Here’s Overwatch’s three new characters, and how bad I am at playing them

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I’ve been slacking a little bit. with Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 gobbling up most of my free time, I’ve really neglected Overwatch. And at the worst time too, with the three brand new characters announced at Blizzcon making their way into the closed beta last week. But last night I decided to take all three for a quick spin.

It didn’t exactly go very well.

You can see what I mean below, as I try my hand at Genji, Mei and D.Va across three matches (almost) to try and get a better feel for what they’re meant to be doing in this competitive team-based shooter. Genji falls under the more offensive umbrella, making him the easiest to understand roles with, while D.Va was all about getting up in enemy faces and soaking up damage. Mei was a little more tricky to understand.

Genji’s mobility made me really happy, although that was quickly extinguished when I realised I wasn’t a unstoppable mechanical ninja force when activating his melee ultimate. D.Va, on the other hand, has an incredibly satisfying loop of taking damage, dealing it, hoping out her mech and then summoning a new one. She’s by far my favourite of the three so far, and the easiest to play too.

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Mei is just incredibly situational and confusing to play if you aren’t coordinating with teammates properly. That said, her cold gun is immensely powerful, and the way her ultimate can slow down large groups of enemies for a long time is one of the most useful in the game so far.

But there’s a lot more to learning a character than one game, and I’m hoping to get in a lot more time with all three soon. But for now, check out their basic abilities above and try not to think about how far away Overwatch still is.

Last Updated: November 17, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    I could have lived with no local servers if it was F2P, now, I’m not keen any more.

    It seems every damn time I get excited about a game, it flops (Evolve, this, SWBF)

    I think XCOM 2 and DXMD will be sucky suckfests

    • Hammersteyn

      I hope this along with Battlefront and Rainbow 6 flops. if only to get publishers to realize PVP only is not worth $60

      • Galbedir

        But this is not $60? Its 29.99euro/$31. I was hugely happy when I found out it was p2p, instead of mountains of paywalled DLC like Evolve did. Evolve can burn in hell! Im sure they will still have skins ect, but knowing blizzards usual business model, I’d imagine upcoming maps and characters will be free with the purchase of the game.

        • Hammersteyn

          But is the $31 on PC or console? Even still. I’m not paying for a PVP only game.

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  • Galbedir

    How was the latency playing Overwatch from SA? I’ve heard it ain’t to bad. If its anything like Heroes of the Storm latency, I can live with that.

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