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Why Overwatch Won’t Die

Blizzard recently released their highly anticipated team-oriented “first person shooter” Overwatch just a few days ago – and I am absolutely loving it. Every time a new game comes out, I always wonder if this will be the game to steal me away from Destiny. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a huge Destiny fanatic. I’ve put over 1,000 hours into the game and really haven’t played anything in large amounts since overwatch artDestiny’s release in September 2014. Promos for Overwatch enticed me, but I was never too sure. Blizzard released an open beta, and this is where I fell in love. I spent almost the entire weekend of the open beta playing the game and leveling up, enjoying it every step of the way. Every time I achieved a new loot box, a giddy excitement stirred inside me, hoping that I would get a cool skin for a hero. I found myself looking forward to each new game, each new engagement I would find myself in. This is when I knew that Overwatch isn’t a game that’s going to die quickly – it’s here to stay.

I’ve seen lots of comments on Overwatch stating that it’s just another Titanfall since it’s a PVP-only game, and Titanfall didn’t last too long, so that must mean that Overwatch is going to die soon too, right? Nope. While I do see the point in this argument, I’ve played both games, and I can easily say that Overwatch is way more enjoyable and fun to play for longer periods of time. Matches don’t feel like they’re overly long, I never found myself getting bored or wanting to play something else, and when I finally did stop playing, I couldn’t stop thinking about the next time I would get on and play. This never happened with Titanfall.

On top of this, Blizzard has showed the gaming community that although there is no single player campaign in Overwatch, there is a ton of lore and story behind it (it’s just not necessarily in the game). As a Destiny aficionado, I know very well what this kind of storytelling is like, and trust me, even though I love Destiny, that is one thing about the game that I strongly dislike. The thing with Overwatch, though, is that I didn’t go into the game expecting a grand, compelling story. And what Blizzard has done with the lore of the game has been spectacular so far; besides having narrative-based lore, they have released a few Hanzo animated shorts that have displayed Blizzard’s ability to tell a compelling story. The “Dragons” short, for example, was only about eight minutes, but it captivated me and engaged my emotions in a way I did not expect from Overwatch. So, yes, Overwatch is a PVP-only game, but there is a fantastic story behind it that Blizzard is continually adding more to.

Many games come and go. Some last longer than others, but that’s just how things go. Overwatch, for me – and I’m sure a lot of people agree – is a game that will last longer than most as a fun, enjoyable game that we as gamers continue to play. I know many would like to call it the “Destiny killer,” and while it will be stealing me away Anubis Pharah from my dearly beloved for the time being, I’m sure when Bungie officially announces the next Destiny expansion (please let Rise of Iron be real!), I’ll be devoting more time to that. For now, though, I am loving my time with Overwatch. Every match I go into is different, fun, and exciting. I can go in with my friends and destroy the other team or get demolished by a team of Tracers and Bastions; either way, it’ll be fun. I can play so many different types of characters so that gameplay never gets stale, and there really is no “meta,” so I’m not being forced to play as certain characters. Every hero I’ve played so far (Pharah is my bae right now) has felt powerful in their own unique way, and I absolutely love that. Here’s to Overwatch’s highly successful future.

 

How do you feel about Overwatch? Have you played it? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!

Written by Joey Mannino

Joey is studying Creative Writing with the hopes to one day write games for Bungie or Naughty Dog. He absolutely loves his PS4 and has been a loyal Sony fan ever since he first played Jak and Daxter. His passion for video games shines through all of his work, especially when he's proving Microsoft fanboys wrong.

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