Overwatch: Origins Edition Review by Drew

02 Feb 2017 29 Mar 2017
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A review of Overwatch: Origins Edition compute

Say what you want about 2016, but it was an amazing year for shooters. We got Gears 4, The Division, Doom, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty IW and countless others. So in this review, I'm going to talk about one of my favorite games of 2016... Overwatch!

Gameplay: Overwatch is a multiplayer first-person shooter that lets you play as twenty-three twenty-four wave different characters, known as heroes. These heroes are split up into four categories: attack, defense, tank and support. Each type of hero is better in different situations, and it is best to balance your team and build the perfect combination. Every hero has different and unique abilities, as well as a powerful 'Ultimate' ability. Using a powerful ultimate can often change the tide of a losing battle. Considering how many different characters the game has, I think that Blizzard does a very good job of balancing the heroes. While there are certainly some heroes that are better than others, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and I would never say hero is terrible.

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Game Modes: Something that may anger a lot of players is the lack of any single-player content. Without an Internet connection, you cannot even reach the title screen. However, the game's servers are extremely fast and reliable. I have below average internet speed, and I've only experienced lag once throughout all of the multiplayer games that I've done.

The easiest way to get into the game is by playing Quick Play. You can almost always jump into a match that hasn't even begun yet. On most of the different maps, the game uses an Attack/Defend game type. Each team composes of six players. The defending team will have to guard either a small area of the map or a moving vehicle, depending on the map. The attacking team will have to break through their defenses and get to the objective. Personally, I think it's a bit easier to play offense, but a powerful defensive team can very easily hold off a poor offensive team. What's fun about Quick Play is that it doesn't really matter if you win or lose, but you still feel motivated to win because you get more experience and the overall satisfaction of winning.

The more hardcore (and sometimes rage-inducing) game mode is Competitive Play. You will be teamed up with players according to your SR (Skill Rating) and placed up against a usually equal team. Your Skill Rating will go up if you win and down if you lose, so everybody's really out to win and teamwork becomes really crucial. If a member of your team rage quits during Competitive Play, you almost always lose, which shows how much difference a single person can actually make.

The last mode that I want to talk about is the Arcade. The Arcade lets you try different game modes that rotate depending on the season. Some of the seasonal modes include a snowball fight, capture the flag and a three versus three elimination game. However, I don't really play the Arcade very much because I just don't find it as the same appeal as Quick or Competitive Play.

Sound: The game's soundtrack is good. It's not anything that I would personally write home about, but it can be catchy depending on the situation. The voice acting, on the other hand, is really good. No two heroes have the same voice actor, and everyone really sounds and feels like their character. Heroes will sometimes interact and talk with other before a match starts, which is awesome because it allows you to learn a little more about the characters and their backstories.

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Replay Value: The massive amount of playable heroes means that it's very hard to get bored of everyone. There's a good amount of maps and modes to do that can keep most people playing for a long time. On top of that, every future hero, map and game mode is completely free of charge. There's no season pass, no pay-to-win and everyone is on the same playing field.

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Achievements: The achievements are really hit or miss. Some of them are fairly simple, while others such as
Overwatch: Origins EditionRapid DiscordThe Rapid Discord achievement in Overwatch: Origins Edition worth 78 pointsGet 4 kills or assists with Zenyatta's Orb of Discord within 6 seconds in Quick or Competitive Play.

Overwatch: Origins EditionThe Floor Is LavaThe The Floor Is Lava achievement in Overwatch: Origins Edition worth 71 pointsGet 3 killing blows while wall riding as Lúcio without dying in Quick or Competitive Play.

can be a real pain, especially if you don't have any boosting methods. However, most of these can be earned simply by trying your best.

Conclusion: Overwatch is one of my favorite Xbox One games EVER. The massive replayability and the sheer fun that this game provides is phenomenal. Blizzard never really fails with its PC games and I'm happy that they brought this greatness onto the Xbox One.

Pros and Cons:

+ Tons of diverse heroes with unique weapons and abilities
+ Each map feels amazing and fresh
+ Competitive Mode is very well balanced
+ All future content is free of charge
+ Incredible voice acting
+ Many different skins, voice lines, emotes, sprays and victory poses for each character

- Lack of any single-player content
- Rage quitters can ruin the game for everyone

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