Not all players will have the same experience when they shoot Monitor 2 for the first time. Those coming from the original game will have access to more modes, heroes, and cosmetics by jumping in. During the review period, Blizzard gave me access to a file Monitor 2 the account. After playing it for a few hours, I think the setup process for new players makes a lot of sense. Let’s go through the nuts and bolts.
First, you will need to set up your Battle.net account and download the game. I have a quick guide on how to set those up here:
When the game is loaded for the first time, the accessibility settings will be displayed. this is good! I think there could be more powerful access settings in Overwatch 2, But I’m glad it’s the first thing new players see, so they can adjust the camera shake level, turn on subtitles, change color blindness, and text-to-speech options. It may also be useful to adjust the audio and video settings at this point.
After that, the game will go into a movie. It’s the same from Watch 1, although I think it’s a truncated version. It was shorter than I remembered than it was in the original game, but it only appeared the first time it was fired Monitor 2 With this account, so I couldn’t check back. While it may seem odd to show off the cinematic of the original game, it’s a powerful way to get new players to learn basic knowledge of the universe and what Overwatch actually is.
Before you start playing any matches, you will need to follow the tutorial, which is the same as in the first game. This is not a problem, because it works well.
The tutorial will only take five minutes or so. Note and watchThe AI narrator, Athena, takes you through the basics of moving and looking around, before helping you understand the abilities of the Soldier: 76, one of the 15 heroes you’ll get access to in the beginning. (There are 35 heroes available in Season 1 and you’ll unlock most, if not all, of them over time.) The tutorial will end after explaining what the objective is and how to capture it.
There’s one more thing that new players need to do before playing a match: get into the practice range. Here, you will learn how to switch between heroes and how to see an overview of their abilities at any time. You will also learn how to use the communication wheel and the very useful ping system. Before you can move out of the training range, you’ll need to kill 10 bots.
I would suggest spending a little extra time from that in the training range, though. Try all the heroes available to you. If you like it, enjoy some of them before you start playing the game.
Once you have completed the training scope requirements, you will see a message indicating that you have unlocked more game modes. You can now play Quick Play games in Open Queue (where you will be put in the role of Tank, Damage or Support as needed) and train against AI (i.e. bots). Play five games in either of them, and you’ll unlock more modes. After 5 more games, you will unlock more game modes. However, the competitive mode will take longer to unlock.
As mentioned, in the beginning, you will have access to 15 heroes. However, most first-time user experience limitations will be lifted if you play in a group. You will have access to all files Watch 1 Heroes in Quick Play if you are playing with friends.
The heroes that new players can access initially are:
- Junker Queen (as long as you logged in during season one)
Damage (also known as DPS)
- Soldier: 76
- Sojourn (if you logged in during season one)
- widow maker
Again, play with them and see which one suits you best. I’d recommend starting with Soldier: 76 and Sojourn by DPS (or Widowmaker if you have excellent aim) or any of the props – but maybe Mercy or Moira instead of Lúcio.
I wouldn’t recommend transitioning into the Tank role right away if you can help it, as leading the line can be a difficult task for newcomers, but I think Winston is a solid first choice for tanks. Anyway, it’s entirely up to you who you play with.
If you pay for the Premium Battle Pass from Season 1, you’ll unlock the new support, Kiriko, right away. Otherwise, you’ll need to reach Level 55 of the free Battle Pass, unlock it in future seasons through the store or by completing a challenge. More details about this challenge will be revealed later.
As for the other nineteen heroes of watch 1, You can add them to your list permanently by completing a certain number of games. You’ll need to play 150 games in total to get them all, but the win doubles. I’ll break down those exactly how they all unlock again. However, after completing the first four matches, you will have four more heroes to choose from.
I spoke with the developers of Blizzard about user experience for the first time. Their goal was to make things less confusing for new players by gradually introducing them to all the heroes and giving them a solid deck to start with. It appears to be a much smoother heuristic path in the ecosystem than Watch 1 Players got.
All heroes have their pros and cons and it will take new players a long time to understand what they can all do. Having a small group in the beginning can make it easier for you to understand each hero, which is really important. Although the developers have de-emphasized the need to transform into a different hero to face the enemy, there is still an element of that in Monitor 2.
The more you understand the basics of each character, the better, but it won’t happen overnight. Take your time with the first time user experience, and you may get more Monitor 2 at the long term.
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