. It is not a masterpiece, but the subtlety of adventure is far from the extravagance normally associated with Borderlands, which makes the few jokes that manage to land much better.

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Where Blood reward It really excels the environments. Gehenna culture is a strange mix of western influences and vaguely Japanese architecture. In a moment, you walk through a massive bathhouse that serves as the Devil’s Riders’ headquarters. The sauna is then destroyed by a bomb, and you have to go through its ruins to reach the final boss. An underground biome known as the Obsidian Forest offers striking contrast to the wild expanses of Gehenna’s surface, the brutal volcanic glass towers that stretch from the cave floor to the dominant roofs like giant toes.

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Gehenna’s landscape is as functional as it is beautiful. Blood reward introduces a variety of new environmental tools, all of which contribute an exciting new layer to normal run-and-shoot combat Borderlands 3. Mushroom launch pads mimic similar mechanics of The prequel, which makes scrolling levels smoother and more enjoyable. After some missions, they give you special knuckles that can dislodge explosive crystals that are scattered around the environments and send them flying to the opponents. Even further in history, you learn how to harness a specific type of plant to command enemies. Simply shooting these weeds, even from a great distance, produces insects that make enemies allies for a short time, providing excellent distractions while taking out your friends.

Blood reward don’t reinvent the Borderlands 3 wheel. It is too short an adventure without the nostalgia for The Moxxi jackpot heist or the compelling boss battles of Guns, love and tentacles. That said, the developers set out to tell a story disconnected from the series’ main narrative, and I’d say they finally succeeded. Blood reward It is carried by a large cast of newcomers, from the former Devil Rider turned sheriff who accompanies you on many missions or the great evil that threatens you before your final defeat.

But seriously, bring the fourth and final expansion now. I can’t wait to see what Krieg the Psycho has been up to.