Blizzard Overwatch: Origins Edition

Last updated date: June 17, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8

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We looked at the top 1 Shooting Games and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Digital Trends, Trusted Reviews, IGN Southeast Asia, Playstation Trophies, The Guardian, Impulse Gamer, Tech Spot, Techno Buffalo, Drunk Dorks and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Shooting Game you should buy.

Overall Take

"Overwatch: Origins Edition" boasts a vast array of colorful, playable characters that make it accessible to gamers of any experience level. Blizzard keeps things fresh by periodically updating the game with new maps, characters and missions — all free. Each playable character also demands their own strategy, ensuring plenty of repeat play value. In our analysis of 36 expert reviews, the Blizzard Blizzard Overwatch: Origins Edition placed 2nd when we looked at the top 3 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 2, 2019:
Checkout The Best Shooting Game for a detailed review of all the top shooting games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
1,005 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Overwatch is a surprisingly accessible team-based multiplayer shooter with a deceptive amount of depth. Most gamers with any experience at all will pick it up in almost no time, and dump hours into uncovering all its details and strategies.
- Digital Trends
Some characters have undergone minor changes, although nearly all of them have received alterations that make them more accessible and fun to engage with. The same can be said for the user interface which continues to receive neat little touches that make the experience easier to enjoy.
- Trusted Reviews
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Overwatch does a great many things well, but above all else, its success is built on the backs of its many excellent characters. It’s fitting that the main menu is dominated by one of them at all times; their diverse appearances, origins, and personalities are all laid bare with every pose they strike.
- IGN Southeast Asia
May 28, 2016 | Full review
Bright, colourful, bold characters and locations combine with near flawless performance. Everything is just so clean and slick.
- Playstation Trophies
Blizzard has already confirmed a regular schedule of updates including new heroes and maps, although pleasingly, the company says it won’t charge for them – the game has 21 heroes and 12 maps.
- The Guardian
The gameplay of Overwatch supports three modes that include assault, control and escort with 12 maps to play. Each map has lots of ‘secrets’ and do need to be played over and over again in order to explore, memorise and know your surrounds to get the upper hand.
- Impulse Gamer
Plenty of heroes and roles to fit different play styles
- Tech Spot
Overwatch is a highly polished, beautifully balanced, wonderfully addictive multiplayer shooter from the folks at Blizzard.
- Techno Buffalo
Blizzard really knows how to expertly craft an experience and bring their characters to life, and Overwatch is no exception. It features 21 unique characters bursting with personality; each bringing something special to the team dynamic.
- Drunk Dorks
June 6, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Expensive ($60) for having no single player
- Digital Trends
Bad team composition can be frustrating
- Trusted Reviews
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Tying modes to maps in this one-to-one fashion has a small downside too though: Overwatch doesn’t have a ton of different modes to switch things up like most other games of its kind do.
- IGN Southeast Asia
May 28, 2016 | Full review
There’s no glaring visual difference between an assist and a kill, there’s no leaderboard at the end of a match outlining your relative performance, your K/D ratio is not shown anywhere.
- Playstation Trophies
Blizzard’s light nudges do seem to work. The game noticeably features no in-game scoreboard at all, and even after a match, you’re only shown stats for the best four players in the match, and only the things they did well.
- The Guardian
Schedule of future characters and maps unknown
- Tech Spot
Folks have sort of complained that Overwatch doesn't feature a campaign mode. I assert that whatever campaign Blizzard could have cooked up based on this game's roster of heroes and gameplay mechanics simply wouldn't have worked.
- Techno Buffalo
Some characters and maps could use a little more balancing as well, as cheap tactics can be spammed to dominate matches– lookin’ at you, flash-bang McCree. Play of the Game highlights also don’t favor support characters, which sucks.
- Drunk Dorks
June 6, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Clash on the battlefields of tomorrow and choose your hero from a diverse cast of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities. Bend time, defy physics, and unleash an array of extraordinary powers and weapons. Engage your enemies in iconic locations from around the globe in the ultimate team-based shooter. Take your place in Overwatch. The world needs heroes. Experience the extraordinary Speed up and slow down time. Rain destruction from above in an experimental, jet-powered armor suit. Stalk your prey as a wraith-like assassin that can appear anywhere, anytime. Unleash powers such as dragonstrike, transcendence, graviton surge, and so much more. Every hero has a unique set of devastating and game-changing abilities. Play heroes, not classes Every hero has a unique perspective on the battlefield and a story behind how they arrived there. You are a champion of a bygone age wielding his punishing rocket hammer in the service of honor, a robotic monk committed to healing the rifts between man and machine, a genetically engineered gorilla who also happens to be a brilliant scientist, and many, many more. Fight for the future...together Teamwork is imperative for survival as you enter the fight with friends and comrades. Careful coordination will prove the difference between victory and defeat as your team combines the formidable powers at your disposal to devastating effect. Shift your perspective Just when it seems like your team is destined to go down in defeat, switch heroes on the fly and change the course of the battle. But don't forget that your opponents can do the same. Master the game within the game as both teams shift strategies and heroes in a constant dance to gain the upper hand. The world is your battlefield Protect the secrets of the mysterious Temple of Anubis in Egypt, safely escort an EMP device through King's Row in London, and do battle at other key locations around the planet. Every map has its own distinct feel with unique gameplay and team-based objectives. Unlock the Widowmaker Noire skin Pre-purchase Overwatch and receive the special Noire skin for the deadly and ruthless Widowmaker. Clad in black and red, she stalks her prey like a venomous spider.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Activison Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Blizzard Overwatch: Origins Edition
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Ubisoft Watch Dogs 2
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Shooting Games

  • It can’t get mentioned enough when buying a shooting game: You’re going to need online access through whatever system you use to play. Increasingly, the bulk of the action in these type of games consists of online multiplayer, which means you’ll be facing off against avatars played by gamers around the world. On current versions of the major consoles — Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch — you’ll not only need internet access but a membership in their online service (Xbox Live, Playstation Plus or Nintendo Switch Online). Those cost extra if you don’t already have an account, and there are monthly or yearly membership options. They also may come with discounts or free access to other games plus additional media, so it can be worth it for hardcore gamers.
  • Are you buying this game for a child? It may seem redundant to say, but any shooter is going to involve a fair amount of violence. How much of it you care to expose your child to is up to you, but a quick look at the ESRB rating for the game can be helpful. Those ratings are set by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, and they’re generally pretty straightforward. Just like movie ratings, they not only give a recommended minimum age (Teen, 17+, etc.) but supply some brief reasons for their ratings. If you see descriptors like “blood and gore” or “intense violence,” the game might not be the best fit for impressionable tweens. Not every shooting game is a gorefest, however. “Overwatch” might feature intense gunfights, but its action is relatively cartoonish in comparison to the gritty realism of a “Call of Duty” match. And games like “Splatoon” are particularly kid-friendly, with bullets replaced by messy paint pellets. When in doubt, it’s best to search for gameplay videos online and get a look at the action firsthand.
  • The maxim of “buyer beware” doesn’t always stop after you bought the game. Video games these days may contain in-game purchases for content like extra outfits, maps or characters. Look for an “In-Game Purchases” warning on the box just below the ESRB rating, and supervise young players, accordingly.
  • Do you have a gaming headphone/microphone set? If not, it might be a good buy. Shooting games require a lot of cooperation online, and that’s best done in real time by talking to other players. Once again, if buying for young players, consider whether they’re ready to interact with the diverse age groups and personalities they may meet.

DYWM Fun Fact

It wasn’t technically the first first-person shooter, but 1992’s Wolfenstein 3D set the tone for all the shoot-em-ups to follow with its action based around a gory escape from a Nazi prison. It may seem quaint now, but there were days when this kind of bloodshed was considered too much for some gaming platforms. Most notable was Nintendo, whose SNES version of the game swapped out the blood for sweat and erased any Nazi imagery entirely — including Hitler’s mustache.

The Shooting Game Buying Guide

If you picture someone playing a modern video game, chances are you see a shooting game: a grizzled war hero or heavily armored space mercenary with guns blazing, mowing his or her way through hordes of enemies. It may be a cliché, but sometimes it’s a cliché because it’s true. Since the release of “Doom” in 1993, shooters have steadily grown in popularity in the gaming world. That popularity got a big boost with the advent of online multiplayer capability in the 2000s that allowed players to team up against their virtual foes — or more often, against each other — in games like those of the
“Halo series” and the recent smash hit, “Fortnite.”

As far as the storyline goes, shooting games can exist in any number of genres. Military settings, like that of the “Call of Duty” games, might be popular, but shooters can incorporate sci-fi elements or superheroic characters (or both, a la “Overwatch”). The avatar you control in a shooting game might fire bullets, laser beams or magical lightning bolts, but if he/she/it spends a majority of the game firing them, you’re probably playing a shooter.

You might also hear the term “first-person shooter” or FPS applied to a game. That’s in reference to the viewing mode of the in-game camera, where you appear to be looking directly through the eyes of your avatar — in other words, playing in first person perspective. It’s the most common setup for shooting games by far, although there are games where the default is a view from slightly behind the character or third person perspective. Occasionally, you can switch your view mode in the settings of the game. Some first-time players might find the FPS perspective jarring or tough to get used to, but there’s no denying that it’s immersive.

The current online multiplayer craze is the first thing you’ll want to consider when buying a shooting game for yourself or for your kids. Even though they might simulate the most antisocial behavior you can think of, modern shooters are by their very nature a social game. Players will mostly be facing off against and cooperating with other gamers in their personal network or around the world. If you’re looking for a game you can play solo — meaning without real competitors or partners, in the room or online — your options are going to be limited. Most console games these days require some sort of internet connection and possibly a subscription to a gaming network to unlock their full features. With shooting games, that connection is nearly essential.

That said, some shooting games do feature a solo mode that lets you go it alone. Most games in the “Call of Duty” series can be played in a campaign mode that lets you guide a character through a story that progresses in between shoot-em-ups. “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” the most recent iteration of its popular spin-off series, makes do with solo missions that don’t present a longer narrative. They’re largely a side attraction to the main event of its multiplayer battles, though. Other games like “Overwatch” do away with solo playability altogether and are built solely around their online multiplayer battles.

There’s a reason games like” Overwatch” and the “Call of Duty” series are so popular, of course. It can be great fun teaming up with other players online and testing your strategies against a new foe every game. It’s also the reason why people tend to gravitate towards games like these that are already popular. Once games like “Overwatch” or “Fortnite” get a big following, the pool of online players increases and support for the game ramps up from developers. Less successful games that are reliant on online multiplayer might be fun at first, but if they don’t make a big enough splash, you might find yourself waiting for players to join your match.

Choose wisely! The most popular shooting games may be pricey, but pick the right one and you’re unlocking the door to a world of unlimited opponents — and unlimited fun.