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Diverse and entertaining, 'Overwatch' is an all-around win


May 17, 2016

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    Blizzard Entertainment’s multiplayer shooter, Overwatch, is set to release May 24 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game centers on players who must use teamwork while choosing between 21 heroes, each with their own abilities and roles. I had the opportunity to play the game during the beta, and it did not disappoint.
    Players are tasked with choosing between 21 heroes split between four classes: offense, defense, tank and support. Offense characters are fast and deal out lots of damage. The defense characters provide field support with sentry duties and other abilities to trap the enemy team. Tank characters draw enemy fire away from their team, as they have high hit points, and support characters use buffs and debuffs to enhance their own team and weaken the enemy team.
    Since each character is unique, players will get an entirely new game experience with each gameplay if they choose a different character. This also makes it necessary to work as a team: No one player can do it all alone.  Players will be more inclined to change out their hero mid-game depending on the other team’s success.
     The character designs and maps are beautifully made, with vibrant colors and unique locales. Different genders and ethnicities are portrayed within Overwatch and allow for much wider accessibility. Also, the map locales feature places from Route 66 near America’s Grand Canyon to the Japanese city of Hanamura.
    The game will be officially released in a week, and gamers will be in for a treat. Overwatch is a shooter unlike any other out there now on the market. With its many characters with unique abilities and the absence of a traditional team death-match mode, Overwatch will not disappoint.  I spent many hours enjoying myself during the beta, and I cannot wait for May 24 so I can jump right back into the game where I left off.

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