A recent event for one of the world’s most popular FPS games, Overwatch, is drawing to a close. The recent free weekend allowed thousands of players to give the more inexperienced an opportunity to try the game.
Released just over a year and a half ago, Overwatch provides a fast and easy way to play games with your friends, meet new friends, and hone your skills as a gamer. Best of all, the game’s publisher, Blizzard, provides free updates and includes the newest heroes, maps, and patches for free after the one-time game purchase.
Players can choose between four classes: offense, defense, support, and tank. These different play styles combine to form a teambuilding experience that can win fights and advance you further in the game. There are three main game modes, quick play, arcade, and competitive. Quick play is exactly what it sounds like, playing a full game for fun in as little as over a minute of time. Competitive offers more serious players a chance to gain ranking and climb to the top of the ladder in Overwatch. Players are divided into ranks, from bronze to silver, gold, platinum, diamond, master, grandmaster, and top 500. Arcade provides multiple new and fun game modes that offer players more of a break from the serious competitive mode. Some of the more enjoyable ones include 3v3, 1v1, and “Total Mayhem,” where players receive ridiculous buffs and fight a typical game.
In my own experience, with over a hundred hours of in-game time, I’ve both come to love and hate Overwatch. When playing with friends or in quick play, it is easy to develop a camaraderie and wipe the enemy team in seconds. As a person that likes investing their time into games, I thoroughly enjoy Overwatch for its high skill ceiling, rewarding teamwork and gameplay, breathtaking graphics, and the community the game has attracted. In competitive, I face the dreaded “thrower,” or players who play unviable classes to anger other players. It’s a mix-up with Overwatch, but for its low price (only $20 on Black Friday!), it’s a no-brainer to buy this hit game.