05/06/2016

Overwatch

by Rob on

May this year Blizzard released a new game called “Overwatch” and it is nothing like anything I have played before.

The story behind the game (in some lines): Overwatch was a global peacekeeping task force. It helped save the world during a global crisis, and was the big name in worldwide heroism and unity. It formed a covert ops division called Blackwatch. Eventually, accusations that Overwatch made things worse somehow resulted in it being made illegal. Winston, one of the original members, brought Overwatch back together — off the books — when another global crisis presented itself. Now, the world doesn’t trust Overwatch anymore. Its function is illegal, but it still needs to do what it was formed to do in order to protect the world — and lots of people, including some former members, want to stop it.

The game is available for PS 4, X-Box One and PC.

It is a team based game, where as team you fight another team. The other team can be another team of players or an AI based team (and believe me, that doesn’t make it is easy).

Unlike many other online games, you cannot create you own character. You can select before every match you play from a number defined characters. There are 4 skill groups of these characters: Offensive (damage dealers), defence, tank and support (utility). The more balanced the team with members of these skill groups, the more successful the team will be. Having said that, it can be great fun to play with an unbalanced team.

At first hand I didn’t like the idea of nothing be able to create you own character, but I have to admit that I got very fast used to the idea. Most of the predefined characters are fun the play. And specially Tracer made a big hit on the Internet.

All matches are built around attacking or defending locations or objects. The number is locations is large and very well made. And what it is a nice touch, these locations do really exist, although placed in the world of Overwatch.

Marissa, Marion’s niece and my gaming-friend, have been playing this game together. And as our tank/damage dealer duo we were quite successful.
Overwatch is a fun game to play and will make you laugh at time. Hopefully the jerks will leave this game alone.

As said, Overwatch is a good game. Although if you play it too often, it may become a bit boring. Curious what Blizzard is going to do with this game.


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