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It's not flawless, but Overwatch is still one of the best new multiplayer shooters to arrive in years.
Overwatch is an incredible achievement in multiplayer shooter design. It bobs and weaves almost perfectly between being the quick-fix adrenaline hit you might want after a long day of work, and the thoughtful, strategic multiplayer experience that becomes the center of evening-long binges with friends. It might not have the most exhaustive list of maps and modes, but it provides nearly endless opportunities for exhilarating, coordinated play. When you're at the center of it, it feels like nothing else.
Blizzard's take on the first-person shooter sees a generosity of character accompanied by beautifully deep mechanics.
There's certainly room for improvement, but Overwatch is already a superb team-based shooter full of memorable multiplayer moments.
The Street Fighter of online shooters is an inspired new take on familiar ideas, that proves personality really does go a long way.
Vibrant and endlessly entertaining. Whether you just want to play a few quick rounds or settle in for hours with friends, Overwatch delivers with polished panache
Overwatch can be great, but needs friends to back it up
Overwatch meshes vastly different ideas and schools of thought into one frantic, exhilarating, layered shooter.
Overwatch may yet cool off and fall by the wayside at some point in the near future, but it sure seems like it's here for the long haul. Pretty much everything about this game feels fresh and exciting: the class-based combat, the art style, the roster, the modes. It's equal parts strategic and twitchy, encouraging you to think while also rewarding skill, and its roster is a delight. Overwatch may well be the best new multiplayer shooter to come along since Modern Warfare and Team Fortress 2 took 2007 by storm. I can't wait to play more.