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Overwatch: 21 Tips to Make You a Better Hero

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Overwatch: 21 Tips to Make You a Better Hero

Hi, PlayStation gamers! This is Scott Mercer, the principal designer for Overwatch at Blizzard Entertainment. We’re very excited for you to jump and play the game today. If you’re not familiar with Overwatch, it’s a team-based shooter that pits two teams of six larger-than-life heroes against each other on objective-based maps that span the globe. To help you become a better hero, here is one special tip for each of our 21 unique characters. We can’t wait for you to get on the battlefield.

Overwatch: Widowmaker

Bastion

  • Don’t stay deployed in Sentry Configuration in one location for too long, or your enemy will adapt and gain the upper hand.

D.Va

  • If you use Self-Destruct after activating Boosters, D.Va ejects—but her mech continues moving forward before detonating.

Genji

  • Genji’s Deflect ability isn’t just for defense. Aim at enemies when using it to hit them with their own attacks.

Hanzo

  • Scatter Arrow can be devastating when aimed at the ground in front of your target.

Junkrat

  • Detonate a Concussion Mine at your feet to launch yourself into the air and reach higher areas. Don’t worry—you won’t take any damage from your own Mine.
Overwatch: Tracer

Lúcio

  • Soundwave, the alternate fire mode of Lúcio’s Sonic Amplifier, is useful for keeping enemies away, but it can also be used to push enemies off of cliffs.

McCree

  • After stunning an enemy with your Flashbang, it’s much easier to hit them with the Peacekeeper’s alternate fire.

Mei

  • Placing an Ice Wall under you or your teammates will raise them up on top of the wall, giving them access to higher areas.

Mercy

  • Guardian Angel can save you, too—use it on a distant teammate to take yourself out of immediate danger from enemies.

Pharah

  • Concussive Blast can push enemies away and even knock them off cliffs, but you can also use it to push yourself away.

Reaper

  • While you pass through enemies when you’re in Wraith Form, you can still gather Health Packs and Soul Globes while using it.

Overwatch: Hanzogenji-concept

Reinhardt

  • You can adjust the direction of your Charge as you rocket forward, making it so you can reach a target even if there’s not a straight path.

Roadhog

  • Chain Hook can interrupt many enemy abilities — including some ultimates.
Overwatch: Lucio

Soldier: 76

  • Use Tactical Visor when your enemies are unaware of your location. They’ll have less time to seek cover or use defensive abilities.

Symmetra

  • The projectile from the Photon Projector’s alternate fire pierces through enemies as well as barriers such as Reinhardt’s Barrier Field, allowing it to hit multiple targets.

Torbjörn

  • Turrets must rotate to face their target before firing, so always try to build your turrets in the direction you’re expecting enemies to come from.

Tracer

  • If you Recall immediately after taking damage, you will regain your lost health.

Widowmaker

  • Venom Mines placed along the likely path of an attacker can warn you of an approaching threat.

Overwatch: Mercydva-concept

Winston

  • Winston leaps in the direction of his targeting reticle when activating his Jump Pack. By looking up, he can jump nearly straight up and land where he took off.

Zarya

  • Graviton Surge can pull enemies away from a map objective, giving your team a chance to take the objective uncontested.

Zenyatta

  • Transcendence is a great counter to many enemy area-of-effect abilities, such as Zarya’s Graviton Surge.

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11 Comments

  • beastbarbour

    Tried the beta for about two hours but just didn’t like this game at all. Battleborn is better in my opinion.

    • I respect your opinion. I purchased both games and tried Battleborn for a couple of weeks, but the story mode in the end is really boring and the matchmaking awful…..don’t get me wrong I do not compare games in terms of loving one and hate the other. I was really interested on both games ever since they were announced but in my opinion Overwatch is funnier, faster and more enjoyable in so many ways. Just my humble opinion of course….

      To each their own!

    • I don’t like either of them, but I feel like Overwatch is the superior product.

    • It told me not to be a jerk, so I’m having a hard time responding. Am I allowed to say “Stick to BabyBorn”. That game is inferior in every way and the campaign is a joke?

    • You’re not alone. I put in 2 hours in beta. I was given the retail copy last night and gave it a good hour to try to have fun. I just can’t do it. I’m going to give it another go but it seems like it’s not my cup of tea. The game is really polished and nice looking however. Definitely has Blizzards touch of quality you come to expect.

      I do have some experience playing FPS shooters. My favorite FPS shooter ever on PC was Wolfenstein: ET hands down. I’ve enjoyed many hours on CS1.6. On consoles, BF3 and BF4, and as much as people egg on it these days, Battlefront are more enjoyable to me than Overwatch. There’s something about Overwatch that I can’t put my finger on as to why I don’t find it fun.

  • Got my CE yesterday and talk about quality! I was already very interested in Overwatch (Love Blizzard games) but a good run in the beta sold me. Easily the most fun I’ve had with a shooter since the old days of CS. Excited for what Blizzard will be adding to the game in the future. Keep up the amazing work!

    • I’m just waiting for my CE to get dropped by tonight. Them Amazon Drones need to hurry it up!!! #Can’tWait #SoHyped

  • OVERWATCH AVATARS MUST HAPPEN ON PSN!!!! I’D BUY ABSOLUTELY ALL OF THEM OR IF THEY’RE FREE THAT’S FINE TOO!!!!!!! #ZARYA #MEI #SOLDIER76 #OVERWATCH But no seriously, speaking for half of the people that play Overwatch on Playstation. Avatars would be cool. Thanks for listening guys! ^_^

  • PurdueStephen

    Battleborn was not that fun to start with, and now multiplayer will be dead. I have no idea why an objective person would come to an overwatch thread to give an opinion that BB is better, but most everyone on earth would disagree with you. And time will bear this out.

    • I have yet to see a reason to believe that Battleborn’s mp will be dead, so I feel that is a bias comment to someone’s opinion. BB is a FPS Moba, and OW is a team objective FPS, 2 two distinct different types of games.

      That said, this a great guide, and very informative, especially since I trying to learn Symmetra.

  • ProxyArcane

    This game is fun as hell. Had no problem playing solo either.

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