Overwatch Game Overview

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Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Platform: Playstation, Xbox, Switch, PC

Genre: First-Person Shooter (FPS)

Release Date: May 2016

Price: $20 (PC) $60 (Consoles)

Rating: T for Teen

Overwatch 101

  • Overwatch is a 6v6 “Hero Shooter”, full of different playable characters, each with their own unique abilities, mechanics, etc. Each team can only have one of each hero active at any given time. 
  • Upon release, Overwatch quickly rose to the upper echelon of the esports world with its dedicated focus on standout team-focused gameplay.  
  • Competitive Overwatch games are played across three different modes: 
    • Assault (Attackers attempt to capture series of points; defenders hold them off)
    • Control (Both teams fight to capture a single objective)
    • Escort (Attackers escort a payload while defenders try to stop their progress)
  • Each game mode ends when Attackers accomplish their objective OR Defenders hold off until the game timer reaches zero. 

Mechanics

  • Below is a more in-depth look at the characters and abilities present in Overwatch: 
  • Each hero has unique weapons and abilities suited for various situations.
  • Heroes are separated into three distinct categories: 
    • Damage heroes seek out to engage and defeat opponents using their various tools and abilities. It is the duty of a damage hero to secure eliminations. 
    • Support players empower their allies by healing, boosting damage, or providing vital utility. These heroes are essential to a team’s survival. 
    • Tanks soak up damage, create space for the team, and break apart fortified positions. Heroes in the tank category will lead the charge. 
  • Along with each hero comes multiple abilities. These are defined in three ways: 
    • Active (need to cool down between uses. Average 2 per hero)
    • Passive (unique, inherent abilities/perks that do not need to be activated)
    • Ultimate (powerful abilities; charge them by healing allies or dealing damage)

Extras

  • You will find a guide on how to build a custom match for Overwatch HERE.
  • View our Console & PC Overview HERE.
  • View PC Minimum System requirements HERE.

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