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Battleborn vs Overwatch: What's the difference?



Overwatch vs Battleborn: Which game is right for you?

Battleborn and Overwatch are out now, both visually spectacular yet mechanically daunting hero shooters. For those unfamiliar, these two games might easily be confused.

How do these two experiences differ from each other? Both are fundamentally different shooters, each with their own unique gameplay systems and selection of playable heroes.

To make things easier, we’ve rounded up a few of the core differences to help you decide which game is right for you.

Buy Now: Overwatch at Amazon.com from $55

Buy Now: Battleborn at Amazon.com from $17

What's the difference vs Overwatch and Battleborn? Check out our video analysis

Battleborn vs Overwatch – Developer

Overwatch is developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the legendary studio behind World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. Not only is this their first foray into the FPS genre, it is their first new IP in almost two decades. So, as you might expect, Overwatch brings with it a lot of hype and expectation.

Battleborn, on the other hand, is developed by Gearbox Software. The studio’s recent projects include Borderlands 2, Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines.

The developer is experienced in delivering deep, immersive FPS experiences and Battleborn looks to blend that with MOBA influences.

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Battleborn vs Overwatch – Gameplay

Battleborn is a first-person shooter with MOBA elements, including both single and multiplayer game modes. Multiplayer features five-versus-five player combat with clear MOBA influences, such as AI-controlled Minions and specific capture points. Your progress begins at Level 1 with each match, allowing you to experiment with vastly different play-styles. The single-player portion can be enjoyed as either a solo or co-operative experience via online matchmaking.

Overwatch is a multiplayer-exclusive affair, with no single player component at launch. There is a total of four game modes: Escort, Assault, Hybrid and Control. Objectives range from defending a specific point on the map to escorting a payload as you defend it from the opposing team. Each mode emphasises teamwork, forcing you to select heroes that not only suit your own play-style, but actively support others.

After ranking up in Overwatch you are rewarded with a Loot Box. These contain cosmetic items such as character skins, sprays and voice lines to be used in-game. Beyond this, progression is quite limited, but the game is so fun to play you probably won't notice.


Battleborn vs Overwatch – Heroes

Battleborn currently sports 25 playable heroes, which can be defined as a Supporter, Attacker or Defender. Two additional tags are also applied to each hero, such as “stealth” or “mobile”, making it easier to pick your preferred character. As we mentioned before, these are levelled up with new abilities throughout each match, giving each hero a sense of progression.

Overwatch will have 21 playable heroes at launch, with more to be added for free in the coming months. Much like Battleborn, heroes are split into several unique roles: Offense, Defense, Tank and Support. Characters all have two special abilities along with an ultimate power than can be used once fully charged. All of these operate on a short cooldown, meaning you must time attacks perfectly to be successful.

Related: Overwatch character class guide


Battleborn vs Overwatch – Visuals

The most obvious distinction between Overwatch and Battleborn are the visuals. Blizzard and Gearbox have crafted two creatively diverse games with distinctive visual personalities.

Overwatch feels and looks like a playable Pixar film, right down to its adorable character designs and bright, energetic environments. The game’s maps take inspiration from real life locations, albeit with a quirky, cartoonish twist. Locations such as Hollywood, London, and Tokyo feel right at home in Overwatch, reflecting the varied personalities of each character.

Battleborn takes the over-the-top aesthetic from Borderlands and cranks it up to 11. Character designs are hugely imaginative, with heroes sourced from a variety of strange alien races. Some of these include a ludicrously posh Steampunk Robot, a turret wielding giant and a buff professional wrestler. It’s all a bit ridiculous, but reflects the goofy tone Battleborn is going for.

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Battleborn vs Overwatch – Which one is better?

Despite their similarities both games provide vastly different experiences with unique heroes, modes and gameplay mechanics. Overwatch is arguably the more accessible option with its bite-sized matches and loot based progression, while Battleborn offers a multi-layered gameplay system perfect for fans of MOBAs.

No matter which game you go for, there is a fun multiplayer experience to be had, so long as you have the patience to learn the ins and outs of each roster.

Battleborn and Overwatch is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Buy Now: Overwatch at Amazon.com from $55

Buy Now: Battleborn at Amazon.com from $17

Still undecided? You can read out full Overwatch review here, and our Battleborn review here to get the full breakdown of both games.

Which one will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments below.

Yummy Bear

May 25, 2016, 9:39 pm

Picked up Battleborn, because it has couch co-op and provides a sense of progression. I hear Overwatch is very shallow and gets less interesting by the hour.

Kyle W. Bradley

May 25, 2016, 10:46 pm

overwatch is the titanfall of moba fps. Overhyped, visually stunning, content starved, and generally bland with constant repetitive matches where everyone plays the current meta or fails due to a significant challenge to balancing multiplayer while still trying to deliver content in a multiplayer only game with limited advancement. End result is a beautiful game that is unmatched for enjoyment until you have tried everything and find what works at which point the game falls flat because it no longer has re-playability as the "best option" quickly becomes the only option.

Battleborn is more of a pure MOBA game with no great challenges to balancing due to their creative advancement system in which you level up fresh every mission and the additional options given to leveling up by ranking up the character offer endless synergy options with other players. There is no "best way" because the options to succeed are a matter of team composition rather than skill use. The only way it would get boring is if you only play with the same people with the same playstyles.


May 26, 2016, 5:07 am

Everything you just said about Overwatch is wrong, but I only played in the closed beta for months. I'm sure that just makes me a Fanboy.

Plus if you use the phrase "MOBA" anywhere near overwatch, you're already talking out of your ass, since the game possesses absolutely no MOBA traits whatsoever.

Battleborn and Overwatch are only related in that A) There are multiple guys to play, and B) They're first person. Those are only significant similarities on the surface.

I can't think of anyone I've told to not play Battleborn. There's no reason not to get both. They're extremely different games. Cut the fanboy bullshit. For you to justify your liking of one thing, you don't need to shit all over a passingly similar thing by making stuff up about the experience. You're trying to convince people to not play a game predicated on wildly subjective crap from someone who obviously hasn't really played the game for any period of time.

I can't even fathom how it gets "less interesting by the hour" for anyone whom wouldn't get bored by any short-match FPS game. And sure, Matches get repetitive if everyone does literally the same thing with the same hero on the same map.

Plus nevermind that Overwatch is crushing Battleborn in reviews. But I'm sure there's some convenient excuse for that.

If you want an FPS Moba, get Battleborn. If you want a fast paced classic style FPS, get Overwatch.

I mean just buy both effing games. I did. If you can only afford one, ask people who actually play both. If you don't know anyone, then do whatever I'm not a cop. But don't make a decision based on crap like Kyle is saying.


May 29, 2016, 5:57 am

I see Overwatch most funny vs Battleborn, but this is my personal opinion

Bo Dunn

May 29, 2016, 9:34 pm

I think the biggest clue as to which is better has to be the price drop. Battleborn is already down to $38.88 USD on Amazon. It just came out less than a month ago. So there's got to be a big reason why no one is buying it.

Keyser Soze

May 30, 2016, 4:59 am

"The developer is experienced in delivering deep, immersive FPS experiences"

Mmm hmm. And they also delivered Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines

Crippled by UK State goons

May 30, 2016, 10:49 am

HALF THE TIME in the Video, I could not tell when it was Battleborn or Overwatch... (the other HALF of the time I could tell the difference); so If I am not alone in that, could you put a GAMENAME at each Change in the Video when if you switch.

Crippled by UK State goons

May 30, 2016, 10:53 am

The main character in Battleborn (female?) in the Marketing, is FUG UGLY, and the chick in Overwatch is Hot, damn HOT.

Males are thus shallow?


June 2, 2016, 12:24 am

Personally, I like Battleborn. It's a fun, well-made game. Haven't had the chance to try Overwatch yet, but I've head a lot of mixed opinions on it.


June 6, 2016, 9:59 pm

except for the fact battleborn is a better game on every level, and goes to show people are just willing to follow the hype train.


June 6, 2016, 10:01 pm

i own overwatch and i can say i agree, it gets stale as hell, you get nearly the same team comps every single match, employing the same strategies. its a shallow game with no advancement, very limited game modes, and poorly balanced characters.

Crippled by UK State goons

June 8, 2016, 12:32 am

With some SMARTENING UP of the Characters, AND reducing the cartoon vomit, I am sure that would make it ([MUCH] more) successful.
But will they listen to me, and steal this thunder?


June 18, 2016, 2:06 am

I've heard Battleborn is already dead, so...that's a decision maker. But IF it wasn't, I'd still go with Overwatch for me. My thing, is that I like faster matches. I don't mind the way Battleborn works, but I like faster matches, simple as that. I like being able to get in, do some work, and win or lose. Then move on to another match.

Another big thing with matches being shorter, is that if you get a team that doesn't want to play the objective, you can get the match over pretty fast and move on to a new group. If the rounds are longer like Battleborn, you're stuck with that bad team until the game's over, unless you want to leave early. Though in Overwatch's case, leaving early hurts your XP.

Shane Brooks

July 22, 2016, 7:08 pm

Also because Blizzard is a huge company(hence: WOW) and that has alot to do with it, Most people flock to the masses by instinct, without thought.


August 2, 2016, 5:21 am

well that's just twitch. even though I heard that battleborn on steam wasn't doing that well (like REALLY not well) the consle version was (from what I read) very good

TheMythof Feminism

August 5, 2016, 5:31 am

Overwatch has way better gameplay.

Battleborn plays like ass.


August 7, 2016, 1:02 am

Where did you get that? I heard there are still many people playing battleborn

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