In case you missed it, Gearbox Software’s Battleborn is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The first-person shooter takes after the new wave of hero-focused games, featuring 25 unique characters. The genre’s about to get increasingly competitive but what sets Battleborn apart is its 5-player campaign mode, consisting of an actual narrative and a diverse set of missions.
And what a campaign it is! We’ve had the chance to try a total of three different missions from betas and media previews, and all of them have showcased fun snippets of writing, great boss fights, and an actual emphasis on teamwork. Read our impressions here.
Before anyone dismisses the boss fights as merely one huge bullet sponge, Gearbox have actually gone through the effort of emulating raids. Players will be constantly running about, learning or recalling different boss phases while trying their best to survive at all the nonsense flying their way. Lives don’t come cheap either, as teams all share a limited number of respawns.
Gearbox Software is also one of the few studios to truly care about cooperative experiences, particularly couch co-op. Compared to Borderlands, the switch to a wider cast of heroes and classes allows for some actual team synergy to happen, and the matchmaking even allows split-screen games to go online for both PVE and PVP – for anyone that loves couch co-op, that is big news.
Competitive multiplayer supports up to 10 players and comes in three modes: Capture is the typical capture-and-hold scenario found in most team-based games; Incursion is a thematic spin on the MOBA duel; whereas Meltdown tasks teams with escorting minions into a talking incinerator, all the while preventing their opponents from doing the same.
The Battleborn Digital Deluxe Edition, priced at US$74.99 (S$94.90 via Steam), comes with a Season Pass that promises five DLC packs and instant access to the five post-launch heroes upon their release. It also comes with a bunch of cosmetics such as taunts, ‘Cyber’ skins, Legendary-level gear packs and more.
You won’t have to fork out extra for those new heroes, though. Gearbox Software and 2K will be supporting Battleborn with “many free content updates” and yes, that includes the new heroes; we’ll just have to unlock them via our in-game account ranks instead of getting instant access.
Other additional content will come in the form of new multiplayer modes, maps, balance updates, and community features.
Oh, there’s a free mobile game too – it’s called Battleborn Tap and you can read more about it here. Notably, we’ll get to redeem a golden skin for the loveably psychotic witch, Orendi.