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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Blizzard Ent (@Blizzard_Ent)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
 
Players: You can play this with 12 players online. Cross-Play: You can play with with people on other consoles as well as PC.

CostsCosts

Overwatch usually costs £35.99 to £49.99.
 

Overwatch Legendary Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99

Overwatch: Legendary Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99
Switch Store Switch £35.99
 
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 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 with frequent scenes of mild violence. 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.
 
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

This game is enjoyed by 10-16 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

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.


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