A personal wishlist: 8 things I want to see in Overwatch

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There is something I need to admit. They say acceptance is the first step to recovery so here goes:

I’m an Overwatch addict… actually no. I’m actually an Overwatch dealer not an addict. I started playing Overwatch on the PS4 and have so far I’ve put in around 160 hours into the game. Which isn’t that bad but the real problem came in when I became the dealer for the family.

Since the game has come out I’ve managed to get both my daughters addicted who have also now put in a combined time of over 200 hours and we now own the game on PS4, PC x 2 and Xbox One. It’s a problem and I’m loving it. But even though Overwatch has obviously got me hooked there are things I’d like to see changed.

Here is my own personal Overwatch wishlist.

1. Allow weapon ranking

Right now when you’ve earned enough competitive points you can trade them in for a gold weapon of your liking. My Rheinhardt at the moment has an awesome golden axe which goes with his black and red skin perfectly.

I’ve also now got enough points to buy my second golden weapon but I’ve realised it means nothing. I could go and buy a golden Hanzo bow and it would show absolutely nothing since I never use Hanzo. But if I could get enough kills with my Pharah Rocket Launcher to unlock a glossy black weapon that would be awesome.

2. Allow me to avoid players

On console I can easily mark a player as someone I prefer to play with but there is nothing available to report, block or even just avoid players.

Some players can be incredibly annoying online and while they aren’t doing enough to be worth blocking I would like to just say I prefer to not be paired with them in the future.

3. Spectator mode

I’m no pro at Overwatch in any way but please Blizzard won’t you give me a spectator mode?

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When I join friends at night and they are busy in-game I’d love to be able to join in and mock them for their horrific gameplay or even better be able to search from the menu for games with some of the top 500 players in my region so I can learn how to finally break out of platinum.

4. A better communication wheel

Most people in Gold and early Platinum don’t have a mic on them and the few that do never have anything useful to say anyway. The few sayings we have on the communication wheel are great but there are some that I think would be amazing if added.

  • You can’t all be DPS you idiots!
  • Hey morons we need a healer, you can’t all be Reaper
  • Okay fine I’ll be healer but we still need at least 1 tank!
  • God I hate you {playername}
    • Where when chosen you get to select a player on your side
  • Oh Sh*t (for those times you shoot your ultimate right into D.Va’s defence matrix)
  • GET ON THE [email protected]*KING PAYLOAD
  • Amazing use of that Ultimate
  • Nice game team

5. Early Game Spotting

While the opposing team are setting up their defences you can normally sneak a peek through windows and see them, however you aren’t notified as to who is who on the opposing team until a while into the game. What would be awesome would be if everyone you spotted setting up was marked as visible in your team view and a message sent to all identifying the player and character.

6. In Game Spotting

One of the most important and under-utilised tactics in Overwatch is called “focus firing” and it is what it sounds like. If your team targets all their fire on an opponent who may have stepped out from behind the Rheinhardt sheild that person would melt instantly.

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While in game being able to “spot” or mark an opposing player to focus on could really help enhance the teamwork in your game.

7. Local Servers

I’m playing from South Africa and when my internet is being kind I’m always playing with a ping of around 170ms.. while Blizzard have worked some magic on their servers and the game is more than playable I do miss the ability to play matches at 20ms. Yes, I realise that with local servers it’s a case of “be careful what you wish for.” Maybe a better solution would be a server in Kenya, so that we’re pooled with the rest of Africa so we can grow as a continent.

Come on Blizzard, be a kind overlord and give us some local servers in deepest darkest Africa.

8. Full scoreboards for completed games

I know Blizzard has purposefully kept the end game scoreboard to only show you how you performed, but I would love to go back and review games I’ve played and see how the rest of my team faired. If I’ve got gold medals for kills and objective kills I think I’m doing well but maybe it was our healer that really secured the win with their great play and I should have stayed closer to them to be more of an effective team.

And that dear friends is that, I still love the game and Blizzard are doing a great job of keeping it going but anything can always be improved. So this is my quick wish list, what else would you like to see added to the game.

Oh and if Blizzard is snooping and uses some of our amazing ideas: you’re welcome Blizzard.

Last Updated: February 1, 2017

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • “sneak a peek through windows and see them” you say?


    • Hammersteyn

      XD XD XD

    • MonsterCheddar


  • Still working on improving our server issues however instead of local servers all we need is peering to the EU servers for better network stability and improved latency (not by a whole lot but still).

  • Admiral Chief

    You have my mine/grenade launcher/trap

    • R1ker

      Happy Birthday Admiral 🙂

      • Admiral Chief

        Dankie dude!

  • Hammersteyn

    9. Skip play of the game.
    Sure I’m a sore loser, but if I get trounced in a game the last thing I want to see is how magnificently the other team did. Normally I check my WhatsApp messages or I strangle myself with a belt

    • lol I love the play of the game part.,

      • Hammersteyn

        I do to, but when you lose four games or so in a row it gets irritating

        • Dutch Matrix

          Especially when that play of the game shows you getting slaughtered!

  • Hammersteyn

    10. Increase the max loot boxes you can get in arcade
    Started playing Arcade last week and getting just three in a week seems a bit stingy. But then again, Blizzard wants people to drop real cash for those loot boxes

    • The weird part is that it’s so difficult to buy lootboxes on the console

      • Hammersteyn

        I’ve never tried to buy loot boxes, I’d imagine it’s like buying anything else on the PS store. What’s so difficult about it?

        • on PC you just click buy in game, on console you have to leave the application.. far less streamlined

          • Hammersteyn

            Oh my, that’s silly

          • It literally just means like four extra clicks. Not streamlined, yes, but definitely not difficult

  • Sageville

    I’d like to add..

    9. The further away from the payload, the less damage you do….

    • Hammersteyn


    • Matthew Holliday

      Or atleast some sort of bonus over getting a medal for objective time.
      First thought would be a small AOE shield bonus, but that sounds like a real challenge to balance.

  • Dutch Matrix

    I started playing this weekend on PC. Guess what! I felt like a female porn star with the amount of times I got shot in the face!

  • Dutch Matrix

    10. Add a bot mode. It worked brilliantly for Unreal Tournament!

  • Craig “Crios” Boonzaier

    3. Spectator mode

    If they invite you to a group while in game, you will join the game as a spectator

  • Quentin Huggett

    There is a spectator mode

  • R1ker

    I would love a cross platform version. Maybe not in competetive, but it would be fun to hook up with friends on other platforms. Imagine what the lazygam… i mean cryticalhit friday night gaming nights will be like then.

    • Admiral Chief


  • Skittle

    I haven’t played Overwatch in months, I just got so bored with playing the same maps over and over and over again

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