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Overwatch review

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Overwatch: Sombra abilities and strategy tips

Learn how to play Overwatch's hacker

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Overwatch: Ana abilities and strategy tips

Learn how to play the support sniper

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1 week ago

Feature: One mired in negative stereotypes

The mainstream FPS only knows one kind of Latina

I cried when I first saw Sombra at the 2016 BlizzCon opening keynote. I remembered feeling uncomfortable as a child when I saw Tetra transform into Princess Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker; I saw how the change was framed as an upgrade from an unremarkable brown pirate to an ethereal pale princess worth Herculean and Hyrulian efforts alike to save. Any pride…

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Overwatch’s latest short story finally gives Symmetra and Zenyatta more lore

Overwatch doesn't really have an in-game narrative. Instead, Blizzard have been telling stories about the hero shooter's characters over the years via animations, comics and short stories. If you've followed much of this stuff, you'll know that heroes Symmetra and Zenyatta have been pretty lacking on the lore front. But no longer! Because a new short story has arrived telling us a bit more about…

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3 weeks ago

Blizzard celebrate “incredible decrease” in toxic chat

In a new virtual 'fireside chat', Blizzard head honcho J. Allen Brack has given an update on the success of their anti-toxicity systems. They've been using machine learning to help combat abusive chat and bad behaviour in Overwatch and Heroes Of The Storm for a while, and recently brought the system to World Of Warcraft's public channels. It sounds like a success there too. Brack…

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1 month ago

Overwatch’s Halloween event is giving me comfort in this hell year

Earlier this year, when the pandemic made us shut ourselves away in our homes, there was a hope (and, well, wishful thinking) that it would all wash over in a few months. Evidently that was too optimistic, and is very much not the case. It sucks for many reasons, but one that's been on my mind over the last few days is that I won't…

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It is once again time for Overwatch to get spooky

Despite 2020 having lasted millennia, we now somehow find ourselves in the midst of October. Frightening as the passage of time may be, Overwatch is about to take another stab at scaring the bejeezus out of us with its annual Halloween Terror event - bringing in spooky new skins, emotes, and a limited-time fight to the death against a cackling Australian's army of undead robots.

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2 months ago

Bam! Pow! Overwatch gets graphic with Tracer’s Comic Challenge

Super-powered heroes? Nefarious evil organisations? Dubious allegories to real-world oppression? Overwatch is already basically a comic book series, so why not lean all the way into that? This month, Blizzard are doing just that. Tracer's Comic Challenge is a graphic two-week event for picking up some themed cosmetics, running alongside the release of a new webcomic starring everyone's favourite spatially-unbound Londoner.

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3 months ago

Overwatch’s Bastion gets the attack helicopter buff he never needed in a new mod

Ah, the Overwatch Workshop. It's an excellent tool for creating all sorts of wacky modded game modes in Blizzard's colourful hero shooter, and players have produced some real gems with it since it was added. From Weeping Angels to a self-playing piano you can import songs to, there are endless possibilities. But for all of the weird and wonderful things players have made, sometimes it's…

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4 months ago

Blizzard confirms BlizzCon will be a digital event next year

Blizzard have confirmed that they’ll be hosting BlizzCon as an online event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual celebration of their games and communities was cancelled this year, with a suggestion that they’ll be holding it virtually in 2021. During a recent earnings call, Blizzard’s president J. Allen Brack confirmed that it will be happening “early 2021”.

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Overwatch is back at the beach for another round of Summer Games

It's summer! Scotland might've missed the memo (my soaked jeans can attest to that), but at least Overwatch is willing and able to have some fun in the virtual sun. The Summer Games have returned to Blizzard's hero shooter, bringing in a fresh collection of hot beach looks - whether you're chilling by the pool or pushing that dang payload.

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This incredible Mercy cosplay made my heart flutter

Cosplayer Zibartas is someone who will never run out of light. His latest creation is Mercy’s wings from Overwatch. They’re built out of steel and aluminium, glow with the perfect amount of heavenly light, and unfurl like he’s just activated an ultimate. There are very few moments of true beauty in the world at the moment, but I'd argue that seeing these snake out like…

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Overwatch’s Orisa nearly got an ability that let her teleport across the map

Imagine you're having a scuffle in Blizzard's funky little FPS, Overwatch. Most of the enemy team is here, except one of their tanks is definitely missing. That's when you see it - a drop pod hurtling down from the sky. It crushes your teammates upon landing, before the gentle giant mech Orisa emerges from it. According to the Overwatch devs in a recent Q&A, this…

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Overwatch adds orchestral flair (and a new skin) with Sigma’s Maestro Challenge

Oh, to ditch Overwatch's crude gunfights for a night at the opera. To push culture, not payloads. Capture hearts and souls, not control points. Ah, well, the latest challenge event for Blizzard's hero shooter might not be picking up a fiddle anything soon, but it will let you pretend you're the sort of person who frequents the concert hall with Sigma's Maestro Challenge - dressing…

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5 months ago

Overwatch has released a soundtrack featuring funky tunes from its maps

Blizzard have released an Overwatch album, so now you can bop along to your favourite in-game tunes even when you're not playing. Overwatch: Cities And Countries is a collection of soundtracks from the game, all based on the global locations of its maps. You know when you first load into a match, and it plays that short riff of music symbolic of the setting? These…

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6 months ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 9 most desperate cowboys in PC games

[Warning: this article must be read entirely in a comedy cowboy voice]Howdy pardner. Spittoon? Take it, we got a whole crate of them right here. Every god-fearing outlaw needs a good spittoon at their heels, as my grandmammy used to say. Hoo-wee, what a women. She was known to enjoy a strong snifter of list article, you know. Everyone who visited got a spittoon and…

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Why didn’t Overwatch get this derpy stick-figure skin for Tracer

Overwatch has just finished its most recent Anniversary event, marking four years since the game launched. It's been a good four years and, to celebrate, some of the developers have written a cute little post detailing some of their favourite moments working on Overwatch. Now, you may be interested in the stories about early character design, or perhaps the one about the whole dev team…

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Feature: First person shooter

How esports photographers are using in-game capture in place of live events

This year was supposed to be the Overwatch League’s big leap into local homesteads, and while no one was quite clear how well it would work, they certainly weren’t expecting a global pandemic to move the whole thing back online again. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, but they’ve mostly managed to pull it off. In certain spots, the challenge has actually pushed some fun…

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Overwatch ditches hero pools in competitive play for good

Blizzard are changing up Overwatch's hero pool system again, except this time around they're just straight up removing it from regular competitive play. The system, which involves banning several characters each week, was originally implemented to stop the meta from turning stale, and it's seen a few changes already in its short life. Just last month I reported that they'd ditched hero pools for lower…

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BlizzCon 2020 has been cancelled, but plans to return as an online event next year

The game event cancellations are pushing even deeper into the year now, as Blizzard have announced BlizzCon 2020 is a no-go. The event usually takes right at the beginning of November, but due to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic they've made the decision to cancel it."We've talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national…

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Overwatch’s fourth Anniversary event has some of the best skins yet

There are so many games celebrating birthdays this week! The Witcher 3 turned five, Red Dead Redemption turned 10, and now Overwatch is celebrating its fourth year. For Overwatch it means its Anniversary event has kicked off once more, and from now until June 19th you'll be able to replay all the old seasonal Brawls and grab a whole host of new cosmetic items. And…

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Overwatch player discovers long-hidden Diablo reference by punching barrels

For as much as Blizzard players love loot, it took them a hot minute to find this hidden Overwatch easter egg. But after idly punching breakable barrels during a round on Blizzard World, one Overwatch player discovered a legendary drop of their own - a years-old Diablo reference that may have lay undiscovered by the community since the map debuted in 2018.

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