Written by Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
Overwatch was released in May 2016, three years ago.
I was one of the many day one owners and even have a t-shirt to show off that came with the game. Literally a been there, done that, got the t-shirt kind of moment. When I first got the game, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be my cup of tea. At the time I was much more of a CoD, Battlefield 4 and Halo FPS player rather than an objective team-based FPS sort of player.
In fact, my FPS type play naturally led me to play as more of the damage roles than the support or tank roles, as fun as they are!
When the game first came out, I spent a lot of time playing it for around 6 months. Despite the objectives being very similar with only a couple of different game types, the mix of characters and maps kept me and a group of others very interested.
Over time, as with any game though, we lost some of that interest and moved on to other games.
Well, after dipping in and out every so often, I finally jumped back on Overwatch recently for a Casual Heroes Gaming stream. While the main fabric of the game hasn’t changed with the same objectives I’ve long known and loved, there has been a lot of character development with a whole host of new and interesting characters to play.
This constant updating of characters and maps has done a great job in keeping the game fresh for the players and even allows new players to jump in and find a character suited to their play style.
Personally, I think it’s games like Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege that have brought a new life to objective-based FPS games. Rather than releasing a new and expensive game each year, they’ve been updating the game with new content and keeping it all interesting.
Although I only played for a couple of hours, it was enough time to remind me what an awesome game Overwatch is and even get me back into the games. 3 years on from launch and the player base is still good and the game holds its own.
If you haven’t played Overwatch then all of us here at Casual Heroes Gaming recommend giving it a go!