Game: Overwatch

Composer: Derek Duke

Developers: Blizzard Entertainment, Iron Galaxy

Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

About: Overwatch is an online team-based game generally played as a first-person shooter. The game features several different game modes, principally designed around squad-based combat with two opposing teams of six players each. Players select one of over two dozen pre-made hero characters from one of three class types: Damage heroes that deal most of the damage to attack or defend control points, Tank heroes that can absorb a large amount of damage, and Support heroes that provide healing or other buffs for their teammates. Each hero has a unique skill kit, defining their intrinsic attributes like health points and running speed, their primary attacks, several active and passive skills, and an ultimate ability that can only be used after it has been charged through dealing damage to enemies and healing allies.

Tips for Overwatch

  • The medals rank the team, not your personal bests

The medals received at the end of every round are delicious, but initially, I thought they were ranking my own personal records. In fact, they reflect your performance within the team in that game – so don’t feel too proud, or downtrodden.

  • Exploit hidden shield effects

To briefly return to the Russian bicep queen, Zarya is built around applying a barrier to herself and teammates, and it has one very special property. The barrier has 200HP but can absorb a single attack greater than that value before disappearing, meaning it has incredible utility against something like Junkrat’s Rip-Tire ultimate or even D.Va’s self-destruct – pop a barrier on yourself and any nearby teammate, and you’ll emerge unscathed from the explosion.

  • Reinhardt’s Shields are permeable

Overwatch’s attacks and abilities have many characteristics that aren’t explicitly identified by the game, and one useful thing to know is that certain characters can attack directly through Reinhardt’s shield barrier. Winston’s tesla cannon goes straight through there, although that depends on a close engagement, but both Symmetra’s orb attacks and Reinhardt’s own fire strike will travel straight through, while any melee attack also gets full damage. Hence, one supposes, his hammer.

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