Overwatch closed the doors to its beta servers earlier this week after a really successful, incredibly widely talked about weekend test that got more than a few people a lot more excited for the games launch later this month. Overwatch’s colourful cast of varied characters seem to be a hit, but there’s one that stood out for purely negative reasons. bastion, the lumbering robot who is able to deliver swift death fro his stationary turret mode, has become a thorn in the side of many players.
And Blizzard is trying to convince everyone that he’s actually not too bad.
I’ve been playing Overwatch from the early closed beta days, and I’m inclined to agree with Blizzard here. bastion used to be atrocious. A character that previously had a shield to complement his hitpoints while in stationary sentry mode, with ridiculous range and a low chance for counter. Now though? Bastion is still a strong pick (especially against less experienced players), but he’s way more susceptible to counters.
Just as this poor Overwatch Twitter admin is trying to get across, courtesy of Destructoid.
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Thing is though, all those alternatives are completely viable. I’ve been discussing Bastion and his problems a lot with people that only got hands-on with the game for the first time this weekend, and most of my suggestions have been the same. Widowmaker’s range and ability to kill Bastion with a single shot is a massive oversight for new players, while Genji’s reflection can quickly turn an inexperienced Bastion against himself.
But as much as that is true, the fact of the matter is that Bastion is making life for new Overwatch players hell, which is a problem Blizzard will need to address. There’s nothing worse than starting a new multiplayer game and being tricked into thinking that one character is ultimately breaking it. Bastion isn’t broken, but as long as he convinces people he is the game has a problem.
Hopefully it’s fixed by launch, which is happening in just a few days.
Last Updated: May 12, 2016