Overwatch

Intense Overwatch custom game drops Genji into Smash Bros.

Published: 11/Jan/2021 5:22

by Brad Norton

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Smash Bros. has been brought to life in Overwatch like never before thanks to a remarkable Workshop creation that drops Genji into the iconic Nintendo fighting game.

If there’s one thing the Overwatch community has always wanted to see, it’s a Smash Bros. crossover. Countless rumors have hinted at Tracer joining the all-star lineup over the years, though nothing has ever quite come from it.

While even Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan has pleaded with Nintendo, it doesn’t appear as though fans will get their wish granted anytime soon. However, that hasn’t stopped players from living out their dreams in other ways.

Thanks to the handy set of tools in the Workshop mode, ‘WildByte’ and ‘NyaWalking’ have pulled off the inverse. Bringing Smash Bros. to Overwatch rather than the other way around.

Button Bash Bros. Brawl’ is the title of a stunning custom game set on Paris. The mode shrinks heroes all the way down to fit on top of the piano as the full stage. Up to four players can jump into the mix with everyone playing a uniquely colored Genji.

The hero slashes the opposition to deal melee damage, softening enemies up for a final blow. You can also deflect attacks just as Genji would in traditional Overwatch game modes. 

As you would expect, being knocked off costs you one of your lives. Players spawn with three stocks in the default mode, though this can be increased if you’re looking for a lengthy battle.

Perhaps the most stunning aspect of this Workshop creation is the soundtrack playing all the while. Rather than simply adding some background music, the piano itself has been coded to play any song of your choice. Though most fittingly, the trailer showcases the map with the classic Smash theme coming through.

Overwatch gameplay
Blizzard
Players are actually fighting on the piano in this Smash Bros. custom game.

Battles are currently limited to just Genji, though more heroes could certainly be added down the line to mix things up. We would love to see Genji deal with some long-range damage from his brother Hanzo.

The Workshop mode is accessible to creators of all ages with all levels of skill. That’s never been more evident than with this impressive blend of Smash Bros gameplay in Overwatch. You can test out the mode for yourself using the Workshop code: X0WPV

Valorant

Valorant’s new Agent Yoru has a serious bug with his teleport ability

Published: 16/Jan/2021 21:00

by Alan Bernal

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Agent 14 has made a huge impact on Valorant in the early phase of Episode 2, but players are finding that his Gatecrash can actually deal damage to Yoru if they take the rift tether from high altitudes.

The Japanese dimensional rift walker was made for deep infiltration and essentially breaking through the frontlines via covert play or creativity with his sneaky ability kit. Unfortunately, some are finding that a strange interaction with his default E, Gatecrash, could spell doom for Yoru.

After placing the rift tether, you can reactivate the ability to teleport to that location. Essentially, Reddit user ‘AzdarLP’ saw that the game will count your falling damage based on how you entered the rift.

Meaning, if you jump before teleporting to a lower altitude on the map, the game will register the appropriate fall damage as you ‘land’ on the other side of the tether.

You get fall damage if you jump before using Yoru’s Gatecrash (this doesn’t happen if you don’t jump before using it) from VALORANT

In application, AzdarLP showed how it looks like when going from Split’s B Heaven into site. They let the Gatecrash rift tether move near the pillar of the site then jumped before reactivating the ability.

Upon landing, they had shaved off 20 HP from the short fall. That doesn’t seem to be an intended consequence of Yoru’s ability, as some theorized what could be going on behind the curtain.

“I’m not sure if anyone’s noticed, but the way his TP [teleport] works is it literally drags [Yoru’s character] model down, or to wherever his TP is,” user ‘Launchers’ said. “Sometimes, when on his team, you can see his model flying through the map lol.”

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Riot Games
A bug has been found with Yoru’s Gatecrasher ability.

The Valorant community is hoping this is the result of a bug, but we’ve seen a similar interaction with Omen’s Shrouded Step before where players would similarly take damage as they jump while teleporting to a lower lever.

Dexerto tested out the bug in the Firing Range, and at the right distance, you can easily get chunked down to 1 HP or worse as a result of the interaction.

It’ll be interesting to see if Riot patches out the apparent glitch since Yoru, in particular, is an incredibly agile Agent, this bug can deter from fast or creative play styles that early adopters have been showing.