OverWatch is Blizzards’ newest entry in a long line of Real-time strategy based games. It was released May 24, 2016 and although it has only been out for a few weeks, it has already grown quite a large fan base. The fact that tournaments are already being held on MLG, it’s hard to ignore the game’s success. With its diverse character selection and its “cartoony” graphics, there is a lot to love about it. I played it when the open beta was available, and I found myself not being able to put the controller down. One game turned into two, then two turned into five, and before I knew it was three in the morning.
The story to the game OverWatch is a unique one if anything. Set in a futuristic utopia on earth, where humans and robots co-exist as a race called Omnics. Factories that create said Omnics are called Omniums. The omniums went rogue and started producing modified versions of the robots to start a revolution and overthrow the government in a coup. The U.N responded to these factories by scouting out the deadliest and most elite of soldiers from across the globe, in a more or less police force known as OverWatch.
I’m not sure how intrinsic the story is for the game in light of the fact that the game lacks a campaign mode. Where the game lacks in a solo experience however, it is made up for by having a diverse and detailed amount of playable characters; twenty one in total, with twelve maps to play on. Although the game has twelve maps, there are only four game modes on OverWatch. With each game mode you there are only three playable maps. In other words if you enjoy the game mode escort, which is similar to a game mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 called safeguard, but don’t like one of the maps for escort like Route 66, then more or less too bad because you’ll be playing it quite frequently. For each of the four game modes, there are three playable maps. I can’t help but think you will become bored after a short amount of time, playing the same few maps over and over.
In my own opinion I would say that OverWatch is a good game. Although I didn’t have as much playing time on it as I would have wanted, the time I did have on it was memorable. The ability to switch characters at any point of the match had me trying out all the different types of characters throughout each game, even though I wasn’t very impressed with any particular one. The game is something you could come home to and play after a long day at work, just as much it is to grind on.
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