When it comes to gaming platforms for PC, Battle.net is one of the big ones. With games from Activision/Blizzard, some of the biggest games around are exclusively available on Battle.net. While I have only used the PC desktop version there is also a version available for Mac as well.
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The Game Review
For me, Overwatch alone makes Battle.net something I have to have. Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Diablo, and the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard are just some of the heavy hitters here. If you want to play these games, you need to have Battle.net. Thankfully, Battle.net is actually a very well-made service and something that I have no complaints with at all.
Is it as easy to use as Steam? That is probably the question that most people are asking. I would say that yes, this is just as easy to use as Steam and very similar. It makes keeping your games organized very easy and you can easily chat to your friends, send messages, and set up multiplayer games too.
Battle.net has a nice clean UI that is very easy to figure out. I have never once felt the need to play around with the settings as they have nailed it. I like how your games are listed and along the top of the screen are logos for various games. We will use Overwatch as an example as that is the main game, I play using Battle.net.
Once you click the Overwatch logo, you will then be greeted with the latest news, what updates are there, and some other stuff too. I got a real kick out of the behind-the-scenes content that they have for many games. I find stuff like this a lot of fun and if you are deeply into a game like I am with Overwatch, you will get a lot out of this kind of stuff.
Battle.net is free to download and use and there are some popular free games available here. Stuff like Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm can be played here and I know a ton of people are into these games. Of course, you have nowhere near the game library that you get with Steam, but to play these Blizzard/Activision games, you simply must have Battle.net.
This is going to become more and more prevalent. The advertisements for the PC version of Call of Duty: Vanguard make a real point to mention that it is available exclusively on Battle.net. I would wager that all huge Blizzard/Activision games such as Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 will be the same and only be available here.
I really do not have anything negative to say about Battle.net. Would it be better to have all my PC games available in the same service? Yes, it would, but that is not the way things are anymore. I think that they have done a great job with this and as someone who plays Overwatch a ton, I can hand on heart say that this is one of the best PC gaming platforms around right now.