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Video shows striking similarities of Valorant and Overwatch abilities

Published: 13/Apr/2020 19:01

by Michael Gwilliam


Valorant’s closed beta has been dominating Twitch viewership since it began, and with people getting their hands on Riot Games’ FPS, some stark comparisons to abilities in Overwatch have been made.

A new video by GameV showcases all the abilities of Valorant Agents that look similar to some heroes in Overwatch.

The side-by-side comparison begins with Sova and Hanzo – two archers who have recon arrow abilities and Ultimates that go through walls.

Sova and Hanzo have similar kits.

While Hanzo’s Dragon Strike summons a literal dragon rips through enemies, Sova’s Ultimate is a bit more tactical and requires some precision despite Hunter’s Fury getting three shots.

Another good side-by-side is with Sage and Mei. Both have wall and freeze abilities. Sage’s Wall lasts a lot longer than Mei’s and takes more time to destroy. Meanwhile, Mei’s Blizzard doesn’t freeze teammates or herself while Sage’s Slow Orb does.

The next two similar characters come from Omen and Reaper as both Teleport and Shadowstep look nearly identical, animation and all.

Finally, both Sage and Mercy have a Resurrection ability, who in Sage’s case, it’s her Ultimate. This one is similar, but it’s a mechanic that is so basic it’s hard to consider it a copy of any sort.

Interestingly, the video doesn’t compare Raze and Junkrat. While their Ultimates are different, both characters scream “fire in the hole” when activating them.

Sadly, not all of GameV’s comparisons work so well. For instance, Tracer’s Blinks and Jett’s Tailwind. This one is a bit of a stretch, as Blinks come online far more often.

Both walls can be used for vertical mobility.

The same can be said for Phoenix’s Hot Hands and Soldier 76’s Biotic Field. Soldier’s ability heals himself and teammates while Phoenix only heals himself and does damage to foes.

This said, there is quite a lot of overlap between games. With more Agents still to come, one has to wonder if they will have even more similarities to Overwatch heroes.


Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl


Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.