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Overwatch Looks Like Pure Fun

Overwatch Looks Like Pure Fun
Having created genre leaders World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo and Hearthstone, the name Blizzard holds a lot of weight. For seven years we had been hearing rumours of a game that was in development under the prerelease title Titan. The years passed and then in late 2014 we got the shocking news that it had been cancelled! Was all well in Blizzard town? Soon enough we would get word that a whole new game was on the horizon and it’s name is Overwatch. It’s a bright and vibrant team based online first person battle arena which as it turned out was being developed for fun on the side at the same time as Titan. The development team would work on it on and off as a stress release while Titan just didn’t seem to be clicking with them. You can imagine the meeting now, “Wow, this Titan thing isn’t much fun is it? I wish we could just work on old Overwatch. That game? Come on! Pure fun!” “Hold up, Steve, you might be on to something there..” Overwatch Screenshot 2 “Fun” is a word that must've been scrawled on post-it notes all over the offices at Blizzard. It’s aesthetics call to mind Team Fortress 2 but the gameplay has the team dynamics of games like League of Legends. Games take place online and players are typically in teams of six taking the role of either the attackers or defenders in a number of objective based modes. This can range from simply defending one point on the map against another team, to capturing and holding different areas. If defending a static area wasn’t hard enough for you, there’s a mode where you have to secure an area then protect a moving object referred to as the “payload”. Each character falls in to a certain class, damage dealer, healer, tank and defender but there is scope for a bit of everything in each one. For example, Mercy’s main interaction in the game is healing other players but she isn’t defenceless and can attack with her pistol. Characters do, however, have an ultimate skill which defines their class. For example defender Bastion, the shaky nature loving robot, can turn in to a turret. In a situation where you’re holding off an entire team of attackers this will prove invaluable. However, this could easily be used to clear the screen of an opposing team if you find yourself on the attacking side! Tracer is a damage dealer, zipping in to battle, blinking to various locations on the map with mini teleportation’s. Wielding two rapid fire pistols she would be ideal in any situation where somone has distracted the enemy team and you need to zip in fast and take them out! Winston, the giant scientist gorilla, is classed as a tank. A tank is a character who can absorb a lot of damage while distracting the enemies with big attacks. This lets a damage dealer jump in and finish them off. Winston can create bubble shields to protect his team or an objective and then use his massive monkey mitts in a primal rage to smash the opposing team on the map. This team dynamic will be key to winning matches in Overwatch - you’re going to have to work together.

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As a team based shooter you would forgive it for being light on story, but this is Blizzard we’re talking about, no element of their games ever feels undernourished. Every little element of each character helps tell a story like the small precision of the giant ape Winston’s glasses, which give you a hint to his scientific brain. The Overwatch were an international taskforce charged with ending a future war known as the omni-crisis. The story of their return is told in a beautifully animated CGI trailer which, in true Blizzard style, is absolutely stunning. With it’s team focused play, bright and colorful graphics and personality filled characters Overwatch looks fun. Really fun. We can’t wait to jump in online when the servers go live, see you there!