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OverWITCH: Hallowe'en Comes To Overwatch

I think my favourite ever Hallowe’en event in a game was the one which put the chickens of CS:GO into little ghost costumes. They were so adorable I’d get shot because I was chasing chickens about the place. ANYWAY. Overwatch [official site]. Overwitch? That game. It’s having a Halloween event for the next few weeks with Hallowe’en-themed loot and a special co-op PvE event called Junkenstein’s Revenge.

“Team up with three other players and face off against a host of eerie enemies, including Dr. Junkenstein himself, Junkenstein’s Monster, the Reaper, a mysterious witch, and host of shambling zomnics.”

There’s an accompanying comic that sort of riffs on the Frankenstein story with a version of Junkrat bringing a stitched-together Roadhog to life to stick it to a local lord. I mean, I have questions about said comic, because Junkrat was all “I will create actual life in order to gain respect from this douche-lord” and then couldn’t and sort of cheated by letting Mercy do it instead and promising her whatever she wanted in return. To me, that’s not really doing any of the bits to actually earn respect, it’s just fucking up and letting someone bail you out.

ANYWAY. Overthinking Overwatch aside, the event then follows on from the comic with you teaming up with other players to defend the lord’s castle against Junkrat Junkenstein. It’s a wave defence mode, is what I’m saying:

“Players will choose from the Alchemist (Ana), the Archer (Hanzo), the Gunslinger (McCree), or the Soldier (Soldier: 76) and defend Adlersbrunn castle’s doors against Dr. Junkenstein’s onslaught. Heroes will need to work together and develop strategies to withstand not only the advances of his macabre entourage, but also wave after wave of zomnic attacks.”

I’ve just popped my head in to check out the mode and I kind of want to eyeroll because hooray organ music spooking and then oh, a sexy witch costume:

Anyway. you can select from easy, medium and hard difficulty then you spawn in, trying to head off waves of zomnic minions who whittle down the door’s health if they reach it. Over the course of the game there will also be minibosses, so a Reaper with a pumpkin on his head, a Frankenstein’s monster Roadhog – you get the idea. I’ll likely spend a bit more time with it this afternoon as it seems as decent a way as any to get to grips with Ana, plus I do like a novelty mode every now and again.

That reminds me: I still have a Jack-o-Lantern head thing I haven’t used in Destiny.

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