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Overwatch: Sombra – the truth revealed.

Keen players of Overwatch would, unless they have been living in a cave for the last few months, heard of the name Sombra being thrown around various forums and chat channels. This mysterious figure has for some time been the hot topic of debate, ranging from what, to who, to how, and the speculation and also frustration from players has been intense, especially when it’s been teased and played with by the team at Blizzard themselves. Well the mystery is now over and ladies and gentleman, I give you SOMBRA.

Sombra brings a whole host of new talents to Overwatch, and it’s looking like she will be a real handful in a fight. An overview of her skills and abilities are as follows:

Overwatch Sombra Abilities

So who is the mysterious girl that everyone has been talking about for so long, where does she come from and what is her background? Well the nice people at Blizzard like with every other character in the game have put a backstory together for her. So sit back, relax, and let’s learn a little more about this notorious hacker.

Finally but not least we have a little animated short called “Infiltration”, where we see Sombra working with Reaper and Windowmaker on an Assassination mission. However not everything is what it seems and it looks like Sombra has her own agenda. So what do you think of Sombra now that she has been finally revealed, drop us a comment and let us know? In the meantime if you want to find out what we thought of Overwatch check out our review here, or if you want to learn more about Sombra or anything else to do with Overwatch then check out the Official Site.

Prepare to be spooked in Overwatch Halloween Terror

From now until November 1st our friends at Blizzard Entertainment have brought another event driven change to Overwatch, Halloween. See your favorite characters all dressed up for the occasion, but wait are you brave enough to face Junkenstein’s Revenge?

As like the Olympic event, standard loot boxes have been replaced with Halloween Terror loot boxes, rewarding players with a whole host of new customisations for their characters. Fancy a vampiric Symmetra skin, a witches costume for Mercy or even Junkrat’s Professor Junkenstein outfit, the loot boxes contain over 100 new cosmetic items including skins, sprays, victory poses, emotes, highlight intros, player icons and voice lines! Every time you level up you will be rewarded with a Halloween Terror loot box or you can purchase the new customisations with in game credits or through the in-game shop (this is sure to disappoint a few people).

OverWatch Halloween Lootboxes

On top of the subtle changes to the maps and the new character customisations, players will also be able to take part in Overwatch’s first-ever co-op PvE Brawl:  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.

OverWatch Halloween Junkenstein's Revenge

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. Are you brave enough to accept the challenge?

For further information about Overwatch’s current spooky event or general information about the game check out the Official Website.

Overwatch gets its Rocket League on for Rio

Overwatch is getting into the spirit of the Olympics with special loot boxes that will allow your Overwatchians to done their best sports gear and get their Rio vibe on. There’s over 100 new items to collect, so pop your phones down and stop trying to catch all the Pokemon and get online to kill your mates instead.

Overwatch has also taken on a sporty theme with new mode Lúcioball – which is essentially Rocket League done Overwatch style.

Overwatch’s first seasonal event will run for the duration of the Olympics, concluding on August 22

 

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New Overwatch Hero confirmed – Ana Amari

It was only seven days ago that I was writing about a gun blueprint that was published on Overwatch’s official twitter feed clarifying the rumours of a new character coming to the game. Well the rumours and speculations are now over and Blizzard Entertainment would like to introduce us to Ana Amari.

This Bounty Hunter and former founding member of Overwatch uses her expert skills as a marksman to affect heroes all over the battlefield. Armed with her Biotic Rifle and Grenades she can heal allies and damage or impair enemies. She also carries around a sidearm armed with tranquilizers to subdue hostile targets and Nano Boosts to give her comrades considerable increases in power. Used at the correct time she is a lethal and effective member of the team.

Ana doesnt come without her scars though and let’s just say she is not great friends with Windowmaker who had supposedly killed her during a hostage rescue mission. You can check out Ana’s full background story in the clip below.

Ana is currently in the Overwatch PTR (Public Test Realm) so expect her to be joining the cast of Heroes in the game soon. For further information on Ana or Overwatch in general check out the Official Website.

Does gun blueprint reveal next character coming to Overwatch?

Overwatch is a game like Marmite, you either love it or hate it and this goes true for us at TiX. I personally love the game and therefore was excited to see a post by Blizzard yesterday on their twitter feed giving us potentially the most reliable clue to date on the next playable character for the game.

Overwatch Gun Blueprint

As you can see from the blueprint above there is a discussion around a Biotic Rifle that has Mercy’s Caduceus Staff and Soldier: 76’s Biotic Field healing ability incorporated in to it. This leads to the assumption that the weapon above will be used for healing at range but also poisoning perhaps if Mercy’s comments are anything to go by. So is this the infamous character called Sombra who is referenced by Reaper in one of his voice lines, “Where’s Sombra when you need her?” and who has also been discovered in hints that have been hidden in the Mexican Map Dorado.

So watch this space and let’s hope that Blizzard keep to their word when they stated that all new characters coming to Overwatch would be free.

Overwatch review

When Blizzard announced in 2014 that there were bringing a new game out, speculation was rife. Would it be another Diablo type, perhaps some card based creation but then again all these have been done, it would need to be something special. Perhaps they were going to bring World of Warcraft (WoW), now having been a fan of this game for many (too many, I have to admit) years this would be really awesome but again no, what came was Overwatch.

So where do we start, Blizzard has poured all its talent from both its gaming and graphical expertise to bring us what I have to say is one of the most stunning FPS I have seen in a while. Now don’t get me wrong we’re not going for realism here etc but if we are looking at cartoon effect games then this has to be one of the leaders in its category. Overwatch is a 6 v 6 objective-based shooter where you are either tasked to attack, defend or escort set objectives for a set time limit, through a specified route or until your points counter reaches 100. No different to some of the existing games on the market I hear you cry but what does make this game stand out above the rest is its characters.

The characters in Overwatch are the heart and soul of this game and because of this you are presented with all 21 straight from the beginning and this is where the fun starts. Like previous games from Blizzard the main characters are broken down into 4 main classes, Tank, Offence, Support and Defence. Each one has its own attack, primary and secondary skills and then a special ability which when activated can deliver untold amounts of death and destruction on the opposition. Now I could go on and on about who does what and which skills they have but I think this is part of the beauty of this game and therefore I will let you discover this for yourself. These skills and abilities though differ from character to character and makes the choosing and mastering of these heroes a challenge in itself. However even though all the characters may have their strengths they also come with weaknesses which can be exposed and exploited by others. The variation or choice caters for all types of players, so if you prefer to play Healer in a game then there is Mercy, where as if you want the fun of a fast assault then you have Tracer but whatever your role and whatever your tactic there is always someone for you but also someone who can counter you. The trick is learning which ones.

Tracer

As said before the playable characters in this game are the life and soul and this is easily seen as you enter the main menu. When the screen appears you are presented with one of the main characters showing the fine detail and textures that blizzard have spent many months perfecting. From here you have access to the Hero Gallery where you learn and customise your heroes to your liking. You can change their appearance and clothing, Hero finishing team pose, winning cut scene animations and these are to name just a few. This ability to tweak and shape your character really brings the game to life in such a way that they feel personal to you. These however are not readily available to you from the start and each item can be unlocked via coins that you earn or unlockables that you can get via loot crates during the game.

Once you have a feel of the characters and which one appeals to your play style you can select play from the main menu, this presents you with a choice of quick play, Vs AI, Custom Match or the Weekly Brawl. All self explanatory but whatever you choose you will soon be thrown into a match with randoms, unless you have set up a team with friends before the game. The character choice screen presents itself to you showing all your team and who is playing what character. Blizzard has offered some help here as on the right hand side a useful prompt tells you in you have too many or too few of one character. Just from this choice screen you will be able to tell if your team is going to work together well. This game focuses around teamwork and seeing players rapidly changing selections if they have doubled up to cover missing classes is a good sign even though having six Tracer’s has led to some really funny and great games. The game then kicks off and you find yourself jumping, flying or bashing your way through the map until you either win or lose. It doesn’t end there though. Once the smoke and dust settles  you are presented with the winning team posing for the camera and the player of the match cut scene, showing them killing in all their glory. You then have the option to vote for your best player of the match, a nice little touch that also brings extra XP to the player getting the most votes. No sooner have you finished all that you are plunged back into character selection for the next round until you decide to quit.

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As you play the game your earn XP for winning or completing objectives, kills and various other little gems that you will uncover. Every time you reach the required amount of XP you level up, and get presented with a loot crate. This loot crate contains game customisations for you in the form of profile tags, characters skins, voices, graffiti images, Heroic poses etc. This allows you to customise your characters as mentioned above to give them that unique look and feel, allowing you to stand out in the crowd.

The maps feel fresh and clean and even though there isn’t many to play and can be learned quickly, they still bring challenges for both the skilled and creative player. On the defending team the key is to learn the choke points within  the maps. You can then co-ordinate your attacks to force the opposition down these where your teammate Bastion, in his sentry mode, is waiting to mow them down. On the flip side when faced with attacking using skilled characters like Pharah or Genji to navigate across high sections of the maps and get in behind the opposition allows you to create distractions, buying time for your teammates to break through.

Gibraltar

Once you have learned the maps, game modes and picked a few favourite characters the fun really begins. The more you play the more you learn how to use your Hero and the environment to the best of your ability. You will discover routes around maps only accessible to some characters and sequences of ability and specials that bring advantage to you and disadvantage to the opposition. You will also find that if one tactic is not working in a game and you can’t break through, another can be deployed by switching characters during the game. This can bring an edge to your team and confusion to your competitors, but to do this you need teamwork. At present there is a lot of people playing this game and not a lot of talking and to make this game really work, Blizzard, just like its other games, wants you to communicate and play as a team. Even though I’ve had some great games playing with randoms, the most enjoyable time is when I’m teamed up with friends in coordinating attacks and our Hero selections.

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There may be no single player mode available, and the tutorial is done and dusted in 5 minutes flat but the game modes and characters are intuitive, fairly easy to play but not to master. For Blizzard’s attempt at a FPS I have to say they have done amazing well and with the potential scope for new maps and Heroes on the horizon I have to take my hat off to them on a creative, simple, but really in-depth character driven shooter. It’s simple, but so much fun and even though the maps are limited every game feels so different to the last, I have to say, this is one of my favourite games of the year and will always have a place on my Xbox.

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Overwatch: Origins Edition confirmed for Xbox One

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Blizzard have been around a little while. They should know where the gaming Gods look favourably, with such titles behind them as the Warcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone and Starcraft series. Blizzard aren’t short of experience. They announced at Blizzcon 2014, a team-based PC shooter by the name of Overwatch and all was well in the world.

Until now.

Long deprived of Blizzard’s wares, the console market, from my point of view, has had the hump with their lack of wargaming from arguably the market-leader in the field. This should be coming to an end around summer next year. Overwatch: Origins Edition has been confirmed for an Xbox One release, “on or before the 21st of June 2016”.

A GAME listing here in the UK, captured by Overpwn, revealed the following information about the title:

  • 21 Heroes
  • 5 Skins
  • Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper)
  • Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76)
  • Overgrown Bastion
  • Security Chief Pharah
  • Slipstream Tracer

There’s no news yet on how much Overwatch: Origins Edition will cost you lucky, lucky people, nor if it will be free to play, like it’s PC counterpart.

The picture at the top of this post was spotted on a Blizzard splash page, before some spoilsport whipped it away. With BlizzCon 2015 happening this weekend, we’re sure to get some further information come through, and we’ll endeavour to bring it to you.

Still unsure? Have a look at one of the original gameplay trailers, below, to give you an idea of what this is all about.

Overwatch: Origins Edition should be hitting the Xbox One in Spring/Summer 2016.