Over the past couple decades there have been hundreds of games that have been made to become the next big multiplayer shooter. Many games failed. Last year though, Blizzard released possibly one of the greatest shooters of all time; Overwatch.
Overwatch is a multiplayer first person shooter that ditches the conventional “class system” and instead makes you choose one of twenty one different unique characters, each sporting their own equipment and personalities. There is Soldier 76, the stereotypical American war veteran, D.V.A, the Korean gaming nerd who drives a mech, Widow, the emotionless assassin and then there is Tracer, who is a pilot sporting a very over exaggerated british accent and constantly says “cheers love”. These are just four of the many characters and these just show how different each one is. Each and every character has their own backstory as well, allowing fans to be able to learn more about the lore within the game.
Gameplay-wise, there is a lot of emphasis on the concept of “rock, paper, scissors” as every character has been designed to counter another but is susceptible for another. For example, D.V.A is very useful at taking out defensive character such as Widow as she can charge and cover large distances quickly, but is easily taken out by the edgy, dual shotgun wielding Reaper who is essentially used as anti-tank.
In my experience, it’s hard to come across a really good, intense and competitive games that have the ability to captivate their audience. Games such as Call of Duty just feel bland and repetitive as the better players are rewarded with better perks and weapons. In Overwatch, everyone is equal. Yes there will be better players but nobody is favoured due to their playtime. Yes you can unlock cool new skins but they do nothing but make you look good.
Blizzard like to put on events that coincide with national holidays or events. To date there has been an Olympic, Halloween, Christmas and Chinese New Year event. Each one adding more cosmetic items and a seasonal game mode, adding more variety to the game, and creating anticipation for the next event.
All in all, Overwatch is a fun competitive game, that can be enjoyed alone or with friends. It is truly unique and dynamic as no two matches are the same. The game adapts to your play style as all the characters are played differently and compliment everyone.
I recommend that you, gamer or not, pick up this game and give it a play as it’s very easy to get into. I would most certainly give this game a solid 9/10 due to it’s playability and uniqueness.