Review by Josh “The Geek” of Geeky Gaming
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Release Date: May 24, 2016
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Hey geeks, it’s Josh and I’m here for the first time without Andrea. I’m really excited today because I am one of the people lucky enough to be able to do a review of Overwatch. If you haven’t seen any game-play of it yet, I highly recommend checking it out. I’m going to try to go over some points of the game to help you make an informed decision on whether or not
you want to spend your hard earned cash on Overwatch. So without further ado, let’s take a look at Blizzard’s first FPS, Overwatch.
Alright so before getting into anything, I want to point out that at the time of this video Overwatch is still in closed beta, but a release date was announced for May 24th. If you’re interested in playing you can pre-order Overwatch and get into the beta starting May 3rd. If you’re watching this at a later date, please note that Overwatch can and will change. At the moment, there are 21 playable characters and 11 maps with 4 different game modes. With the most recent patch Blizzard added a ton of character cosmetics, with more to be added in the future. They will almost certainly be adding more characters, maps, and play modes as well.
One quick thing I wanted to talk about is a recent update which added level progression and cosmetic items. There is no character progression, just an account based leveling system similar to paragon leveling from Diablo 3. Every time you level you get a Loot Box which contains 4 cosmetic items which can range from common to legendary rarity. Duplicate items turn into an in-game currency called credits which can be used to purchase other cosmetic items. Blizzard has stated that Loot boxes will be available for purchase with real money once the game releases. As it stands, this will be the only thing that you would be able to buy with real money. The only issue with this system is that people will be reluctant to switch heroes due to the skins and other cosmetic items they have for their favorite heroes, especially if they purchased loot boxes to get them. Obviously this is more of an issue in PUGs than playing with your friends, but it still is a slight issue.
That brings me to one of my favorite things about Overwatch which is the fact that you can change heroes in the middle of a match. This adds a ton of variety and strategy to the game. A lot of the strategy revolves around knowing what hero counters exist in the game and really knowing when you need to swap heroes to counter the enemy team. This makes it so Overwatch isn’t just about mastering one character, but instead more about adapting to situations and being able to play a range of characters.
At the moment, all characters have situations in which they’re useful. None of the characters are overpowered or severely under-powered, and all have something they’re good at. Every character is different. No characters feel like a copy-paste of other characters and are all useful in some way. That being said, every character is not useful in every situation, and knowing that is a big part of the game.
Now one of the worst feelings while playing this game is dying to a turret. I’m not just being salty here. It can just be frustrating to see a turret in your kill cam killing you with no interaction required from your opponent. There are definitely easy ways to counter turrets, but in current PUGs it can be hard to find people willing to change from their current characters. Whether it’s because of the skins they have or that they just simply like that one character, I can’t say. People that aren’t willing to switch characters to help counter the enemy team is really my only gripe about the game in its current state.
The main thing I’m trying to get across in this review is that I really do enjoy playing Overwatch. I’ve already put many hours into Overwatch, and I don’t intend to stop playing it anytime soon. Once the game is fully released, I expect to put in even more hours because of being able to play with friends. Sadly I’ve had to spend almost all of my time playing with pugs because none of my friends were able to get into the beta. Including Andrea. The fact that I’ve had so much fun playing a multiplayer game and haven’t even gotten to play with friends speaks volumes. At this time, all things considered, I feel very confident giving Overwatch 4 and a half out of 5 sneaky Ninjas.
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