Overwatch is a 6 v 6 Multiplayer shooter game based after events of a fictionalized future earth where humans and robots known as ominics used to live in peace but ultimately the omnius who created the ominics went rogue causing uproar and a war, humans banded together to find heroes among themselves known as Overwatch, while this bit of backstory is nice to know i couldn’t find any correlation to the actual game itself where both teams play as Overwatch characters with no sign of ominics, which is a little confusing as to why the back story has been set in place without the ominics in the game
Nevertheless Overwatch is a solid online experience in which you can choose your hero from a wide variety of characters (21 in total) all of which have their own strengths, weaknesses powers, and abilities giving players plenty of choice to find one that suits them or get to grips with the entire cast.as mentioned above each character has their own set of unique powers, abilities and weapons, while they are all set to use the same buttons to access these powers the real learning curve is knowing when to use them depending if you’re attacking or defending the objective and how their powers can help other players on the team for example when selecting your characters in the lobby the game will give you a notification if your team is missing something i.e sniper support and healing support to name a few.
In Overwatch you have two game modes, attacking or defending, this can be attacking/defending a “payload” carrier which travels a certain route through the map, or alternatively you can be attacking or defending a set area within the map, in some instances you will attack/defend an area first and if the attackers are victorious they will move on to the payload, once the game is over players then switch sides. As opposed to other games in the shooter genre where most players won’t follow the objective and instead decide to run around killing people Overwatch is slightly different where all players have to follow the objective in some way or form, simply running around the map looking for people won’t work as everyone on the opposing team is defending an area, if you’re looking for a team deathmatch game then this isn’t for you. The same goes for a campaign as you won’t find one in Overwatch, the game is simply a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)
As for character progression, there isn’t any. All characters are as is which makes for an even playing field no matter skill level or gaming experience the emphasis is based on your team picking the correct characters and working together, you do not have to follow this although it can make victories easier to achieve, there is a player progression system which allows you to unlock loot crates, these crates have character customisation items inside ranging from skins, voice packs, spray tags and more you can also buy these loot crates if you’re interested in that sort of thing but playing the game and achieving them is much more fun in my opinion.
You don’t always have to play against other players you can also go against AI bots either by yourself or in a team with other online players when first starting out this is a good way to get to grips with the game and characters, you also have the weekly brawl which adds different conditions to the game each week for example as i type this week you gain 200% health, 150% ultimate gain rate, 75% faster ability cooldowns and it’s on a certain amount of maps, this week it is dorado, hollywood, kings row, numbani, route 66 and watchpoint gibraltar this makes for a faster paced experience, as it changes every week you don’t know what to expect which keeps this game mode as exciting as possible.
Visually Overwatch may not be the most realistic looking game but it does look highly polished across all aspects of it’s graphics to try and describe this as best as possible think of a 3D artistic cartoon this suits the game really well, i personally think a more realistic approach wouldn’t have benefited the game in any way. The audio is pretty much what you would expect, the laser fire/bullet noises etc along with all of the voice acting is done extremely well, this is complimented with a action/superhero style music soundtrack.