Me and #Overwatch – who I decided to play…
From my weird life back to gaming! I’ve been trying to stream with Chugawuga this week, every night at 19:00 on his channel playing Overwatch. As always I needed to find a character which I can not only play but possibly be successful at. I know the possibility of both of those being true is probably very low, but hey, you’ve got to try! Who did I end up playing…well don’t stop now – read on to find out…
Whenever I start playing a game I look at all the different characters/classes available and instantly look at the ones which I would really like to play and devastate the game with. Then reality sets in and I realise I need to look at the ones most appropriate for me to play with some essence of success so that I am not laughed off the team or, if it was possible, to be kicked from the team. I need to carefully choose my character and then hope that I can find someone who can carry me through the game…thanks Chugawuga! So what are the criteria I use and who did I eventually pick?
Aiming and targetting – You might remember me having a go, quite unsuccessfully, at Call of Duty when the new update come out. My main problem, is aiming. Everything happens so quickly, that trying to jump, avoid, target and fire is just too much for my little brain to cope with. This causes me loads of problems when playing first person shooters like Battlefront and now Overwatch. I know I am never going to escape the need to target and aim, but I need to reduce this to a minimum. These means that any of the offense characters are out. Their main function is to hit things and kill them. If I can find a completely stationary target and creep up then I might have some hope of hitting them but, once they move then I’m quite frankly, I’m emptying my clip into thin air or the nearest wall. Although I like Soldier 76’s heal, I really can’t hit a thing with either his normal clip or even his grenade launcher. And as for the continuous beams of Winston and Zarya I end up providing some kind of rotating light show for any dancing characters.
Too many buttons/abilities – When playing Star Wars the Old Republic, especially when PvPing, people watching the stream often refer to me as a clicker. What this means is that I click the buttons instead of using keybinds in order to just press keys. I’ve never been able to achieve any success with using keys for combat since I either bind abilities to keys which make me log out the game of ‘push to talk’ on Discord, or binding them to a key that I can’t even reach with any of my fingers at the crucial moment in time. Tracer is one of the characters I would love to play. She almost uses guerrilla tactics to dive in and out of combat using her blink and time reverse. However, for me, the buttons just confuse me and I end up blinking off the side of the wall and falling to my death, or even, instead of blinking away, time reversing back to my previous location which I have just escaped where the tank was bashing me. I would love to see their faces as I blink away and then suddenly return for them to finish me off.
Sniping – When I first started to play Planetside, I initially had visions of being a Galaxy pilot, a bit like the pilot in the second Alien film – “we’re in the pipe, five by five!”. After crashing hundreds of galaxies, often with a full compliment of troops in, I reverted to being a sniper! I had some success at this, although eventually I ended up just being a mobile base driver and getting experience by driving it under a bridge and allowing people to spawn there! With WidowMaker and Hanzo being in the defense category I instantly thought they would be the class for me. How wrong was I! I’m a great sniper if the target keeps still – if they don’t then I can easily spend the whole game making patterns in walls with both arrows and bullets. Plus – it takes me so long to actually target someone, then all the other snipers have taken me out long before I have squeezed the trigger or released the bowstring.
Melee combat and Jumping – Since it appeared that I couldn’t aim or target at a distance, my next thought was to try some of the melee characters. The two main component for effective melee for me would be, getting to the target as quickly as possible and then doing has much damage in a short amount of time to kill them before they react to my presence. Initially I tried Genji with his throwing stars and then blade rush into combat. Although I enjoyed climbing walls and throwing random stars around, the blade rush was less successful. Somehow I always get the enemy in my sights and rush in only to find that I have actually rushed past the person and I am busy hacking away at a wall! A similar situation occurs when I use Winston’s jump. Line it up, press the button, JUMP! … and miss. I’m sure people must have been wondering what I was actually doing. Of course, the most embarrassing situation with both these classes was the dash/jump which I misjudged and ended up over the side of the map and dead.
The number of available classes for me to play are vastly being reduced…but there is still more to come.
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I don’t want to be a newbie! – I totally accept that I am rather weird and unusual – in fact I am so weird I am in the process of writing a series of blog posts about it! I am desperate to reclaim some sort of prowess and self esteem when playing Overwatch and, because of this, I’m trying to avoid playing the classes which people refer to as Newbie Characters. These characters are either super powerful or appear to require no skill at all in playing. These include Bastion, Mei and Torbjorn. I did play the turret guy for a while, mainly because I didn’t actually have to do anything to be successful. However, after some rude remarks in the chat when I got ‘Play of the Game’ I stopped. I did play Junkrat for a period of time who appears to just randomly shoot grenades everywhere in a hope that one of them hits something. This probably reflects my playing style, but as more and more people started to play him and play him well, I felt the pressure was too great, so quietly stopped choosing him. Just on the point of other people playing characters – Chugawuga plays some characters very well – D.Va, Symmetra and Zenyatta. These characters are therefore off the playing list as well as the newbie characters. Why? Well Chugauwga plays these characters very well making my playing of them appear even worse! with respect to the newbie classes – imagine if I did played them and I was rubbish! How embarrassing would that be!
The Chosen one! – So who have I ended up playing. Well a support character would seem the most appropriate since I would not be required to actually take the enemy down with damage. I needed a small number of abilities and very little requirement to target things. You can probably see where this is going…so who did I end up with? Well after watching a video about the easiest characters to play I went with Lucio!!! Yeah!!! This is perfect at the moment! I just radiate heals, so no targeting required, and even my big heal is just a button to be pressed when it comes off cool down. My ultimate is just a button press and it automatically gives everyone the sound shield…no targeting required, and my gun is so weak noone expects me to kill anything. After providing some speed to get to the base to defend or to the front line of the battle, I basically just hang around near the other characters bopping to my beats, healing them. Once the transport is on its way I take up position by it and just move from one side to the other, using it as a shield until I eventually get killed. Being a healer I die a lot, but other players seem to accept that because I am a healer, so all is good.
I don’t think I will ever become an Overwatch expert and I’m sure I will eventually stop playing the game as people get used to creating ‘winning’ teams with a best combination of characters. At the moment I am just playing and moving to my music on my skates enjoying the streaming aspect. I always thought it would be impossible to actually get play of the game, but to my amazement I actually achieved this last night! Luckily I was streaming so you can all enjoy the moment with me…
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