Overwatch review part 3: do I like it?
Otis the Sweaty writes in a comment:
So do you like this game? You didn’t really review it, you just described it.
The concept and the graphics are fascinating, the interface is slick. I find it mildly amusing but sometimes frustrating. There definitely isn’t that addictive feeling in which I can’t wait to play the game and can’t pull myself away from the computer. I could never imagine myself being so immersed in this game that I forget to eat and sleep and eventually die, a story we occasionally hear about from Asia.
Even though Yakov doesn’t like it when I use this excuse, I think that it’s an age thing. I think that when I was 20 years old, I would have found this game a lot more enjoyable. Although I suppose that the tendency to get addicted to playing videogames is one of the things for which I should NOT envy the young. However, I think it’s related to the ability of 20-year-olds to focus on things for longer periods of time, and their greater ability to learn and absorb new experiences, and to give things their 100%. As we get older, we get set in our ways and become resistant to change, and learning new things is a type of change. For example, there are so many old people who refuse to learn how to use a smartphone.
Many other people, mostly all of them younger than me, do find Overwatch very addictive. It’s the biggest hit multiplayer videogame of 2016. Only Counter-Strike GO matches it as a most-played multiplayer first-person shooter, and the Counter-Strike franchise has been around for sixteen years while Overwatch is less than a year old. It takes time for top games to pick up a playerbase (unlike lesser games which peak the month they are released and then die off). Overwatch is still in the expansion phase.
I personally found Vainglory, a “MOBA” for the iPad a much more enjoyable experience. It doesn’t require any precise aiming, you just tap the enemy you want to fire at (or use a stylus, I use a Bamboo stylus) and your character attacks. I find it a lot easier to play than the most popular PC MOBA, League of Legends, because it’s a lot easier to tap the enemy on a touchscreen than it is to find him with your mouse pointer. While I still lack the quick reflexes necessary to make it to the very top of Vainglory rankings, I’m an above average player because the game also involves a lot of strategy and slower tactical thinking.