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30 Games Like Overwatch

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.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Overwatch addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Overwatch but don’t have PC, PS4, Switch or Xbox One, these are a good alternative.

 

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.

 

 

Quantum League

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...


Krunker

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 minutes and 7 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game 'loot box' purchases.

Krunker (Krunker.io and Krunker Free) is a shooting game where you compete against online opponents in various maps. As you level up you unlock weapons that help you in the game. It's unusual because you play it in any web browser with no need to...


Videoball

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 4 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Videoball is a minimalist sports game for up to six players. The aim is to get one of the balls into the opponent’s goal by shooting it with triangles. It’s highly skilled, frantic and works brilliantly in a competitive family setting.


Otterman Empire

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Otterman Empire is a fun shooting game where you battle anthropomorphic characters in Splatoon-like arena encounters.


Rocket League

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...


FIFA (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...


Roblox

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...


Splatoon (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Splatoon on the Wii U and Splatoon 2 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This not only...


Plants vs. Zombies (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...


Towerfall

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...


Brawlhalla

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Brawlhalla is an online fighting game where, like Smash Bros, the goal is to knock opponents off the stage. You do this by using your characters specific attacks to damage them until they can't get back to the platform.


Destruction AllStars

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Destruction AllStars is a futuristic combat-destruction sports game. You compete in teams in an arena battle. Players aim to destroy other players cars or fight hand to hand on foot.


Rocket Arena

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Rocket Arena is online shooting game where two teams of three battle each other. The twist is that you never die and leave the action. To win you use your characters unique rocket attacks and abilities to champion the other team.


HyperBrawl Tournament

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres:

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

HyperBrawl Tournament is a sports combat game. Played in futuristic arenas you must smash, brawl and score your way to victory in relentless, high-adrenaline player versus player battles. It's like an updated version of the classic Speedball or...


Risk of Rain 2

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

Genres: Adventure and Shooting

Duration: Between 9 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Risk of Rain 2 is a multiplayer adventure game where you have to fight to survive and escape a planet you've crash-landed on. It's formatted like a 'Roguelike' game: an iterative type of game that requires multiple goes to complete a level and where...


Dauntless

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Dauntless is an action fighting video game where you play a monster hunter in a fantasy world. Cataclysmic events have released Behemoth creatures that prey on the surviving humans. You play a Slayer you take down the Behemoths, collect treasure and...


Fortnite

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | Series S and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game 'loot box' purchases.

Fortnite rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is closing in to make the playable area...


Guns of Icarus

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 15 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 32 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Guns of Icarus (Online/Alliance) is an online battle between teams of steampunk airships. Join up to 32 players for epic airship battles, with four players manning each ship. Or you can team up with a few friends to fight the AI that learns your habits....


Paladins: Champions of the Realm

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...


Crucible

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Crucible is a team-based shooting game played on a varied and dangerous alien world. Humans, aliens, and robots converge to hunt the mysterious and powerful substance known as Essence. Fight together, unlock new abilities, adapt to ever-changing...


League Of Legends

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 50 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

In League of Legends you battle enemies and other players in online arenas. You choose a champion with unique abilities and battle to destroy another human or computer-controlled team's base. Other modes vary the challenge with specific objectives,...


Hyper Scape

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.


Spellbreak

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 42 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Spellbreak is an online magic battle like Fortnite, but this battle royale is fought with spells rather than guns. This means more varied gameplay and tactics as you master different elemental magic and cast powerful spell combinations.


Planetside 2

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with 1000s of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...


Valorant

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Valorant is a free online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. In the game, there is a virtual economy system used to purchase utilities and weapons.


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 3 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Playunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a battle-royale shooting game where you take on 100 players. Like a more realistic version of Fortnite, you collect supplies and out strategise your opponents to become the last person standing.


Apex Legends

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

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 60 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.


Rogue Company

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

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Rogue Company is an online shooting game where players compete in teams to win rounds. You play as one of the elite agents of Rogue Company, each with their own individual set of skills, and go to war in a variety of different game modes.


Titanfall 2 (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Titanfall and Titanfall 2 are a shooting game where players control mechanical Titans and their pilots, who are agile and equipped with a variety of weapons and abilities ranging from wall-running to invisibility. This makes it a game that focuses on...


Deep Rock Galactic

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).


 
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Overwatch is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Overwatch in the following lists:

Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from the:
  • The Family Games award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are all PEGI 12 or under, apart from Halo, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US for the latest release and mostly features space-themed rather than realistic violence.
 

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
 

Compete In Esports

Some video games require a high amount of skill and experience to play. These have developed into competitive sports with high profile competitions and big prize money. Although it can seem a little strange to think of a video game as a sport, the challenge, focus, training, instinct and skill required means that players at the top of these leagues and competitions have approach the pastime like athletes approach sporting prowess.

Image 165 Less obvious than the big prizes and high profile winners are the aspects of esports that can lead to a diverse set of skills suitable for a range of digital careers. Digital Schoolhouse, a not-for-profit programme delivered by the UK games industry trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment), has been using an annual e-sports schools tournaments to teach technology and digital skills.

Students aged 12-18 years participate as players or fulfil professional roles crafted by the video games industry, for educational purposes. They manage the event itself, photograph the action, organising production logistics, referee, commentate on live match streams, manage team community, logos and branding and even deal with most of the paperwork themselves.

Whether it’s the Digital Schoolhouse programme or something similar, finding a way to inspire and cheer on children towards a career in video games not only opens a door to their future, but creates a healthy understanding of the industry today.
 
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