Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Distributor: Megarom Interactive
Release Date: 24 May 2016
We, along with the rest of the world, have been obsessed with playing Blizzard Entertainment‘s latest shooter entitled Overwatch.
Overall, Overwatch is a great shooter which will be relevant for years to come.
The game’s storyline is hidden in character backgrounds and cinematics which Blizzard has released following up to the game’s launch day. In general, you really have no idea who is who and why they are here fighting other Overwatch characters. In theory, the fact that they are killing each other makes no sense at all, but that doesn’t really matter. Each of the 21 playable characters are extremely interesting and unique. And you quickly want to get to know them all.
Where the game lacks in story, it makes up for in personality and much more. This is where Overwatch shines the brightest, as the game’s PvP brings addictive and fun shooting and combat that we have not experienced since Team Fortress 2. Starting out in a team-based formation, you and your selection of players need to either attack or defend an area or objective using every possible formation. This might sound simple enough, but the objectives are only a quarter of what makes a successful battle.
Cue the team work. Overwatch relies heavily on a balanced team of characters. Divided into various classes and forming the right team for that specific moment in battle, are part what makes the game fun.
At times we felt that the combat was frustrating, but a simple character change could usually fix that. Your team formation all depends on what you are doing in the battle. It is also important to note that the game is best played with a full team of friends who are communicating at all times.
Overwatch is set across a dozen futuristic maps around the world. As pretty as they are, they are also important to consider when choosing a character. Certain maps have long sniper lanes, while others have high ledges where you can take enemies out from afar with Widowmaker. Many of the maps also have one entry point where you can set up turrets and Bastion to quickly take down approaching characters. Then again, if they have faster characters like Reaper and Tracer, then your turrets will be useless.
Every match you participate in, scores you depending on how well you do with a character and with general objectives. These ratings scale from a bronze to gold and requirements increase depending on how well the other players are doing in the game. If the top player has 20 eliminations, then anything close to 17 on your side will get you a silver medal for that match. The same goes for healing and objective-based points. At the end the of the match, your medals will grant you XP. All XP gained will go towards you levelling up, which unlocks a Loot Box containing new skins, sprays and emotes for random characters.
Overwatch is an extremely addictive game with so many different plays. With the right team you will be busy for hours. But the thought of heading into a match with random people gave us a headache as the game relies heavily on teamwork. We also wish that the customisation was a little more fun with different weapon looks and maybe some vanity items similar to Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Will the game hold up for months to come? That is the biggest challenge facing Overwatch.
Overwatch is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Find out how you can play HERE.