9 First Impressions Of Overwatch

After a few days of play­ing Over­watch, a few things are crys­tal clear,

1. There’s a seri­ous skill gap.

      2. This game is a MOBA, even though it plays almost flaw­less­ly as a shoot­er. To that end, those that have expe­ri­ence in both gen­res have a seri­ous advan­tage – not to men­tion those that have been involved in all of Overwatch’s betas. 1. Every char­ac­ter is fair­ly well balanced.

     3. At the very least, the char­ac­ters seem to coun­ter­bal­ance each oth­er. I haven’t noticed any one char­ac­ter  doing excep­tion­al­ly well – just play­ers with var­i­ous char­ac­ters. 1. **Strat­e­gy is going to be a huge part of com­pet­i­tive play, but so is play­er skill. **

4. It IS a shoot­er, so you have to hit to win. But there are so many poten­tial inter­ac­tions between the skills of dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters on a team. 1. **Excelling at one role does NOT make you good at everything. **

5. Stick to what you’re good at or com­mit to learn­ing the new character’s role on a team. Don’t be a Mer­cy with your gun out. Don’t be a Reind­hart if you don’t under­stand how to use the shield to ben­e­fit your team.

6. As a ran­dom play­er with­out a team but a fair amount of gam­ing expe­ri­ence, the expe­ri­ence varies based on how orga­nized the ene­my team is. It can be fun and chal­leng­ing, or it can be a relent­less uphill strug­gle where every door­way is a choke­point to fight through.

7. Either way, it’s fun. There’s a fine bal­ance between the impos­si­ble odds of escort­ing a pay­load, or even tak­ing a well defend­ed objec­tive, and the impos­si­ble odds of defend­ing said objec­tive for the nec­es­sary time.

8. There were sev­er­al reports on Overwatch’s refresh rate being crazy low, but I haven’t noticed that it has mat­tered. If you’re in a sit­u­a­tion in which .004 sec­onds makes the dif­fer­ence between whether you live or die, you should have got­ten out a lot soon­er or not have gone in at all.

Bot­tom Line: Over­watch plays like a well-made strat­e­gy game that puts FPS skills to work. Get friends, then play.

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