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Awesome Overwatch mode puts an interesting twist on FFA

Published: 17/Jun/2019 10:59 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 11:36

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player has used the Workshop to create an interesting new take on the Free-For-All (FFA) game mode.

The latest creation from prolific Workshop developer DarwinStreams puts a new spin on one of the oldest modes in gaming.

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Anyone who’s spent time playing free-for-all in any game has likely experienced games in which, despite playing fairly well, you just can’t keep up on the scoreboard because other players keep “stealing” your kills – you put in most of the hard work, and someone else comes along at the last moment and takes credit for the elimination.

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This can be particularly frustrating in Overwatch due to the nature of the heroes and how they interact with one another – there’s not much worse than dealing over 500 damage to a Roadhog only for a Tracer to zip in at the last second and steal the final blow.

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In Darwin’s take on FFA, eliminations don’t matter – the goal is simply to deal as much damage as possible, with the first player to deal 10,000 total damage the winner.

Those who want to try out this game mode for themselves can do so by importing it with the share code P48Q5.

10k Damage FFA [workshop by DarwinStreams] from r/Overwatch

The mode changes the dynamic of the game, notably shifting the balance of power in favor of heroes who can pump out consistent damage and away from those who rely on quick bursts, like Widowmaker, while the likes of Roadhog are in danger of feeding easy damage to other players.

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Since the release of the Workshop, Darwin has established himself as perhaps the most prominent creator using the feature, having produced a huge variety of custom games, from Overwatch training modes to entirely new games like the hugely popular D.Va racing. He’s also explored using the feature to develop visual and gameplay updates for existing heroes.

The Workshop has given Overwatch players more ways to enjoy the game than ever before. Whether you want to develop your own game modes or simply play the creations of others, tweak the standard game in small ways like this free-for-all adaptation or experience something totally different, there are now a massive variety of options available thanks to the feature.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.