I'll kind of reiterate on what I said in another thread I recently made. I got the first Borderlands around its release in 2009, and I tried playing it alone and with my brother but I felt the game was pretty boring so we or I didn't get that far into it. I tried going back maybe one to three times since then but never managed to gain any more enjoyment out of it. With that said, I had no desire to play two when it came out on last-gen. When the remaster came out, my brother and I were looking for a current-gen co-op game to play, so we got the remaster of two and again we kind of fell off of it and I especially got bored of it on my own. Now, mainly because I wanted to play Tales from the Borderlands, I reinstalled two, as well as one.
I started two and with only several minutes of playtime, I was enjoying it! I felt I needed to play the first one though so I started playing one and I have to say that I am loving it now. One huge turn off for me was the lack of a really intriguing story or a huge assortment of expressive characters aside from the humor, but now what's there is totally fine by me. Borderlands is yet another game going down on my list of games that I am disappointed in not getting into before. While I am loving what's there, and will surely get right into two after I'm done, I do have some thoughts on what three could bring.
I wouldn't say Borderlands feels outdated, but it can use some modern touches. I like the difficulty in the game and sometimes it can get hectic if you're surrounded by dudes your level or a level higher. I am dodging enemies that jump at me or quickly trying to take a guy down before everyone else takes me down. So, if they made enemies even more aggressive, they could balance it out by giving the player more abilities from the get-go like the ability to double jump, slide, clamber up onto ledges and toggle sprint similar to Titanfall 2. Dodging from side to side like in Halo 5, and though less necessary since Borderlands is largely an open setting with fewer corridor areas, perhaps a leaning functionality similar to Wolfenstein. Lastly, possibly the option to go prone. It could allow for steadier aiming.
Gameplay-wise, that's really all I'd want in terms of improvements: character maneuverability. Getting nitpicky, I'd also say that I'd like them to allow players to be more customizable with their upgrades. As a solo player, it makes more sense. I understand that if you have friends tagging along, each member of the squad might be in a different class which allows for a bigger assortment of skills being used, so everyone has a role. As a solo player though, I play with a sniper and a shotgun but I couldn't have chosen a class that deals with both. I would have really liked to choose what I'd want to excel at specifically with skill point upgrades. Though I did say the story and characters that are in it is fine as is, I also wouldn't mind them taking it a step further with those aspects.
Maybe they could get some of the writers from Tales from the Borderlands, I don't know (I haven't even played it yet, so I can't say if I'd like it myself, but it seems to be highly regarded). Yeah, I'm just excited about Borderlands and now I'm actually interested in whatever Borderlands 3 might be. What about all you? What would you like to see from Borderlands 3?