By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on May 31, 2016
Overwatch is the new game from Blizzard Entertainment. This time around, they’ve chosen to make a Multiplayer First Person Shooter, which I think turned out really nice! Normally I’m not that into FPS games, because they tend to bore me to death really quickly, but with Overwatch this is definitely not the case! I just can’t get enough of this game, mainly because of the almost non-stop action, cool graphics and soundtrack and the relentless action-packed on-screen carnage. So let’s suit up and get right into the fight, shall we?
Overwatch’s story begins with humans and robots, called Omniums, working together. As we’ve come to expect, things quickly go awry and the Omniums start creating more Omnic robots that are less than friendly towards the human race. When will we ever learn that creating robots to do our dirty work for us never works out like we hoped it would… **facepalm**. So now, faced with an ever-growing number of hostile robots (these buggers reproduce faster than a colony of very horny rabbits!), mankind has to gather the world’s leading scientists and best soldiers to fight off this mechanical mayhem. This group of people is the greatest fighting force mankind has ever seen, and its name is Overwatch.
The Omnic Crisis, as the conflict is officially labeled, lasts for many years, claiming countless lives in the process. Eventually, Overwatch manages to strike down the rebelling robots and put an end to the crisis. As you can imagine, they are revered as heroes all across the globe. But, as usually happens when a certain group of people gets all the attention, other people become increasingly jealous, to the point where they start false rumors about Overwatch, leading to a devastating attack on their headquarters, leaving two of the founders of Overwatch presumed dead, and the total disbanding of the Overwatch organization.
Now, many years later, unrest is once again upon us. Assassinations, bombings; things are generally not going very well! And every one of these attacks seem to be somehow linked to the Omnic Crisis. So now people cry out for someone to step up and save them. "Where is Overwatch when you need them most", they cry. Well, maybe if you hadn’t screwed them over in the first place, they might still be here, you ungrateful little shits! Nevertheless, and ex-Overwatch member, reconnects to the not quite dormant Overwatch network and calls every remaining Overwatch operative to action once again. This is where our game begins...
First off, I just have to mention the accents and lines of dialogue the characters in this game have; I LOVE THEM ALL! It really helps you get into the swing of things and is just tremendously funny. Overwatch’s graphics are just like what we’ve come to expect from a Blizzard game, which is to say: brilliant! The cartoony art style perfectly fits the high-speed action and on-screen awesomeness. Every explosion or gunshot sounds and looks precisely like it should look and sound and the soundtrack is phenomenal! Overwatch is really a game that draws you in and never, ever lets go.
When playing Overwatch, you get to choose from four character classes. These four classes are made up out of the usual suspects, like offense characters, defense characters, support characters and, of course, the tanks. There are also four main game modes for you to choose from:
While playing this mode, the attacking team must capture two points on the map, while the defending team is tasked with stopping this from happening.
This mode sees the attacking team trying to deliver a payload to a certain point on the map. The defending team, of course, isn’t overly keen on this happening, and must make sure the attacking team fails in their objective.
A hybrid of the two previous game modes. The attacking team must first capture the payload before escorting it to its destination. Again, the defending team is there to make sure this doesn’t happen.
A best out of three mode, in which both teams must capture one and the same point on the map and keep it under their control until a gauge reaches 100%.
Normally, one would play Overwatch against other players from all over the world, but you can also play against AI-controlled bots. This is a perfect way to get to know your chosen character and hone your skills. You can even choose your bot-enemies or just try out every available hero to help you decide which of them is best suited to your needs and playing style. And the best part is that I didn’t experience any lag or other strange occurrences, usually associated with online multiplayer gaming. True, the game seems to be tailor-made for PvP battles, where two teams of six players duke it out in one of the previously mentioned game modes, but playing against bots can be equally fun and rewarding.
When playing the PvP or Quick Play matches, you earn XP. This not only makes you level up, it also provides you with loot! This loot comes in the form of loot boxes, which you’ll unlock one of, every time you level up. Every lootbox provides you with a number of customization options like gamer icons, victory poses, skins, etcetera or coins that let you purchase certain cosmetics for your character. Every ten levels, you also unlock a Portrait frame. Let’s just say that there’s enough to find and collect!
As far as the characters go, I will only say that there absolutely awesome. I’m not going to tell you about them because I don’t want to spoil the fun for those of you who haven’t played Overwatch yet, but I’ll tell you this: Every character in Overwatch has its own personality and quirks and you should definitely try all of them when you get the chance. There are already a truckload of characters present in the game and, knowing Blizzard, we’ve ain’t seen nothing yet! Overwatch has all the makings of a great game; it looks cool, sound cool, has excellent characters and is really, really fun to play. So if you’re looking for a decent First Person Shooter and you’ve had it up to here with the modern, run-of-the-mill shooter games, give Overwatch a try. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!
May 24, 2016