Finally available for free on all platforms, Overwatch 2 is reborn from its ashes for a real return? We give you the answer in our test.
The Overwatch first person shooter is finally released in its 2.0 version and is now called Overwatch 2. Unfortunately the Story mode, or the cooperative mode (Players versus Environment), is not present, but there are many changes made to the Blizzard shooter (FPS).
A simple Overwatch update?
Is Overwatch 2’s Competitive Mode just an update? We will tend to confirm these observations, because this is not a major change in modality. Actually, Overwatch 2 as we know it today is not the final version of the game and rather modernizes the first version of the title. There is in fact a new game mode, called Advanced, which brings a new breath to competitive games with the new composition of 5 against 5 players, but the basics remain the same, with many heroes and the cards already present before they remain almost unchanged. To seduce better this big update is seen as a game in its own rightwhile its main mode (Player vs Environment) does not yet have a precise release date, but is still scheduled for 2023.
Despite this, we will emphasize an effort on new cards and hero designsthis to be much closer to the quality expected in 2022. Let’s not forget that Overwatch came out in 2016, so a little remodeling hasn’t been turned down. It’s really refreshing to see well-known heroes sporting a new style and / or a different range of skills.. Also note that the revision of some characters and the arrival of new champions is very pleasant.
But relevant news
While this is a major update and not a new game in its own right, there are positives to note, including nice additions to look at. Let’s start with the three heroines that are added to our character selection screen.
During the beta phases, players were able to try two of the new heroines, namely: the queen of Junkers and Sojourn. Each has been welcomed with open arms by the community and benefits from completely new game mechanics.
Until then, Sojourn is seen as a fairly standard character, with skills that don’t revolutionize shooting games. Put simply, he is similar in many ways to Soldat: 76 and Fatale. However, it can be noted that‘an enormous amount of work has been done on the queen of the Junkers. He is undeniably a good character and in many ways. Its tank position (the one that takes the damage) allows you to expand the choice of heroes of the same category and offers unique gameplay that drastically changes the player’s vision during the game: it benefits from an escape power of life linked to a accumulation of bleeding. The ruler of the city of Junkertown is very aggressive and turns out to be a secondary tank in melee, which could dissuade opponents from getting too close to her given her ability to steal her life from her opponents.
Blizzard continues this momentum by offering a new support character: Kiriko. This young woman, part of the group called Yokaï, uses her mother’s knowledge (the Path of Blades) and that of her grandmother (the spirit of the Fox) to set out on her own path. By mixing these two workouts, we then have a subtle mix between the stealth provided by his teleportation to his allies, the offensive with his Kunai who can kill any character at 200 life in two hits, and the support with his various amulets and talismans. . protection. She will be able to counter many final zone attacks, most notably those of Bastion, Jackal and Pharah for example. Unlike some coaches, Kiriko is very resilient, able to survive in many situations and can help her allies in several ways.
Taking charge of this heroine won’t necessarily be easy, because you’ll have to figure out how to use her protective Suzu (talisman making her invulnerable for a few seconds), know the range of her Swift step (her teleport to an allied character) and in particular her Rush of Kistune (his last attack). However, with a little practice you should be fine.
Its mechanics are totally innovative for Overwatch and each of the heroines comes to energize the playstyles in Overwatch 2. The trends related to the different metas, or a selection of the most played characters because they are stronger than another, can be seen completely changed and this is a phenomenon that can also be observed in the Overwatch League. These characters are clearly useful for the game and we hope that the developers will continue on this path.
There are many changes made by developers with Overwatch 2 : We can already point out the interface that has been completely modified to bring much more information to the players, in particular with the scoreboard or the ping system (which points to a precise point on the screen) which allows for better communication. The new maps coming with Overwatch 2 are well designed and full of conflict zones, so much so that it brings a little more pressure with the 5 vs 5 player composition that offers greater dynamism to the matches. However, all the good things brought in are tainted by a troubling economic model.
A strange economic system?
Unfortunately, joy can quickly turn into frustration as Overwatch 2’s business model changes dramatically, especially for older gamers. Also, this update doesn’t seem to welcome new players in the best way.
Many players shuddered when they discovered a Battle Pass with Overwatch 2. If the latter had been for cosmetic purposes only, like that of Temtem or many others, the crowd would not have been mad. However, the Pass is relatively inexpensive and offers sumptuous character models, especially with its mythical skins.
Except in Overwatch 2, the recipe turns out to be completely different: new heroes cannot be played as soon as they are released, but only after reaching a certain level of the Battle Pass. While Kiriko will be given to older Overwatch players, new ones will have to climb no fewer than 55 levels to unlock her, more than half of the Pass. To increase these levels, Blizzard has therefore implemented a system of challenges: Daily, Weekly and Seasonal. The challenges are simple, but they require a certain versatility in the roles, because it is not exclusively playing Ange or Torbjörn that you will quickly level up.
However, the developers don’t put new heroes in competitive games right away, this is to give time for players who don’t want to spend a dime on the game to unlock them. The effort is commendable, but the general functioning of this Battle Pass is a real drawback, especially for those who knew the old system. Despite everything, it must be said that the operation is so done and that the obtaining of a hero is done thanks to our playing time.
You will have to spend some time playing to unlock the hero you want, although we would have preferred the free currency by completing various very specific missions. Only, the “Turn on” option tarnishes this feature that may have soothed hearts, because, in fact, for a few euros, you can get the new desired hero as soon as he is released, at least for quick games when he arrives. This is still a nice perk, because if the new hero turns out to be too strong and popular, your competitive games will have a different flavor due to the cash players (players who spend not counting) who have taken the time to train with them. upstream.
To compensate for the free Player versus Player game mode, the community is saying goodbye to chest draws, initially earned by leveling up or during seasonal events. From now on, you’ll need to purchase the Battle Pass or invest in one of the store’s popular packs containing new cosmetic items. However, players who want to play for free will be able to get certain rewards in the popular Battle Pass : 2 epic skins, 1 lucky weapon, 2 souvenirs, 1 level entry, prestige titles and 14 additional items such as emotes, tags, voicelines, etc. It’s not great, but there are always few outfits to wear.
Overwatch, the first of the name, got paid, this second installment is free, so it’s understandable to pay for certain things today. However, the fact that Overwatch becomes accessible to everyone comes with its share of problems and questions that won’t go well with new players : we are talking about First Experience users here. But what is it?
These are some restrictions for new players who have never purchased or played Overwatch before. Until then, you had to have a level 25 account to take advantage of Ranked Play, but this has been removed along with account levels. Players now need to win no less than 50 Quick Matches to access Ranked Matches.
This practice is not fundamentally bad, because it allows you to avoid new smurf accounts (experienced player trying to harm others by creating a new account to ruin matches in small ranks) so it especially helps new players to get their hands on different heroes, which it is essential to win hands and improve. But the real problem is that before they can unlock all the old characters, released from 2016 to today, newbies will have to play 100 quick games. ” ‘
- New highly successful heroines
- Interesting modification of the interface, especially for the scoreboard or for personal progress
- Very well designed cards
- A future that looks bright
- Overwatch 2 is more of a major improvement than a new game
- Economic system that may disappoint the old players
- New players a little too penalized
At the moment, Overwatch 2 cannot be considered a new game in its own right, but it positions itself much more as a huge content update. The title in its full version will really see the light when the Story mode is released. However, it remains an addicting and very well thought out shooter with heroes just as interesting and captivating as each other. He knows how to satisfy experienced players, as well as casual players, thanks to a wide variety of mechanics to master. While the Battle Pass proves to be a big gray area, the new features are really interesting and offer great prospects for the community.
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