From the granddaddy of game developers that has created insanely addictive games such as the Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft series – Blizzard Entertainment, comes Overwatch. Welcome to the world of Overwatch, where you can play as one of 23 cybernatically-enhanced characters in a 6 vs 6 player format to complete objective-based missions. Overwatch is definitely a game to play at least once for you to call yourself a gamer. Is Overwatch possibly the best game ever created? The answer is very subjective, but one thing is for sure – anyone who has played Overwatch at least once will want to play again. Damn you, Blizzard drug. What makes Overwatch such an awesome game to play?
Well-Balanced Diverse Characters
First factor will be the characters that you can play in the game. Characters so diverse yet able to blend together with one another perfectly in a team (just like a bowl of salad that contains so many different ingredients but tastes heavenly). Where else can you find an intelligent gorilla scientist from the moon, a Japanese dragon turned samurai, a cybernetic zen practitioner, a Bob Marley look-a-like on roller stakes, and a cowboy be on the same team, assisting one another to execute the tasks on hand? It’s like a weird-ass UN gathering of sorts, since they are working together to create peace with their weapons of skill sets (ironic, I know).
The attention to details on these characters is amazing, including their expressions and subtle movements that give them their own distinctiveness. Although the 23 characters are basically categorized into 4 main roles; offense, defense, tank and support – no characters in the same role feel alike. Technically, the hammer-wielding, turret-building dwarf, Torbjorn and the weather-altering, ice princess “Elsa” inspired Mei are both Defenders, but their game play could not be more different. One strategically locates a strategic point to build a turret that shoots rocket launchers at enemies, while the latter deploys a weather-altering machine to slow and damage opponents into frozen hell, while looking so innocent.
No One Formula to Win It All
This apparent distinctiveness that exists amongst the characters increases the game play that much more because it adds depth to team composition strategies, preventing them from being merely simple repetitive formulas that you can reuse over and over again for each match like other shooting-based games. There is no perfect team, no overpowering combinations, no character that is so imbalanced that it can singlehandedly win the game. Of course, there are characters that work better together, but there is not an occasion where there is absolutely no compatibility. You have to restrategize for each different combination of team members to make the best out each character and this is the true beauty of Overwatch.
You Will Never Walk Alone
Overwatch’s game play of emphasizing on teamwork and synchronization of skills mean that lone wolves will not stand a chance. The game play and missions heavily rely on cooperation and strategic team play for you to gain a chance of outplaying your opponent. No role is dispensable – everyone has a role to play. Whether you are the offensive character in charge of eliminating the opposition, or you are the support to heal and buff your comrades, you will find that you are involved dead smack in the heart of all the action.
Excellent Graphics for Enticing Game Play
With Overwatch, Blizzard rewrites their legacy as the video game legends that they are. The graphics in this game is brilliant, from the vibrant and vivid colours to the intricate details of the characters expressions. Overwatch is so well-designed that “just-one-more-game before I get back to harsh reality of life” is completely possible. The maps feature luxuriant visual details that will certain cause you to experience eye-gasm, especially when you are playing on consoles and PCs that enhances the graphics even more.
Initially, the cast of 23 distinct characters look so different that they look like they should not exist in the same game – let alone the same planet, yet the subtle details and cues embedded in these characters that make us feel that they belong in the same world. The way they interact and how their abilities complement one another makes it seem like they were all mean to be in this together.
The bright and colourful settings for the maps in Overwatch add new dimensions to the overall game play and are a welcoming sight from the usual dark green and grays that are primarily used in other shooter games. With all the chaos, destruction and kills taking place all over the map, Blizzard makes the game play light with their trademark humor and the games vibrant colours, compared to the dark and gloomy themes that games like Call of Duty usually adapt. The bright settings also mean that you do not need to squint your eyes just to see what is happening in front of your character.
Another strength that makes this game amazing is that just each map matches perfectly to the selected game mode. You will not feel like you are playing “secure the payload” on a map that feels like it is more suited for “capture the flag” instead. All the maps are very well-designed, which makes the game even more fun to play.
All in all, kudos to Blizzard Entertainment for making Overwatch such an amazing gaming experience. The combination of uniquely distinctive characters with a common mission, visually-stimulating graphics and strategically-reliant game play makes Overwatch a game for gamers who love teamwork-based games. Enough writing, I am heading off to build turrets now to defend against a pig-man (yes, pig man, not just someone obese – he looks like a pig!), a girl who can manipulate ice and a cool-ass ninja who can deflect attacks with his sword.
This post was written by Jonathan So from iPrice Group.
Jon is an aspiring writer, foodie, traveler and firm believer of "Live. Love. Laugh.” Squeezing life's lemons one at a time.