|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.
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.
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."
Date: June 7, 2016