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First Glance posts are all about first impressions, video games we haven’t had the chance to fully explore yet or other unfinished business.
Among the big ones such as EA, Ubisoft, Rockstar etc, Blizzard had always been the one I trust. In my opinion, comparing to the others, they remained faithful to their roots, and the amount of disappointment was minimal. Their marketing evolved with time but without sacrificing their values. Expansions have always been paid and the price didn’t change, while some additional features became available on the online shop. All of this didn’t have a negative impact on the games. And this is why I’d chose them over EA or Ubisoft for example. Yes, their updates and choices are debatable, like the ones in World of Warcraft, but mostly it’s a matter of taste. We do know that Blizzard takes a long time to develop a game, so much that they are even late for the release date, but with a good reason, knowing that they want to offer a complete and stable first version. On top of that, Blizzard‘s games have their own special touch. Every single one of them are easy to get into, they run smoothly, and they get fairly addictive with time. They have three universes. Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft. They have started to change when they released World of Warcraft (their first MMO and in my opinion the best MMO in the market since no one could achieve what they did) to take the place of the RTS Warcraft. Years later, they have released Hearthstone, a card game from the universe of Warcraft. Later on, they venture into the MOBA field with Heroes of the Storm that mixes characters from their three universes. We may like or dislike those, Blizzard kept their three universes and have played with them all along.
Now, Overwatch is here. A completely different universe, a fourth one. I haven’t tested it until now, since it is free open beta for a few days and I was curious to give it a try. When they first mentioned the game, I had my doubts but I kept my mind open for Blizzard as they really add a magical touch to their games. So I thought something cool could come out from this ambitious and surprising project, an FPS.
So how is it ? Meh .. Let me tell you first, this review is going to be only about how I felt and most importantly, this a First Glance. I’ve downloaded it, logged in, started a Quick Match and played a dozen of matches straight against players with different characters all the time. I won’t go through all the details with all the modes and everything, but this is mainly about the first impression.
Starting with the good points, it is Blizzard, and they didn’t fail at his special touch mentioned above. The graphics are a bit cartoonish, but the game runs smoothly and and it’s easy to get into. You choose a character from four classes: Offensive, Defensive, Tank, Heal, and kill everyone. According to the modes you play, the objectives are indicated to keep you on track. The HUD is very complete, since it display those and even other information. You have different types of attack that you might try when you start the game just to see what you character does, and then you go for it. Games are 6v6 (At least for all the modes I’ve played). So before the match starts, you build your team, with enough offense, defense, tank and heal to have a good combo. You should come up with a good team and involve some strategy. You may feel free to change your character during the match when you die. The game gives you loads of tips, specially when you choose your character, telling you which roles are lacking or are over-used. The gameplay is easy to handle and while you may need some time to get used to the class you want, you have many choices in my opinion.
What isn’t so good is that, first, the whole menu feels messy, as well as the data of the match after you are finished. Progression, voting, boxes, too much information and most of it seems to be useless actually. Also, you may think that building a team to involve some strategy is cool, but if you don’t play with six mates, then everyone can go with the characters they want and they can even be the same character for multiple players, which doesn’t make sense. So despite the fact that it’s easy to get into this game and that HUD is very clear and straight forward, you end up emptying your magazine and aim to be the fastest to kill if you manage to. Another thing is that in the end I didn’t really feel like focusing on only one character. They are all different, which is great, but you are far from a regular FPS even though there are some automatic weapons. You just don’t have the same feeling. I can’t tell you if characters are well balanced as this is a First Glance post or even if all of them are cool to play with as will depend on each one’s taste I guess. But I believe all of them have something to offer.
Overwatch was a dangerous bet from Blizzard. Even though I had some expectations and hope, I’m not feeling too convinced about the game. It can be fun from time to time, but I don’t see myself spending hours in a row like in Team Fortress or PvZ Garden Warfare which both are super-fun to play. Overwatch has some good points, but I think it has more flaws than pros, so it doesn’t give me the will to really go for it, and the worst one is the price! 40€ for the game is WAY too expensive in my opinion comparing to a TF2 which is Free-to-play. I would probably spend more time and enjoy the game more if it wasn’t so expensive – which honestly feels like Blizzard might start to go down the same road of EA and Ubisoft – but I have the feeling that they might change their mind about the price at some point. Hopefully.
To me, this is Bronze.
PC Spec: i7-4770 3.40Ghz – AMD Radeon MSI R9 290X 8G – 16G RAM – W10