Battleborn is an online MOBA-style first-person shooter that debuted May 3rd of 2016. It was in direct competition with Overwatch, which released later that month. However, in this Battleborn review, we’ll have a look at this game and determine its worth based on its own merits, giving a detailed review of both the good and bad.
Below, you’ll find the basic information you need to know before reading the rest of this Battleborn review.
|Type of game:||First Person Shooter|
|Multiplayer/Co-Op:||Online multiplayer & split-screen co-op available|
|Developer:||Gearbox Software, published by 2K Games|
|Total Play Time:||8.5 (main story), 20.5 hours (main story + extras), 236 hours (completionist)|
|System Requirements:||CPU: i5-750/AMD Phenom IIx4 945
GPU: AMD HD 6870/ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better
RAM: 6 GB RAM
OS: Windows 7 or higher
HDD Space: 30 GB
|Price Range||$9 – $30 (depending on platform)|
The World Of Battleborn
This game wasn’t exactly well received for the hype it was given, with most Battleborn reviews scoring it either a 6/10 or 7/10 from most reputable game review magazines and sites. Below, we’ll take a detailed look at the atmosphere and location of the game, the main characters, the storyline and the DLC and expansions that have been released since its debut.
Atmosphere & Location
- It’s a space fantasy, set on the star Solus, one of the few remaining places to inhabit after a catastrophic event destroyed nearly every other planet and star in the universe. This provides a sense of desperation and determination while playing.
- Despite the clearly dire circumstances, the struggle can be a bit hard to take seriously, however, as it is stylized in a very fun, vibrant and even aloof way.
- Clearly based on the art style of the highly successful Borderlands games, the cell-shaded graphics give it a comic book feel.
- The feeling is very fun, energetic, upbeat and reminds you constantly that it is, in fact, only a game. It makes you feel like you are inside of a cartoon.
- The music matches the art-styling in that it doesn’t give you any sense that you’re the last hope for all living creatures. It’s very atmospheric and basically absent other than cutscenes. When you are surrounded by enemies and they are closing in on you in a scripted sequence, the music does make a brief appearance, however.
All of the playable characters are known as the “Battleborn” and were chosen as the finest warriors on Solus to fight the Varelsi and save all living creatures. There are over 25 characters, so in this Battleborn review, I’ll attempt to highlight some of the standouts.
Ambra – Capable of a mutation that allows her to fire mini-novas as her secondary attack.
Oscar Mike – This is the character we used for this Battleborn review. Seems like the most basic selection of them all, but provides very good damage per second.
Whiskey Foxtrot – Largely considered to be underpowered, he has some of the best snarky lines in the game and features some of the best mutations and abilities as well – if you have the patience to learn how to use him.
Montana – Your basic, run of the mill tank character, capable of shooting at enemies, shooting enemies, and also laying down suppressing fire on enemies. The repetition of that last sentence was completely intentional: you’ll understand if you use him.
Thorn – A ranged character that packs a devastating punch in melee combat that most people are unaware of. Blight, combined with quick melee attacks can actually beat melee characters at their own game (early on), in multiplayer matches.
Phoebe – Possibly insane, but a complete powerhouse at close range. This character’s strength is her attack speed.
The main quest of the game is to stop Rendain from completely obliterating the last refuges of living organisms.
You can either Team up with your friends or fight solo through 8 episodes.
You’ll be tasked with stopping a super weapon, recruiting a legendary warrior and assisting in Dwarven research on “all the things”, in the name of saving the universe. The threat is yet another devastating doomsday weapon being used to finish off what is left of the cosmos, and you have to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Your journey will have you traveling to different planets (the ones that still exist, anyway) like Ekkunar, Bliss and Tempest to face off against whatever is behind the universal purge.
You will also meet some strange characters along the way like Boldur (the aforementioned Dwarf) and ISIC, an artificial intelligence that became so intelligent it went insane.
Organic life depends on your success, and that does add a feeling of necessity to your quest, even if you are surrounded by really strange organic life the entire time you play the game.
DLC & Expansion Packs
This is a complete Battleborn review, so let’s have a look at the DLC that is currently available, and examine whether it is worth your hard earned cash. There are 5 pieces of DLC in all:
- Attikus & The Thrall Rebellion
- Toby’s Friendship Raid
- Oscar Mike Versus The Battle School
- Montana And The Demon Bear
- Phoebe And The Heart Of Ekkunar
Each DLC opens a new story operation, and, as far as we can tell, they’re not sold separately. However, if you enjoyed the story and the multiplayer, it could be worth looking into opening up 5 new story operations and a slew of multiplayer goodies for the 20 bucks they’re asking for the season pass. That’s a pretty nice deal for all the content you get.
The game is enjoyable and features a redeeming multiplayer mode. It’s a bit all across the board with what its identity is: are your heroes saving organic life, or a rag-tag crew of imbeciles stumbling your way into accidental success? It’s a good time, though we feel it could have been better if you got a real identity from the start.
Have you tried Battleborn? Is there anything you would like to add to our Battleborn review? Feel free to do so in the comments!