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  • Summary: Battleborn is a next-gen hero-shooter brought to you by the creators of the award-winning and best-selling Borderlands franchise. In Battleborn’s distant future, the only hope for the last star in a dying universe is a new breed of warriors, who must put aside their differences to drive backBattleborn is a next-gen hero-shooter brought to you by the creators of the award-winning and best-selling Borderlands franchise. In Battleborn’s distant future, the only hope for the last star in a dying universe is a new breed of warriors, who must put aside their differences to drive back an unstoppable menace. Choose from a myriad of powerful heroes and fight together alongside your friends in an intense co-operative campaign, or battle against them in fast-paced competitive multiplayer matches. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. May 3, 2016
    90
    Battleborn merges cooperative and competitive, hero and shooter, loot and shoot into an excellent melting pot and symbol of the times. Charismatic characters, clever intricacies, and compelling gameplay make this one of the best multiplayer experiences of the generation yet.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 14, 2016
    83
    Battleborn tries to wear too many hats at once. The shooter is filled with promise, but both the pvp and pve components need more content. And quickly. [June/July 2016]
  3. May 6, 2016
    80
    The roster fits every conceivable style of play. A glorious and chaotic shooter where the most skilled players can challenge each other, while the less experienced will also have fun while taking part in it all.
  4. May 2, 2016
    70
    The combat is frantic and tense, but often feels samey and superficial. The in-match leveling works wonderfully in the campaign, but can become problematic in multiplayer. The varied cast of heroes adds longevity, but the game still feels relatively content light. With so many moving parts that never quite gel, I found plenty of things to love but just as much to feel confused by and ambivalent about.
  5. May 23, 2016
    70
    Battleborn is a good game, that provides plenty of fun but it's just incredibly frustrating seeing all of these tiny issues that come in and ruin the fun every so often.
  6. CD-Action
    Jul 21, 2016
    60
    Battleborn can be enjoyable, but only with friends and only for so long, especially when there’s a better alternative – Overwatch. [07/2016, p.52]
  7. May 18, 2016
    40
    Its humor goes nowhere — it has none of the cultural sting of something like “Grand Theft Auto V” or “The Magic Circle”– and while the game does offer players a slew of fighting styles to choose from, the thought of tackling similar objectives over and over to unlock new avatars leaves me numb. Battleborn is an okay shooter but it’s certainly not a memorable one.

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  1. Positive: 82 out of 114
  2. Negative: 14 out of 114
  1. May 3, 2016
    10
    Could be the GOTY for me. Has multiplayer, has single player, has co-op, has competitive play. This game is the full package, something otherCould be the GOTY for me. Has multiplayer, has single player, has co-op, has competitive play. This game is the full package, something other games should work on.

    Good bye life.
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  2. May 4, 2016
    10
    Battleborn is a diamond hidden in a forest. With the storm of "hero shooters" flooding the game market (which this was the first one to beBattleborn is a diamond hidden in a forest. With the storm of "hero shooters" flooding the game market (which this was the first one to be announced, just sayin') Battleborn has gotten the short end of the stick.

    Just what is Battleborn though? As mentioned before, Battleborn is of the new genre of games coming out recently, a hero shooter. Battleborn has 25 playable heroes (5 more DLC characters to come post launch, completely free) that you can play in three different competitive multiplayer gamemodes (two maps per mode) or in a full length co-op story campaign (up to 5 players).

    Story- In Battleborn, you're in a war against Rendain with his Jennerit Empire and Varelsi allies to save the last star in the universe: Solus. There are eight story missions that can be played on Normal or Advanced difficulty with the added option of enabling hardcode mode (only one life per player). Each mission will take you about 30-60 minutes to complete depending on what difficulty you are on and how many people are playing. Additional lore about the game can be unlocked by completing character lore challenges- specific tasks you have to perform with various different characters.

    Multiplayer- If the story mode doesn't tickle your fancy, there's also the competitive multiplayer. In Incursion, the mode that makes everyone think Battleborn is a MOBA (it's not), you are fighting to destroy the two enemy spider sentry bots. You'll have to escort your own minions to their sentry to disable the shields- but that's far easier said than done. Or you could play in Meltdown, where you need to feed your own minions into a robotic grinder that thinks it commands the universe. Lastly, if you just want to get some quick action you can play in Capture, which is pretty much just domination from COD.

    Progression- Don't think that's all, though. In each multiplayer match and story mission, you will level up your character and select different augments that power up your abilities. By playing matches you will also level up your character rank which will unlock skins and more augments for your character. In addition by simply playing the game you will level up your command rank which unlocks loot packs, loadouts, gear, and more.

    Gear-What's that? Gear? There's still more?! That's right- you can also take gear into battle that powers up your character. However, your gear will be unactivated at the beginning of each match. To activate it you must collect "shards", the currency of the universe. But there's a catch-- those shards are also used to build tactical battle structures on the map, so choose what you buy wisely. Gear comes in various rarities and can be gained by buying loot packs (with in-game credits only, no microtransactions), by getting loot drops in the story mode, by completing challenges, or by leveling up any of your various ranks.

    Conclusion- If you couldn't tell already, this game has incredible depth. This is the factor that distinguishes Battleborn from every other game on the block. Battleborn is a COMPLETE package, worth the $60 in full. Battleborn has NO microtransactions or DLC that will affect the competitive scene (the only DLC will be story missions and cosmetics). If you wish to see how different the game is gameplay-wise from every other MOBA or hero-shooter out there, you should perhaps look at TotalBiscuit's overview of the game. That's about all for my review though. Battleborn? 10/10.
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  3. May 8, 2016
    10
    Game gets way to much hate. It's a fun unique idea. Combine FPS and MOBAs, my two favorite genres. It's competitive, has a fun cast ofGame gets way to much hate. It's a fun unique idea. Combine FPS and MOBAs, my two favorite genres. It's competitive, has a fun cast of characters and the humor is entertaining. Expand
  4. Jun 2, 2016
    9
    Battleborn is fast paced first person hero shooter with MOBA like gameplay, but without the 15 minutes of mindless creep lastBattleborn is fast paced first person hero shooter with MOBA like gameplay, but without the 15 minutes of mindless creep last hitting/grinding. If you have played MOBA games (Dota, LoL, etc.) and you like the 2vs2, 5vs5 or somewhere between battles you will love Battleborn. It's re-play value comes from (1) finding gear, that is well balanced in PvP since you need shards to unlock those items, where as you can use the same shards to recruit elite minions etc. and (2) unlocking characters and lore's true numerous of challenges and tasks.

    PvP is awesome in Battleborn, but since it's a MOBA like gamestyle it's not comparable to games like CS:GO or COD or BF. You need to have good map awareness, good positioning, good team play and objective based mindset to win the matches. If you go solo (yolo), you can easily find yourself between the enemy team and enemy creeps alone, which will lead to your certain death and you end up giving enemies more experience and therefore advance through out the leveling system.

    First con in this game is that the learning curve might be really big for someone stepping in from outside of the MOBA -genre (example, FPS). Second con is that this is a multiplayer game and it is not intended to be played as solo, so either you have to queue up with randoms or have to have friends playing this game also. I recommend dearly playing with friends using the VOIP system, so much fun. Third, and last con for me is that this game needs at the moment more PvE content. Gearbox has said they are working for more content for the overall game (pvp and pve), but the current state has only 8 maps in PvE. Even though you can play these on different difficulties, and the hardest difficulty reminds me somewhat of WoW heroic dungeons.

    My final verdict for this game is 9/10 for it's big content for its price, that is now ~20€ and it's super fun multiplayer system (Pve and PvP). When the extra content comes in to the game (5 campaigns promised!), I'm sure this game will be mine GOTY -game.
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  5. May 3, 2016
    9
    Fun..with the tongue-in-cheek self awareness that made Borderlands stand out. Competitive PvP...gear optimization (includingFun..with the tongue-in-cheek self awareness that made Borderlands stand out. Competitive PvP...gear optimization (including common/rare/epic/legendary), 3 types of progression (2 are permanent, 1 is 'per map'). PvE (solo and coop) with a dungeonesque feel...PvE maps can take 30 minutes to an hour on Normal Mode...Advanced mode 60+. Advanced Hardcore...about 30 seconds..lol. Expand
  6. May 26, 2016
    7
    Battleborn is a bit of a mixed bag. It's a good game, but at the moment has some very noticeable flaws that need to be mended.

    Firstly, the
    Battleborn is a bit of a mixed bag. It's a good game, but at the moment has some very noticeable flaws that need to be mended.

    Firstly, the game's population and matchmaking. On PC, the game's community is fairly small at the moment. Averaging around 3000 players at any given moment, with slight peaks and dips. It's best to play it at peak hours. Due to this, you may wish to consider the PS4 copy of the game if you have the system, as the community is said to be bigger there.

    Second, there are some strange design choices, both in visuals and audio. Whether it is issues with the contrast, with many bright colors and particle effects, or the fact many key sound effects and music are either too quiet or missing.

    Third, there is a lot of grinding to be had in this game. This is not necessarily a negative, simply something subjective. The game has a lot of things behind grind walls, like characters and loot.

    Fourth, to me the story mode is rather lackluster. It is mostly just repetitive mob shooting, with some dry spells. But since I got this mostly for the multiplayer anyway, this doesn't really effect me much at all.

    I would also like to note that this game is a MOBA more than it is an FPS. Due to the marketing of the game by Gearbox, this was not entirely clear to many people. Just make sure you or anyone you know who is interested in the game.

    With that all in mind, this is still a decent game and worth checking out if you are into MOBA's or want to try something a little unique. The character designs are varied and most are pretty cool, the gameplay is pretty fun, and it is certainly a game that escalates in enjoyment the more friends you have playing with you. It's a flawed game, but a fun one. And I just hope Gearbox can address some of these issues down the road.
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  7. May 14, 2020
    0
    SJW piece of **** This crap game was a cheap copy-paste of Overwatch, which was already bad (and the most overrated piece of **** ever). TheSJW piece of **** This crap game was a cheap copy-paste of Overwatch, which was already bad (and the most overrated piece of **** ever). The game promotes crap ideologies like feminism and sjws, and it's so poorly made that it was dead in dayssss. Nobody playing that crap after a few months and I didn't even knew it existed, **** the mangina devs that made this crap with the sole purpose to ca$h from 10 yrs old casual brainwashed brats and **** this game for putting feminism ideology in front of people's eyes, I am glad this game is dead a long time ago Expand

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