So you want the lowdown on Overwatch? Does Blizzard have something golden on their hands?…Maybe.
Will it revolutionize gaming as we know it?…Maybe not.
If you had a chance to play the Overwatch Beta this past weekend, I’m sure you had a great time with Blizzard New First Person Shooter (FPS), which adds a cooperative tactical element to the battle arena genre. Overwatch includes an array of different characters (21 to be exact) that the player can master in order to have multiple styles of play, or be able to switch a character to one more fitting for the situation at hand.
Overwatch is a game that has been heavily influenced by Activision’s publishing portfolio, and this now feels like the first game that both companies have worked on together since the merger back in 2008. As an FPS, the game runs smooth, but is slow paced compared to other FPS titles the publisher has. This allows the strengths of each character to really have an impact on gameplay, and not allow some kid with a lot of time on their hands and armory full of perks to rain fire down on the entire map.
Blizzard knows how to tell great stories. They have been telling one for the last 25+ years. So, when it comes to an FPS like Overwatch, how good can the story be? All of Blizzard’s existing games are robust and full of lore. Expansion on expansion. But, only time can tell whether or not they can follow through and give us another masterfully done game.
The Overwatch Beta came at a very opportune time, as the rival game Battleborn from 2K was set to release in the same week. The gauntlet has been thrown down! Now we must choose!
Overwatch is set to release on May 24 for PC, Xbox One and PS4…I just hope it becomes FULLY cross play compatible.