2016 brought a lot…pain…but it also delivered many memorable games. In this post, we acknowledge our game of the year, Overwatch.
This is a game that is likely sitting in the console or PC of many players. Blizzard’s latest game, Overwatch, released in May 2016. Although it was criticized by some for its lack of a campaign story mode, its addicting PVP mode has revolutionized competitive play. For those that have not played, Blizzard is a team-based brawler, where teams are composed of a variety of character across four character classes (tank, healer, support, and defense). 23 playable characters make a wide variety of team compositions, making competitive mode a mix of strategy, skill, and teamwork. The game originally launched with 21 characters, but Blizzard has released a new playable character every couple months, and has hinted at more on the way.
Debatably more fun than the game, itself, is Blizzard’s commitment to expanding the Overwatch world through YouTube videos, comics, and free DLC. New DLCs have brought packages of new character skins, emotes, voice lines, new playable characters, and even new and original playable game modes. The big eSports tournaments all feature Overwatch play, and avenues such as Twitch streaming have allowed fans to follow professional players with ease.
All in all, Blizzard has made Overwatch a fun gaming experience. The game has the right balance of casual and competitive play, characters that fit different play styles, and has players from both the PC and console worlds both excited about the same game. We are proud to give Overwatch our Game of the Year, and look forward to future updates and playtime.