During a global crisis, an international task force of heroes has formed to restore peace to its war-torn world. Overwatch is Blizzard's first foray into the online shooter genre and lets players compete in 6v6 multiplayer matches. Known for its distinctive comic-like visual style, you can control a variety of heroes, all of whom fight with different skills and weapons. The 21 heroes of the core game are divided into different categories and couldn't be more different from one another. The mighty knight Reinhardt swings a hummer and thus acts as a powerful close-combat fighter. The angelic Mercy, on the other hand, heals comrades or even brings them back to life, while Samurai Hanzo can kill enemies from a distance with bow and arrow. Each character has at least four talents, which can be intuitively executed via hotkeys. The strongest of these talents is called the ultimate ability and must be charged in battle before it can be activated.
Overwatch proves to be a fast and intuitive team shooter with a lot of tactical depth. The balance between the 21 heroes is just right, while skills interlock seamlessly and encourage team play. Interactions between the heroes are extremely important. Every class should be represented at least once in a team. After each death, a new avatar can be chosen, providing the game with an everchanging dynamic. Overtime is a system, by which a team can delay a possible defeat and still win a match int he end. The mode is activated if an attacker is at the target location within the last three seconds of a match and does not end until the attacking team has been eliminated.
Overwatch's matches take place exclusively in PvP style against other players. Unlike other shooters, you do not earn new weapons or equipment as a reward for winning a match. Instead, you collect experience points and unlock loot boxes with each level up. These contain individualisation objects like skins, gestures, or graffiti.