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I Had A Good Feeling About Battleborn […]
Gearbox makes good games. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter if this game [Battleborn] starts with the same damn letter as the developer’s previous and critically acclaimed, action, RPG-style property, Borderlands 1️⃣. This was the minuscule detail that I was hung up on for quite some time when Battleborn was first announced. “They [Gearbox] already have a game that starts with the letter B. And what kind of name is Battleborn anyway?” But now none of these petty objections matter. Not even in the slightest. Battleborn is very, very good…almost great, which means my instinct was right. I had a feeling that I would like this game and that turned out to be my understatement of the year.
Shooting And Looting In Borderlands
This was most likely going to be the headline for my Borderlands 2 blog post, but I haven’t gotten around to creating that content yet. I’ve briefly played Borderlands on PS4 and it’s seriously one of the most pleasurable experiences I’ve had on the platform so far. I absolutely love that game – and I don’t want to elaborate on this too much because it’s not really the main topic – but Borderlands is an awesome shooter that feels right at home on the PS4 (I’ve played it on PS3 as well). So it comes as no surprise that I’m enjoying Battleborn as much as I am. It’s quirky and funny, I love the cartoony art style, I can’t get enough of leveling up and the loot drops, and the gun play is so, so damn good. But enough about that. Let’s get back to the game at hand.
A Battalion Like No Other; All For One Star
So what’s with these first-person games and their need to have you (as the champion) fighting to save the last of something? In Destiny you’re fighting to save the last city on earth, and in Battleborn you’re fighting to protect the very last star in the universe. It’s just something that I noticed…I guess evil doesn’t know how to stop until it gets every last one of your belongings. Whatever the case may be Battleborn has proven to be a game worth playing and talking about (in my opinion). If you take Borderlands, ramp up the number of playable characters (with dynamic weapons and abilities) and make it a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), you’ll have Battleborn – the most ambitious video game Gearbox has ever done.
“I’m starting to become addicted to these betas.
I participated in both Destiny betas, The Division beta, and now the Battleborn beta.
The campaign is what I was mostly interested in because I’m not a multiplayer guy.”
Campaign or Multiplayer? That Is The Question
You get to choose from 25 characters (upon release), but only a handful are unlocked for the beta. I’m starting to become addicted to these betas. I participated in both Destiny betas, The Division beta 2️⃣ (my Let’s Play for Tom Clancy’s The Division will be posted soon), and now the Battleborn beta. The campaign (or story mode) is what I was mostly interested in because I’m not a multiplayer guy. I have nothing against multiplayer modes – I like the idea of the competitive team gameplay – but I just suck (at playing) in these modes. It doesn’t matter which multiplayer game I play; my lack of speed, skill, and precision shooting in these fast-paced multiplayers make it hard for me to enjoy the game. I get my ass handed to me every time because all of my opponents are light years ahead of me in terms of skill level. They’ve been playing competitively for years so I become the sitting duck. I’ll usually give multiplayer a try – Destiny and COD have awesome multiplayer modes – but my time there is short lived. The campaign is where I dish out the most damage! But the one thing that Battleborn’s multiplayer has going for it – which makes it so much more approachable for a lone ranger like myself – is it’s sheer number of interesting characters and (more importantly) their assortment of weapons. They’re not all ranged. You can choose a character like Rath 3️⃣ or Shayne who are melee based. They don’t shoot anything; they clobber and/or hack and slash. You don’t have to be an expert marksman. You can dish out damage by punching and hitting your opponent until they’re blue in the face! So what I realized is that your crosshair accuracy doesn’t have to be spot on. The game is a little more forgiving so as long as you aim in the general direction of the enemy you’ll be ok. Speed is still a factor of course and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t do fine with a ranged character. I played with Thorn and did ok – mind you the matches were private and against bots – but the point is having melee based playable characters makes the MOBA experience a little more welcoming for inexperienced players. This is where I think that MOBAs shine.
Say Multiplayer Online Battle Arena 3x Fast!
Here is where I think that MOBAs don’t shine. Their poisonous online communities. I know for a fact that the world renowned DOTA 4️⃣ and League of Legends 5️⃣ both have the kind of communities that tend to keep newbs and filthy casuals away. I’ve dabbled in both and if you’re a lone ranger (like myself), without your own friends to form a team; then you are subject to the matchmaking system which works well as a utility, but not so much in the camaraderie sense. If you lack skill your teammates can be verbally abusive, but that isn’t the case with Battleborn…well not that I can attest. Again, I only played with bots, and not with other players. Whether or not Battleborn’s online community plays nice with one another still remains to be seen…I’ll eventually see how all of that unfolds. However, what I can tell you is that the MOBA portion of the game is surprisingly fun and it doesn’t take long to figure out what your objectives are. The modes and arenas are very engaging with lots of verticality and vantage points, and I’m in love with the world.
There’s a good time to be had with Battleborn. If I were to play this with two or three friends on my team I’m positive that I would enjoy it even more, but the lack of friends doesn’t deter me from enjoying this game. There’s a good story mode to get lost in and you can set up private matches (with bots) if you’re a little intimidated by gaming with others on-the-line 😉