With several million players already logging on to join in Blizzards take on the FPS genre (totally making up for StarCraft: Ghost), Overwatch is certainly the smash hit we had expected it to be, and have been offering gamers a fresh take on the FPS genre, mixing in elements of other genres that Blizzard is more versed in, such as MOBAs and RPGs, but on a very light scale. Despite these small deviations from the formula, Overwatch remains a solid FPS experience, albeit one that requires a slightly sharp learning curve to really master.
Overwatch is not your typical breed of FPS. Instead of picking up weapons in the field or selecting customized loadouts, you pick a specific character that has it’s own weapons, skills, abilities and traits. This is the MOBA element Blizzard has added to the games formula, which adds a layer of depth and replay value not present in other FPS titles. This ensures the game stays fresh, making players adapt to different play styles and threats that are not shared among the opposing team equally. Learning how to get around this difficulty hurdle can and will ensure you’ll rise up the ranks quicker than your adversaries.
Decide your role. Unlike other FPS titles, the primary objective of Overwatch is not to constantly engage your opponents in a mad dash for points and scoreboard recognition. While there are characters that are appropriate for a rush-style approach, there are others that have a support role and also shine when it comes to defense and being a detriment to the opposing team. Play through all of the classes first and see what suits your fancy. Remember, scoring in this game is an equal opportunity effort, classes that are not focused on fragging still have other means of contributing to the team significantly.
Consider who is on your team. Consider this. In a game that promotes synergy between each of the character types, will a team composing of one type win? Absolutely not, as they will not be able to counter the balances offense and defense of the opposing team. When playing with a set group of friends, make sure you balance out your team and consider what abilities are best for the strategies you have in place. While there is no “magic” team composition, the amount of possible combinations will result in a dearth of strategies and setups to experiment with and hone.
Take it slow, and use strategy. The first thing new players will notice is that Overwatch is not a “twitch” shooter. There is no sprinting, dodge rolls, cover system or double jumps. Your player moves at a reasonable speed (which can be altered by class abilities) and precision with shots relies on being judicious with your movements and aiming. Going gung-ho into a firefight will almost certainly get your killed, but a methodical approach will typically net you the jump on your opponents and a successful assault.