Today marks the day of the first Battleborn DLC release, entitled Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion and what an experience it is. While not being as heavily dynamic as many AAA game DLC packs, Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion provides a lot of what Battleborn was lacking since its release.
A popular negative perspective was the length of the campaign missions within the game and how, after many replays they can get stale and in many cases way too long to effectively grind without pulling teeth. While I love this game, if I play too much in one go I sometimes need a few weeks to recuperate myself. So the new Story Operations have aided that by being a lot shorter while still containing a lot of story in a potent way. On top of this, each playthrough of the same story Operation provides you with different angles to the story, uncovering more lore, more humour and more action. This is so important as it allows these Operations to be played through for a much longer time before becoming ‘overplayed’.
One of the absolute biggest complaints about the campaign was the fact that, sticking to the MOBA genre, a lot of the interactions focused on protecting a specific point, usually relating to a power core or something of that nature. These Operations have attempted to change that with encounters being a lot more chaotic, requiring on the move fighting and strategising, which was a welcome breath of fresh air.
As you progress throughout this new gamemode, each playthrough grants you greater rewards, alongside your boost in lore, making it in many ways a lot more worth the grind for the gear you desire. However Battleborn is not stopping with Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion, having plans to release four more DLC Operations, entitled;
-Toby’s Friendship Raid
-Oscar Mike and the Battle School
-Montana and the Demon Bear
-Phoebe and the Heart of Ekkunar
Of course, being a Gearbox title, the new Story Operations have the classic style of Gearbox humour which definitely makes each playthrough interesting at worst and at best so wacky that it will be quite enjoyable. Not only that, this particular Operation has a unique style, in particular, detective film noir which further increases its appeal and lovableness. It serves to cast the DLC and the Battleborn within it, into a direction players were not expecting as well as to give it a nice little overtone other than a simple attack, defend, kill objective.
Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion is available for all Season Pass and Digital Deluxe Edition holders. They can also be purchased individually for $4.99 US or for 700 Platinum (in game currency).