Blizzard Overwatch

Last updated date: May 15, 2019

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8.9

Blizzard Overwatch

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We looked at the top Online Games and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Online Game you should buy.

Update as August 12, 2019:
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Overall Take


In our analysis of 89 expert reviews, the Blizzard Overwatch placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.0
6 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.3
2,709 user reviews

What experts liked

Many different skins, voice lines, emotes, sprays and victory poses for each character.
- True Achievements
Addictive and endlessly rewarding to play.
- Trusted Reviews
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Beautiful integration of team play, varying roles, and objectives.
- Digital Trends
Overwatch is just a bit thin, but it meets most of the basic expectations of a multiplayer shooter and in some ways, exceeds them. Its impressive stat-tracking, per-character control mapping, and accessibility options stand out.
- IGN
May 27, 2016 | Full review
With so many heroes there's plenty of variation, even within each class and you're bound to find ones to suit your personal style of play. As with TF2, you can switch during a match so you're not stuck with a hero until the end like most MOBAs.
- Tech Advisor
June 22, 2016 | Full review
Bright, colourful, bold characters and locations combine with near flawless performance. Everything is just so clean and slick.
- Xbox Achievements
June 1, 2016 | Full review

What experts didn't like

The biggest drawback, is access to the story, and the lack of a campaign. With this huge cast of characters, fitting them all into a canonical campaign might well water down the final product. Which means that the majority of the backstory is only available outside of the game. You need to visit the Blizzard website to get the profiles, watch the videos or read the comics.
- True Achievements
Bad team composition can be frustrating.
- Trusted Reviews
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Expensive ($60) for having no single player.
- Digital Trends
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
May 27, 2016 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5

1. Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5

Overall Score: 9.5
Blizzard Overwatch

4. Blizzard Overwatch

Overall Score: 8.9
Capcom Monster Hunter World

5. Capcom Monster Hunter World

Overall Score: 8.8
Mojang Minecraft

6. Mojang Minecraft

Overall Score: 8.4
EA Sports FIFA 19

7. EA Sports FIFA 19

Overall Score: 7.7
EA Star Wars Battlefront 2

8. EA Star Wars Battlefront 2

Overall Score: 7.1
EA The Sims 4

9. EA The Sims 4

Overall Score: 6.8
Gun Media Friday the 13th

10. Gun Media Friday the 13th

Overall Score: 6.2

An Overview On Online Games

Gaming is far more fun when you can do it with friends. Even gameplay with one or more strangers can ignite the spirit of competition, taking your experience to the next level. At one time, if you want a group game night, you had to invite friends over to your place. Today, though, thanks to the internet, you can hang out at home alone and play against people located across the world.

When you think of your favorite games over the years, you probably specifically remember the setup of the game itself. There were likely characters and a story that engaged you, but simple games can be just as enthralling. As games have evolved, though, gamers have begun to demand an immersive experience, allowing them to feel as though they’re part of the game, rather than simply watching as a spectator.

But while today’s online gaming landscape may be crowded, there are some games that stand out from the crowd. They’ve managed to find a way to capitalize on the popularity of online multiplayer gaming and create games that draw players in and keep them there. With each new release, these games provide crisper graphics and more realistic settings, further drawing players into their imaginary worlds.

But violence is an always-present concern, particularly for parents of teens who play. The Entertainment Software Rating Board helps with that, creating ratings for each game similar to the way movies are rated. Games that are rated E are suitable for everyone, while E 10+ is for players 10 years of age and older. Teen-rated games are approved for those ages 13 and up and games rated Mature are suitable for 17 and up. Some games are for adults only, and those games are marked with an “A” and warn that there can be prolonged scenes of intense violence or graphic sexual content. Games that involve players gambling with real currency are also rated for adults only.

The Online Game Buying Guide

  • “Grand Theft Auto” fans have watched the game evolve over the years. Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto 5” brings interesting characters and interwoven storylines that enrich the experience. You aren’t stuck following just one story. Instead, you’ll weave in and out between three characters’ viewpoints, keeping things interesting throughout.
  • Players have become fascinated with the Wild West-era setting of “Red Dead Redemption.” Rockstar “Red Dead Redemption 2” introduces new protagonist Arthur Morgan, who goes on the run with the Van der Lidne gang as they try to evade federal agents and bounty hunters. The depth of the story does make it seem slow to some, as cowboy life sometimes can be, but the length of the game can deeply immerse the player in the story.
  • “Final Fantasy” has been a force in gaming since the 1980s, and Square Enix “Final Fantasy XIV” brings a new chapter. You’ll find the story in this one moves quickly as you battle other players.
  • Mojang’s “Minecraft” is popular for builders, giving you the opportunity to use supplies to create a 3-D generated world using building blocks and other materials. At the same time, you’re adventuring. With “Minecraft,” you get unlimited supplies and the option of playing either alone or with others online.
  • The gaming experience itself is what typically draws gamers to a specific online game. If you like an action-packed experience, you can’t go wrong with “Grand Theft Auto 5” and “Final Fantasy XIV,” which keep you on the edge of your seat throughout your gameplay. A richer, deeper experience comes with “Red Dead Redemption 2,” which lets you make decisions on missions. The gaming experience with Mojang’s “Minecraft” is more of a creative one, appealing to those who like building things.
  • At full 1080p resolution, “Grand Theft Auto 5” looks better than ever, giving you sharper detail on the characters and their surroundings. If you’ve played earlier versions of GTA, you’ll be surprised how far it’s come in recent years.
  • For those who prefer a more retro gaming experience, “Minecraft” has maintained its original block design, setting it apart from many other games on the market today. Square Enix “Final Fantasy XIV” has also remained true to its original design, allowing players to pick up and start playing even if years have passed since the last time they played.
  • Rockstar “Red Dead Redemption 2” is an open-world game, a genre that has become popular in recent years. You get to choose your own adventure as you make decisions throughout the game, enhancing the experience.
  • Violence is important to some buyers, especially those who have kids. “Grand Theft Auto” has always been on the violent side, but “Grand Theft Auto 5″” takes it to the next level once you progress farther into the game. It’s a level of violence not previously seen in the series. It does have an ESRB Mature rating, recommended for players 17 and older only. Rockstar’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” is also rated Mature 17+ due to violence and sexual content, among other issues.
  • If you’re looking for a more family-friendly option, Mojang “Minecraft” is safe for all ages, and  “Final Fantasy XIV” is rated safe for ages 13 and up.
  • One problem with online gaming is that it can be prone to technical issues. You’re relying on an internet connection, as well as the dependability of the server storing the game you’re playing. You may notice some dropped flames and visual glitches occasionally with “Grand Theft Auto 5,” and the rare graphical glitch can also affect gameplay with “Red Dead Redemption 2.” Although “Minecraft” is largely bug-free, you may find it lacks the polish of some of your favorite games. It’s better suited to those who like a retro gaming experience.