Overwatch Review
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System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: Blizzard Entertainment
Pub: Blizzard Entertainment
Release: May 24, 2016
Players: 1 (2+ online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Use of Tobacco, Violence

And you will enjoy this game. Even if you're not traditionally a shooter fan - even if you're not good at shooting games at all - there's a hero here that you can not only have a lot of fun with, but with whom you'll also feel like you're making significant contributions to your team. If you've come from years of Call of Duty, then you'll feel right at home with Soldier 76, a straight-up assault rifle bulldog with an indefinite sprint and minor healing capabilities. If you've never secured an online kill in your life, then give Mercy a go. Her rod can heal and buff teammates, and once you look at someone and project your beam it will track with them, so you don't have to have the best aim. Healers are very often the most valuable contributors to a team.

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If at any point you feel like you're not making forward progress or that your team is struggling, you can change heroes and pick someone new. After every death, or at any point when you go back into your base, you can pick a new hero and change up your strategy entirely. This is one of Overwatch's best features, and it keeps every single match feeling exciting and new from start to finish. The heroes are varied, unique, and powerful enough to offer a tactical team experience that rivals the likes of Rainbow Six: Siege, but is more forgiving and encouraging of players to take risks and rethink their strategy at every checkpoint.

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And that's what brings me here: sitting on the edge of my seat, back erect and eyes wide as my match in Dorado comes to an explosive, victorious end. I look with glee and see that Junkrat and I secured the play of the game, and I can't help but feel smug as the entire lobby watches the moment I turned the game around with my ultimate. I watch again as Junkrat heaves back the ripcord to a remote controlled tire filled with explosives. I drove it straight up and over a wall, launched it into the air, landed in the middle of the heavily-defended objective, and exploded to take out 4 defenders who were just about to secure it for themselves. I feel like I'm being lifted on top of virtual shoulders as my teammates upvote my performance during the post-game results. I clench my teeth as the experience bar shoots forward, stopping just shy of the next level and a new loot box. Foolishly I glance sidelong at my phone and notice it's 2:40 AM. "Just one more match."

By
Matthew Hayes
Contributing Writer
Date: June 7, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.6
Graphics
The heroes and stages are gorgeous and fantastically detailed. There isn't a single boring character model in this game, and each stage feels like a real place with its own history.
4.5
Control
Lucio is a quick mover on skates, and Mercy can soar into the air and slowly glide to gain a better vantage point. Every hero controls differently, but they all feel fine-tuned and wonderful.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
This game is the magnum opus of the audio engineers who work at Blizzard. Each weapon sings its own, destructive song, voices are clear and give useful cues, and the music is varied and pleasant.
4.4
Play Value
There are three main game modes that cycle at random when playing against others online, but it's the heroes and the variety they offer that keeps this game feeling always new. More maps and heroes, as well as a ranked competitive mode, are to be added for free.
4.8
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Experience the extraordinary - Speed up and slow down time. Rain destruction from above in an experimental, jet-powered armor suit. Stalk your prey as a wraith-like assassin that can appear anywhere, anytime. Unleash powers such as dragonstrike, transcendence, graviton surge, and so much more. Every hero has a unique set of devastating and game-changing abilities.
  • Shift your perspective - Just when it seems like your team is destined to go down in defeat, switch heroes on the fly and change the course of the battle. But don't forget that your opponents can do the same. Master the game within the game as both teams shift strategies and heroes in a constant dance to gain the upper hand.
  • The world is your battlefield - Protect the secrets of the mysterious Temple of Anubis in Egypt, safely escort an EMP device through King's Row in London, and do battle at other key locations around the planet. Every map has its own distinct feel with unique gameplay and team-based objectives.

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