BattleBorn is 2K’s fun-looking online First-Person-Shooter with a large cast of unique characters with all sorts of crazy weapons and abilities for each. The game can be pretty funny too, which is a nice bonus.
And better yet, there’s a single player campaign! Imagine that! The fun gameplay and single player are what drove me to buy this game when I found it on a good sale. That’s right, I said buy. This was unfortunately before it became free-to-play.
Blizzard’s ridiculously similar Overwatch came out around the same time, and completely overshadowed BattleBorn. Because of this, 2K were not completely happy with the money it made them, or rather didn’t make them, and they are shutting the game down. Everything. Even single player.
Spent money on the game like I did? You’re out of luck. We just tossed a bunch of dollars into a burn barrel. No refunds, no f**ks given by 2K.
I bought this game some two years ago, and just tried to play it like a month ago for the first time, after trying to refund the game without success.
Notice how I said “tried to play it.” And that is what I did…try.
I can’t speak for the online multiplayer, what the game is designed for, but man is the single player a nightmare.
You start off with a prologue. You can only choose one character for this. Okay, that’s fine. I beat the prologue after three tries, because my internet is completely horrendous and kept getting disconnected. The servers are probably awful too though in my internet’s defense.
That’s right, as you might expect, the game can only be played online. So when I restarted the game, I came to find that there are no checkpoints in the levels, so when you get a game over (yes, you have lives in this game) or get disconnected, it’s back to the beginning for you.
What makes this even more infuriating is that these aren’t short levels. Oh no, not even close. They are like over 40 minutes long! How can these people think it’s okay to put an unstable, ridiculously long campaign with game overs and no checkpoints? I can’t wrap my head around that…I…can’t…
When I beat the prologue, it’s supposed to save your experience, items, whatever it’s supposed to do, and then unlock level 1.
But do you think it actually does that? Well, I probably wouldn’t be writing this if it did.
No, I beat the prologue four times, each time taking faster, so that it took only about 15-20 minutes to beat it the last two times. And each time, according to the game, I never played it at all.
So I opened a ticket with 2K’s tech support. Like three weeks later they finally fixed the issue, or rather, unlocked level 1 for me.
So I tried this level out, and dear effing God. First off, the difficulty spikes 10fold compared to the prologue.
Second, the level seems to be even longer and has multiple bosses in it. You get a lot of extra lives, but you also lose them very quickly.
There are tons of tiny robots flying all over the place, shooting the hell out of you almost nonstop. And to hit them is very difficult. I’m playing this on PS4, so it’s nearly impossible unless they are standing still. On PC this wouldn’t be an issue.
So 45 minutes and four bosses later, I’m trudging along on my last life. Then an enemy appears out of nowhere (probably because of the crappy internet/server), freezes me in ice, and then shoots a laser beam that takes down my full health bar, and that’s that. Game over, 45 minutes of my life down the crapper, plus the first 20 minutes I played the level, but had to stop playing, so I had to exit the game and start the whole level over again later.
Even when you get a game over, you are supposed to keep everything you gained from the level. But guess what? Once again, the game did not register that I had ever even played it. Meaning that if I were to actually beat the level, I would have to go to tech support again and wait half a month for them to unlock level 2.
NO WONDER YOUR GAME FLOPPED!!!
Clearly, since it doesn’t have many levels, they intended you to play each one multiple times until you got good enough at it that you could 1.) finally beat it, and 2.) do so in a timely manner.
And as for the gameplay itself, it is just Borderlands. Even the humor is straight out of Borderlands. I literally thought that was the game I was playing while in my 45 minute session.
And I think Borderlands is terrible as well. So clearly 2K is not my cup of tea. But BattleBorn is less than a game. I can’t imagine how the game lasted as long as it did.
It was a waste of money to buy this non-functional piece of s*@t. And now they are shutting it down, completely screwing everyone out of the money they’ve spent. That’s like 2K pissing on your face after first kicking you in the balls. But the game is so bad, I don’t even care that it’s being shut down. I just want my money back, both for soon not being able to play it, and for the game being unplayable in ore ways than one.
For the first time in my life, there is a developer I will no longer give my business to.