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Here’s why Overwatch is worth buying

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Nearly 10 million people played the Overwatch beta, and from what I can gather, many liked what they saw. I think the general consensus is that Blizzard are onto something, and that they have put together one hell of a polished and addictive shooter.

A huge concern for many though, is the asking price of this new IP. Some gamers have already happily coughed up the cash and pre-ordered the game, but others, a lot it seems, are holding back and questioning whether it really is worth the money. And I get that.

I get the concerns, I really do. I mean, a multiplayer shooter, asking full price? What’s the big idea? Well, I’ve thought about it quite a lot, and have decided that Overwatch is worth the money. Here’s why…

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21 Unique Characters

There’s no denying that the cast of Overwatch is nice and varied. A gorilla scientist? Check! A professional StarCraft II gamer riding around in a mech? Check! A Brazillian DJ? Check!

Beyond actual appearances, each character has access to their own set of unique abilities. They all play differently, and have distinct roles. Perfecting each and learning their little nuances is part of the enjoyment of the game, and with 21 available at launch, you can bet you’re going to be kept busy for a good long time.

Overwatch cast

12 Maps, 4 Game Modes

Admittedly, Overwatch does little in the way of providing brand new, unique modes. What it has are tried and tested formulas that have worked in previous games for years.

You know what they say though, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! All the modes – assault, escort, hybrid, and control – are fun to play, and they’re playable across 12 awesome maps (3 per mode).

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Magical Netcode

Apart from price, the biggest concern gamers have about Overwatch relates to lag. Unfortunately, there are no South African servers for us to play on. This means that whether we like it or not, we are stuck with a 200-250 ping.

For a long time now, I’ve been raving about how Heroes of the Storm, despite me sitting on a European server, plays with what feels like no lag ever. Could that magic transition into a shooter though? Apparently so. Blizzard somehow, have made our higher ping almost  non-existent.

Don’t get me wrong, your European opponents will always have a very slight upper hand in terms of timing, but there is zero rubber banding so to speak. That, and your bullet will actually hit whatever target you’re aiming at. Believe me, I’ve nailed many headshots with Widowmaker, and they were all planned, and not the result of some predicted shooting.

Widowmaker

Free Content Post-Launch

At launch, Overwatch will come packed with a plethora of content. That’s just the beginning though.

Moving forward, Blizzard will bring new characters into the fray, and more than likely add new game modes and maps into the mix it. Know what’s the best part? None of it will cost a cent. That’s right, all post-launch content will be completely free!

This for me, is a big selling point. In the past, I’ve been part of gaming communities that are split thanks to DLC. Thankfully, Overwatch will have none of that tomfoolery. The entire player base will have access to all the same content, always.

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More Media In Future

Despite being an online shooter, Blizzard are pouring a ton of resources into bringing the Overwatch story to life. At time of writing, there are already 4 digital comics, and 3 animated shorts. There’s still more to come, including a graphic novel.

This is all before the game is even out. Can you imagine what Blizzard can do with this world once they see the support the game has? I don’t know about you, but I could do with more animated shorts in my life!

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Look, these are just my thoughts on the matter. Overwatch isn’t exactly cheap, but I do definitely think that it is worth the asking price.

Does it need a single player campaign? Honestly, I would be chuffed if it did ship with one, but I’m not sad that it isn’t. Why? Because I feel that there is a lot of content shipping with the game regardless. That, and I know some people who in the beta alone sunk in more than 8-10 hours in that one weekend. I know length shouldn’t determine value (right Al?), but in the case of Overwatch, I don’t think it hurts to know that it has the potential to keep gamers busy for a good long time.

Last Updated: May 20, 2016

31 Comments

  1. You forgot to close the tag. XD

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    • Gavin Mannion

      May 20, 2016 at 15:17

      Nah that was me trying to fix something.. it’s fixed now 🙂

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  2. Admiral Chief Protector

    May 20, 2016 at 14:40

    HL3 confirmed

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  3. Admiral Chief Protector

    May 20, 2016 at 14:40

    <3 this game

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  4. RinceThis

    May 20, 2016 at 14:52

    “Overrated” fixed it.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 20, 2016 at 14:53

      You should be fixed!

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      • RinceThis

        May 20, 2016 at 14:53

        I ain’t broke!

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          May 20, 2016 at 15:59

          According to you!

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 23, 2016 at 07:36

          I think he meant like how you’d fix a pet O_o

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  5. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    May 20, 2016 at 14:52

    Meh

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  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 20, 2016 at 14:53

    Does it compare favourably, price wise, to its competition?

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  7. VampyreSquirrel

    May 20, 2016 at 16:00

    I want this, but I can’t afford this.

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    • Seamus Hennessy

      May 20, 2016 at 16:07

      Are you referring to the local pricing or the digital pricing from Blizzard themselves? Or both? As now thanks to the mighty RSA exchange rate buying directly from the source online is actually cheaper… At least for PC which has the option of a $39.99 version. Consoles unfortunately only have the $59.99 option which works out to about the same amount locally.

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        May 20, 2016 at 16:08

        Ummmm… pretty much both.

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        • Seamus Hennessy

          May 20, 2016 at 16:52

          That is a very fair and logical point, but think you are working with the Euro pricing and not the US dollar equivalent (slightly cheaper & no region lock). I myself bought the standard edition and not the Origins edition purely on that I didn’t see the value of the extra’s included with the Origin edition as I do not play any of the other Blizzard games and so wouldn’t have a use for those addons and knew I could unlock the bonus Overwatch skins included in-game after earning enough Overwatch currency from gameplay, although admittedly it might take a while… But as I say that’s purely on my situation and assessment, others might be different. Either way games these days in RSA are getting expensive (go look at the local prices for Infinite Warfare!).

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          • Saphle

            June 23, 2016 at 11:42

            How is the game performing in terms of latency. I want to get it but not sure if it will be remotely playable. I’m getting for ps4, i’m not good with pc controls

          • Seamus Hennessy

            June 25, 2016 at 08:16

            I’ve had no issues since launch.

  8. Seamus Hennessy

    May 20, 2016 at 16:03

    I played the open beta on the EU servers and I must agree about the no lag statement, not sure how they managed it but I never felt or saw any noticeable lag on any character I played, even in the slightest… Had an absolute blast!

    If anyone fellow South Africans are looking for a group that will be playing strictly on the EU servers then maybe consider joining up at the100.io they just launch support for Overwatch on all platforms. I’ve created a group for PC players for the EU (https://www.the100.io/g/2850?r=194158) and a event on launch day (https://www.the100.io/game/642356) if anyone is interested in joining up with like-minded players looking to have some fun whiles still getting the job done, instead of joining random games with random people who from my experience in the beta often preferred going lone wolf then playing as team which really takes away from the experience then head over to the links above and take a look and see if you’re keen?

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  9. Strawman Jim

    May 20, 2016 at 17:04

    My wallet laughed at me when I asked if I could get overwatch.

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  10. Zander Boshoff

    May 20, 2016 at 21:23

    Already pre ordered. cant wait til its actually released now

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    • Seamus Hennessy

      May 21, 2016 at 07:51

      What platform are you planning on playing on?

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      • Zander Boshoff

        May 21, 2016 at 07:56

        I grabbed the standard edition on pc

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        • Seamus Hennessy

          May 21, 2016 at 08:02

          Awesome, same here, if you’re interested in joining a group with other fellow PC gamers who will be playing only the EU servers then maybe go check out the100.io, I’ve already created a group for such players (quite new and small still) (https://www.the100.io/g/2850?r=194158). I find it’s far more fun playing with others you know are willing to play as a team rather then playing with randoms especially with the apparent 20% exp bonus you get when doing so (unconfirmed).

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          • Zander Boshoff

            May 21, 2016 at 08:12

            Great i’ll check it out thanks

  11. TitaniumTeddyBear

    May 21, 2016 at 11:17

    If ‘Dirty Bomb’ was available here in SA this wouldn’t even be a discussion. It has a dozen characters, half a dozen maps and 2 game modes. I’m playing it from Cape Town on EU servers and have insignificant lag (mostly).

    And it’s absolutely free.

    Plus it’s also just a really good game.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Overwatch Beta but R800 for 12 maps and 4 game modes?

    What the hell are they smoking over there? :/

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  12. Skittle

    May 23, 2016 at 08:38

    There is no justification for the game costing R899

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  13. Dane

    May 23, 2016 at 10:33

    You could literally go through this article and replace names and numbers to fit it to any MOBA ever. R900 is a shit load of money no matter what you get out of a game. Ganna have to go ahead and say thumbs down for this article. 🙁

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  14. Cederic Schmid

    May 24, 2016 at 20:21

    Hello 🙂 Nice post! I’ve made a video on youtube about my first impressions on Overwatch!
    The video is linked below if anyone is interested.
    https://youtu.be/auCGQ0yUaHg

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  15. Atmos

    May 26, 2016 at 16:23

    Yes, we can all agree, no rubber banding, great.

    But the lag does manifest itself in other ways: When I was playing Genji I used his sprint dash to get behind my oponent promptly got ‘teleported back’ to where I started and died since he shot me ‘first’.

    Also, even though I had made it to cover behind a wall or a shield I was sniped in the head and ‘teleported’ back to where I died, slightly before the wall started.

    And then there is price, R1077 for me when I checked (euros, and Blizzard makes it hard to find the standard edition) sad….

    Ah well, back to BF4

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  16. Hendrik Phobey Maartens

    July 28, 2016 at 10:35

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