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  • Summary: Overwatch is a highly stylized team-based shooter set on earth in the near future. Every match is an intense multiplayer showdown pitting a diverse cast of soldiers, mercenaries, scientists, adventurers, and oddities against each other in an epic, globe-spanning conflict.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
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  1. Jun 6, 2016
    100
    There’s something to be said about a game that does one thing well, and in the realm of online shooters that’s more important than tacking on a string of different modes or story content.
  2. May 28, 2016
    100
    From its celebratory replays to its hero of the match voting and on-the-fly hero switching, it's a game that does everything it can to make you feel good and bring you into the scene. Play it if you love online shooters, play it if you don't: Overwatch is ready to join the likes of Quake and Team Fortress 2 in the pantheon of greats.
  3. May 29, 2016
    95
    Weapons and equipment are equally as diverse as the characters and whether that’s shurikens, mines or guns, everything has a place.
  4. May 26, 2016
    90
    We are hopelessly hooked on this exclusively multiplayer proposal, but we would like Blizzard to provide us with a greater variety of options, especially in the long term.
  5. Jun 26, 2016
    90
    The bottom line is that Overwatch is easy to pick up and understand, and amazingly fun to play.
  6. May 28, 2016
    90
    One of the most interesting games of the year, bringing a breath of fresh air in the Arena Shooter genre with an inspired design and highly accessible, yet satisfying, gameplay. Its main downside is the limited set of modes, something we hope Blizzard will keep expanding month after month.
  7. May 29, 2016
    79
    Blizzard have made a really good game with Overwatch, and succeeded in building a foundation from which they can build another mega-franchise. But it’s not perfect. Despite their inclusion of so many eSport friendly features and an incredible diverse cast of uniquely powered characters, a lack of modes, party options, and a context-creating campaign are sore points in my eyes.

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  1. Negative: 47 out of 178
  1. May 24, 2016
    10
    What a breathe of fresh air. This game is amazing. You can tell when a game is above average when trolls come and vote 1. Even the worst gamesWhat a breathe of fresh air. This game is amazing. You can tell when a game is above average when trolls come and vote 1. Even the worst games arent a 1! This should show you that this game is here to stay. 10/10 and looking forward to all the free DLC! If you dont play this you are missing out big time. Balanced so well, maps are amazing and the design is just out of this world. SO GOOD! Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2021
    10
    Overwatch went on to be my favorite game ever. It shaped the entire hero shooter genre with its incredibly unique characters and maps. The artOverwatch went on to be my favorite game ever. It shaped the entire hero shooter genre with its incredibly unique characters and maps. The art style is fantastic, vast amount of unique characters, beautifully crafted maps, and topped with an amazing community. Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2017
    9
    Blizzard’s newest game, Overwatch, has won over 100 awards including Game of the Year 2016, leading us to believe it’s a one of a kind gameBlizzard’s newest game, Overwatch, has won over 100 awards including Game of the Year 2016, leading us to believe it’s a one of a kind game for a wide audience. With a choice from 25 characters and a variety of gameplay to experience, Overwatch is definitely a game to try out.
    A crucial part of the game is the cartoon styled characters which are categorised into 4 different groups: Offence, Defence, Tank and Support. Within the groups, each character has their own unique abilities to ultimately win the match. My personal favourite characters from each category would be, Tracer, Mei, Zarya and Lucio. Each of these characters have very different gameplay; Tracer is agile and quick as she can teleport around the map and go back in time to regain health, while Mei is typically used for stealth as she can freeze enemies and kill them with a headshot afterwards.
    Not only are their skills diverse but their backgrounds are too, Blizzard really outdid themselves when it came to the characters, animated shorts have been released for certain characters further explaining how they came to be a member of Overwatch.
    When playing online they are three different game modes; Quick Play, Arcade and Competitive. You can choose which mode best suits you. However, the objective within matches in Quick Play or Competitive is to either push the payload as far through the map as you can or to capture an objective and hold it till the percentage equals 100%. Be warned, if you’re playing the same character on every map, attack and defence, you’re going to get bored eventually which is why the vast selection of heroes is so important. It keeps the game fresh.
    Competitive is my preferred game mode. Once a new season starts you participate in 10 placement matches and are placed into a tier based on your skill within games. Your skill rating changes depending on how many medals you achieved in game but mainly if you won or lost. At the end of the season, you win a collection of competitive points dependant on what tier you’re in, which can be used to buy golden guns for any character along with other rewards. The idea of a Competitive game mode is really fun, it can help you find how good of an Overwatch player you are, but in all honesty unless you are placed in a high tier there’s not much hope. Many other online players often cause havoc on teams as they aren’t picking the heroes that are potentially needed to win the game.
    Within the world of Overwatch sound plays a huge part in fully immersing yourself in the gameplay, each hero has their own voice actor based on the country the character originated from. Mei for example is Chinese, therefore so is her voice actor which is an amazing extra. They all have their own voice lines, in English and their native language. While in a game, if an enemy uses their ultimate ability the hero will say so in game using his/her unique voice line to alert every player that this is taking place. The use of sound is super fun and helpful in game.
    As the developers of this game is Blizzard, they are constantly working on how the game could be improved and listening to what the players themselves have to say. Videos are often published online from the Lead Developer of Overwatch, Jeff Kaplan, who explains what they are adding to the game and what that means for us. Characters are constantly being buffed or nerfed depending on players’ remarks of them and how popular each character is. Every 3 months, a new hero is added to the game which always seems to cause a wave of excitement as another animated short will be released to go along with the new addition. The updates are frequent and the majority of bugs are quickly found and corrected.
    Another huge part of Overwatch is the customisation of the characters as well as the events that are held. Each character has their original outfit along with other skins, maybe in a different colour or even following a specific theme; these can be obtained by opening loot boxes which can be bought with real money or receive one after levelling up, or using the in-game currency. After having a whole year of Overwatch, the following events are likely to take place every year now; Summer Games, Halloween Terror, Winter Wonderland, Lunar New Year, Uprising and Anniversary. When these events are active extra game modes are added keeping to the theme, now it may just be me but I find these events really fun and do nothing but add to the already wonderful game.
    Finally, the price of Overwatch constantly varies from £25-£50. Overall Overwatch is a fun game suitable for anyone, particularly those who are already fans of Blizzard. There is such a wide variety within the game and there's guaranteed to be a character that suits the gameplay you're looking for. In my opinion, it is more of a social game, to play with friends is better than by yourself but that doesn't mean you don't have a good time. To put it plain and simple, it's worth every penny.
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  4. Jun 23, 2019
    8
    This is a very imginative, fun shooter game with lots of great heroes and game modes to chose from... even if it can, sometimes get a littleThis is a very imginative, fun shooter game with lots of great heroes and game modes to chose from... even if it can, sometimes get a little repetitive. Expand
  5. Dec 20, 2020
    7
    Good shooter and nice character mechanics... however it let down by not insisting team play and bad balancing... also it has loot boxes and noGood shooter and nice character mechanics... however it let down by not insisting team play and bad balancing... also it has loot boxes and no cross progression for skins especially cash only rare skins... please add in a battle past system that contains a new skin for all characters Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2016
    4
    All I know is that I paid 250 BRL for less than minimum expected for a full priced console game (regardless the gender!) and that thisAll I know is that I paid 250 BRL for less than minimum expected for a full priced console game (regardless the gender!) and that this always-online DRM is controversial and outdated as heck.

    About it being a multiplayer game only, well it's not true at all. And I guess that everyone that actually played this piece of software knows that single player bot matches are even more enjoyable in the casual scene.

    Thankfully Metacritics allow changing reviewing score and I'll change mine when the game gets more content and get rid of this redundant old fashioned DRM.
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  7. May 31, 2020
    0
    No balance, no worthwhile modes, no character that isn't a giant cliche, no real story, no real single player content, no worthwhileNo balance, no worthwhile modes, no character that isn't a giant cliche, no real story, no real single player content, no worthwhile progression system, and in terms of Blizzard, no morality either. This is one of the worst multiplayer experiences I've ever had. You run up against a wall for 30 minutes with some of the worst balance ever in a game of this type, you will either win or lose based on luck and your reward is XP that is earned almost entirely through time played and all you get from leveling up are loot boxes. There is nothing to come back to this game for. No real customization, no challenges, just the same terrible gameplay loop for eternity on lifeless maps and pathetic modes. Expand

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