This year is special for Blizzard, as it celebrates 25 years of amazing activity. From its games to its growing community, Blizzard has left its mark in the gaming industry with games like Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft and continues to do so with its recently added games, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. After 25 years of experience Blizzard’s first FPS game, Overwatch, will be available for purchase in June, but in the meantime, its beta stage has returned with new improvements on February 9th.
You can check out more information about Overwatch’s updates in a previous article on the site, but here are also some thoughts about the improved version of the game.
First of all, the game is significantly better now than it was before the break. I’m not talking about the gameplay or the graphics, I’m talking purely about the new updates they’ve incorporated into their game. The progression system that Blizzard added is good for casual players because it makes you want to play a lot more and unlock different skins, even though skins in a shooter game are more or less useless, depending on preferences. I personally don’t find skins appealing because you can’t see your character only if you have the KillCam on or if you managed to make “play of the game”, but it can still annoy your opponents or make your teammates jealous. Keep in mind that skins are given randomly in the loot box, I’ve received a legendary one at only level 2.
Second of all, a thing that was actually annoying is that the KillCam was always kept on before the break, making the game frustrating, but now Blizzard added the ability to turn off the KillCam, probably because people were starting to complain on forums and gave significant feedback about its usefulness. They actually thought the KillCam was a good thing for an FPS game, I disagree, but some players might find it necessary.
Last but not least, the most impressive feature is that Blizzard introduced a new game mode: Control, which is “king of the hill” if you played a lot of FPS games and probably the most entertaining one yet. Although after 6 hours of playing, I only played the Control game mode 4 times on the new maps Nepal and Lijiang Tower, I still think it’s one of the best new updates.
Unfortunately, one thing remained the same, Blizzard still needs to do something with Bastion and Torbjörn. If you attack on any map and the other team picked those two heroes, it’s close to impossible to win, not to mention how the chances of your team winning are reduced if the other team picks the same hero twice. Overall the game did get better, but Blizzard still needs to work on its heroes a little bit more.
Although Blizzard celebrates 25 accomplished years, after its merger with Activision, we can’t let some updates from the Activision side slip. As Crimson Days was launched in Destiny, they’ve made sure to add some special “Valentine’s” features that suit February. The new PvP mode Crimson Doubles will only be available during this period, from February 9 to February 16, and although it’s a 2v2 mode that celebrates the power of friendship, it does look like it has more of an appeal for couples. Apparently, with Crimson Doubles Lord Shaxx prepared new quests and bounties and also the mode comes with new skins for your Ghost, a new emblem and heart shaped Crimson Candy. I can’t help it, the Crimson Double mode amuses me, but some couples might find it nice. It is, after all, a great way to celebrate Valentine Day’s together, good thing that the “power of Broken Heart” actually makes you stronger.
On a darker, but somewhat on point news the Black Market in Call of Duty: Black Ops III has been improved with new weapons and items. Between the latest supplies drops the MX Garand Assault Rifle, Marshal 16 Shotgun-Pistol and NX Shadow Claw Crossbow stand out the most, but there are also other surprises in store for us. In the meantime check out the Black Market update in the video bellow:
It hasn’t been just 25 years of great games and astonishing Blizzard gaming experience, with the Activision Blizzard merger, both sides are growing and improving the development of their beloved games, offering us the best possible gaming experience we can desire.