Overwatch is a highly anticipated FPS from a publisher not normally associated with the genre. On May 24th, Blizzard’s FPS hit all major consoles, bringing together a group of unlikely heroes in a fun, competitive, fast paced battle. For those of you living under a rock, Blizzard has brought us classic after classic, in franchises like Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo – but this is their first go at a first person shooter. It is nice to see Blizzard break out of the familiar and give us something unexpectedly refreshing.
Overwatch offers a wide variety of playable characters with an equally wide variety of move sets and play styles. With characters ranging from healers and supporters, to assassins and even a robot ninja, you are sure to find at least one you enjoy. Each game lasts anywhere between 5-20 minutes on average, depending on the skill of the opposing team and game mode.
The game feels both familiar and new at the same time. The artwork is beautiful, the gameplay fast and smooth, and the little details and Easter eggs scattered throughout the game just polish it off. As usual, Blizzard found the perfect balance between accessibility and competition – no matter what kind of gamer you are, you’re sure to enjoy this title.
As with all hero-centric games, there are constant and ever changing balance concerns. The introduction of one new character can have unforeseen and completely overpowered synergies with other characters – balance in this kind of game takes time to really iron out, especially when new characters are being introduced. If and when Blizzard does introduce new playable characters, that will be something to look out for.
Speaking of balance, the one big issue I have noticed so far is the matchmaking system. With such a large community, it is interesting that the matchmaking system tends to pair even the newest and most inexperienced players with veterans. I remember experiencing similar issues in the early days of Bilzzard’s MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. While this is a little disappointing, I fully expect improvements over time. In fact, Blizzard has already released patches with minor tweaks and improvements.
All in all, Overwatch is yet another Blizzard success. Considering how well it is doing so far, and Blizzard’s track record for quality, I expect this to be the start of yet another awesome Blizzard franchise.
Gameplay - 7
Visuals - 8
Replay Value - 7.5
"...the start of yet another awesome Blizzard franchise."
Mathew started writing for PCGR in May 2016. He writes reviews and collaborates with the staff on other fun stuff.