– Overwatch 2 Launch Trailer
May 24, 2016. I still vividly remember the day Overwatch was released 6 years later. Overwatch, a hyper FPS game made by Blizzard, has received high expectations from users not only overseas but also in Korea even before its release.
People of all ages can enjoy it casually, so whenever I went to a PC room with my friends, I always enjoyed Overwatch. After school hours, the PC room was filled with Overwatch users. Students, who were burdened with the price of 45,000 won, flocked to the PC room where they could play for free, and there was no time to set foot.
Overwatch defeated League of Legends three weeks after its release and took the No. 1 spot in PC room share that no one could surpass. League of Legends had the undisputed title of No. 1 PC room share for 203 weeks in a row before being taken over by Overwatch. It came as a fresh shock to gamers as Overwatch took its place less than a month after its release.
Overwatch, which had been cruising, started to leave users after a year had passed. The biggest reason was the outbreak of hacks (cheat), the biggest weakness in FPS games. It was a game that reporters had been enjoying for a long time, so they actively reported nuclear users, but the number did not decrease as time passed. I ended up leaving Overwatch because of a lot of stress.
Recently, an acquaintance suggested that “Overwatch 2 is released on October 5, so let’s try it together.” After four years of leaving Overwatch out of control due to the nuclear issue, I was surprised to hear about the sequel. I enjoyed the game itself and wondered, “How much has Overwatch 2 changed compared to the previous game?” I remembered the memories I enjoyed in the PC room with my friends a long time ago, so I waited for the release date.
Genre: First-person hero shooter
Release Date: October 5, 2022
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Platform: PC, PS, XBOX, SWITCH
■ User complaints exploded due to server anxiety from the first day of release
On October 5, the day of the opening, the server was unstable, so I could not enjoy the game properly. Even at 4 am on a weekday, there were more than 30,000 people waiting to connect, and there were so many users that the waiting time took from 30 minutes to 1 hour. It was difficult to connect due to the long waiting time, but during the tutorial, the connection to the server was cut off, so I gave up the morning hours and tried to connect again in the afternoon.
The cause of the unstable server turned out to be a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Mike Ibara, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, said around 5:33 a.m. on the day of release, “Overwatch 2 was under a DDoS attack just in time for release. We are currently experiencing server connectivity issues and our internal teams are working hard to fix them.” The server instability issue is still controversial and it seems that it has not been resolved yet.
Community response was poor due to unstable servers. Users expressed dissatisfaction such as “I waited until dawn, but it’s really too much”, “I had a hard time logging in, but it crashed without even playing a game”, “Even when entering the game, one member of the team always bounces, so it’s not fun”, “Please fix the server” are doing
■ Upgraded graphics, perfect optimization
As soon as you look at the lobby screen of Overwatch 2, you can see that the graphic quality of the hero Genji has improved considerably. The graphic quality of the background is also much better than in the previous work, and seeing the upgraded appearance even to the fine details such as light reflection effects and shadows made me want to quickly enter the game and control the hero.
Optimization is what users are most sensitive to when enjoying FPS games. In particular, in hyper FPS games, characters or objects move quickly, so if frames are dropped or lag occurs due to optimization problems, it causes great damage to team members.
Overwatch was recognized as a fairly well-optimized game even when it was released in 2016, and that reputation continued with its sequels. In particular, even in a PC environment using a low-end GPU, if the graphics option was compromised, the average FHD standard was maintained at 100 frames.
If I had to rate the optimization of Overwatch 2, it would be 10 out of 10. Users say, “Even a computer that is 5 years old doesn’t lag”, “The real optimization part is acknowledged”, “The laptop I bought a few years ago runs well”, “And the game is really optimized”, “It runs well with the built-in graphics. “, etc., were not spared praise.
■ Variety of content without ever getting bored
Arcade modes, which had been missed by playing only quick matches, provided new fun. Newly added ‘Push Battlefield’ in Overwatch 2, ‘4v4 Team Death Match’ where the team that achieves 30 kills first wins, ‘Paraisu’ fights in Lucio’s hometown, and ‘Bounty Hunter’ in individual battles There are various arcade modes such as ‘.
In particular, ‘Push Battlefield’, which was added as a new mode with the release of Overwatch 2, was really fun because it felt like a tug of war. The ‘push battlefield’ is a method of escorting a robot in the middle of the map and pushing it toward the opposing camp. When the robot pushes an object, the distance pushed is displayed in meters at the top of the screen, and the team that pushes the farthest wins after the game time is over. Even if you push the object to the end of the opposing camp, you win. Starting with ‘Push Battleground’, new regular modes will be added.
Unlike its predecessor, Overwatch 2 has many changes in its fighting style. The team composition was changed from 6 people to 5 people, and it was adjusted to a combination of 1 tank, 2 dealers, and 2 healers. The team members were reduced, so the tempo of the battle increased, and the position where the sub-tank was missing was felt so big that once it started to be pushed back, it was difficult to win even with reorganization.
Due to the change in fighting style, the presence of the healer hero ‘Mercy’ has definitely decreased. As one tank protecting the ally disappeared, the survivability of the dealers dropped a lot, but it often happened that ‘Mercy’ had already died before giving him a heal. As for the healers active in Overwatch 2, ‘Ana’, who has an irreversible skill, and ‘Lucio’, who has the ultimate skill that instantly raises the team’s survivability, are solidifying their position.
As the battle style changed, the evaluation of users was divided in half. While some are satisfied with the fact that the battle tempo is faster than the previous game, allowing you to enjoy stylish and casual battles, there are also opinions that the game becomes too difficult and there are a lot of melee situations as the player’s individual control ability becomes important.
■ ‘Kiriko’ is an attractive hero, but the difficulty of operation is high.
Kiriko, who appeared in Overwatch 2, has a style that seems to mix the concepts of a shaman and Kunoichi. She looked great, but was tough to deal with. As she continued to play, she realized that she was a hero with a high level of difficulty in operation.
Kiriko’s left click ‘Amulet of Healing’ is a skill that blows a talisman to heal allies. Because the amulet has projectile detection, it is vulnerable to skills that block projectiles such as Reinhardt’s ‘Barrier Shield’, Winston’s ‘Barrier Generator’, and D.VA’s ‘Defense Matrix’. In addition, the speed at which the amulet flies is slow, making it difficult to heal an ally that has been focused at a mid-range. In order to use the left click well, it is necessary to know in advance the ally who is likely to be focused by the enemy and to take care of them by throwing the amulet with prediction.
Right click throws ‘Kunai’ as an attack skill. Kunai has a narrow hit roll, so it is quite difficult to hit the enemy, but if you hit the enemy’s head well, it can inflict strong damage. With a base damage of 40, Kunai can deal 120 damage when hitting an enemy in the head. It has the highest critical damage factor among the heroes of Overwatch 2, and if you support your aiming skills, you can defeat an attacking hero or support hero with less blood and bring victory in battle.
‘Soonbo’, which was said to be a fraudulent skill even before its launch, is an attractive skill that can move to allies while ignoring the terrain. When the enemy is focused, it can leave the battlefield quickly, and when an ally is in danger, it can move quickly and take care of it. However, if you use the Sunbo skill without thinking, you may be surrounded by enemies, so it is better to use it carefully.
The Purification Drop removes debuffs such as crowd control (CC) and non-recoverable, and also grants immunity to all damage and a small amount of recovery for 0.75 seconds. It was difficult to use the Purification Bubble in a melee situation unless it was a debuff with a long duration, but it is a skill that has merit just by removing the non-recoverable state, which is known to be the most powerful debuff of Overwatch 2.
Kiriko’s ultimate skill, ‘Fox Road’, is a range-type buff skill. If you use the Fox Path, a fox will appear and disappear after laying the buff pad in a straight line. Attack speed and movement speed increase while on the slate, and skill cooldown and reload speed decrease, so if you use it in combination with your allies, you can take over the area in an instant. However, if the map is narrow, the range of the fox road will also be narrow, so it is necessary to use it in the right place.
Kiriko’s difficulty level is in all skills: the slow-flying ‘Amulet of Healing’, the ‘Kunai’ that is difficult to hit due to its narrow range, the ‘Blob of Purification’ that prevents short-time damage and removes debuffs, and the ‘Fox Path’, where communication with team members is important. There is a marked difference in the skill level of each user. Still, if you manage it well, you will be able to establish yourself as a strong support hero.
■ Free enough, the Battle Pass price is also affordable
While waiting for Overwatch 2, I was preparing the regular version price of 45,000 won. When I heard that I could enjoy it for free, I tasted a little joy. However, anxiety grew as I remembered that the number of nuclear users increased and destroyed the game ecosystem by exploiting the fact that ‘Apex Legends’, which was previously enjoyed for free, was also available for free at the beginning of its release.
The nuclear problem in FPS games is inevitable. With the release of Overwatch 2, Blizzard promised to maintain fairness by building a defense matrix team that can take strong measures against the nuclear issue, as well as unethical behavior such as abusive language and slander. I wish the defense matrix system against the nuclear issue how well it works.
At the same time as Overwatch 2 was released, the Battle Pass was also released. Users who have purchased the previous game have unlocked the new hero ‘Kiriko’, but new users must purchase the Premium Battle Pass or reach level 55 of the Free Battle Pass to unlock it. In addition, you can acquire items that can decorate your character and profile, such as character skins, emotional expressions, and weapon decorations as rewards.
The core reward of the Battle Pass is the myth skin ‘Cyber Demon Genji’, which can be obtained by reaching level 80. Shinhwa skin is the first skin introduced in Overwatch 2 and provides a system differentiated from existing skins. Basically, it provides customization and dyeing of the skin, and the effects of basic attacks, skills, and ultimate skills are also changed splendidly.
In order to level up the Battle Pass, you must complete challenges. Daily and weekly tasks consist of missions that can be cleared enough while playing the game. 1000 coins are required to obtain the premium reward. The price of 1000 coins is 12,400 won. Because the Battle Pass price is cheaper than other games, users showed positive responses such as “I have the Shinhwa skin unconditionally”, “The pass price is cheap”, “I saved money to buy the regular version, but I can buy the pass”.
■ Expected PVE content to be added in 2023
In addition, the PVE content scheduled to be released in 2023 is a cooperative content that will draw the narrative of Overwatch. As users have high expectations for PVE content, they are saying that it would be good if the story was refined and added.
In response, Blizzard said, “The previous game Overwatch was based on the engine of the MMORPG ‘Project Titan’, so it took a lot of time and effort to add new heroes or create content. I can show the direction so I can look forward to it,” he told users.
Overwatch 2 supports cross-play between PC and console. The existing account is linked so that you can switch between console devices and PC at any time, which is expected to be highlighted as an advantage in PVE content over PVP.
■ Overwatch 2’s success depends on new content
Overwatch 2 is the best game to play lightly with friends. The graphic quality has also improved considerably, making it a pleasure to watch the entire screen. Thanks to the various arcade modes, I enjoyed the game without knowing the passage of time. The change in the team composition to five people also differed in their likes and dislikes, but the battle tempo was considerably faster, and the reporters liked it.
There are some things I regret. As the attack sound was changed as a whole, the feeling of hitting fell compared to the previous work. Also, the sound of being hit did not feel like I was being attacked during the battle, so there were often situations where I couldn’t understand why I died.
And it was difficult to adapt to the battle analysis UI that appears when you press the tab. In the previous game, damage to enemies, recovery of allied heroes, and number of kills were expressed in gold, silver, and bronze medals, which could be viewed intuitively, but Overwatch 2 was difficult to grasp at a glance as it looked like an analysis table.
The changed Competitive Tier Badge also shows complaints from users. The ‘Grand Master’ badge, which can be acquired by top rankers, has become the center of controversy, but users are demanding improvements to the tier badge image, saying that the image seen in the actual profile does not have any effect and appears to be a ‘Platinum’ tier badge.
Overwatch 2 is definitely a great game. The problem is that it failed to overcome the limitations of its predecessor, which was popular enough to surpass League of Legends at the time of its release. There was so little new content that it was hard to feel the difference from the previous work.
The fun of the game was like a guarantee check, but with the ‘3 new heroes’ and ‘push battlefield mode’, it looked like a new season of the previous Overwatch, but did not feel like a sequel. The Metacritic user rating was only 1.3. Most of the evaluations are that there is a lack of new content.
Since Overwatch 2 has fixed the problems of its predecessor, which had many restrictions on the development of new content due to an aging engine, various contents are expected to be added quickly in the future. In particular, if PvE content is released, users’ thirst for novelty is expected to be quenched to some extent. Until then, if we accept the complaints of users as much as possible and improve them, we will be able to continue the success of the previous work.
1. It is well optimized, so even if the PC specs are low, there is no problem in game play.
2. The game time is short and there are various arcade modes, so you can enjoy it lightly.
3. It supports cross-play, so you can go back and forth between PC and console with your existing account.
1. The flow is often interrupted during play due to an unstable server problem.
2. It is a sequel, but the difference from the previous work is minimal.
3. It is difficult to play for a long time because the fast battle tempo causes a melee situation.