If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you know I’m obsessed with Overwatch. I bought the game late last year and I must be honest I was kind of intimidated by playing Overwatch at first but now I have almost 4 months of game experience and wanted to whip up beginners guide to those who are interested in playing Overwatch. I mean it wasn’t named ‘Game of the Year’ for no reason!
I tried to fit in as much information without making the game sound confusing
or making this post too long. Hopefully, I can encourage some of you to pick up Overwatch. If you are a PS4 player message me on Twitter so we can play together!
“In Overwatch, you control one of several heroes in competitive 6-person team shooting matches. Battle over objectives, take down the other team, and achieve victory.”
When you startup Overwatch you see a clip of Winston telling you the backstory of how Overwatch came to be. The whole story can be kind of confusing at first so I will try to summarize the important stuff but check out the official Overwatch site for more information.
Overwatch is set in fictionalized Earth during a ‘golden age‘ where technology is at its peak. Humans create robots with artificial intelligence called the “Omnics”. The Omnics turn against on humankind! Didn’t see that coming. The United Nations create a group called Overwatch, an international task force to combat the Omnic threat and restore order.
There are a total of 27 heroes at the point I’m writing this but they keep adding characters (they just added Brigitte). The heroes are split into 4 different categories.
Offense – Offense heroes are the damage dealers on their teams. Your goal: seek out, engage, and destroy the enemy.
Defense – Defense heroes control the battlefield, interrupting enemy attacks and fortifying locations. As a defense hero, your job is to stop the opposing team’s advance.
Tank – Tank heroes soak damage and break apart fortified positions, like closely-grouped enemies and narrow chokepoints. If you’re a tank, you lead the charge.
Support – Support heroes empower their allies, healing and shielding them, boosting their damage, and providing vital utility. As support, you’re the backbone of your team’s survival.
There are several game modes you can in Overwatch. Check out more about the game modes and maps here.
Arena – Eliminate all opponents.
Assault – Fight to capture a series of objectives and hold off until time runs out.
Assault/Escort – Capture a payload and escort to its destination.
Capture The Flag – Capture the enemy flag while defending their own.
Control – Hold a single objective at a time. The first team to win two rounds wins.
Deathmatch – Score more deaths than their opponents.
Escort – Escort a payload to a delivery point.
Team Deathmatch – Two teams race to score more deaths than their opponents.
Every hero has a main weapon they use to attack (short-range, long-range, healing, shield, etc.). Every hero also has different abilities so make sure you use a variety of characters when playing to find out their abilities. After you’ve done enough damage your hero’s ultimate will be ready to use (located in the lower center of your screen). Their ultimate is their most powerful ability.
– They keep updating the game! One of my favorite things about Overwatch is that the creators are so invested in this game and keep adding new content to the game.
– The graphics are astonishing! It was the first thing that caught my attention before I even knew anything about Overwatch.
– The heroes! They have an impressive selection of characters to choose from with compelling backstories. D.Va is my main hero if you couldn’t tell.
– My biggest issue with Overwatch is that it has no story mode! I honestly hate games that don’t have a story because you feel like you lack a certain connection with the game but there is so much Overwatch content online but it’s a shame they couldn’t add more to the actual game.
– You need a PS Plus account if you are playing on a PlayStation 4. The membership is a monthly $9.99 payment so even if you buy Overwatch at full price you still need to keep paying $10 just to be able to play the game every month. I recommend getting this game for at least half the price or more (I bought my copy on Black Friday). You literally can’t get past the start screen without a PS Plus account!
– Train as every character at least once. This really helps you figure out which style you prefer. They have a random character mode that basically forces you to use a different character which is great for newcomers.
– No need to reload your hero does everything automatically!
-After you’ve died wait until your hero has been revived. At first, I thought you had to use a new hero every time you died, just wait a few seconds.
– Have at least one character in each category that you like to use.
– Train at the practice range to memorize the controls.
– Listen to the opposing characters ultimates so you know when to block the attacks.
– You can turn off voice chat in settings. I’m sorry I play video games because I don’t like socialize so please don’t talk to me.
– Watch Overwatch gameplays or streams to help you.
– You will die a lot and that’s ok because that’s how you learn.
– Don’t play competitive play! Just kidding but I wouldn’t recommend it because some people take this game too seriously. I still can’t get into the Overwatch League.
– Remember to listen to your team to know when someone needs healing or wants to group up.
– Loot boxes are how you unlock special customizable content for your players.
– Practice makes perfect! I didn’t get any kills until like my third or fourth game.
You can purchase Overwatch here