Overwatch Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
 
Players: You can play this with 12 players online.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.



You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 with frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age. The examiner's report expands this rating with the following: Violence consists of human and fantasy characters attacking each other with a variety of weaponry. While blood is shown, there are no visible injury details and the violence itself is fairly mild. The game includes in-app purchases.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

No Unlocking Required: Access any mode, location, character, weapon or vehicle from the start.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Colour Options

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

Colour adjustments: Adjust colours of characters or game elements for greater visibility

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Player-to-Player Communication

Text Chat: Chat to other players by typing text.

Voice Chat: Chat to other players by speaking with headset.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


 




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