Battleborn’s Biggest Problem Is Overwatch
After spending over 20 hours with Battleborn, there’s one problem I just can’t help but dwell on. It’s nothing to do with the game’s mechanics or content. In all fairness, it’s not even anything the game does wrong, it’s purely down to its release date.
I’ve enjoyed blasting through hours of Meltdown and Incursion. Giggles have been had, awesome team performances achieved. But at the back of my mind, I can’t help but overlook one thing. Overwatch is so close to release. Surely I’m not alone? I know I’m not alone, most Battleborn team chat is filled with discussion of Overwatch.
Gearbox’s latest release has plenty of quality to boast. The sheer range in heroes is brilliant, every single on of them plays differently. Adjusting approaches based on enemy composition is a subtle, but hugely satisfying, element of the game. Learning the ins and outs of each hero promises reward, not just in the form of titles and skins either.
When playing as part of a fluid team, Battleborn flourishes. Every game is unpredictable, providing so many different experiences. Last minute wins, dominations that turn into defeat, neck and neck battles. Battleborn has them all. With all that being said, one eye is clearly fixed on Overwatch, releasing at the end of this month.
There’s not many games on the market that play so smoothly. Overwatch purrs with confidences, it oozes style and charisma. The way each hero fits into the game’s meta is hugely impressive, even more so considering some of the mechanics at play. Tracer’s time bending, Lucio’s active supporting, it’s all so slick.
I can’t help but feel slightly sorry for Battleborn. For all the good things the game offers, it has always been firmly in the shadow of Blizzard’s newest IP. Gearbox couldn’t even catch a break during their release window. Overwatch’s open Beta has stole the limelight.
Odd as it may sound, Battleborn’s biggest problem is Overwatch, even if they aren’t trying to do the same thing. It feels more like a nice filler, a distraction more than a long term interest. There’s a few minor things that niggle away in the way Battleborn performs. While Overwatch looks, sounds and plays great, Battleborn can’t boast the same. Muddy textures and poor optimization allow that longing for Overwatch so much easier to fall into.
Gearbox deserve credit for creating a decent game, even if it feels like a warm up act to Overwatch.