Battleborn Review
Battleborn Box Art
System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Dev: Gearbox Software
Pub: 2K Games
Release: May 3, 2016
Players: Single and Online Multiplayer
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Language, Violence

Speaking of the comedy infused within the game, it’s actually a big selling point for me personally. As I alluded to with my introduction, the first person shooter genre is over and done with in my opinion. The Halo series was the pinnacle of the FPSs as well as its ultimate demise - anything after that, with a few minor exceptions, is just rehash in my book. However, Battleborn seems to somewhat reverse this trend with its fresh commentary, hilarious innuendos, and just plain ridiculousness - you’re in serious need of a hug if this game doesn’t at least provide a chuckle or two.

Unfortunately, Battleborn isn’t going to captivate everyone as it did yours truly. Initially, I thought the title was a cartoon mess intended for the younger generation, which isn’t a knock - I just couldn't quite get on board. However, after sinking some time into it, it’s far from that initial stereotype but it will certainly force the traditional gamer to step outside his or her comfort zone in order to enjoy. The $60 price tag is also going to turn some gamers off for a game with this kind of cartoon layout and general adolescent feel. Again, don’t let those preconceived notions fool you - this is a decent title with a fresh take and lots of content oozing from the seams.

All in all, Battleborn is definitely a title I can get behind with its unique first person shooter approach, awesome cast of characters, gobs of weapons and power ups, and a hilarious framework to tie it all together. The game will take some getting used to and will force a few seasoned vets to step outside their comfort zone to enjoy the genus wonders that lie within. The hefty price tag may come with some initial sticker shock, especially after first firing it up, but those feeling will soon fade as you dedicate some time to Gearbox’s latest work by mowing down hordes of enemies and laughing hysterically in the process.

Patrick Tretina
Contributing Writer
Date: May 4, 2016

For a cartoon-style game, the visuals are surprisingly well done - lots of visual Easter Eggs hidden deep within the refined details.
The controls were a bit clunky at first but eventually became second nature and ultimately get the job done. It would be nice if a few tactical buttons were included within the layout.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The in-game chatter is hilarious and the voice overs are spot on with a standard set of audio humming in the background.
Play Value
Lots of replay value and what seems like a massive amount of content. If you’re going to scoop up this twisted gem, it’s certainly going to be for the multiplayer offering.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Story Mode: Battleborn's Story Mode is a narrative experience that can be played entirely singleplayer and is even better when it's played cooperatively with friends.
  • Persistent Progression System: All experience points, whether earned through playing Battleborn's Story Mode or Competitive Multiplayer modes, contribute to leveling up individual Character Rank, as well as player profile Command Rank.
  • Battleborn Heroes: Battleborn has a deep roster of 25 playable heroes and no two are the same. Every hero has their own personality and comes equipped with their own unique weapons and powers.

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