The Overwatch beta, which has been scheduled to run up until May 9 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One has finally arrived. Players can now prepare to clash on the battlefields of tomorrow with a Overwatch – a legendary force made up of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddballs.
During the course of the beta, players will have the opportunity to test out a rather impressive roster of characters. Each character, with 21 in total, is unique in design and class. During the course of the early access beta, I found myself latching onto the likes of offensive characters such as Tracer, Mcree, and Soldier: 76.
Tracer wields twin pulse pistols, energy-based time bombs, and is one of the faster moving characters on the battlefield. To add to her skills Tracer has the ability to “blink” through time, which essentially means rapidly move from one area to another… As well as rewind her personal timeline, essentially go back in time briefly, to regenerate health and ammunition.
Mcree is one of those characters that looks like he came straight out of the 1991 arcade hit, Sunset Riders. He is armed with a Peacekeeper, a flashy red/green cape, and the skills to take down enemies quicker than a pack of savage Coyotes. McCree also packs flash-bangs, and has the ability to dive, roll, and reload in one swift movement.
Soldier: 76 is another rather lethal character. Soldier: 76 packs a heavy pulse rifle for maximum damage. The techno charged character is another one of the faster moving characters on the battlefield as he has the ability to sprint after enemies. To add to his arsenal, Soldier: 76’s pulse rifle is also equipped with rockets that spiral toward an enemy to inflict maximum damage.
Gameplay from these three characters can be found in the video below:
As you can see from the gameplay featured above, each character in Overwatch is truly unique in appearance, personality, and play style. With 21 characters to choose from, Overwatch offers players – those who are competitive as well as casual gamers – the ability to not only choose the characters that appeal to them, but also master them.
Overall, from what I had experienced, Overwatch feels like the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat of the first-person-shooter genre. Not only does it play smoothly, but it looks absolutely stunning when it comes to the game’s maps, characters, and environments.
Overwatch is expected to launch on May 24, 2016 on the PC, PlayStation, and Xbox One.
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