Overwatch has been released this week and we have quite a few hours of gameplay under our belt by now. Enough to give some tips to both beginners and veteran players.
27-05-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
Overwatch is one of those games that’s really easy to pick up, but has a surprisingly high skill cap. With 21 Heroes with their own skills and 12 maps full of secret passages and ways to sneak up on your enemies, you will probably spend weeks or months mastering every aspect of the game. We’ve already put quite some hours into the beta and live versions of the game, so here’s some tips to help you be the very best.
I’ve seen this happen at our office (looking at you, Koen). Overwatch is probably not a game where you understand everything that’s happening right off the bat. There’s 21 Heroes that each have a different skillset with their own strengths and weaknesses. Pick a Hero that sounds good to you, and stick with him/her/it for a while. It takes a while to understand the different situations in which your Hero can shine and in what situation you’re better off just hanging back and letting your team take care of things.
You know, sometimes things just don’t work out. Maybe your Mei is getting slaughtered by a Bastion every time you turn around that corner? Don’t be afraid to switch to a different Hero! You can try Genji, for example. His Deflect ability is able to bounce all Bastion’s bullets back into his mechanical face. Or try using Reaper’s teleport ability to bypass his chokehold.
Try out every Hero at least of a couple of matches. This really helps on two fronts. First, you know what the strengths and weaknesses are of all your teammates. Roadhog doesn’t really need your heals when you’re playing Mercy, but you can bet Reinhardt really appreciates the back-up. But you will also know the weaknesses of your enemies! You’ll know that aiming upwards as Junkrat is pretty hard, so you can try to flank him from above. Need a cheat sheet? This Imgur gallery has got you covered!
Now you’ve got the hang of all the Heroes, it’s time to explore the levels. Pick Hanzo, Widowmaker or Pharah (mobile characters that can climb or fly) and check out every nook and cranny of every level in the custom mode. Now combine that knowledge of all the Heroes with your knowledge of all the maps. Let Roadhog pull players into the depths in Nepal, or use the window above the capture point in Ilios to sneak up on your enemies!
Sure, getting that Play of the Game (PotG) with Junkrat’s explosive tire or Reaper going all ‘DIE DIE DIE’ on your enemies is great. But the real gems usually don’t show up in the PotG. Having your Mercy resurrect Winston might give your team the final push to capture that objective. And did you know you can use Reinhardt’s charge to intercept a self-destructing D.va? Talk about a noble sacrifice!
Chances are, you’ll be playing with random teammates a lot. Chances are, those guys don’t pay a lot of attention to team composition. So you’ll have to. Look at the tips the game gives you when picking a Hero. Maybe your team could use a builder to hold that chokepoint on the cargo map. Pick a support Hero when it looks like your team could use some heals. Knowing all the Heroes gives you a lot more freedom to give your team what it needs.
Seriously. One 13 year old kid in your team picking Hanzo (because he’s a cool Japanese dude) or Widowmaker (because she has a hot ass) is more than enough. Having one third of your team playing a sniper has never helped anyone.
Get a couple of friends together and play with them! I was already having a blast in the game on my own, but after some games with friends and colleagues everything really clicked. Your team composition is a lot better, you can alert them about that Widowmaker standing in the window, ask them to heal you or lay supressing fire on that Bastion in the hallway while you sneak up on him. And if everything still goes wrong (the game tries to match you up with other pre-made groups, so matches will be more difficult) you can at least have a laugh about it together.
There’s a story to Overwatch? Isn’t it just ‘Shoot each-other in the face’? Well, as far as the in-game content goes; yes, there’s hardly anything to justify why you’re shooting each-other in the face. But when you take a look at the official website or one of the countless Wiki’s and Reddit-threads, you will find a treasure trove of lore, timelines and other information. The animated shorts tell part of the story, the comics tell another part and it’s up to you to put the pieces together. And trust me, it will really enhance your in-game experience.
So there you have it; this is how you maximize your Overwatch sessions. Do you have some tips and tricks or do you have footage of this amazing Play of the Game you just pulled? We’d love to see it! Get in touch through our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and send us all your Overwatch stuff.