Friday, 13 May 2016

Overwatch BETA Review


Two "sort of" MOBAs come out at the same time. It's inevitable that comparisons will be made. I reviewed Battleborn BETA, which you can read here. Overwatch is nothing like Battleborn. Where Battleborn is quite strongly on the MOBA side of "sort of", Overwatch is very much on the team shooter side with just a couple of things borrowed from the MOBA genre.


There is an incredible list of characters to play each with a truly unique play style and the game cleverly compels you to play them all. You need a balanced team to win each match with each player actually feeling like they're contributing no matter on their skill level.


There aren't many game modes. There's one more to come as a patch soon after launch, but Blizzard have said that the BETA was pretty much the final game. This is where things start to fall down for me. The first day I played, I thought that it was great and that I would definitely be buying it. The second day and I was starting to get bored already. The main problem is that there is no incentive to keep playing. All unlocks are cosmetic. There is no leveling up, no new gear, no rewards of any kind other than some new clothes. I don't understand this model. What's to keep me coming back? The point has been made in the gaming community that this game should have been free to play with micro-transaction and I totally agree. It definitely doesn't feel like a £50, triple A game. It has the elements of one. The graphics are stunning, great voice acting and well written one liners. But there's just no content.


They seem to have gone down the Destiny route when telling the story of the game, which is never a good idea. However instead of grimoire cards, they've actually created short animated films depicting elements of backstory which are of incredible quality. But why aren't they in the game? I mean, this was just a BETA, but Blizzard saying that the BETA was pretty much the finished game is a little worrying. Of course this could just mean gameplay and I seriously hope it is, as the content they've created on their YouTube page is far too good to waste!


Unless I see some vast improvements in game mechanics, such as actually usable rewards and in game story, I won't be getting Overwatch. It's a shame as I really want to like this game. It's got almost everything I want from a game, but it does fall short. I really hope I'm proven wrong.




1 comment:

  1. Well, I can say that this game is not only out of beta mode creation and has become very popular around the world. I even started to bet on its cyber games here http://cybbet.com/games/overwatch. I may recommend it safely!

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