By Grayson Cook, ’20

It’s 2016, meaning there are a lot of video games. Like, a lot of video games. Sometimes it’s definitely hard to find which one to spend your time and money playing. Overwatch, by Blizzard Entertainment, is definitely worth your money due to its  playability and excellence.

Overwatch is a T (teen) rated first person shooter on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4. The standard edition of Overwatch (PC only) costs $39.99, and gives you full access to all the maps, characters, and standard unlocks. There are also 2 other versions of Overwatch released, Origins and Collectors, which are the standard version of the game with more in game content (with the exception of collector’s edition). Overwatch Origins costs $49.99 and comes with the Overwatch game with access to all maps, characters, and standard unlocks, along with 5 origin character skins for the characters Bastion, Reaper, Tracer, Pharah and Soldier: 76. The Collector’s edition costs $79.99 and comes with everything in Origins edition along with a visual sourcebook, the game soundtrack and a Soldier: 76 character statue. Collector’s is currently only available for PC, and the only version for console devices is Origins, meaning if you play on a console device and want to purchase, you are unfortunately stuck with a $50 game.

The game’s graphics, being 2016, are very impressive. Every bit of every map is exploding with beautiful detail and color, and the gameplay is anything but unoriginal. There’s a character for any style of play. And so you don’t need to practice with every single character to see who you like, you can switch your character in game whenever you want in the spawn rooms, or go into practice whenever you want to try hero abilities and playstyles. Overwatch is a guaranteed fun time.

The overall difficulty of the game is undecided by really anyone. People have been playing the game since it came out, and the game is almost entirely skill based, meaning it’s not unlikely to run into a pro player. Overwatch is very competitive. During the annual Blizzcon, a convention held by Blizzard for fans of all things World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo, Hearthstone, Starcraft and Warcraft, events called ESports are held where some of the best country’s players of Blizzard’s games get together and fight against another team. It’s a great way to have fun, and spice things up with competition, but no campaign is in the game, and no news from Blizzard has been stated or leaked about a future campaign mode.  

Blizzard is soon to send an update that restricts one hero per team, meaning that if someone steals your main character, you need to choose someone else. This defeats the point of playing one character exclusively (maining), but works in favor of Blizzard, since the whole concept of the game was you can switch characters on the fly.

All in all, Overwatch is a great game, and many would agree it is worth your time and money.