Borderlands 3 has found itself in hot water ahead of its release next month. Randy Pitchford, CEO of Borderlands' developer, Gearbox Software, has been accused of insulting and assaulting former employees, lying about the content of the game, and defrauding his own company.
None of that is a good look, and should Borderlands 3 prove successful, it will be despite its handlers. With the troubling reports surrounding the game, there have been many fans who have decided not to support publisher 2K Games or Pitchford. They are forgoing the third entry in the series, and are boycotting Borderlands 3. If you happen to be one of the many who are not buying the popular action RPG shooter, might I suggest you play Rage 2 instead?
The Alternate Desert Wasteland
Rage 2 is a game that happens to be a lot like Borderlands 3. Both games are set in the desert and consist of open worlds. So that feeling of exploring a wasteland similar to that of Mad Max is present in both. You do have a rugged vehicle in Rage 2 to drive around in as well. And if you happen to enjoy side missions, both Rage 2 and Borderlands 3 provide you with enough side missions and tasks to complete so long as you have the skills to do so.
If it's the characters from Borderlands that you love most, you'll be happy to know both games have over the top characters with a zany sense of humor for you to enjoy. One minor difference between the two, however, is the way relationships are strengthened in Rage 2 is more in line with those in a Far Cry game; the game has areas of the map that are controlled by various general-type characters that will help you as you level up your relationship with them --- and yes, side missions can go towards these levels.
Both games allow you to upgrade yourself as you progress. Rage 2 has these structures known as Arks and locating them and linking with them grants you new abilities. The Borderlands 3 equivalent would probably be the skills tree but with more options, as these skills can be leveled up as well. The other collectibles in Rage 2 will also increase your stats incrementally, similar to leveling up.
There are some differences between the two games, though. The most notable is that Rage 2 doesn't have any kind of multiplayer. This, however, could be seen as a positive. If you ever found that Borderlands is boring without friends, Rage 2 is for you as it is built with only one player in mind. Rage 2 also doesn't have different classes to choose from. The only real option you have is to play as a male or female.
Ultimately, despite their minor differences, both games offer explosive action with a quirky sense of humor and hours upon hours of content to go through.
Developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, Borderlands 3 is set to be released Sept. 13.