I needed to get this out, or at least written down, because the ending to Borderlands 3 has been bugging me. Not sure if its because I'm upset as a series fan, or if it's just as bad as it seems. Spoiler Block of Text incoming.
So, I've been mulling this over for a couple of days now, and I think the ending to this game might suck ? Now, I don't think the writing is as good in BL3 as the best parts of BL2, but the lows didn't feel as low either. The ending, however, has really irked me. As far as I can tell, it's either one of two things.
1. Assuming its meant to be taken as is, which I doubt given reasons below, its a pretty lame way to end Lilith's story, who's been a staple of the series, maybe even to the point of being the face of the franchise. It seems like a death for the sake of a death, and it feels like it dumps all over the series' lore.
2. Its a bait and switch that wants to have its emotional gut punch but not mean it. Given how many times they go out of their way to not say "dead", this feels disrespectful to the players intelligence.
Now, I believe it to be 2 for numerous reasons. Firstly, it happens off screen, and there's never a body. If a character "dies" off screen, they're probably not dead. Secondly, they have numerous ways out. "It could kill her" happening prior to it. The credit scenes showing characters looking for her, and people saying she's not likely dead in the post game. Add these to the fact that Sirens have gotten exponentially more powerfully over the games and I'm left not believing it. If Troy can pull a moon out of orbit with new powers, you expect me to believe that twice, powerful characters, can't do anything without dying.
They'll probably do something in DLC like the Tiny Tina stuff in BL2, and I'm hopeful they will, because that was some of my favourite BL2 content, but man, the ending we have has taken some of the wind out of my sails for the game. There's still stuff I need to do with Moze before I launch into True Vault Hunter with her, and I wanna find all the Eridian logs and try the other characters, but some of the sheen has been taken off a game I was enjoying, and I think it's bummed me out ?
I think it's bummed me out.