By Chris Shaddock
The summer is a great time for people to do many outdoor activities such as camping or hiking. But somedays all a person really wants to do is just stay in a nice air conditioned house and relax with an enjoyable videogame. And with a game like “Overwatch,” people are going to be doing a whole lot more of that.
The game was developed by Blizzard Entertainment, who have created many well-known games such as “World of Warcraft,” the “Diablo” series, “Hearthstone” and the “StarCraft” series.
Fully released on May 24, “Overwatch” is a multiplayer first-person shooter in which characters, known as “heroes,” face off against each other in various game modes. The game heavily relies on teamwork as both teams have to go against each other in 6v6 fights. Every “Hero” has certain specialties within the game, such as being able to do more damage to the enemy team, or the capability to heal other teammates.
There are four game modes to play in “Overwatch.” The first is called “Assault,” in which one team must capture a series of objectives, while the other team must defend it. The second game mode is “Escort,” where one team must transport a car to its destination while the other team must prevent the car from reaching its location. The third is “Control,” where both teams are trying to hold on to a designated location, with the winner being whoever holds it the longest. The final game mode is “Assault/Escort”—which is essentially a combination of “Assault” and “Escort”—in which one team must first capture the car they are supposed to transport and then escort it, whilst the other team tries to prevent this from happening. There is also a game mode of the day, which are experimental game types that could be added to the game later on. All those game modes are played on a variety of different maps, which helps to differentiate them from each other.
While this type of game has been made in the past, “Overwatch” stands out due it’s “heroes.” A lot of the “heroes” within the game are quite interesting due to how well they were designed. Take, for example, the “hero” Winston, who is a hyper intelligent gorilla that can fly around with a jetpack and can shoot lightning out of gun. Or another “hero” such as Tracer, who is an eccentric English girl that has the ability to speed up and slow down her time at will. The game mechanics of these “heroes” are also phenomenal. Each “hero” has their own abilities and some of them are really amazing to see used, such as the ability to reverse time, teleport, run on walls, fly and grapple hook up to ledges. These game mechanics are not only really fun to use, but they also make the gameplay a lot more entertaining, and it is interesting to see them used while working with a team.
The biggest issue with “Overwatch” is its drastic lack of single player content. Basically everything in the game involves multiplayer, and while that is not necessarily bad, it would be pleasing to have a story mode or campaign within the game. There is a story within “Overwatch,” but it is not necessary to know at all prior to playing in order to enjoy the game. This is mainly because the video game does not really tell much of what is going on in the story, and instead Blizzard tells the story through various other media platforms like advertisements and comic books. While it is fun to play “Overwatch” in any circumstance, playing with friends will certainly be more enjoyable than playing alone. This is mainly due to team work being a core part of the gameplay of “Overwatch.” The game is still fun to play alone, but it is likely that people who do this will become disinterested in the game sooner than people who play with friends.
All in all, “Overwatch” is a game worth playing. It is challenging, exhilarating, satisfying and is just what a person needs to relax after a long summer day.
“Overwatch” can be bought on PC for $40, and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for $60.