I’m mighty disappointed I didn’t keep my receipt. As such, I can’t get a refund and here you won’t even get store credit without proof of purchase. There’s $70 I won’t get back, but it does mean in the future I will think twice about giving Gearbox money. If they announced BL3 would be released in October, I’d still wait for it to go on sale in January.
Why so disappointed? Well a few things. Firstly, I loved the PvE story content but was extremely disappointed when 95% of attempts to find a group resulted in waiting 5 minutes and finding only 1 or 2 people (who often leave after seeing it’s not a full group), or not finding anyone at all and having to play by myself. I don’t want to play this game by myself, but with no one to be found in matchmaking (PC) that’s a large portion of content I won’t touch.
Then there’s the PvP. Again, extremely poor matchmaking. There were matches that were essentially 1v5, with the 1 dominating. When a single player is racking up 25+ kills in a match with only 30 kills, you’ve done a poor job balancing the teams. Not only that, but it never really felt like I was contributing much to the team, despite not being entirely terrible at the game (I’ve done my Advanced story). Even the maps themselves aren’t particularly great designs, nor are the modes particularly fun. What should have been a new shooter devolves into a moba or reuses modes from shooters nearly 20 years old. PvP is extremely unfriendly towards new players as well, and overall it just felt extremely unfun. I personally blame poor marketing - this was advertised as a shooter, when in reality it’s a 1st-person moba.
Inevitably, this game was destined to be compared to Overwatch. Seeing as almost all my RL friends were playing I decided to give it a go, and sweet jesus is it amazing. Even on my older machine it runs perfectly smoothly on “High” or above graphics, while BB struggles on lower settings. What amazed me more though was the gameplay. It’s so easy to pick up and jump straight into, even if you don’t know the heroes.
Each Hero feels quite balanced (with 1 or 2 exceptions), and the matchmaking system works almost perfectly - you will almost never be put up against a team that will dominate you, and most matches now come down to a few % on the goals. If you do get mismatched, it makes sure next game you’re not against those players and finds a more balanced one. What’s more is that it never feels like one player is dominating. Each player actually feels like they contribute, and even poor players can get kills so it never feels like you’re doing nothing.
I know the vast majority on here will think OW is “too casual”, or that the objectives/maps are too “samey”. I can assure you it doesn’t feel that way when you’re playing. I mean sure, if you sit down and play 8 hours every day for months it might get a bit dull, but long gone are the days where I (or those I know) have that kind of time to spend on a game. I can simply jump in for 20-30 minutes (or 5-10 if that’s all the time I have) and have an absolute blast. No restricted characters, no having to unlock characters, no DLC.
I realise it’s not fair to compare the two games, as they offer different things, but the comparison was inevitable as they’re both “shooters” released roughly the same time. Simply put, Overwatch does an great job at being an extremely fun shooter, and say what you will about Blizzard fanbois (no I’m not one, I hated the idea of OW until I played it, and am extremely disillusioned regarding WoD) but there is a clear reason why OW has 10+ million players while BB struggles to make a group of 5 for content…
So yes, I am extremely disappointed in Gearbox. Battleborn had so much potential and on paper seemed a much better game. It’s sad really, because this could have been a game I repeatedly came back to play. With the struggles to find a group though which will only get worse with time, I honestly don’t see myself spending any more time in the BB universe. I certainly won’t be forking out even more money to play the new story missions, and after the debacle that this game was I can’t see myself buying another Gearbox title until steam has one of their big 50-75% off sales.