Overwatch is a class-based team shooter developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Revealed in 2014, the multiplayer game sees players work as a team, taking control of various heroes that each have unique abilities and roles to play within the team. The game has gone through strenuous testing by players and developers, with the beta development stretching from October 27 to May 10. The full game is set to be released on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One on May 24 2016.
Overwatch Beta Gameplay Review
Overwatch has been in the works for what feels like a long time without becoming stale. Gamers all over the world have been keeping up to date with Overwatch’s progress since the game was announced – getting excited despite the recent let downs of modern shooters.
Overwatch makes no attempt at realism and, despite the polished effects, little effort in to wowing players with gorgeous graphics. It’s the kind of pure game that hasn’t been seen since Team Fortress 2, focusing on great gameplay and enjoyable classes.
The game allows freedom within defined roles, nudging players towards creating a balanced team without confining them. It lets you know if your team is lacking in offence, defence, tanks or support, but it never forces you to play a character you don’t love.
A MOBA without lanes, Overwatch manages player enjoyment well. Forgiving in it’s nature, but still skill-based, the objectives of each match keep teams on track, whether you’re capturing a point or escorting a payload. Players seem to deal little individual damage per second, making teamwork important and reducing odds of being completely stomped. A good team composition with little skill can often beat a high skilled team due to the symbiotic relationships between some characters.
With 21 characters from release, with more to come in the future, there are a lot of things to learn for a new player and it might take some determination to stay with the game until a basic understanding is reached. It all becomes worth it the first time you’re feature in the play of the game, though, which is shown at the end of every match.
My favourite offensive hero is Soldier:76, a real old school character armed with a heavy pulse rifle that has the ability to fire an explosive rocket burst. He doesn’t jump, roll or ghost forward- he simply sprints like a real man. An all rounder, he has healing abilities as well as a relatively strong ultimate move that allows for pinpoint accuracy called Tactical Visor.
Bastion is the average player’s favourite defence hero. He has two configurations – recon or sentry with the latter turning him in to a stationary gatling gun that shreds through the bigger targets. With a self-repair ability he has endurance to stay in the fight, while his ultimate move turns him in to a tank with a powerful cannon.
While Reinhardt is a super useful team hero, Roadhog is “a one man apocalypse.” Similar to Pudge from Dota 2, he can use his chain hook to yank targets close enough to finish with his scrap gun. He heals quickly using his Take a Breather ability, while his ultimate move The Whole Hog can be devastating, pouring shrapnel in to a wide spread of enemies.
While there are probably more useful support characters, Lucio is sure to be a fan favourite hero. Whilst on roller blades, Lucio uses his Sonic Amplifier to hit his enemies with blasts of sound. He uses his music to increase his team’s movement speed or regenerate health passively, which is really cool.
Overwatch Release Date
May 24, 2016
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