As a huge fan of Blizzard and Team Fortress 2, I could only look forward to Blizzard’s new shooter called Overwatch. The big question was of course “Will Overwatch be better than Team Fortress 2?”. And while opinions will likely be divided, for me it’s a resounding YES!
Overwatch takes place in the future, in that future humanity is threatened by robots in what has been called the “Omnic Crisis”. To stop this decline, the UN created an organization called Overwatch. Overwatch succeeds in defeating the robots and then sets out to keep the peace on Earth. However, after 30 years, Overwatch falls apart, leading to ex-cops fighting each other around the world.
That’s one of the great things about Overwatch, because even though it’s purely a multiplayer game and thus there’s no single player at all, Blizzard put so much effort into it, through character lore and cutscenes (which, btw, old-fashioned Blizzard stuff is !) you also note that while it’s not in the style of Blizzard’s past games, it’s still a Blizzard game. You can see the love put into the game in everything, be it the characters or the levels, it all feels so good!
At the end of the day, Overwatch remains a shooter and does the combat, so no matter how good everything around it is, it’s very important that the combat works a little bit well too. I can confidently say that the combat is very good, not only do most of the characters play very well and each one feels different, the balance is also very good. Some characters will of course be easier or harder to play, but at the end of the day, there are no real champions that aren’t played by anyone (more on that later).
In addition to shooting, there are also champions that only have melee attacks, and while this often feels a little underpowered in some games, the melee characters are well balanced enough that you can practically kick with these champions as well.
Game modes aren’t completely unimportant either, and as much as games these days rely on the standard team deathmatch with some capture modes, Overwatch does it very differently.
Escort, as the name suggests, is a game mode in which you have to escort a car from one end of the map to the other. Of all the game modes, this is perhaps my favorite as it often has chaotic situations and big gun battles.
Assault is a game mode in which the attacking and defending teams must try to capture or defend a point on the map. In this game mode, cooperation (actually at all) is extremely important, otherwise the other team will easily roll over you.
Hybrid is a combination of Escort and Assault and is not much different from these two modes combined. It’s a nice change of pace to play these two together because you don’t have to do the same thing over and over again.
At the top, 2 teams compete for a series of territories, with the one who has conquered the most of the 3, the winner.
And now the category that made Overwatch better than Team Fortress 2 for me, namely the champions. Don’t get me wrong, on TF2 I’m a big fan of the champions too, but they’re all so similar. Overwatch, on the other hand, gives you a choice of 21 champions, each with their own unique personality, so they all feel very different to play. This gives the game a new kind of depth not often seen in this genre. If you ever have the time and inclination, I definitely recommend reading the cutscenes and character lore as it will give you a better idea of the story in general, as well as a better idea of your favorite characters.
Level up and compete
Most things you do in Overwatch give you XP, so of course you level with that, and with each level you level you also get a loot box. These loot boxes can contain various things, they can range from simple currency that you can spray on the walls during gameplay, voice lines for your champions, attitudes and emotes for your champions and even a large number of skins. On the one hand, this is one of the good things about Overwatch, but on the other hand, it’s not. It’s great that you have so many customization options, and getting the feel of a legendary skin from a loot bin is really great too. On the other hand, it’s a shame that the only rewards you get are purely cosmetic, which makes leveling feel a little boring at times, especially in the later levels, and you’ve already got a bunch of loot boxes that just spray and Voice lines, then the rewards feel a bit mediocre.
Luckily for the real hardened players at level 25 in the next update there will be a competitive mode where you can really show how good you are with your champions. Unfortunately, not much is known about it at this point, but it will be like League of Legends, which means there will be ranked matches. Personally, as a pretty good player (if I do say so myself), I’m really looking forward to it, because from there you’ll be playing more with people of your own level who also want to win everyone so they don’t lose their rank.
Overwatch is a great shooter that, despite not having a single player, still delivers an epic story! That aside, it’s really fun to play and I don’t think I’ll be giving up Overwatch for the next few months, especially with the arrival of Classified on the horizon!
Source: Sama Game
I am Stephen Robinson, author at Esports Chimp, where I mostly cover gaming news. I have always been interested in the gaming industry and wanted to find a way to contribute to it. When I discovered Esports Chimp, I saw an opportunity to do just that.
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