How's it going guys! Over the week I was able to play the Overwatch Beta from time to time. I never got deep into it enough, to get a full appreciation of the game. Though I was able to play enough of it to realize, how much fun the final product will end up. Before I continue, let me apologize. I should have at least found the time to stream the game. That way I could have ported it over to the site. Unfortunately, I failed at that. So, for now it will have to be a YouTube clip I found. It is important enough to at least see a quick clip of the actual game play. The game play itself is what made the game fun to me.
The game play is like most FPS(first person shooters), in the sense that you are playing with the character you selected, and playing from their point of view. Though, in my opinion that is where the comparisons stop. It's not like your normal FPSs that we have seen lately, like Call of Duty or Battlefield. While those games are fantastic in their own right, Overwatch brings something a bit different. That may have something to do with the studio in charge of developing the game. Does the name Blizzard ring a bell? Well, if the name doesn't sound familiar maybe their games will. Games like World of Warcarft, Starcraft, HearthStone, and Heroes of the Storm. Yes, those games are MMOs(massively multiplayer online), or a card based game. But that is not what Overwatch is for the most part. It has hints to games like that, as far as group vs group play, attacking/defending objective points, and gaining experience. The true heart of this game is the characters. Blizzard has brilliantly developed and created characters that are a ton of fun to play. There are a total of 21 playable characters so far. I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point they come out with some downloadable characters in the future. Each character has their own special abilities, attacks, and weapons. This is what truly makes the game enjoyable. Picking between a slew of characters with fantastic weapons and bad ass skill sets, what more could you ask for in a game such as this.
The characters not only have the skills and what-have you, but the build of said characters bring even more to the game. They are bright and beautiful. Even the characters that are meant to be dark and evil, have some beauty to them. They are all shapes, sizes, genders, and species. That's right I said species! You can even play as a talking, ass beating gorilla. Named Winston of all things! So, how could you not love this selection of snipers, soldiers, ninjas, and chicks in mech assault suits!? My two favorite characters to play as so far, are the sneaky ninja named Genji, and samurai assassin named Hanzo. Genji is equipped with typical ninja gear. Throwing star, swords, and stealth. While Hanzo bests his enemies with bow and arrow, defense, and distance. I have been able to play with some other characters, but these two have been the go to selections.
Overall, I think that Overwatch is going to be a stellar game. I think all type of gamers may be able to enjoy the style of play this game has to offer. It's fast pace and gorgeous characters will have plenty of people coming back for more. Blizzard did an outstanding job putting something on the consoles, that could suck in even the novice of gamers. I know that when this gets released on May 24th that I will be looking into purchasing the game.
As always if you were able to get to the beta, let us know your thoughts. We would love to know if you enjoyed is as much as we did. All the best guys!