Zarya puts her Particle Cannon to good use in this latest Overwatch gameplay preview

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Finally, we have reached the end of the Overwatch character gameplay previews! Yesterday, Blizzard showed off Bastion, a peacekeeping robot that likes shooting things with its gatling gun. Today, in what I believe to be the last of the showcase videos, we have Zarya – a tanky lady from Mother Russia who has thing for particle cannons.

Here’s a bit more about her and what she can do…


Real Name: Aleksandra Zaryanova
Age: 28
Occupation: Soldier
Base of Operations: Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia
Affiliation: Russian Defense Forces

Aleksandra Zaryanova is one of the world’s strongest women, a celebrated athlete who sacrificed personal glory to protect her family, friends, and country in a time of war.


Particle Cannon

Zarya’s mighty Particle Cannon unleashes a short-range beam of destructive energy. Alternatively, Zarya can lob an explosive charge to strike multiple opponents.

Particle Barrier

The Particle Cannon can emit a personal barrier that shields Zarya against incoming attacks, redirecting their energy to enhance her weapon’s damage and the width of its beam.

Projected Barrier

Zarya surrounds one of her teammates with an energy barrier that simultaneously absorbs fire and boosts the power of her Particle Cannon.

Graviton Surge

Zarya launches a gravity bomb that draws in enemy combatants and deals damage while they’re trapped.


Tanking isn’t her only speciality. That particle cannon really packs a punch, judging by the 24 kill streak…

Follow Zarya as she tanks the frontlines in this complete, unedited match from an early version of Overwatch, captured in 60fps on PC. Here, Zarya plays on the defending team in the Temple of Anubis, a Point Capture map located on the enigmatic Giza Plateau.

That Particle Cannon may just be my favourite weapon so far. I swear, it’s like the Shock Cannon and Pulse Rifle from the Unreal universe had a one night stand with a grenade launcher… or something equally twisted. I think I like the Particle Cannon even more than Pharah’s rocket launcher, which is really saying something!

Zarya’s ultimate ability also sounds cool, but I didn’t really see it being used to its full potential in the video above (unless I’m completely blind). It looks like the perfect disruption tool – guaranteed to stop a coordinated push, or scatter a well organised defence.

The only thing Zarya really lacks it seems, is proper mobility. Instead, she gets a large health pool, shield, and one wicked weapon… I think that’s a fair trade.

Hopefully, now that all the characters have seen some proper limelight, Overwatch will enter a closed beta. I was reluctant about the game at first, but now I find myself itching to play it!

What about you? Are you keen to get your hands on Blizzard’s first shooter?

Last Updated: June 26, 2015

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