Overwatch: the next big thing in esports?

Blizzard’s new game called Overwatch is out, and everyone is going crazy over it, the hype is incredible, so today we are putting out our review on this beautifully crafted game that has been pretty much kept a secret.

General

Overwatch is an interactive multiplayer video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Published in 2014, the game focuses on cooperative gameplay and uses a vast range of heroes, each with an individual ability and a personalized role within a team. Due to the positive feedback of the players, the game was released in 2016 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Plot

Being set in the near-future Earth, Overwatch surprises the years after the global-scale “Omnic Crisis” which put humanity under threat of the “Omnic” artificial intelligence. Robots all over the world started a massive conflict on the global scale. To bring an end to this dispute and to protect humanity, the United Nations formed an international task force, “Overwatch”.

The team ended the war and managed to maintain an era of innovation and discovery, but after a few years, the people turned against them on the grounds of corruption and sedition. Once regarded as heroes, members of Overwatch were then looked down upon with suspicion. The task force disbanded after the headquarters were suddenly destroyed, apparently by accident. It is believed that the cause of the downfall of Overwatch was based on an elaborate conspiracy. The conflict is rising across the world again, and the call has gone out to heroes.

Overwatch review

Choosing the heroes

In Overwatch, a player can control one of the several characters in shooting matches to take down the other team and achieve victory. At the beginning of the game, you have to learn about each hero’s abilities and then decide which one suits best to you. There are offense characters that can deal with a high amount of damage and the defense ones which control the battlefield, fortify locations and interrupt the enemy attacks. Last but not least, there are the tank heroes that soak damage and break apart fortified positions, such as narrow checkpoints or closely-grouped enemies. If you choose to play with a tank hero, you will lead the charge. If you are in need, there might come in hand the support characters which can heal you and boost your damage.

Overwatch Hero Select

Maps

Overwatch provides players with numerous locations around the world with unique layouts, where they can fight against their enemies. These places vary from the technological marvel of Numbani to the manufacturing powerhouse of Volskaya. To secure a victory, the team should search the specific win conditions and then meet them. The best advice would be not to go into combat alone if you can avoid it. It would be better if you would stick with your teammates because this way you will ensure that the Support heroes can easily coordinate the attacks and protect the allies.

The basics

Although it is terribly annoying, the tutorial must be completed before you jump onto the battlefield. It is a quick introduction to the basics of Overwatch and a presentation of what you need to do to win as many fights as possible.

Abilities

In Overwatch each and every hero has its ability that helps them defeat their opponents, move around maps and protect their teammates. In other words, these unique powers are the key to winning the matches. Different heroes also have various movement and support abilities, such as hard-light sentry turrets, sonic speed boosts or short-range teleportation. Some abilities cannot be continually used because they are limited by cooldowns.

Every hero can perform a melee attack because it is a quick, close-range strike which uses no ammo. It would be best if you would use it to finish off weak opponents or when you have to reload. Otherwise, you should use ultimate abilities, which are game-changers – they can turn the tide of battle. Although you can automatically charge them over time, you are given a faster charge when you deal high damage. Supposing you do not switch heroes when you die, your ultimate’s charge level will stick around.

Overwatch Tracer

A match

Before you start a game, you have to choose a hero carefully. It is important because a wrong choice will bring the defeat to your team. When selecting a character, you have to consider the map. Keep an eye on your team composition and talk to your friends. However, if you want to change your hero during the match, it is possible. Please note that your ultimate ability’s charge level will be reset. When the map victory conditions are fulfilled, the match is over. At the end of it, the players can see everyone’s contribution, give feedback, see the Play of the Game and even vote on the most valuable player.

Health

In Overwatch, health represents the amount of damage a hero can take before dying. It can be recovered not only with the aid of Support heroes but also by collecting health packs that can be found in certain places throughout each map. When a hero’s health is reduced to zero, he is considered dead. In spite of the fact that he will return shortly, the team is at a disadvantage while they wait for the dead teammate to respawn.

Overwatch Gameplay

Rewards

A random selection of customization options come packaged in Loot Boxes, which are unlocked every time you level up. Moreover, they can be purchased in the in-game Shop. Every ten levels you are likely to receive a new Portrait Frame. The more you play, the more you will be rewarded! When you accomplish a feat of persistence or talent, you’ll unlock a commemorative badge of honor. From the Career Overview pane of the main menu, you can keep an eye on your achievements and EXP. Also, you can share them with your friends.

Summing up

Overwatch is not only an exciting shooting game but also a great way of spending your spare time. Despite the fact that it helps you polish up some excellent skills, it might give addiction. Once you start playing it, you will hardly give it up.

Written by: Andrew D. Williams

Passionate gamer since I was just a little kid, when I'm not playing something or writing about the latest news in the gaming industry, I watch movies, lots of them.

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