Overwatch: Reviews Foreseen As Game Of The Year
The critics overall decision: Overwatch is a strong candidate for Game of the Year!
After the game’s successful release, it has been welcomed by critics with so much positive reviews that we could easily say that the game is in the running for 2016’s Game of the Year. Reaching a score of 98/100 in Metacritic, the game has stirred the interest of gamers all around. Based on the reviews, the critics raved about the game’s characters and the overall gameplay. Only a few flaws were seen in the game like the microtransactions and the need to grind.
We have made a compilation of the reviews of the biggest names in the gaming industry, it comes with their overall comments and pros and cons of the game. Read on to find out what they think of Overwatch.
Site: Game Informer
Reviewer: Daniel Tack
Overwatch is an amazing experience. It’s fresh and consistently fun, with matches that are great in random groups, but astonishingly good when played with friends. Blizzard has taken its masterful art of polishing and perfection to the team shooter, and things will never be the same.
-The game is simple and polished.
-The characters are unforgettable; settings are colorful.
-The audio is a fundamental part of the game, most especially when it comes to activating abilities.
-Effortless; easy to pick up and play.
-“Vibrant and endlessly entertaining”, very HIGH REPLAYABILITY.
Reviewer: Chris Carter
Score: 10/10; Editor’s Choice Award
You can’t help but take note of the attention to detail immediately, even during the first few seconds of booting it up and watching a random character emote on the title screen. This arena shooter (not a MOBA) looks, sounds, and feels great, with the polish of a Pixar film without feeling overly childish. That extends to every facet of the experience, from its 60 FPS frame rate (even on consoles), beautiful locations, and insanely detailed character models.
-Overwatch “looks, sounds and feels great”.
-Each character is likable; even though they only have several abilities, each character has depth.
-Blizzard’s microtransactions in the game is a smart move to help “ensure the longevity of the game” and not having to charge players for map packs and expansions.
Just as Team Fortress 2 burst onto the scene and captivated so many with its charm, and accessible gameplay, Overwatch is poised to do the same with its sharp gameplay and likable characters. There’s little doubt that the next great class-based shooter has arrived
-Gameplay is a blast since it is fast paced and chaotic; you’ll have fun even if you are on the losing side.
-A lot of unique characters to choose from; their abilities and weapons are so much fun to use.
-The game’s future looks bright.
-There are some possible balance issues between all possible characters, team make up and maps.
-The map and game mode can get repetitive.
SITE: The Escapist
Score: 5/5 Stars
Overwatch is a fast, fun, and fresh take on the class-based shooter. Blizzard has made sure its first new IP in 17 years is polished to perfection.
-The 6v6 gameplay is competitive as compared to the 12v12 set up.
-The learning curve for the game is easy, you can quickly know what each character will do; every hero feels balanced and useful, every one of them have their own strengths and weaknesses.
-The maps are “fantastically designed and made specifically to accommodate all of the game’s different heroes”.
-Considers the progression system a “fun bonus”.
-“Balance is still a bit out of whack in places”.
-Foreseeing some problems that may post in the future like unlimited ammo, slow base movement speed and the ability to pick up the same hero multiple times.
-Some players may not like the lack of a single player campaign.
SITE: Attack of the Fanboy
Score: 4.5/5 Stars
It is Overwatch’s diverse group of characters that make the game shine, though. Blizzard has crafted each to stand on their own even within the same role class thanks to their weapons, abilities, and ultras. There is no mistaking one from the other thanks to supremely intelligent design from player silhouettes to character voices and sounds.
-All characters are already unlocked from the start and are ready to play.
-The game shines because of its diverse characters.
-The maps are “fantastically designed and made specifically to accommodate all of the game’s different heroes.”
-The progression system is a bonus.
-How Blizzard will balance all 21 characters is a downside.
I mostly enjoyed my time with Overwatch as it is very easy to pick up and play. The characters are diverse and just as colourful as the levels where battles take place. As a free-to-play title, I’d have no problems with the grinding and micro-transactions, but these mechanics in a feature-lite, full priced title, mar the overall experience for me. Maybe you’re okay with that, but I’m not. No matter how many games do it, I’ll never be okay with it.
-All the characters are unique from each other.
-The game is “an extremely colorful breath of fresh air, in stark contrast to most first person shooters that come out these days, which opt for gritty realistic tones,”
-The game is very easy to pick and play.
-It feels light on content even though it has so many characters and maps.
-In the long run, the game can get repetitive.
So there you go! Hope you had a good read with our compiled reviews. If you want to read more about the Overwatch reviews, head on over to Metacritic.
Overwatch is available for PC via Battle.net, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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