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Fallout 4 made $750 million in sales on its launch day.


12. Overwatch

You want to go where everybody knows your name

From the makers of World of Warcraft and Diablo, comes a quirky first-person shooter that has taken the gaming world by storm: Overwatch.

Overwatch is an online multiplayer game unlike any other. The mechanics may seem similar: team deathmatch-style games with six players on two teams, but what makes this game so special is the maps, the weapons, and especially, the characters. The game currently offers twelve maps – places from all over the world, from Hollywood to Hanamura, Japan.

Overwatch takes place in some of the most beautiful places in the world

The game follows twenty-two diverse characters that make up a world-saving taskforce called Overwatch, which is where the game gets its name. In a world of war and turmoil, Overwatch were the protectors of our planet – saving humanity from itself. Because of the group’s influence, the world has been able to focus on scientific, explorative, and discovery advances. They became legends, but now that the world had gained peace, it seemed that Overwatch was no longer needed. Thus, they disbanded.

Only shortly after the team retired did the world need them again. Death, terrorism, and war had taken hold of Earth once more and Overw will atch decided it was time to make their return. Led by Winston, a scientifically engineered, highly intelligent blue gorilla, Overwatch makes their comeback, swinging back into action to defeat the evils of humanity.

Characters are split into four sections: offense, defense, tanks, and supports. No one character is the same, however. Each have their own personality, strengths, weapons, and special abilities. Take, for instance, Junkrat, an Aussie anarchist with a love for explosions. His primary weapon is a frag grenade launcher, which make not have the best accuracy, but packs a punch. He also has a very unique special move called Rip-tire, in which he controls a motorized tire with a large explosive in it. Use it just right, and players will be able to destroy multiple enemies at once.

Junkrat and Roadhog: two anarchist beasts in a pod

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is Zenyatta, a robotic monk who is in search of spiritual enlightenment. He plays a support character and can harness the power of zen to both heal his friends by using his orb of harmony, or harm his enemies, by using the orb of destruction. It seems that Blizzard had yin and yang in mind when creating this character. Zenyatta can go into a place of heightened peace, which allows him to heal his teammates while taking no damage for a short period of time.

The group of extremely diverse characters each have their own stories which are told through comics and short videos which are available on Blizzard’s website. And it seems that Blizzard may continue to release more and more characters. Nearly two months after Overwatch came out, they have added a new character named Ana Amari, a brand new offensive, and there are rumors about more joining.

D. Va can eject herself from her mech and make it self-destruct, killing all of her foes nearby

There are four different objective types. The first being assault, wherein two teams face off to take hold of multiple objective spaces before a timer runs out. One team will attack while the other defends. Similarly, there is control. In this gameplay, there is only one objective that both teams must fight over. There is also payload, where a team must protect a payload and get it to its target destination, while the other team fights to make sure that the payload does not get there before a timer runs out. And finally, assault/payload, which is as it sounds, a combination of both assault and payload. Teams will fight one another for the payload and then the winning team must escort the payload its destination.

At the end of each game, you gain XP which will go toward levels. XP is based on your kill/death ratio, defensive points, objective points, and more. Each time you gain a level, you are given a mystery box full of different customizations for characters and currency to spend on customizing characters.

Overwatch is significantly different from other first-person shooters because it is so unique. It takes time and dedication to get comfortable with each character, and because each character is so different from the next, it’s fun to try them all. It may be too early to tell, but with all of the praise it has received from players and critics across the world, Overwatch may be up for a few Game of the Year awards.

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Gamer Since: 1990
Favorite Genre: RPG
Currently Playing: Overwatch
Top 3 Favorite Games:The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Fallout 4, Mass Effect 3

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