Welcome to Overwatch 

Overwatch is a First Person Shooter with similarities to a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. In the main game mode there are two opposing teams of six players who have a wide variety of heroes to choose from within three categories. As it is mainly an objective based FPS game, there is also a variety of lengths for the matches. 

 

Following the trend of Best of Series game modes, Overwatch allows a Best of Three style gameplay where you can play a random map out of a pool of seven, offering Assault, Control, Escort, or Hybrid game modes. Having been released early 2016 the game quickly burst into popularity and is recognized as one of the most successful games to date. 

What is Overwatch? 

What are the game modes in Overwatch? 

The game modes are all a little different from usual FPS games. One of the draw-ins for the game is that a lot of what you can do is casual. A wide majority of the people playing aren’t playing competitive Overwatch. You can play Competitive, Casual/Quick Play, or Arcade mode. The wide variety of game modes available to the player is what helped the game rise to where it is today.

Competitive is strictly on the maps with any of the Control, Escort, Assault, or Hybrid Best of Series games. This is the front runner for people trying to play for more than just fun. 

Currently Competitive has implemented a Role Que which gives the players an individual ranking per role and disallows role swapping in game Quick Play emulates Competitive with a more lax nature. You don’t sacrifice your Skill Rating or get a rank but you still experience the core of the game. 

Arcade hosts 6v6 Capture the Flag, Deathmatch which is an eight player Free For All. 4v4 Team Deathmatch is also available, 6v6 Mystery heroes and 6v6 low gravity. 

Workshop isn’t so much a game mode as it is a game mode building mode. If you’re of the more creative types, Workshop offers a great way to express your ideas and alter the game itself to create fun new ways to play the game. 

What are Heroes in Overwatch? 

Overwatch boasts 30 different heros categorized into 3 different roles. Tanks, Damage and Support roles offer a hugely team coordinated gameplay experience. Damage Heros typically are meant to output a majority of a team’s damage in order to take down enemy heros, Tanks are meant to eat up all of that damage to protect their Damage Heros, and Supports offer various elements of Utility to assist in keeping everyone on their team alive while also posing a threat to the enemy team. A majority of players are usually more interested in the Damage roles but all of the roles offer many intuitive Heros and can give players a better fit for their playstyle from role to role. 

There are a few staple characters in each role that people tend to gravitate towards when they begin playing. These characters more or less were the initial representation of Overwatch as a game and were featured very early on in their cinematics. Damage Heros were the most prominent and as such had the most staples. The main trio being Tracer, Widowmaker and Reaper. Each one represents a different playstyle and kit.

Tank Hero staples are Winston, Reinhardt, and Diva which while all are meant to soak and distribute damage, are able to act as countermeasures to many other Heros and offer flexible playstyles. 

Staple Support Heros were less prominent but when the game was first released, Mercy, Symmetra and Lucio stood as the most played. Supports are meant to act as sustain for team compositions as well as use their kit’s to stop an enemy team’s steamroll effect. 

What are Hero Abilities? 

Every Hero has a four ability kit that is very different from any other Hero’s kit. This is one of the things that makes Overwatch feel similar to a MOBA style game. Each individual Hero plays differently and brings something to the table worth considering. Because of the difference in the kits a lot of Heros labeled as Damage or Tank or Support have some crossover into each one, if only in talent. The wide variety of Heros mixed with their own wide variety of kits makes for plenty of unique playstyles and team compositions. 

With the Meta in mind, nobody is really forced onto specific Heros every game, each one can serve a purpose and be used efficiently enough to carry a team to victory if needed. That being said, some are currently stronger than others and offer more advantages. With an Attack and Defense gameplay mechanic added to some of the Maps, that makes for some Heros being more viable on one side rather than the other with some being able to hash it out on either side. 

With Role que being implemented, you aren’t free to run whatever you want and swap in and out as the game progresses, but you are still able to switch Heros that fall under your chosen role which still makes for a more fluid experience and means you have the ability to fit what your team needs at any given moment. 

You can practice anything you want to as well with the wide variety of Casual modes, making it even easier to pick up new Heros or train one you already want to play. 

What is the Overwatch player base like? 

As is with any FPS style game, you run into the occasional vulgar, rude, troll of a player. However, Overwatch is able to boast a great community with an open line of communication available as well as ways to block communications from a single player and a choice to exit the main chat channel at any time you may like. 

If you are queuing with multiple friends, which is recommended, you are given your own chat channel between the 2-6 of you. It is advised that you leave this to allow proper communication between all possible members on your team but at the same time, if you are confident in your abilities to include the random players you are matched with, there’s not really a reason to leave outright. 

So what should I do next? 

As Overwatch is still in the limelight of popularity it is worth a try. It has been around long enough already and there's still an avid community and Esports scene which spans the globe. Any fan of FPS or MOBA style games will find something they like about it, and playing with friends is always a good time. If you’re looking to get serious about it, make sure to check out our other guides! 

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