Overwatch Review Roundup

What are critics saying about Overwatch?


Overwatch released this week, and reviews have arrived. Blizzard's first shooter has been highly anticipated, and now that it's out, we can finally figure out if it really is that good or if the open beta was all you needed.

Overwatch brings back the class-based first-person shooter that was made popular with games like Team Fortress 2. We know how much its microtransactions cost and that it's the same content we saw in the beta. But what do the critics think? We've pulled together a selection of reviews that should give you an idea.

For a wider view on the game's critical reception, head to GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Overwatch
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: May 24
  • Price: $40-60
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GameSpot -- 9/10

"It's that intoxicating path of discovery that makes Overwatch so varied, so rewarding, and ultimately another seminal release from developer Blizzard. Overwatch is an intelligent cascade of disparate ideas, supporting one another, pouring into one another, and coiling around themselves as they flow into the brilliant shooter underneath." -- Mike Mahardy [full review]

Game Informer -- 10/10

"Overwatch is an amazing experience. It's fresh and consistently fun, with matches that are great in random groups, but astonishingly good when played with friends. Blizzard has taken its masterful art of polishing and perfection to the team shooter, and things will never be the same." -- Daniel Tack [full review]

Destructoid -- 10/10

"Truly, I believe that we'll be seeing a lot more of Overwatch in the years to come. Blizzard has a great track record when it comes to long-term support, and given how good it is out of the gate, it can only get better from here. Blizzard has truly snatched victory from the draws of defeat." -- Chris Carter [full review]

The Escapist -- 5/5

"It's very clear that Blizzard has put in a herculean effort into polishing Overwatch, making sure that it feels great to play, has basically no bugs or glitches, and has a solid amount of content." -- Steven Bogos [full review]

Forbes -- 10/10

"It has been a very long time since I've felt this much passion for a game. Overwatch is a perfect storm. It's a new IP, looks gorgeous, plays phenomenally, and single-handedly rekindled my desire to play a genre of game I thought I'd left behind at this point." -- Paul Tassi [full review]

Attack of the Fanboy -- 4.5/5

"Overwatch has been polished to a high sheen by Blizzard. There are a handful of nits to pick, as mentioned above, but everything comes together in an extraordinary fashion when it could have just as easily been a mess of half-baked ideas." -- Scott Grill [full review]

CGMagazine -- 8/10

"I mostly enjoyed my time with Overwatch as it is very easy to pick up and play. The characters are diverse and just as colourful as the levels where battles take place. As a free-to-play title, I'd have no problems with the grinding and microtransactions, but these mechanics in a feature-lite, full-priced title, mar the overall experience for me. Maybe you're okay with that, but I'm not. No matter how many games do it, I'll never be okay with it." -- Jed Whitaker [full review]

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