Overwatch is the first FPS created by Blizzardhas become popular among millions. Available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on PC, it has taken its place as one of the most popular games played today. Overwatch was released on May 24th, 2016. But you may still be wondering is Overwatch any good? Especially for those who are not hardocre Blizzard fans. This Overwatch review will take a detailed look at the objectives, designs, and characters of the game.
|Type of game:||First-person shooter|
|Multiplayer/Co-Op:||Extensive multiplayer modes; online only co-op, no split-screen|
|Total Play Time:||8 hours for the campaign, potentially unlimited multiplayer|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel® Core i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 865
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850, or Intel® HD Graphics 4400
RAM: 4 GB RAM
OS: Windows 7 or higher
HDD Space: 30 GB
The World of Overwatch
Overwatch has four game modes: Assault, Hybrid, Control, and Escort.
Overwatch Escort Mode
In the Escort variant, the attacking team’s goal is to escort the payload to a delivery point. For the payload to move, the attacking team has to stand within certain proximity of it with out any defenders being in the area. The defending team must prevent the payload from being brought to the delivery point.
In the Assault game mode there is an attacking and a defending team. The attacking team’s objective is to capture bases across the map. There are two bases : A and B. The defending team’s goal is to prevent the opposing team from capturing these bases.
Overwatch Hybrid Mode
The Hybrid game mode is a combination of the Assault and Escort game modes. The map starts off with an Assault objective, and if/when the attacking team successfully assaults the first point, they proceed to carry the payload to the delivery point.
Overwatch Control Mode
The Control Variant is unlike the other game modes. In this best-of-three format, each team seeks to control the objective area. The controlling team earns points in correlation with how long they control the point for. Once a team achieves 100 points, they win the map. The control point does not change on each map.
Ranked vs Quick Play: Overwatch is one of, if not the best, games to play if you desire a ranking system. With relatively quick games, an elaborate ELO system, and in game voice chat, you can put your skills to the test playing ranked. If you prefer a more casual style, or you do not have as much time to play, you can play Quick Play/Arcade as well. Blizzard changes the casual game modes weekly, providing constant enjoyment and variability in game modes!
It may be worth checking out our Battleborn review as well, if only for the sake of argument. The whole Overwatch vs Battleborn debate really did a lot to popularize the game. While there many games similar to Overwatch, Battleborn became the immediate Overwatch competitor and term of comparison.
Atmoshere and Location
Overwatch’s graphics are excellent. On PlayStation and Xbox, the game runs smoothly and is rather beautiful. The graphics on the PC are dependent on the computer running it. At max graphics, the PC version can be run in 4k, which makes the gaming experience far superior to that of the PlayStation and Xbox. To many people’s sadness, Overwatch is not available on Mac computers.
The character design in Overwatch is extensive, unique, and meticulous. Ranging from southern gunslingers to mad-scientist Gorillas, each character has a distinctive look and recognizable voice lines. Heroes have a base outfit, and then many more skins are available through loot boxes. Loot boxes are either bought with real money or purchased with in game currency earned through leveling up. Fans have praised Overwatch because unlike other popular online games, you do not need to purchase anything besides from the game in order to play it to its best capacity. Along with skins, each character also has purchasable voice lines, emotes, and victory poses. The character customization is extensive and enjoyable. Players frequently flaunt their skins/emotes in game.
An Overwatch review would be incomplete without mentioning the gorgeous maps. Blizzard utilizes the seasons, time of day, and location in each map. The maps in Overwatch continually show deep consideration and diversity in culture. From Urban skyscrapers to Eastern Asian cherry-blossoms, Blizzard sought to compliment its character’s diversity with proportionate setting diversity as well. Really, we could write an entire Overwatch review for the scenary.
There is no campaign mode to Overwatch. Because of this, all character development is observed during in-game interactions. Through voice lines, emotes, and sprays, the player gets a personal view into the relationships between Heroes. Each hero’s abilities provide strategy and personality. The characters make the game great. A successful team composition relies on a proper distribution of offensive, defensive, tank, and support heroes. Blizzard has also provided character summaries and biographies on the Overwatch website.
It would take a much longer Overwatch review to give each character a thorough look. Below you’ll find just a brief summary of what each Overwatch character can do and what their main traits are.
- Genji: This blade wielder jumps and dashes around the map, slicing and dicing through his enemies.
- McCree: A vicious gun slinger with precise accuracy and startling range.
- Pharah: This jetpack propelled hero launches rockets from above.
- Soldier: 76: Your run-of-the-mill assault rife carrying, teammate healing, sprinting super soldier.
- Sombra: She goes invisible, renders your abilities useless, and hacks her way to victory!
- Tracer: Tracer makes up for what she lacks in durability with elusiveness and speed!
- Bastion: You do not want to get in this robot turret’s crosshairs.
- Hanzo: Wielding a bow and a versatile arrow arsenal, Hanzo will snipe you before you can say “Hanzo!”
- Junkrat: This grenade launching bothersome troublemaker reminds you of Noob Tubes and Call of Duty!
- Mei: Mei utilizes her ice walls and freeze guns to immobilize her enemies.
- TorbJörn: With his creatable turrets, “Torb” is always a good strategic choice for when your team is on defense.
- Widowmaker: The only “true” sniper in the game, Widowmaker picks off her enemies from afar with terrifying accuracy. Her name is a testament to her destructiveness.
• D.Va: This seemingly innocent lady rides around in her Mech preventing damage and distrupting formations.
• Orisa: Orisa’s versatile abilities allow for team disruption, constant damage, and damage prevention.
• Reinhardt: With his enormous shield and massive hammer, Reinhardt is this game’s version of a brick wall.
• Roadhog: Watch out! If Roadhog hooks you, you may be dead before you can taste his shotgun’s spray.
• Winston: This Gorilla-Genius hops around the map utilizing his shield to block projectiles and his gun to electrocute enemies.
• Zarya: This powerful tank gains power as her shields absorb damage. Be careful, if you attack her while her shield is up, you may make her unstoppable!
- Ana: The most diverse character in the game, Ana heals, suppresses, does damage, and snipes!
- Lucio: This agile healer jumps and wall rides his way around the maps. With the ability to speed boost his teammates, an unsuspecting Lucio team-push can be startling.
- Mercy: Mercy heals and provides damage boosts to her teammates. When her team dies, Mercy’s ultimate lets her resurrect the dead!
- Symmetra: The ultimate annoyance, Symmetra aids her team with sentry turrets, shields, and teleporters.
- Zenyatta: Zenyatta shoots orbs to heal his teammates and weaken his opponents. Seemingly meditative, you better kill him before he picks apart your tanks!
Each character has his or her own benefits. Knowing how to balance out each characters’ strengths and weaknesses in a team is key. And luckily there are dozens of different combinations you can choose from. Combining different characters to find the ultimate winning team formula is half the fun.
In this Overwatch review, we took a look at the objectives, heroes, maps, and game design. Whether you enjoy shooting rockets or wall riding, you will love playing. You can play alone or with friends, which are both enjoyable options!
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