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The Overwatch 2 beta is fun but feels like Overwatch 1.5

Golden hour on Ilios and I have never seen it like this before. The low sun bathes the whitewashed buildings in a soft orange hue, the ancient ruins seem to radiate their own light, and an Orisa spear cuts my stomach from admiring them. Before I can pull myself together, I’m beaten by a team of sweaty pennants that descend on me as tourists flock to the steep streets of Santorini.

The Overwatch 2 beta looks absolutely gorgeous, so much so that it might temporarily turn off players used to the 2016-era graphics of Overwatch 1.

For big Overwatch fans, that might be enough. But for those of you looking for a new take on gaming that redefines the hero shooter, disappointment is ahead.

Overwatch 2 beta: the advantages

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(Image credit: Activision)

The biggest highlights of Overwatch 2 are its new graphics and hero rework. This game appears to be from the current generation of consoles, and while the beta is only available on PC, I expect it to surprise me on my big screen TV when it’s available for PS5 (Blizzard has promised that future betas of Overwatch 2 will include console players). While most of the maps available during the beta are the same as the ones we played in the original game, they’ve all received dramatic lighting upgrades. Eichenwalde and Ilios take place at sunset, while Oasis matches take place at midnight under the eerie glow of the moon. The lighting and time of day changes are a nice surprise for returning players, and the new Push game mode is fun (I only play once because you can’t choose the spin), but it’s Orisa and Doomfist that will delight you.

We knew both heroes were going through major overhauls for Overwatch 2, but you won’t realize how much they’ve been overhauled until you get a chance to play them. Once the slowest shield tank of the bunch, Orisa is now a shieldless dive tank and a beast. Armed with a javelin that can deflect bullets and also swing across the map for sickly snipe fire, Orisa is nothing like the Orisa you once knew in Overwatch 2 – she’s awesome. His fit makes perfect sense for the new 5v5 match makeover that feels more plunging than ever before.

Orisa is a sniper now #Overwatch2 pic.twitter.com/wQuNA8QwraApril 27, 2022

No longer a DPS hero and now a tank, Doomfist has more HP so he can survive battles longer. And it hurts as much as before, if not more. Dealing with an enemy Doomfist is a nightmare, as he can jump into battle, punch you and jump faster than you can say “heroes never die”.

A few other heroes received tweaks that drastically changed the meta. Bastion, once relegated to the Pirate Ship Group (where it served behind an Orisa Shield), is faster and more mobile, with the ultimate ability to fire three large artillery shells into the air, raining pain down on targets . Sombra can deal more damage and can track enemies after hacking them (and deal more damage to the person hacked). Cassidy has a new grenade instead of a flash blast, Reinhardt has two fire attacks, and a few other heroes have received tweaks that feel holistic in terms of bigger gameplay changes.

And longtime Overwatch fans will be especially excited to hear all the new hero voices. From the threats made during combat to the brash speeches delivered before the match begins, each character has a host of new voice lines that add even more depth to the universe. As Moira’s gimmick, I’m so glad to hear more sassy lines with an Irish accent, and when Orisa responds to her before a match, it’s like watching an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. These little details remind us how much we love these characters, even after years of content shortages.

Overwatch 2 beta: Cons

Monitor 2

(Image credit: Activision)

Launching the Overwatch 2 beta is like looking in the mirror after my Botox kicked in. I look great, even younger, and the fine lines that once lined my forehead are replaced with smooth, glowing skin. But the face in the mirror is still me – no one will confuse me with Bella Hadid. With the exception of a few games, all of my Overwatch matches are still on the maps I play, so you can’t be judged for thinking you accidentally launched the original game and not the sequel beta.

The new 5v5 team formations are even hard to spot at first, as you can easily feel like you’re dealing with a really aggressive and sweaty six-man squad. Thanks to the absence of the second tank, no one can escape a conflict, which makes Overwatch 2 a much more traditional FPS than before. If you’re not comfortable with gunfire or game mechanics, you’ll be defeated. If your team prefers divisive tanks like the Orisa, D.Va, and Doomfist, you’ll definitely have no cover in big fights. The dive meta, which initially had Overwatch in a grip, is back.

Then there’s the polarizing UI overhaul that’s been revamped from the big and bold designs of Overwatch 1 to support a minimalism that mirrors other FPS titles. Reddit users noticed the minimalism a month ago, it should be noted that the ultimate hero meter has stylish visual improvements. “Everything feels like you’ve lost a bit of soul,” she wrote. u/The_Doc, and I have to admit. A new in-game dashboard replaces the crystal-clear visuals of the first game’s medals with a data-rich picture of each player’s progress that’s incredibly difficult to read at first glance. Yes, the minimalist dashboard now shows you everyone’s K/D.

The minimalist UI overhaul, along with changes to the gunshot sound, make it seem like Blizzard is trying to bring Overwatch 2 closer to games like Valorant and Apex Legends. But for gamers who fell in love with the cartoonish liveliness of the original game, it might feel a little soulless.

Overwatch 2 beta: final word

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Overwatch 2 is a lot of fun, and the hero overhaul is great. On the first day of its release, I wasted hours on the beta without even realizing it. As a content-hungry Overwatch replacement for years, I’d love to take the first bite that came my way, but that doesn’t mean I’ve had a full meal. Right now, Overwatch 2 looks like a beefy expansion pack and visual overhaul of Overwatch 1. Call it Overwatch 1.5 if you want.

We’ll see if Blizzard has a deep bench of new heroes that can quickly inject a sense of sequel proper into Overwatch 2.


Do you want to try the game yourself? Here is a guide How to enter the Overwatch 2 beta.


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The Overwatch 2 beta is fun but feels like Overwatch 1.5

It’s golden hour at Ilios, and I’ve never seen it like this before. The low-hanging sun bathes the whitewashed buildings in a soft orange hue, the ancient ruins seem to emit their own glow of light – and I’m interrupted from admiring them by an Orisa spear through my gut. Before I can get my bearings, I’m hammered by a sweaty team of streamers who descend upon me like tourists swarming the steep streets of Santorini.
The Overwatch 2 beta looks absolutely stunning, so much so it may temporarily disarm players used to the 2016-era graphics of Overwatch 1. But aside from the updated visuals and hero tweaks, Overwatch 2 feels more like Overwatch 1.5. 
For big fans of Overwatch, this may be enough. But for those of you looking for a revamped take on the game that redefined the hero shooter, disappointment lies ahead.
Overwatch 2 beta: The pros 

(Image credit: Activision)
Overwatch 2’s biggest standouts are its new graphics and hero reworks. This game looks like it belongs on current-gen consoles, and though the beta is only available on PC, I fully expect it to wow me on my big-screen TV once it’s available for PS5 (Blizzard has promised future Overwatch 2 betas will include console players). While many of the maps available during the beta are the same ones we’ve been playing in the original game, they’ve all gotten gorgeous lighting upgrades. Eichenwalde and Ilios are set during sunset, while Oasis matches take place at midnight, under the eerie glow of the moon. The lighting and time of day changes are a pleasant surprise for returning players, and the new Push game mode is fun (I only play it once as you can’t pick the rotation), but it’s Orisa and Doomfist that will delight you.
We knew the two heroes were getting major reworks for Overwatch 2, but it isn’t until you get a chance to play them that you realize just how much they’ve been overhauled. Orisa, once the slowest shield tank of the lot, is now a shieldless dive tank and an absolute beast. Armed with a javelin that can deflect projectiles and can also get tossed across the map for some sick snipe shots, Orisa in Overwatch 2 is nothing like the Orisa you once knew – she’s a blast. Her adjustment makes perfect sense for the new 5v5 match makeup, which feels more divey than ever before.

Orisa is a sniper now #Overwatch2 pic.twitter.com/wQuNA8QwraApril 27, 2022

Doomfist, who is no longer a DPS hero and is now a tank, has more HP so he can survive longer in firefights. And he hurts just as much as he used to – if not more. Facing an enemy Doomfist is a nightmare, as he can jump into the fray, pummel you, and jump away faster than you can say “heroes never die.” 
Several other heroes have gotten reworks that drastically shift the meta. Bastion, once relegated to the pirate ship comp (where he’d post up behind an Orisa shield), is faster and more mobile, with an ultimate ability that fires three massive artillery shells into air, raining pain down on targets. Sombra can do more damage and can stalk enemies after hacking them (and deal more damage to whoever she’s hacked). Cassidy has a new grenade in place of his flashbang, Reinhardt has two fire strikes, and a few other heroes have gotten tweaks that feel holistic in terms of the larger game changes.
And long-time Overwatch fans will feel a special kind of delight in hearing all the new voice lines from the heroes. Whether it’s threats uttered during the fight or sassy conversations before a match begins, every character has a range of new voice lines that add more depth to the universe. As a Moira one-trick, I’m ecstatic to hear more bitchy lines spat out in her Irish accent, and gasp like I’m watching an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race when Orisa snaps back at her before a match. These little details are a reminder of how much love we have for these characters, even after years of content droughts. 
Overwatch 2 beta: The cons

(Image credit: Activision)
Booting up the Overwatch 2 beta is a lot like looking in the mirror after my Botox sets in. I look great, younger even, and the fine lines that once creased my forehead are replaced by smooth, radiant skin. But the face in the mirror is still mine – no one will be mistaking me for Bella Hadid. Save for a couple of games, all of my Overwatch matches are on the same maps I’ve always played on, so you wouldn’t be judged for thinking you accidentally booted up the original game and not the sequel’s beta. 
It’s even hard to notice the new 5v5 team formations at first, as you could easily be under the impression you’re facing a really aggressive, sweaty team of six. No one walks away from a firefight thanks to the absence of the second tank, which makes Overwatch 2 feel a helluva lot more like a traditional FPS than it has before. If you aren’t comfortable with the gunplay or game mechanics, you’re going to get thrashed. If your team favors the divier tanks like Orisa, D.Va, and Doomfist, you’ll have absolutely no cover in major firefights. The dive meta that had early Overwatch in a vice-like grip is back.
Then there’s the polarizing UI rework, which has been redesigned to favor a minimalism that echoes other FPS titles over Overwatch 1’s big and bold designs. Reddit users noted the minimalism over a month ago, pointing out that the heroes’ ultimate meter have gotten sleek visual upgrades. “It feels like everything lost a little bit of its soul,” writes u/The_Dok, and I’d have to agree. A new in-game scoreboard is incredibly difficult to read at first glance, swapping out the crystal-clear medal visuals from the first game for a data-heavy picture of every players’ progress. Yup, the minimalist scoreboard now tells you everyone’s K/D. 
The minimalist UI redesign coupled with the changes to the weapon fire audio makes it feel like Blizzard is trying to nudge Overwatch 2 closer to games like Valorant and Apex Legends. But to players who fell in love with the cartoony vibrance of the original game this may feel a bit soulless. 
Overwatch 2 beta: The final word

(Image credit: Blizzard)
Overwatch 2 is hella fun, and the hero reworks are brilliant. On the first day it was available, I lost hours to the beta without even realizing it. As an Overwatch stan starved for content for years, I’d gladly lap up the first morsel thrown my way – but that doesn’t mean I’m getting a full meal. Right now, Overwatch 2 feels like a meaty expansion pack and visual overhaul to Overwatch 1. Call it Overwatch 1.5, if you will. 
We’ll see if Blizzard has a deep bench of new heroes that can swiftly inject a proper sense of sequel into Overwatch 2. Until then, I’m still enjoying the ride, even if I’m side-eying the title. 
Want to give the game a try for yourself? Here’s a guide on how to get into the Overwatch 2 beta. 

#Overwatch #beta #fun #feels #Overwatch

The Overwatch 2 beta is fun but feels like Overwatch 1.5

It’s golden hour at Ilios, and I’ve never seen it like this before. The low-hanging sun bathes the whitewashed buildings in a soft orange hue, the ancient ruins seem to emit their own glow of light – and I’m interrupted from admiring them by an Orisa spear through my gut. Before I can get my bearings, I’m hammered by a sweaty team of streamers who descend upon me like tourists swarming the steep streets of Santorini.
The Overwatch 2 beta looks absolutely stunning, so much so it may temporarily disarm players used to the 2016-era graphics of Overwatch 1. But aside from the updated visuals and hero tweaks, Overwatch 2 feels more like Overwatch 1.5. 
For big fans of Overwatch, this may be enough. But for those of you looking for a revamped take on the game that redefined the hero shooter, disappointment lies ahead.
Overwatch 2 beta: The pros 

(Image credit: Activision)
Overwatch 2’s biggest standouts are its new graphics and hero reworks. This game looks like it belongs on current-gen consoles, and though the beta is only available on PC, I fully expect it to wow me on my big-screen TV once it’s available for PS5 (Blizzard has promised future Overwatch 2 betas will include console players). While many of the maps available during the beta are the same ones we’ve been playing in the original game, they’ve all gotten gorgeous lighting upgrades. Eichenwalde and Ilios are set during sunset, while Oasis matches take place at midnight, under the eerie glow of the moon. The lighting and time of day changes are a pleasant surprise for returning players, and the new Push game mode is fun (I only play it once as you can’t pick the rotation), but it’s Orisa and Doomfist that will delight you.
We knew the two heroes were getting major reworks for Overwatch 2, but it isn’t until you get a chance to play them that you realize just how much they’ve been overhauled. Orisa, once the slowest shield tank of the lot, is now a shieldless dive tank and an absolute beast. Armed with a javelin that can deflect projectiles and can also get tossed across the map for some sick snipe shots, Orisa in Overwatch 2 is nothing like the Orisa you once knew – she’s a blast. Her adjustment makes perfect sense for the new 5v5 match makeup, which feels more divey than ever before.

Orisa is a sniper now #Overwatch2 pic.twitter.com/wQuNA8QwraApril 27, 2022

Doomfist, who is no longer a DPS hero and is now a tank, has more HP so he can survive longer in firefights. And he hurts just as much as he used to – if not more. Facing an enemy Doomfist is a nightmare, as he can jump into the fray, pummel you, and jump away faster than you can say “heroes never die.” 
Several other heroes have gotten reworks that drastically shift the meta. Bastion, once relegated to the pirate ship comp (where he’d post up behind an Orisa shield), is faster and more mobile, with an ultimate ability that fires three massive artillery shells into air, raining pain down on targets. Sombra can do more damage and can stalk enemies after hacking them (and deal more damage to whoever she’s hacked). Cassidy has a new grenade in place of his flashbang, Reinhardt has two fire strikes, and a few other heroes have gotten tweaks that feel holistic in terms of the larger game changes.
And long-time Overwatch fans will feel a special kind of delight in hearing all the new voice lines from the heroes. Whether it’s threats uttered during the fight or sassy conversations before a match begins, every character has a range of new voice lines that add more depth to the universe. As a Moira one-trick, I’m ecstatic to hear more bitchy lines spat out in her Irish accent, and gasp like I’m watching an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race when Orisa snaps back at her before a match. These little details are a reminder of how much love we have for these characters, even after years of content droughts. 
Overwatch 2 beta: The cons

(Image credit: Activision)
Booting up the Overwatch 2 beta is a lot like looking in the mirror after my Botox sets in. I look great, younger even, and the fine lines that once creased my forehead are replaced by smooth, radiant skin. But the face in the mirror is still mine – no one will be mistaking me for Bella Hadid. Save for a couple of games, all of my Overwatch matches are on the same maps I’ve always played on, so you wouldn’t be judged for thinking you accidentally booted up the original game and not the sequel’s beta. 
It’s even hard to notice the new 5v5 team formations at first, as you could easily be under the impression you’re facing a really aggressive, sweaty team of six. No one walks away from a firefight thanks to the absence of the second tank, which makes Overwatch 2 feel a helluva lot more like a traditional FPS than it has before. If you aren’t comfortable with the gunplay or game mechanics, you’re going to get thrashed. If your team favors the divier tanks like Orisa, D.Va, and Doomfist, you’ll have absolutely no cover in major firefights. The dive meta that had early Overwatch in a vice-like grip is back.
Then there’s the polarizing UI rework, which has been redesigned to favor a minimalism that echoes other FPS titles over Overwatch 1’s big and bold designs. Reddit users noted the minimalism over a month ago, pointing out that the heroes’ ultimate meter have gotten sleek visual upgrades. “It feels like everything lost a little bit of its soul,” writes u/The_Dok, and I’d have to agree. A new in-game scoreboard is incredibly difficult to read at first glance, swapping out the crystal-clear medal visuals from the first game for a data-heavy picture of every players’ progress. Yup, the minimalist scoreboard now tells you everyone’s K/D. 
The minimalist UI redesign coupled with the changes to the weapon fire audio makes it feel like Blizzard is trying to nudge Overwatch 2 closer to games like Valorant and Apex Legends. But to players who fell in love with the cartoony vibrance of the original game this may feel a bit soulless. 
Overwatch 2 beta: The final word

(Image credit: Blizzard)
Overwatch 2 is hella fun, and the hero reworks are brilliant. On the first day it was available, I lost hours to the beta without even realizing it. As an Overwatch stan starved for content for years, I’d gladly lap up the first morsel thrown my way – but that doesn’t mean I’m getting a full meal. Right now, Overwatch 2 feels like a meaty expansion pack and visual overhaul to Overwatch 1. Call it Overwatch 1.5, if you will. 
We’ll see if Blizzard has a deep bench of new heroes that can swiftly inject a proper sense of sequel into Overwatch 2. Until then, I’m still enjoying the ride, even if I’m side-eying the title. 
Want to give the game a try for yourself? Here’s a guide on how to get into the Overwatch 2 beta. 

#Overwatch #beta #fun #feels #Overwatch


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