Reviews Roundup: Overwatch

Soldiers. Scientists. Adventurers. Oddities. In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world: OverwatchOverwatch ended the crisis, and helped maintain peace in the decades that followed, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. But, after many years, Overwatch’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Now, conflict is rising across the world again, and the call has gone out to heroes old and new. Are you with us?

Release Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: First-person shooter
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC
Developer: Blizzard

Reviews by women across the web:

US Gamer - Kat Bailey, 5/5

Overwatch may yet cool off and fall by the wayside at some point in the near future, but it sure seems like it’s here for the long haul. Pretty much everything about this game feels fresh and exciting: the class-based combat, the art style, the roster, the modes. It’s equal parts strategic and twitchy, encouraging you to think while also rewarding skill, and its roster is a delight. Overwatch may well be the best new multiplayer shooter to come along since Modern Warfare and Team Fortress 2 took 2007 by storm. I can’t wait to play more. - Alice Bell, positive

The more you play Overwatch the more you realise Blizzard thought of basically everything you might criticise it for. Want to practise without the crushing embarrassment of being beaten by real life people? Check those AI options. Don’t like team voice chat? The characters shout out proximity warnings as part of the in–game audio: “Enemy turret up ahead!”; “Watch your back!”; “I’m on the objective!” One of the most common concerns is that it might not have enough content, but if Blizzard is as good as its word there will be more heroes and maps down the line.

ZAM - Danielle Riendeau, positive

What I find most appealing about Overwatch, past the smart design choices and ridiculous level of polish, is the aesthetic and theming. Sure, this is a game about shooting people in the face. But it’s a remarkably colorful, positive, inclusive game about shooting people in the face, darn it. And I love that.

AGirlandAGame - Jessica Kanigalingam, positive


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