An Overwatch player has created a custom Workshop mode designed to help players train their aim.
The Workshop has been a revelation for the Overwatch community, with all manner of unique and interesting game modes already being made despite the feature still being limited to the Public Test Realm (PTR).
In addition to fun game modes like an Avengers-inspired Infinity Stone battle and recreations of other titles like CS:GO or Portal, players have also begun to use the workshop to develop training tools for Overwatch itself.
One such example is an Ana grenade tool that allows players to learn and practice throw line-ups, and now Overwatch player PMAJellies has created a mode to help players hone one of their most fundamental skills: aim.
The aim trainer comes with multiple different options for target settings, from close-range targets to practice sheer speed to greater distances that force a higher degree of precision between shots.
Players can also select between any of the game’s heroes, with PMAJellies having implemented a rather novel way of doing so – shooting the “heroes” target in the “menu” transports players back to the spawn room, with another target to return to where the aim practice takes place, looking out over the sea on Dorado.
Those that wish to use this tool themselves to practice can do so with the share code WRP63.
Overwatch’s diverse hero pool means there are multiple different types of 'aim' required for players that wish to be proficient across the board. While Widowmaker and McCree require single-shot hitscan precision, the likes of Pharah must take into account projectile travel time over varying distances, while heroes like Tracer and Soldier: 76 rely on tracking while emptying their magazines.
This aim training tool will primarily help with the former, although it’s arguably the most fundamental aspect of aim – the ability to judge projectile travel or track a moving target means little if you can’t accurately move your aim to the target location in the first place, after all.
While there are plenty of other ways to train the generic hand-eye coordination used for aiming in FPS games, this particular tool allows Overwatch players to train using the exact weapons and environment in which they’ll apply that practice.
Update - Aim Trainer V2
PMAJellies has produced an updated version of the aim training mode that includes a variety of new features.
As well as new options for the standard snap-to-target training that was already the main focus of the mode, players can now work on their tracking with a training mode that involves moving orbs that players must try to keep their aim focused on.
The aim trainer also now includes a mode that lets players test their aim in a slightly more realistic setting, by using Zenyatta bots as targets that can either be stationary or moving in random patterns. Players can also use this mode to test their ability usage as well as their primary weapon.
The share code for the updated version of PMAJellies' aim trainer is BQSSS.
Last updated: May 16, 2019 - 5 AM EST