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Battleborn vs Overwatch: What's the difference?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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