This one I’ve been getting a lot in lately, it doesn’t seem like things are about to change so, let me answer the most common question that I’ve been getting recently once and for all: “Which games better? Team Fortress 2 or Overwatch?”
Truth is, there is no simple answer. And that is exactly why many people are confusing this game for one in the same. They are not! Okay? Guys, listen while these two games are similar in gameplay, graphics and even game mods these are entirely different games. Just because players are divided into two teams and are working to get her to achieve a common goal, that does not make it a Team Fortress or Overwatch clone. Well, unless it’s absolutely a Team Fortress clone, like this one, or a shameless Overwatch rip-off, like this one right here. Anyway, let’s focus to the question at hand and let me try and answer it as best as I possibly can.
First off, believe it or not these games are very much different. If you’ve played both of these games you know that TF2 is much closer to a traditional arena shooter with the addition of teams. This game allows you to play more like a lone wolf if you are skilled enough. Experienced spies know exactly what I mean. Snipers are also fairly efficient as loners if you know a map well (and by now, who doesn’t). Soldier can also wreck havoc on enemy units provided that he’s experienced enough. Not only that, pretty much every character in this game, given the right player (such as myself, hehe) can easily become a one man army against the opposing team because of the matchmaking system. At least that is how I feel after 1700+ hours of Team Fortress 2. It’s mostly about the skill.
Now, I’m not the most experienced Overwatch player but I have played it for a long 124 hours up to this day and from what I have learned about the game it’s that it is not a clone of TF2. The games are similar yes, and chances are that if you are old TF2 veteran that you will like Overwatch because of their similarities. But then again same chances are that you will realize very soon, that these games besides their similar cartoony art style and fast-paced gameplay don’t really have much in common. Yes, some of the game modes are exactly the same, but how you play them is entirely different. Overwatch puts much stronger emphasis on team play. Players are supposed to complement one another with their abilities and work together to defeat the opposing team. Now that describes pretty much every team-based game there is, but what’s different about this one compared to TF is that every character has a counter character. Players are focusing much more on their team and how to improve it rather than choosing and sticking with one role per game. The fact that all kills only count towards team score, not a personal one speaks for itself about this games teamwork emphasis.
Now, as usual this is my personal opinion. I was never very good with reviews and since English is not my native language this might make no sense to some people but, there you have it, a comparison from my perspective regarding key differences between the two similar looking games. Of course, the best thing you can do is to try to games yourself and come up with your own verdict.
Here’s video that does a good job explaining how similar/different these two actually are: