In this video, I'm going to talk about the vehicles in Borderlands 3 and all of the customization options.
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With Borderlands 3, Gearbox Software moved from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4. Therefore they had to build everything from the ground up. One of those things is the vehicle combat. Since the driving experience in the previous Borderlands games is known for not being the best in the world, Gearbox Software outsourced vehicle controls to the Quebec studio. During a meetup I had with a few devs, I found out that multiple devs at the Quebec studio have worked on racing games like the Need for Speed franchise. Therefore it was a logical choice for them to take on this project.
At the Borderlands 3 gameplay reveal event, I was able to drive around with a few vehicles. The controls felt familiar and the handling of the vehicles was good. During the demo, you can quickly obtain a vehicle. However, that first section is pretty open so there isn't a lot you can bump into. I didn't encounter any weird collisions with invisible objects it something like that.
Later on in the demo, you do get to race through narrow streets of Meridian Metroplex. Once you meet up with Rhys, Lorelei mentions you can give the new cyclone bike a spin. I think this is the vehicle that everyone is most excited about to try out. While I wasn't impressed by its weapons at first, I was impressed by how well it maneuvered. The handling at such high speeds and in the limited navigation space was great. I was able to swiftly navigate the city although half of the time I didn't know where I was going because everything was new to me.
During my play session, I noticed that there are a lot more Catch-A-Ride stations in the areas. This might be due to the location but it is a welcome addition to the game. No longer having to walk really long distances to get to a vehicle. Walking to your vehicle is a thing from the past because at any time you can also fast travel to your vehicle. This speeds up things significantly.
Catching a ride just became a literal thing in the Borderlands universe. In Borderlands 3 you are able to hijack enemy vehicles. When you successfully claimed your new ride, then you might run into some new vehicle parts. You can then drive your vehicle to any 'Catch-a-Ride' station and scan in the new part. When doing so, you are then able to digistruct those parts yourself for any of your future rides. There are 3 different vehicles you can spawn from Ellie's Catch-a-Ride stations. You have the Outrunner, the Technical, and the Cyclone. Each of these vehicles has a variety of different customization options. You can choose your Body Type (Vehicle type), Driver Weapon, Turret weapon, Mods, Wheels, Armor, Material (skin theme), and color pallet.
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