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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 11 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Oli Hawkins.

OverviewOverview

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.

There are a range of modes, each featuring team-based combat with two opposing sides of six players. Each character has a unique skill and attributes that need to be learned to be effective. Players select one of over two dozen pre-made hero characters from one of three class types:
  • Damage offensive focused characters
  • Tank defensive characters
  • Support characters who can heal teammates.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (12 online)

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Blizzard Ent (@Blizzard_Ent)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 12-player online game. Cross-Platform: You can play with with people on other consoles as well as PC.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence and use of bad language. This game contains frequent non-realistic looking violence towards human-like and fantasy characters. Characters show little reaction to violence, although there is some sight of blood, with damage being indicated by a reduction in health bars. When characters are defeated, they fall to the floor and respawn. There is also use of bad language, including 'bloody'.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players can enjoy this if they are comfortable with highly competitive games and quick reactions. It can be frustrating when you lose, and you have to rely on teammates which is another tension point for youngsters.

Account Rating

If you are under 18-years-old, your parent or legal guardian must consent when making an account to play online.
 
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Overwatch usually costs £34.99 to £49.99.
 

Overwatch 2

Switch Store Switch £34.99

Overwatch: Legendary Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99
Switch Store Switch £35.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility


Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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