My first two days in Overwatch
Yes, I did it. I caved and got Overwatch after following the release and the past few months loosely. Against better judgement because I have terrible anxiety about team play and online multiplayer with random players. (It took 4 years for me to finally try out he SWTOR PVP…). But the gameplay looked fun and the stories behind the characters are neat and there was a reduced price offer and well… one thing led to another. And so, two days ago I started downloading Overwatch. And boy DO I NOT regret that!
The gameplay is exactly as fun as I thought it would be. The game looks amazing and feels very intuitive. I’d say it is a very easy to get in experience. Of course there are characters that play a bit harder than others, but overall everything from the movement to the fighting feels very natural. You don’t need to look stuff up, play the very short tutorial once and you are good to go. Every character has 3-4 abilities that are always mapped to the same keys, shooting is via mouse click and movement is wasd plus mouse movement for turning and aiming. Very easy. And yet you can still do so much with it.
There are 22 characters at the moment, with the 23rd one just coming in a few days. They are divided in four categories: Offence, Defence, Tank and Support. Yours truly played support for the most part so far of course. Because I live dying and babysitting a bunch of stupid DPS in my free time. No really, support is fun, even though your team can sometimes make you question your life choices.
There is not much of a story in the game itself – the story mostly happens i animated short movies, comics and other secondary media. But it is actually good and very easy to follow if you want to. And it makes the in game dialogue have a whole other level of depth than if you don’t know what the hell the characters are even talking about. Also most characters have sort sort of tragic backstory that really gets me. (If you look for me I am over there, crying in the corner about Genji and Widowmaker.)
Here is a playlist of the short films released so far. There are new ones coming out regularly. (With Infiltration coming out just this weekend.)
The gameplay itself feels more like a less tressful version of the Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer for me. (Odd comparison? It’s one of the few I have since I don’t play that many other team based shooter games.) There are no death matches, you get an objective (defend a spot, attack a spot or guard a moving target) that usually has to be completed in a certain amount of time. (5 minutes seems to be the standard) After that the match is either over or round two (or three) starts after a bit of time to regroup, maybe change your character if you want to and generally catch your breath.
Overall it feels much less stressful than I expected it to be. It makes me less nervous as the PVP I do in my MMO somehow. Plus you can start with playing in a team against the AI before going up against other players you you can become familiar with your character. The game also has this nifty feature of saving small video sequences of when your character does something cool and you want to watch it again afterwards.
So if any of you readers play Overwatch – hit me up sometime or friend me and let’s kick ass together.