I recently picked up Battleborn because I loved Borderlands and was interested to see if their new IP was any good, and also to see if the comparisons to Overwatch were fair. After playing it seems as if the comparisons to OW are pretty ridiculous, this doesnt even feel like the same genre, it’s just they’re both cartoony shooters with heroes in them and that’s where the similarities end.
Unfortunately attempting to play this game has been awful, it took 3 days of attempts just in order to get past the title screen because it kept displaying error messages. After finally getting into the game I discovered that the game has pretty decent combat hidden behind 15 different visual filters, some awful design ideas, and the worst UI I’ve ever seen in a video game. For some reason there has to be a million different things being displayed on my screen at once. I’m sure everyone has seen this picture:
This is a good example of how cluttered the screen and UI get during missions, it’s incredibly unappealing and strains my eyes a lot.
Also I think the fact that these 25-35 minute long missions have complete fail states is ridiculous. I just played a match one PS4 via split screen and we were defending a sentry (who’s health is not displayed in split screen) and it died and we got booted to the main menu. Escort missions aren’t and have never been fun I don’t understand why this was made.
Also did I mention how terrible split screen is? I wanted to get a friend in on my second account but it took 20 minutes of attempts to sign in before it worked, then when it did work we couldn’t play story online because the secondary account hadn’t finished the prologue. When we attempted to play the prologue it told me that it is a solo only mission and we couldn’t do it. Now I understand the prologue being solo only but surely on a guest account they don’t expect us to play that entire mission so we can finally do co-op online. Basically we were limited to private story missions, which should be offline, but aren’t. We then discovered that in split-screen 90% of the already minuscule text was now only a few pixels. We literally couldn’t read the text. Fortunately I had played the character my friend was given (he had to pick “random” because he hadn’t completed the prologue) before and gave a brief description of his abilities since we couldn’t read it out. The text on the helix menu was only readable within about 2 feet from the TV so every time one of us levelled up I jumped off the couch to read out what the options were so we could decide.
This wasn’t fun. I bought the Handsome Collection on PS4 because the split screen works great, much better than the split screen PC mod my friend and I had used up to this point to play locally. It even has adjustable FOV.
I do not understand how the same company that created possibly the best co-op experience currently on consoles also made this terrible mess which left my eyes stinging from the awful visual effects as well as having to strain to read the smallest text known to man.
All I want to know is how do I get more enjoyment out of this game? I genuinely enjoy the combat and skill/helix system but find many of the design choices to be unenjoyable.