Gearbox’s latest game is a flop and for good reason, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all bad. Here’s my review of Battleborn.
One thing Gearbox did right in Battleborn is the gameplay. If you like Borderlands you’ll love the way this game plays because it’s almost identical to Borderlands. It’s just improved and a little faster. Everyone character has different playstyle and abilities to give them the upper hand in battle.
My only complaint is that it takes 30 minutes minimum to get through some stages in story mode and that’s makes grinding my favorite characters up to level 15 a pain. Don’t even get me started on trying to reach level 100 with your profile…
Another area of this game that Gearbox excelled at is in the graphics department. Battleborn is a beautiful game. When I got to the second story mission I was literally blown away by the beauty of everything. The characters, ships, enemies, and stage themselves all look fantastic. There a few low quality textures, but you can find those in every game.
The voice acting is solid, but not great. Characters range from sounding really good to really annoying. The soundtrack is okay. It’s not very memorable and won’t win any awards, but it’s okay. The guns is where this game shines in the sound department. The different guns that each character use sound fantastic. This doesn’t surprise me because Borderlands always had really great sounding guns too.
The story in Battleborn is complete shit. It pales in comparison to Borderlands 2, but the mode itself is fun to play if you have someone to play with. My wife and I went through story mode in a few days. The only reason why it took that long is because we did some missions multiple times to try out the new characters that we unlocked.
Story mode would be so much better if it was expanded on. It’s short, repetitive, and I can’t enjoy it by myself. I need someone to play this game with in order to get some enjoyment out of it.
The main selling point of Battleborn is it’s multiplayer and it’s lacking in both players and content. Battleborn’s multiplayer isn’t bad, but it’s very repetitive and can even get boring during long matches. Battleborn’s multiplayer is fun, but it needs more content to convince me to keep playing it. The only reason why I bother to play Battleborn right now isn’t for the pvp. It’s to play through story mode with my wife.
I know I’ve mentioned this a few times already. This is a really repetitive game. Both the single player and multiplayer modes are repetitive. Usually a game with repetitive singleplayer has a really good multiplayer experience or vice versa. Battleborn doesn’t have either. Both modes bore me to death if I play solo. I know this is a multiplayer game, but I can easily play games like Call of Duty, and Star Wars Battlefront by myself.
It Tries Too Hard To Be Borderlands:
Borderlands 2 is a fantastic game. Battleborn tries too hard to be Borderlands. The way the main character crack jokes is exactly like the characters from Borderlands would, but most of the time the joke is flat. Some characters in Battleborn even act like well known Borderlands characters. Isic is a exact copy of Handsome Jack, but he’s not funny at all.
If you wanted to make another Borderlands game why not just make Borderlands 3?
Battleborn has the potential to be a good game, but it’s not. It’s a average one that has really good gameplay and some awesome characters. Both the story, and multiplayer modes are weak. If I had brought this at full price I would be raging right now, but since I only paid $7 for it I’m not. Battleborn will go down as a major disappointment and that’s too bad when you consider how much potential is in this game. Here’s to hoping that Gearbox finally gets their shit together and make Borderlands 3.