Borderlands 3 review – why you won’t be reading our review this week

2K and Gearbox blame ‘security concerns’ for not sending out review copies of Borderlands 3 to UK press, as the first US reviews appear.

Today is the review embargo for the eagerly awaited Borderlands 3, except you won’t be reading a review here or probably any UK site today.

We’ve been told by 2K that no advanced copies have been sent out to UK press and while we haven’t checked with everyone VG247 are already complaining about the same treatment.

Everyone seems to have been told the same thing too, that ‘security’ issues have convinced 2K not to send review copies out early.

Whether their concern is that journalists will spoil secrets or somehow try to pirate the game is unclear, although either option is at least mildly insulting.

Especially given how many leaks there have been from influencers in the lead up to release and the fact that 2K/Gearbox managed to leak their own trailer this morning.

But then there was the time 2K sent private investigators round to hassle a YouTuber who was giving away secrets he discovered via a Twitch security exploit, so clearly it’s a fraught subject for them.

The end result is that a small number of US and European PC reviews are likely to be the only ones this week. Depending on when exactly review copies are sent out to everyone else, we might be able to do ours before the end of the week but more likely it won’t be till next week.

Borderlands 3 review round-up

Current Metacritic score: 82 (PC)

XGN – 95

Destructoid – 90

Shacknews – 90

IGN – 90

Vandal – 90

GameSpot – 80

USG – 4/5

The last time we played the game we had a lot of fun with it, although we did worry that the action seemed a bit one-note and the humour was becoming a bit too self-satisfied and obnoxious.

The gunplay was a definite improvement on previous games though and the variety and size of the open worlds is a major advance for the series.

Borderlands 3 will be released on Friday, 13 September for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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