It was only a matter of time before Rocket League's herculean impact extended to other games, with Overwatch seemingly the first to "borrow" from Psyonix's sporting smash. Nintendo fans will probably expect mention of Blast Ball from Metroid Prime Federation Force, but seeing as that's not technically out for another couple of weeks, our introduction rings true.
Nevertheless, the new Lucioball – which is playable through the duration of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – is a three-on-three multiplayer mode that sees you assume the role of the roller-skating wall-runner in a new Rio de Janeiro-themed arena, attempting to blast a ball into the opposing team's goal. Sound familiar? Well, that's because it should.
Unfortunately, the on-foot action doesn't really provide the fluidity that an experience like this needs, and ends up feeling slow and turgid as a consequence – even when you Amp It Up. The controls have been changed slightly to put Lucio's melee attack on the primary fire button – for dribbling, passing, or shooting, of course – while his secondary emits a more powerful sound blast.
There are jump pads littered around the arena which attempt to recreate the acrobatic feel of Rocket League, but the first-person viewpoint means that you can't lock the camera to the ball, which makes it difficult to track – especially when you're in the air. To be fair, though, the physics seem fine – and it's super fun punching the ball when you manage to catch it on your descent.
The special Brawl has been accompanied by a new batch of Loot Boxes, which have been designed with a Summer Games theme. You can unlock these in-game or purchase them from the PlayStation Store, and each promises one limited edition Olympics item. The new outfits for Tracer, Lucio, and Zarya are neat, but it's a shame that luck is the primary way to obtain them.
All in all, though, this is a nice tease of what the future for Overwatch holds. We anticipate there'll be many more special events in the future, spanning Hallowe'en through Christmas and everything in between. And with the bulk of the content being available for free, we're looking forward to seeing what the developer's got in store.
What do you think of Lucioball? Are you loving Overwatch's big Summer Games update? Stand for the national anthem in the comments section below.
Lucioball is pretty trash. They might even have gotten away with it before rocket league but it's just so slow and clunky.
Also, I'm disappointed Junkrat didn't get an Australian outfit.
@Mathuselah It's fun for 2 or 3 games...
Blizzard is good at always having some sort of event during the holidays, at least they are with WoW so I wouldn't be surprised to see them doing it in other games.
Lucioball isn't particularly fun, but this is great because of the implication that they're going to continue to support Overwatch with timed themes like this. Nice work. Looking forward to Halloween outfits.
Looking forward to seeing what other Summer Games are on the horizon (I'm sure I read somewhere that there are 2 more due out in the coming weeks). Hopefully they will be more Olympics based- like long and high jumps using Junkrat's mine.
It's a neat idea but not something i'd go out of my way to play. Still not played the game since beta.
It just dawned on me that @get2sammyb might have broken something here.
As it turns out for whatever stupid reason, unless you guys, being a business, are a super happy fun times with a possible coloured ring based logo sponsors, officially, you cant mention said super happy fun times....
@get2sammyb There is legislation in place to prevent anyone who makes money using the...ahem...Olympics....or such to do so. Its to prevent ambush marketing so I know why its there but not many know about it, and its also a bit too heavy handed IMO. You have to be an official team sponsor, Olympic sponsor as a whole, to mention 2016 Rio Olympics, and also make money from that act. I'm not sure where this article comes into it though, but since it makes money I'm not sure.
Someone had to mention it, sorry bro. You might be in the clear? Its hard to say with these things
@BLPs I think we'll be okay.
@get2sammyb welp, good to see you take a caution from a reader seriously and laugh them off. Its a thing that many people are concerned about and despite my tendancies I'd rather not see sites such as this stumble into this very undefined legislation :/
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