Overwatch currently in open beta which means that you will be able to play it on PS4, Xbox One or PC regardless if you’ve pre-ordered the game or not. We have been playing the early access beta and we are loving the game. So much so, that we have decided to spread the love and put together our five most important tips for starting off in the game. Be it choosing the right hero, or just knowing what to do when – here are some tips to starting off in Overwatch:
Know Your Heroes
Overwatch has a huge roster of playable heroes and this could be overwhelming if you are new to the game. Never fear though as each of them have a unique play style which goes hand in hand with your play style. We prefer to stand at the back and troll everyone on the team by killing them from a distance. This is where characters like Widowmaker, Bastion and Zenyatta come in handy as they have great range when shooting from afar.
If you play MOBAs or anything of the kind, then your character choice would go hand in hand with the type of character you play there. If you like tank heroes, then Reinhardt would be the guy for you. If you are always helping others with your healing beams and health packs, then a support class would be your forte.
Learn The Maps
If we have to say anything about the maps, is that it is important to know what goes where.
Get accustomed to the ledges above so you know where you can snipe from. Know where the opposing team spawns so you can plant mines on the door and troll them hard when they walk out. There is nothing better than getting the upper hand on your enemy when they get stuck in a corner.
Customise And Be Unique
When you level up, you will be rewarded with a loot box. This box will contain a set of random rewards like remotes, skins, sprays and player icons. You will want to use these as often as you can. This is an online game, you do not want to look like everyone else and have the same old boring emblem that you started off with.
Be warned though, do not get attached to these items as when the beta ends and the full game launches on the 24th of May, progress will be reset and you will need to gather all those great vanity items again.
Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
If you are in a match and things are just going south, then do not be afraid to switch up characters. When you die you can change characters by holding down square. This does nothing to your stats for that game, so do not be afraid to mix things up if sniping is just not working out for you this match.
Also pay attention to who your team mates are playing as, as during the match they might change heroes, which will mess up the team balance. This might mean you need to pick up the dead weight and change to a tank to balance things out.
Play vs A.I
If the multiplayer is proving to much for you at the moment, then hit the Player Vs A.I mode where you and some online players will head into a map and fight against some A.I bots. This is a great way to also experiment with new heroes as it is not always as intense as going into the PvP, which gives you more room to play around with skills.
If you are worried about not levelling up any ranks, then do not fear as you earn XP as normal which goes towards your player rank and unlocking new loot boxes.