Hero shooters are the ‘in thing’. Adding just a pinch of MOBA into first person shooters, they combine MMO elements with cooperative and competitive online gaming with flare, riffing off games such as Destiny and the Division. Gearbox, famous for the Borderlands series, jumps head on into the emerging genre, bringing with them their unique style, humour and flare. I wasn’t big on Borderlands, but was intrigued by the new formula, at least at first.
Gearbox aren’t striving to tell a hugely captivating story with Battleborn; it’s simply not the focus of the game. That said, they make an attempt.
It follows very much in the same vein as Destiny; there has been a near universe-ending phenomenon and only one star in remains. The surviving races collect around the final start and send out champions, the Battleborn, to fight off the Varelsi the malevolent Rendain.