Another title we got to get our hands on this year was BattleBorn over at the 2K booth. BattleBorn is a extremely fast paced FPS that was summed up in this sentence, “Anything that you see move shoot it in the face” and as I laughed it off when it was said by the end I realized how true those words are. Battleborn pits you and 4 other players against a swarm of enemies trying to battle through the map it is imperative that you all work as a fluid unit if you wish to survive. While Tim and I played two rounds of BattleBorn I selected two different characters one a more melee fighter and my second a long range esk fighter. I found that between the two the game play changed drastically for me leaving me to believe that 2K has really found a sweet spot on how to tailor each character to a specific role without making it to boring to replay that character.
Each character as we experienced has a talent tree as you will and you will rank up as the match progresses with each rank you’re able to unlock a new talent or ability to further progress your character. Thus leaving you a massive amount of matches to play the same character in multiple ways.
As battleborn is an FPS i was excited to see what they had in store for us, but watching the general PAX attendees play I realized how fast paced this game can actually be, now that’s not a bad thing in the right setting, I would be lieing if I didn’t say I wasn’t a bit worried that they may forget something or it may be to overwhelming selecting your upgrades and abilities while fighting huge swarms of enemies. Now I won’t say that the leveling up aspect was easy but I will say that it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined before hand. Fumbling through all the selections and options seems daunting but when in game it almost seemed fluid and I never felt like I was leaving myself open while selecting an upgrade or new more powerful ability. So for that I was pleased and as for the fast paced FPS well lets say it was fluid and inviting. I never felt like I didn’t know what to do. Press forward and fight the next onslaught of evil that awaits.
In conclusion my personal opinion of battleborn is that it’s a fun, fast paced FPS that if you’re looking for a more cartoon take is the game for you. Full of strategy and bullet storms with some awesome special abilities that add to the joy of watching things go BOOM.