Overwatch PC Gameplay And Performance Review: Blizzard's First Shooter Soars High

Getting to Know Blizzard's Overwatch

Overwatch, the team-based multiplayer shooter from Blizzard Entertainment has proven to be an unstoppable force in the industry having now reached the hands of more than 7 million gamers within a week of launch. Many predicted as much once the early beta saw nearly 10 million users. Admittedly, we too have been immovably glued to the game since installing the PC version early last week. It features a wide variety of characters, and play styles, with frenetic-pace gameplay that is easy and intuitive for casual players. Yet Overwatch dishes out plenty of depth and strategy for crafty players who strive at filling specific roles in a team-based setting.

Overwatch For The PC

That’s us for sure. So after about 100 intense matches, it was tough but we pulled away to stitch together this gameplay performance analysis. Though, before we dive into the numbers and gameplay impressions, let’s talk Overwatch inception.

It’s great to see Blizzard step so adeptly outside their wheelhouse here with Overwatch, their first official shooter. The beloved developer is most known for their vast open-world MMOs, RTSs, and MOBA games such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo III and more. Ironically it was the cancellation of Titan in 2014, which made way for the development of Overwatch. Titan was yet another massive MMO game suffering an unfinished 7-year development cycle. After its cancellation, a smaller team was created, who’s love for first-person shooter games helped shape the direction of what became Overwatch. While the game is unique, you can definitely see inspiration from other class-based shooters like Team Fortress 2. For some of the characters, Blizzard has also employed mobility mechanics such as wall-running, grappling hooks, jetpacks and double jumps also found in recent games like TitanFall, Dirty Bomb and newer entries in the Call of Duty series.

What these influences culminate in is Overwatch, a twitch shooter that is team-oriented and objective-based, where every character feels completely different—yet each is surprisingly satisfying to play. 

HotHardware Overwatch Test Setup

We’re testing Overwatch gameplay and performance on an Intel Core i7-6700K-based rig, sitting on our ASUS ROG Maximus Extreme VIII Z170 motherboard, equipped with a 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance 2666MHz DDR4 memory. Windows 10 is installed on a 256GB Corsair Neutron Series XT SSD, with the game files installed on a 1TB Corsair Voyager Air external USB 3.0 HDD.

First up, we will checkout the story, gameplay mechanics and experience. Then we'll discuss visuals and performance, and wrap with our overall impressions. 

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