Originally Posted by Naren
The first 3-4 hours of every Borderlands game are boring as fuck and then it picks up. That's seriously how every game in the series is paced. The start is like, "I want to quit this stupid shit, this is mind numbingly dull", and then when you get to the 40-50% mark of the main plot you get super engrossed in it and marathon the rest.
Borderlands only has two speeds for plot progression, whether it's the main quest or the side ones, dull and slowing moving as fuck, or so fast paced and exciting you can't quit. There is no in between whatsoever. I'm a big fan of the series, and Borderlands 2 is pretty much universally regarded as good an the highlight of the franchise, but that game doesn't really start until you get to Sanctuary, and it only gets really good when Sanctuary is airborne.
I got Borderlands 2 back in like, 2013-2014 and the first time I tried to play it I was like, "This fucking blows, worst game ever". And it sat unplayed in my Steam library for years. The first 2-3 hours of any Borderlands game are the most miserable shit ever. There's no plot to care about, the zones are dull and barren as fuck, you have no skills, and you don't have any cool weapons.
None of the games are like getting a new Elder Scrolls when it comes out and you are instantly engrossed in the mechanics and world. The first bit of the game is always just wandering around a barren world doing stupid shit.
The main plot of 3 isn't quite as good as the main plot of 2. but the 35-40%->100% mark of the main plot on each is highly enjoyable.
It's hard to get into if you don't know the series, because there are a shit ton of recurring characters who just show up and you are expected to know who they are.