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Friday, June 17, 2016

Top 5 Things Overwatch Does Better Than League of Legends

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Overwatch and League of Legends are radically different games. However, as arguably the two most popular games now, it is hard for people not to draw parallels between them when deciding what to play. Personally, I do think that there is room in the gaming world for both, and still enjoy them thoroughly. Nevertheless, with the massive boom that Overwatch is making in scene, its nice to see what kind of refreshing differences Overwatch has in their game. Let's check them out below!

Introduction

Overwatch and League of Legends are radically different games. However, as arguably the two most popular games now, it is hard for people not to draw parallels between them when deciding what to play.

Personally, I do think that there is room in the gaming world for both, and still enjoy them thoroughly. Nevertheless, with the massive boom that Overwatch is making in the scene, its nice to see what kind of refreshing differences Overwatch has in their game. Let's check them out below!

Lower Toxicity

This might be attributable to the fact that the game is relatively new, but a lot can also be said for hiding in-game stats. Although post-game stats are certainly good to see for your own benefit, in-game stats in Overwatch do not mean much, especially since there are not any advantages for being alive longer.

As a result, Blizzard opted to hide them, meaning that even if one player is doing awful on the team, it is not readily apparent to other players right away. This means that less raging occurs from "feeders".

No Set Meta (Yet)

Although the game tells you if you are overweight on a specific class of hero, casual play has not experienced a hard meta set revolving around specific required classes or specific required heroes to supplement others yet.

As a result, the game feels very flexible and exploration options are plenty. This may change as time goes on, but for the moment, it's awesome!

Unbalanced Games End Quickly

In League of Legends, the minimum time required for surrender is 20 minutes. However, Overwatch splits up the game into several, much shorter timed objectives for attackers and defenders. As a result, in complete stomps most games will end very quickly, but not quickly enough to feel like you did not have time to fight back.

Ability to Change Heroes At Will

In League, you select a single champion per game, and develop that champion through the next half an hour to hour of play time. However, if you realize that you either hate playing this champion or end up feeding too hard to impact the game, you are locked into that champion until the game ends.

Meanwhile, Overwatch heroes start off at the same point and slowly generate their ultimate through the game. As a result, switching does not negatively impact you unless you wasted your ultimate charge, and you can freely move around to what you find to be most fun and most beneficial to your team.

In contrast, if you start the game as a salty Soraka jungle, you are stuck even if you start regretting it.

Ability to Leave Games At Will

Lastly, the most common complaint about League of Legends is that sometimes people in games can "hold you hostage" against your will. If at least two people do not want to surrender, you cannot leave the game without fear of getting reported and banned.

However, in Overwatch you can freely leave the game (in casual mode) and doing so will immediately bring in a replacement, creating no negative impact for you or your team. This may change once the competitive ladder comes on, but is still a step up from "normals" on League.

Conclusions

Again, although the two are radically different games, it is easy to see how Overwatch is surging so hard in popularity and captured so much of the gaming base so fast. Salty League players like to point fingers at Riot Games (League's owner) and negative events that lead to "the downfall of League", but honestly Blizzard made a great game, and there's no reason you can not just play both.

What do you think about the two games? Comment below!



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