Ode to Overwatch

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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Overwatch has been out for just over a month now, and it has burrowed it's way into my heart like some weird alien parasite. This happens every now and then with certain games. There are ones that force me to think about them when I'm not playing, and learn a silly amount of knowledge about it. I could probably use that time on something more constructive but hey ho! Minecraft, Battlefield 3, World of Warcraft, Kerbal Space Program and Cities Skylines have all had that honour also.


But what is Overwatch and why is it so special? Well put simply Overwatch is a competitive team based FPS by Blizzard Entertainment (Warcraft, Diablo .etc). Blizzard has always put the time and effort into making games that are polished and just feel really good to play, and Overwatch is no exception. Within the game instead of loadouts and pickups you are given a roster of heroes to pick from. Just like a MOBA each hero had his/her own set of abilities and weapons making them distinct and varied so any style of play can be catered for. Split between attack, defense, tank and healer characters, a knowledge of each playstyle and how to counteract them offers a wide range of tactics. Finding out the best way to handle situations and coming up with different strats offers endless variety in a game where there is only competitive play and a limited number of maps.


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As for why its so special? Well that's difficult to say. What first attracted me to the game was the art style. Just from the few screenshots I loved the cartoony look of it all. Then there was the first cinematic trailer that came out (above), it looks like a freaking Pixar film. For me this hit on something that has been slowly putting me off FPS games for a little while now, the lack of fun. Now I'm not saying that your Call of Dutys and Battlefields of the world are not fun to play, but they don't have a fun light hearted feel to them. There is only so much Shooty McGruffpants characters that I can take, and I can't really relate to them anyway. Overwatch is different, the characters all have an interesting spark of personality to them, from the serious goth Reaper to the hyperactive silliness that is Tracer. It's the complete change of mood that I wanted, and by the reception it got a lot of people feel the same way.

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The team behind the game said that they wanted the game to feel inclusive, they did so by adding heroes of different races and genders. The game just feels positive, the same way Minecraft did when it first came out. Every character has voice lines of encouragement and just seem like swell people you would want to hang out with. I've racked up nearly 20 hours of playtime on PC with Overwatch, and I'm still not really good at the game. I can hold my own but if a player comes along who is impeccable they will run me down. But that doesn't matter to me, I just love learning about the characters. How to play them and their backstory.  

Now this isn't to say that Overwatch doesn't have its problems. Recently with the arrival of competitive mode there are some changes that need to be made both to hero balance and game systems. However this is something that will come with time, Blizzard has always been good with supporting their games - and adding new content - for years after release. Heck World of Warcraft is almost 12 years old and they still add new content and patch the hell out of it. Overwatch will have a bright future and I cannot wait to see where it will go next.


4 comments :

  1. I'm currently playing Arma3 and I'm totally addicted :)
    Great post

    Carl
    Www.ablokeseyeview.co.uk

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    1. Arma3 is one of those games that I've been meaning to play for so long. Looks really interesting and I enjoy watching people playing the battle royale mode. *sigh* One day.

      Thanks for reading.

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  2. I'm currently playing Arma3 and I'm totally addicted :)
    Great post

    Carl
    Www.ablokeseyeview.co.uk

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