- Release date: 5/23/2016
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
- Genre: Action
- Content rating: ESRB Teen
Overwatch?: Origins Edition
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Overwatch® Legendary Edition. Iconic & Deep. Read The Review!
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Riding high from all the accolades bestowed upon Overwatch in 2016 and 2017, Blizzard decided to release this deluxe edition with the full game plus additional epic skins to customize your experience a bit.
The incredible blend of surreal cartoon characters and futuristic environments ultimately gives Overwatch its uniqueness. There’s never two characters in the game that look the same. Everything from Epic Excelsior to Fusion and Legendary Dragon skins all provide players with a fresh look. The colors in the environment blend perfectly. The arenas are heavily detailed, and each match offers a different experience, although the game could do with a few extra maps.
Legendary Edition offers 10 additional Epic and Legendary skins to choose from, aside from the five that you originally had to grind for from loot boxes. As to the basic premise of the game, you battle as part of one of two opposing Overwatch teams. You might need to test out different players to find out what exactly works for you. This is one of Overwatch’s best qualities. The game is categorized as a ‘team hero FPS’ because aside from just taking out opponents, attention is drawn to each player’s distinct abilities, skill set and their place in the class system.
After a recent patch, there are now three hero classes (instead of four): Damage, Tank, and Support. No single character of the 28 provided is more important in strategy or ability than the other, rather a blend of teamwork is required to attack or defend control points, or provide tactical support such as healing buffs. The multiplayer strategy is quite dense, setting Overwatch apart from other games in the FPS genre.
For me, aiming in Overwatch has always been difficult with the analog stick, and especially for some characters more than others. I found maneuvering some actions like Jump and firing at the same time a little challenging because you need to have some fingers on the shoulder buttons and others on the face buttons while trying to pull off complex moves simultaneously. It’s a slight learning curve, again dependent on the character.
Replay Value: 5.0
Legendary Edition (and Overwatch generally) packs high replayability due to its blazing character variety and the fact that the experience is never the same. You do get attached to specific characters over time, but still, the changing livery and the fact that you have to play as a cohesive unit makes every single character worth exploring. All of the game modes are immersive, whether you are defending an action point or escorting a payload.
This edition costs $59.99 and is probably suitable for gamers who’ve never purchased the original title minus the added skins. Overwatch is one of the most immersive FPS games I’ve ever played because of its unique approach to attack and defense combined strategy. I probably wouldn’t buy the Legendary Edition because of its superfluity, but still getting livery packs for a one-time purchase may be better than unnecessary grinding for loot boxes.
Overwatch Legendary Edition is a bit superfluous, but always reminds you why you fell in love with the first release.
Pros : Character variety.
Detailed and multi-level map design.
Cons : Extra $20 for simple cosmetic packs seems unnecessary.
Replay Value 5.0