Overwatch: Initial Impressions

Yes! I am back! Well… kind of. I am trying to get back into the swing of things again – luckily I have a husband who is HEAVILY encouraging me to do so. So we both tried to figure out something that would hopefully hook me in and get me back into the righteous place I need to be in.

And let me say, it feels good to be back.

But that is probably not why you are here! You want to hear about what I think about a certain game and what I think of it.

Or you are one of those who click on anything Overwatch. Either way, let’s get down to it!

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I swear I have been living under a rock when it comes to games lately these days, but EVEN I have heard of Overwatch. It crosses over into many of the social aspects/media that it is almost a must to try to get back into gaming. You don’t play? You probably at least give it a try.

Did you know that there seems to not be a SINGLE USED XBOX ONE COPY of this game at any of the Gamestops I visited? That’s right. You read it. GameStopSSSSSS. I visited multiple in my area. None. No one had a used Xbox One copy. Though I did stumble across a PS4 version – but seeing as my husband and friends are more likely to play on the xBox, I decided against. I mean, it seems like all my friends who have a gaming console who actually play/play with others are xBox people. No complaints-

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This speaks to not just the popularity, but also how much people are ENJOYING it and keeping them. I like the sounds of that.

So let’s get started, shall we?

First thing you do, of course, get in the game. There is this cute introduction done by Winston – a talking Ape. Talking about Overwatch and how we are needed to help save the world and stop the madness and what not. Now, I didn’t know there was actual story to this. And I think the story stops there. Because…. really….

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Love the introduction though. He sounds brilliant but doubts himself in regards to speaking to other … er people?

Anyway – fun  characters and a good introduction.

Of course, there is a tutorial but they make it optional. Me, I’d rather do the tutorial and I am introduce to this character because this is who you use:

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I will admit I mess up his name constantly. I keep saying “Agent. Agent 76”. You’ll have to forgive me.

They show you how to shoot robots with it, how to walk and look around. One of the most recognizable characters then also comes one so you can target her and follow her around so your new baby like steps get some practice.

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She seems fun! Dude, she was dashing around and I kind of wanted to try her out. Haven’t yet but….

Anyways, perky. Helpful. And wicked fast. I approve.

Most of you already know all of this so I am going to skip forward to the part where I realize the most obvious things to other but weird to me because remember, I never played this game before, and I went in practically blind as to how any of this works.

Fast forward to first game (husband experiencing it with me by the way so I have another person dying and going “WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED”) and I learned something real quick:

HEALERS JUST HEAL.

Bloody heck guys. For real? I was always a healing type of person in a group so I figured “Hey, no one chose healer, let me do so” and so I chose one of the coolest looking ones:

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I am embarrassed to mentioned to this: But it took me a LONG time to realize I WASN’T DOING ANYTHING. What I was clicking thinking I was attacking while I was looking at buttons and what not was that she was healing a team member.

OMG.

I wanted to shoot something or at least be somewhat useful, so I switched characters. I tried a few.

Yeah, I was failing BADLY at each of them until I got to:

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Is D. Va Korean? She seems Korean. I liked it. 

I was FINALLY making some progress and getting some kills and being useful, but then I starting just bombing again. My suit was getting taken out and quickly so I decided I was going to jump to one more character. One that when I first tried it out, I kind of clicked. I understood them and realized that I did the first section well because maybe that was the type of character I should have been playing and given it a chance. I jumped back to:

SOLDIER 76. (That’s right, I said the right name. Heck yes.)

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We are back to this guy. And let me say: OMG! It makes so much more sense for me! YES. Finally! This game was FINALLY getting a lot funner because I finally found something I could use decently. D. Va will be my back-up though in case anyone else gets this guy before I do.

I wasn’t the only one surfing through characters trying to figure out one that would finally click. My husband was doing the same thing and had a similar reaction. He wasn’t having as much fun UNTIL he found the right character! His was completely different than mine, but I like that. (I don’t have to worry about my husband taking my character when choosing!)

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Turret guy!

It clicked. Finally. And he was voted in a few matches, I actually had a chance during ONE (but we all voted him). So it was cool. We could finally get into the game, have some success and wasn’t dying/being horrid every second! Now, eventually I will try some others, (THERE IS SOMEONE WHO KILLS WITH A BOW AND ARROW HECK YES) but until I actually get decent at this and re-learn how to aim and move and do everything at one time, I will stick with comfort-zone.

Once I realized I would live for a decent time, I could finally look a little bit more at the environment.

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Obviously, none of these are my pictures. I haven’t taken any yet. I was focused on trying to not die. But they are good. I liked the style of art it has, easy to navigate, and just a fun feeling overall. So it was highly enjoyable as I watched my character fold into shapes they weren’t supposed to.

This game also was easy to figure out the controls which is quite important. Sometimes I am stuck trying to look at my controller like “What… wait… how do I do that again?” but it wasn’t like that at all this time. And on the right hand side, bottom corner, they tell you which button to hit to use those specials. I am totally happy.

Easy to use. Fun (once you find the right character). Nice graphics. I think I can definitely get into this game.

Who do you like to use? Any tips for this beginner? Have you thought about trying it even?

Games I Am Looking Forward To

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Oh dang! Wrong blog y’all!

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But for real – I have been away for SUCH a long time and I am so surprised because I keep thinking about all the stuff I wanted to write about on here and the topics I could go over and what I should address-

Yet I never did. Big thing – I was in a big slump gaming-wise for a long while.  It was so bad guys that I could not even get into the game I was looking forward to the MOST: Breath of the Wild!!

I know. Mourning.

But I am slowly getting back into gaming and I want to talk about a few games that I am STOKED about and that just might get me back into the good and righteous place that I should be in.  Let’s START!!


First… Let’s address that game that I am all just fangirly over PLUS has not just my husband excited, but my friend and possibly her boyfriend as well!!!

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I remember when it was consistently referred to as #SecretIP on twitter and getting teased by those darn Bioware workers! (They are awesome – you should follow them. And they respond and all that jazz! For real. I just -gah!)

We do know that I am essentially a Bioware Fangirl, right? NO? Now you know.

But that isn’t why I am so EXCITED about this game! (Not the full reason anyway…)
I mean, DID YOU SEE THE GAME PLAY on this game! It looks extremely awesome! Open world, still has missions, places to explore, looks like ‘dungeons’ – Sorry, I couldn’t think of a better name for those – and fantastic squad/group playing? Um, YES.

My husband saw the gameplay before I did and he is all hyped up. He said if it truly is as open-world as it looks, they NAILED it. I was trying to tell him about DA:I and the HUGE maps and how it might as well be and – his response? “I haven’t played it. Wouldn’t know.” Fine, I get that. But I have SUCH HIGH HOPES for this because I think they may have just pulled it off and made something utterly amazing.

My friend when she was describing it was DESTINY-type of feel, and I can see that. I think that is what is drawing some people in. They may be hoping for something similar as Destiny WITHOUT the let down. Seeing as it is Bioware, I am pretty sure that the story and background on this is going to be EPIC and on point. She even said her boyfriend would probably play.

Guys, I already got a squad. Yo. And I don’t mind gaining a few more members as well.

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This amazing friend also made this for me….

The next one you should already know about because I have actually mentioned it before:

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I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FOR SUCH A LONG TIME! OMG!

Now this is OBVIOUSLY going to be “The story changes on your decisions” type of thing. What you do effects EVERYTHING and the path you take will lead to different outcomes. I love those. For real. That is why I love TellTale Games. I am all about having people react to what I chose to do and seeing actual results from it.

I was a fan back when they were showing the detective, and I am STILL a fan with this recent trailer type of deal and even more pumped. I wonder if you are going to have a chance to play multiple characters and see it all tie together (the detective, this gentlemen here who is trying to lead the revolution) and all that. I think they mentioned the Android uprising when showing off the detective so I can totally see it all coming together. (I think that was part of why people were so weary of him because of this, right? I have to rewatch that.)

Now I already know what kind of path I will be. I try to be somewhat peaceful and good person. I know this. My husband was talking about maybe trying something completely new and NOT do that. And I told him this: But then I would regret it. I will play the first play through and do the goody-two-shoes and then the second round I can be evil and mean.

That’s right, I said SECOND PLAYTHROUGH. I can already see this being the type of game you play multiple times because there will probably be SO MANY CHOICES and you just have to see what the other outcomes are!

Did I mention I was stoked? Yeah…. Guuuuuyyyyyysssss.


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THIS. THIS GAME. Did I mention how much I LOVED AND ADORED the first one? A friend mentioned a “Ni No Kuni II” and I practically already signed up. I actually don’t have much to say because I haven’t seen anything on it yet. But I already have such high hopes for it because of the amazing experience I had with the first game. I trust them.

Simple. End of story.

But I will be looking up everything later. For real.


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Did I mention how I LOVE games that make your choices have consequences? I saw the opening for this and called it. I immediately told my husband “That… that looks like Life is Strange! That… that is the room! The person looks like – That has to be!!!”

And it was.

This game was fantastic and honestly, even though I wanted to do a second run through, I am pretty darn happy with the choices I made so I only played it once. From the looks of it, this may be the prequel but I think we get a lot of the “What led up to the madness of the first game” – which I cannot help but wonder how that will work. They have to have it lead to that and…

I don’t know. All I know is that I am just pumped to see this and hope it was as pulling in as the first one. Whoot.


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Come on, you cannot even begin to think I wouldn’t include this, right? I think that seeing as this is supposed to be where it all starts and in this amazing country with so much backstory and history and –

GUYS. YES.

In preparation for this, I will be playing Syndicate. My husband is actually putting his bet on Syndicate being the one that gets me BACK into gaming to prepare for this one. Because this looks amazing. He was talking about the bow and arrow and how it is so much better. I mean, it slowing down while he was aiming after he jumped out of a tree? EPIC. EPIC. And there is just so much potential there! I love this series. It is the truth. They do a fantastic job and I am usually not disappointed. (Okay, there is ONE entry that most people tend to not include for reasons, and I may be doing that as well. ;P)


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Because, I remember being kind of “I would play that” about this game, and I probably will. But… I am not nearly as excited as I was about the other games mentioned.

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So…

That’s it. That is what might get me back into this gaming groove. I have a New xBox One waiting for me at home (Things happen where the other one left us for a while, so we had to get me a new one) and I will probably start playing OVERWATCH and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate to get back into the feel. Yup.

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My husband is putting a lot of faith in you guys.
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Me and a friend are going to try to play this together but I need to get better at my first person shooter skills…

Which games are y’all excited about? What do I need to look into? I know there is a TON I have missed out on and I just need… I’m coming Gaming, I swear I’m coming! XD