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Overwatch’s new LEGO Bastion skin animations are making it “unplayable”

Published: 18/Sep/2019 0:59 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 1:15

by Andrew Amos


Overwatch’s newest LEGO Bastion skin got many fans of both franchises excited, but some elements of the skin have made it practically “unplayable”.

Overwatch’s latest event, Bastion’s Brick Challenge, has turned everyone’s favourite turret into a LEGO set. The cute crossover skin has gotten many fans of LEGO and Overwatch excited to grind out the nine wins to unlock the skin, as well as some other neat sprays and icons.


However, while the skin looks great, players have expressed some concerns with its functionality, rendering it almost unplayable.

Blizzard EntertainmentLEGO Bastion was released today, but the skin isn’t without issues.

Twitch streamer and Bastion main ‘Kolorblind’ was one of the first people to mention the biggest issue with the skin – the overbearing muzzle flash. After grinding for hours to unlock the skin, she was let down by the fact that it was almost impossible to see past.


“It’s on every bullet,” she said. “How am I supposed to play like that? That needs to be removed altogether. I get that it makes it look more LEGO-y, but it’s almost unplayable.”

While the muzzle flash adds for an effect true to other LEGO games, in a game like Overwatch, it can have a significant negative impact on the person controlling Bastion. It makes it harder to see around your crosshair and aim at your enemies, which with a DPS hero like Bastion is pretty important.

The robot sentry does feature a bit of muzzle flash on other skins, but not to the same level as this. There’s no real work around for it either, so you are either stuck with playing the skin and dealing with the distracting animation, or forced to swap out cosmetics.


Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers might struggle to use the new LEGO Bastion skin because of its overpowering muzzle flash.

Overwatch already has plenty of issues regarding visual clutter which makes the game already difficult to play and watch. With the double barrier meta in effect, different colored shields are constantly breaking and being reapplied across the map, while every new hero release brings a new visual element to be worried about.

It’s a bit of sensory overload, and that can make it difficult for colorblind players like Kolorblind, or people who have epilepsy.

The Bastion skin will be available until September 30, so if you want to try it out for yourself, muzzle flash and all, you have until then to unlock it. Blizzard haven’t stated whether they’ll look to patch this issue out, but we will keep you updated if they do.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


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.


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.


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.

Overwatch heroes 2020
Blizzard Entertainment
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.