Overwatch – Blizzard’s Still Got It
It has been quite some time since Overwatch Blizzard’s long-awaited first-person shooter went into its closed beta stage in October 2015, now it is all set for its mammoth release in May 2016 so let’s take a look at what the game has to offer in terms of gameplay and some characters.
Overwatch a first-person shooter from Blizzard Entertainment with real potential for Esports.
The game is a first-person multiplayer shooter which is coming to all major consoles including the PC, it’s set in a unique futuristic earth with spectacular maps showing ancient Egypt, Japan and many such places which have been inspired by real world locations. The game has basic six vs. six maps packed with action based missions, there is a huge variety of unique super hero-like characters which come with their own unique fighting styles and weaponry. Some of the popular weapons include guns, bows, swords, arrows and even some ability based powers, this game also promises a highly detailed fantasy world which will have arena styled maps to host these epic first-person multiplayer shooter matches.
This will prove to be a very polished platform for competitive gaming, as the game is thoroughly balanced and runs on mission based maps which have great potential for Esports. We have seen similar games in both first-person and third-person shooter styles, and now we will see real-time strategy in first-person shooter gameplay. With unique heroes covering all basic elements of ranged, melee and even ability driven characters, these characters are categorized as Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support and each play vital roles in team matches staged in the classic good vs. evil fashion.
The plot in a nutshell:
Overwatch is staged in a futuristic Earth which has gone through a major crisis, this crisis has put humans under the threat of artificial intelligence and the world is fighting back with a team called Overwatch which has been formed by the United nations as a protective measure. Years later doubts were raised in the mind of the people regarding Overwatch because of growing accusations, their leader was killed in an accident along with Gabriel Reyes who was the second in command. The Team was disbanded and cause was unconfirmed by the United Nations but there seemed to be an elaborate conspiracy made by enemies of the task force.
Some characters at a glance:
Reaper: Reaper is a shadow clad assassin who shoots down his enemies with dual pistols, the character
is made to be rather sneaky and has a few stealth capabilities which makes him ideal for ambushes. His special ability Death Blossom enables him to shoot in 360 degrees causing damage to anything in range.
Torbjorn: This is an interesting dwarf character who uses many gadgets, some of the machinery in his arsenal includes jet packs, turrets, etc. His special ability allows him to transform into a fiery avatar which allows him to build his turrets much more quickly and with defensive capabilities.
Mercy: Mercy is a highly supportive character that looks like a walking flying angel who heals and also gives her team members a variety of buffs, she can also perform some aerial takedowns with her pistol.
Bastion: Bastion is a fantastic hero that can literally turn into a tank with a lot of armor and fire power, he can also transform himself into a massive turret to dominate his opponents.
All in all Overwatch is shaping up to be a great game, one that can offer players a variety of ways to play as well. I also wouldn’t be surprised one bit if the game ends up having a big following when it comes to Esports as well.
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