The Overwatch 2 beta is fun but feels like Overwatch 1.5

It’s golden hour in Ilios, and I’ve never seen it like this before. The low sun bathes the whitewashed buildings in a soft orange hue, the ancient ruins seem to emit their own glow of light – and I’m interrupted from admiring them by an Orisa spear in my gut. Before I can get my bearings, I’m hammered by a team of sweaty streamers that swoop down on me like tourists swarming the steep streets of Santorini.

The Overwatch 2 beta is absolutely gorgeous, so much so that it may temporarily disarm players accustomed to the 2016-era graphics of Overwatch 1. But aside from the updated visuals and hero tweaks, Overwatch 2 looks more like Overwatch 1.5.

For big Overwatch fans, this may be enough. But for those of you looking for a revamped version of the game that redefined the hero shooter, disappointment awaits.

Overwatch 2 beta: the advantages

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The biggest new features of Overwatch 2 are its new graphics and hero fixes. This game looks like it belongs on current-gen consoles, and while the beta is only available on PC, I expect it to wow me on my big-screen TV once it’s released for PS5. (Blizzard has promised that future betas of Overwatch 2 will include console players). While many of the maps available during the beta are the same ones we played in the original game, they’ve all received some great lighting upgrades. Eichenwalde and Ilios take place at sunset, while Oasis matches take place at midnight under the eerie glow of the moon. The lighting and time of day changes are a pleasant surprise for returning players, and the new Push game mode is fun (I only play it once because you can’t choose the rotation) , but it’s Orisa and Doomfist that will delight you.

We knew both heroes were getting major overhauls for Overwatch 2, but it’s not until you get the chance to play them that you realize just how much they’ve been revamped. Orisa, once the slowest shield tank of the lot, is now a shieldless dive tank and an absolute beast. Armed with a javelin that can deflect projectiles and can also be thrown across the map for sick snipe shots, Orisa in Overwatch 2 is nothing like the Orisa you once knew – she’s awesome. Her fit makes perfect sense for the new 5v5 match makeup, which feels more spiky than ever.

Orisa is a sniper now #Overwatch2 pic.twitter.com/wQuNA8QwraApril 27, 2022

Doomfist, who is no longer a DPS hero and is now a tank, has more HP so he can survive longer firefights. And he suffers as much as before, if not more. Dealing with an enemy Doomfist is a nightmare, as he can leap into the fray, punch you and jump faster than you can say “heroes never die”.

Several other heroes have undergone reworks that drastically change the meta. Bastion, once relegated to the Pirate Ship composition (where he stationed behind an Orisa shield), is faster and more mobile, with an ultimate ability that fires three huge artillery shells into the air, raining down pain on targets . Sombra can do more damage and can stalk enemies after hacking them (and deal more damage to the one she hacked). Cassidy has a new grenade in place of her flashbang, Reinhardt has two shots, and a few other heroes got tweaks that feel holistic in terms of bigger game changes.

And longtime Overwatch fans will get a special treat hearing all the new hero voice lines. From threats made during combat to cheeky conversations before the start of a match, each character has a range of new voice lines that add more depth to the universe. As Moira’s unique trick, I’m ecstatic to hear more bitchy spit lines in her Irish accent, and gasp like I’m watching an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race when Orisa comes back at her before a match. These little details remind us how much we love these characters, even after years of content shortages.

Overwatch 2 beta: the cons

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Starting the Overwatch 2 beta is a bit like looking in the mirror after installing my Botox. I look great, even younger, and the fine lines that once creased my forehead are replaced by smooth, radiant skin. But the face in the mirror is still mine – no one will confuse me with Bella Hadid. Except for a few games, all of my Overwatch matches are on the same maps I’ve always played on, so you wouldn’t be judged for thinking you accidentally started the original game and not the sequel beta.

It’s even hard to notice the new 5v5 team formations at first, as you could easily feel like you’re up against a really aggressive and sweaty team of six. Nobody strays from a firefight thanks to the lack of the second tank, which makes Overwatch 2 feel much more like a traditional FPS than before. If you’re not comfortable with the gunplay or gameplay mechanics, you’re going to get beat up. If your team favors splitters like Orisa, D.Va, and Doomfist, you’ll have absolutely no cover in major firefights. The dive meta that had Overwatch’s early days in a vise is back.

Then there’s the polarizing UI overhaul, which has been redesigned to favor a minimalism that echoes other FPS titles over the big and bold designs of Overwatch 1. Reddit users rated the minimalism over a month ago, highlighting that the ultimate hero counter has gotten stylish visual upgrades. “It’s as if everything has lost a bit of its soul”, writes u/The_Dok, and I have to agree. A new in-game dashboard is incredibly hard to read at first glance, replacing the crystal-clear visuals of the first game’s medals with a data-rich picture of each player’s progress. Yep, the minimalist dashboard now shows you everyone’s K/D.

The minimalist UI overhaul, coupled with changes to weapon fire audio, makes it feel like Blizzard is trying to bring Overwatch 2 closer to games like Valorant and Apex Legends. But for gamers who fell in love with the cartoonish vibe of the original game, it might feel a bit soulless.

Overwatch 2 beta: the last word

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Overwatch 2 is a lot of fun, and the hero reworks are brilliant. The first day it was available, I wasted hours on the beta without even realizing it. As a content-starved Overwatch member for years, I’d gladly lap up the first bit thrown my way – but that doesn’t mean I’m getting a full meal. Right now, Overwatch 2 looks like a meaty expansion pack and visual overhaul of Overwatch 1. Call it Overwatch 1.5, if you will.

We’ll see if Blizzard has a deep bench of new heroes who can quickly inject some sequel savvy into Overwatch 2. Until then, I’m still enjoying the ride, even if I look at the title from the side.


Want to try the game for yourself? Here is a guide on how to enter overwatch 2 beta.


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It’s golden hour at Ilios, and I’ve never seen it like this before. The low-hanging sun bathes the whitewashed buildings in a soft orange hue, the ancient ruins seem to emit their own glow of light – and I’m interrupted from admiring them by an Orisa spear through my gut. Before I can get my bearings, I’m hammered by a sweaty team of streamers who descend upon me like tourists swarming the steep streets of Santorini.
The Overwatch 2 beta looks absolutely stunning, so much so it may temporarily disarm players used to the 2016-era graphics of Overwatch 1. But aside from the updated visuals and hero tweaks, Overwatch 2 feels more like Overwatch 1.5. 
For big fans of Overwatch, this may be enough. But for those of you looking for a revamped take on the game that redefined the hero shooter, disappointment lies ahead.
Overwatch 2 beta: The pros 

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Overwatch 2’s biggest standouts are its new graphics and hero reworks. This game looks like it belongs on current-gen consoles, and though the beta is only available on PC, I fully expect it to wow me on my big-screen TV once it’s available for PS5 (Blizzard has promised future Overwatch 2 betas will include console players). While many of the maps available during the beta are the same ones we’ve been playing in the original game, they’ve all gotten gorgeous lighting upgrades. Eichenwalde and Ilios are set during sunset, while Oasis matches take place at midnight, under the eerie glow of the moon. The lighting and time of day changes are a pleasant surprise for returning players, and the new Push game mode is fun (I only play it once as you can’t pick the rotation), but it’s Orisa and Doomfist that will delight you.
We knew the two heroes were getting major reworks for Overwatch 2, but it isn’t until you get a chance to play them that you realize just how much they’ve been overhauled. Orisa, once the slowest shield tank of the lot, is now a shieldless dive tank and an absolute beast. Armed with a javelin that can deflect projectiles and can also get tossed across the map for some sick snipe shots, Orisa in Overwatch 2 is nothing like the Orisa you once knew – she’s a blast. Her adjustment makes perfect sense for the new 5v5 match makeup, which feels more divey than ever before.

Orisa is a sniper now #Overwatch2 pic.twitter.com/wQuNA8QwraApril 27, 2022

Doomfist, who is no longer a DPS hero and is now a tank, has more HP so he can survive longer in firefights. And he hurts just as much as he used to – if not more. Facing an enemy Doomfist is a nightmare, as he can jump into the fray, pummel you, and jump away faster than you can say “heroes never die.” 
Several other heroes have gotten reworks that drastically shift the meta. Bastion, once relegated to the pirate ship comp (where he’d post up behind an Orisa shield), is faster and more mobile, with an ultimate ability that fires three massive artillery shells into air, raining pain down on targets. Sombra can do more damage and can stalk enemies after hacking them (and deal more damage to whoever she’s hacked). Cassidy has a new grenade in place of his flashbang, Reinhardt has two fire strikes, and a few other heroes have gotten tweaks that feel holistic in terms of the larger game changes.
And long-time Overwatch fans will feel a special kind of delight in hearing all the new voice lines from the heroes. Whether it’s threats uttered during the fight or sassy conversations before a match begins, every character has a range of new voice lines that add more depth to the universe. As a Moira one-trick, I’m ecstatic to hear more bitchy lines spat out in her Irish accent, and gasp like I’m watching an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race when Orisa snaps back at her before a match. These little details are a reminder of how much love we have for these characters, even after years of content droughts. 
Overwatch 2 beta: The cons

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Booting up the Overwatch 2 beta is a lot like looking in the mirror after my Botox sets in. I look great, younger even, and the fine lines that once creased my forehead are replaced by smooth, radiant skin. But the face in the mirror is still mine – no one will be mistaking me for Bella Hadid. Save for a couple of games, all of my Overwatch matches are on the same maps I’ve always played on, so you wouldn’t be judged for thinking you accidentally booted up the original game and not the sequel’s beta. 
It’s even hard to notice the new 5v5 team formations at first, as you could easily be under the impression you’re facing a really aggressive, sweaty team of six. No one walks away from a firefight thanks to the absence of the second tank, which makes Overwatch 2 feel a helluva lot more like a traditional FPS than it has before. If you aren’t comfortable with the gunplay or game mechanics, you’re going to get thrashed. If your team favors the divier tanks like Orisa, D.Va, and Doomfist, you’ll have absolutely no cover in major firefights. The dive meta that had early Overwatch in a vice-like grip is back.
Then there’s the polarizing UI rework, which has been redesigned to favor a minimalism that echoes other FPS titles over Overwatch 1’s big and bold designs. Reddit users noted the minimalism over a month ago, pointing out that the heroes’ ultimate meter have gotten sleek visual upgrades. “It feels like everything lost a little bit of its soul,” writes u/The_Dok, and I’d have to agree. A new in-game scoreboard is incredibly difficult to read at first glance, swapping out the crystal-clear medal visuals from the first game for a data-heavy picture of every players’ progress. Yup, the minimalist scoreboard now tells you everyone’s K/D. 
The minimalist UI redesign coupled with the changes to the weapon fire audio makes it feel like Blizzard is trying to nudge Overwatch 2 closer to games like Valorant and Apex Legends. But to players who fell in love with the cartoony vibrance of the original game this may feel a bit soulless. 
Overwatch 2 beta: The final word

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Overwatch 2 is hella fun, and the hero reworks are brilliant. On the first day it was available, I lost hours to the beta without even realizing it. As an Overwatch stan starved for content for years, I’d gladly lap up the first morsel thrown my way – but that doesn’t mean I’m getting a full meal. Right now, Overwatch 2 feels like a meaty expansion pack and visual overhaul to Overwatch 1. Call it Overwatch 1.5, if you will. 
We’ll see if Blizzard has a deep bench of new heroes that can swiftly inject a proper sense of sequel into Overwatch 2. Until then, I’m still enjoying the ride, even if I’m side-eying the title. 
Want to give the game a try for yourself? Here’s a guide on how to get into the Overwatch 2 beta. 

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