Overwatch - Get on board!

This isn't a review (yet) - it's more of a call to arms and some tips for getting started in Overwatch. I've been holding back on playing Overwatch, when I really should have just been doing the opposite - playing the crap out of it!

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Ever since Overwatch launched on the 24 May 2016 I've been contemplating giving it a go, but something has been holding me back? I'm not sure if it was because I thought I didn't have room for another FPS game in my life, or if I wasn't sure I wanted to play an online only game. I don't know what it was... Really, I should have ignored those feelings, because this game is brilliant!

In Overwatch, you control one of 21 heroes in competitive 6-person team shooting matches, battle over objectives and take down the other team to achieve victory.

What really makes Overwatch unique is that every character has a different play style, weapon-set and tactic for the battlefield. One of Blizzards principles behind this game was 'fun' and you can see that through and through with what they've developed.

Though rather than me go on about it (TL:DR), check out the gameplay trailer:

Getting started in Overwatch

After playing Overwatch for the better part of a weekend here's a collection of starting tips that should help you become the hero that we all need. They'll also give you a flavour of how Overwatch is different from your stock-standard FPS game:

  1. This is a team game - being the lone wolf will normally equal your demise and frustrate the other players.
  2. Forget the notion of a main character - think favourite characters. Try out all the classes, don't be afraid to switch classes regularly.
  3. Think about team composition - The character select screen gives a quick summary of your current group make up e.g. Low Damage, No Defenders, No Tanks etc Try changing to something that will benefit the group.
  4. We're trained to get maximum kills in FPS games - Though in Overwatch, kills don't always equal wins. Playing the objective and team work is far more critical.
  5. In Overwatch you get a special power called an 'Ultimate' - don't save this up for the perfect moment - remember you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

So what do you think? Are you ready to play Overwatch?

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Available on PC, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One.