Imadori asked for some screenshots and I figured that I will post a short game impression before the game gets released May 24th. Just quick info, Overwatch is an upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter in development by Blizzard Entertainment. Unveiled at BlizzCon 2014, the game emphasizes cooperative gameplay using a cast of various “heroes”, each with their own abilities and roles within a team. Basically, it is a first-person shooter (FPS) where each hero have their own special abilities and ultimates. It is like Blizzard’s own Team Fortress 2, but more polished. Watch the cinematic trailer here.
The game looks very playable straight out of beta and it performed quite well throughout the beta period. Each heroes are unique, well designed and have their own ultimate abilities that will surely decimate any enemy that you encounter (if you are an assassin). The maps are easy to remember, objective-driven and an eye candy. There are 21 heroes to choose from so there’s no shortage of characters. You can also switch heroes mid game and if you want to, you can all choose the same hero!
As far as game play goes, it does require a little bit of coordination since each map have their own objectives. You can’t just go around killing everyone (although that does help a bit), instead you have to work with your team to secure the map objective. This is a great feature for me because I don’t feel any pressure to have a good kill-death ratio. It looks bad for my statistics but hey if we win, that’s all that matters.
Lore: Right now there are bits and pieces of Overwatch lore and so far, the story is very exciting. You can read a piece of the lore here.
If you are a big fan of Counter Strike, this is NOT Counter Strike. It is closer to TF2 including the graphics. It took a while for me to adapt since heroes can fly, teleport, have invincibility, etc. while I keep relying on my gun and trying to bunny hop and crouch. I died a lot of times. There’s a lot of stuff to learn here — 21 heroes and each have 4 unique abilities.
One annoying “feature” of the game are the cliffs. Why in the world would you put cliffs where people can fall off and die? I think it is unnecessary and does not add any value to the game.
Performance wise, I did not see any issues there. I am using a 5 year-old machine (i5-2500k @ 4.5 Ghz + GTX 580) and I have no issues running the game at max settings at 60 fps. However, be prepared for first day launch headaches. Knowing Blizzard, I am pretty sure we will have login and lag issues during the launch day.
Is it worth it?
The big question! Is it worth $39.99 (base edition)? It depends on how much you love Blizzard. If you are a big Blizzard fan and play a lot of Blizzard games, I think you will be happy to drop the money to play Overwatch and add it to your Blizzard games collection. However, if you want to buy it just to see if you will like it I suggest wait until the game is released and see how it goes. Watch some gameplay videos if you want. It is a decent fps game but it is nothing super special or ground-breaking.