10 Best Overwatch Characters - Ranked

In a sea of perfection, who gets the top spot?

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Overwatch is a game filled to brim with colourful, diverse, and most importantly, fun characters. If you haven’t read my 10 worst characters list, I’d highly suggest you do so first, as with before we’ll be looking at and scoring each hero in three separate categories, before giving them a final, overall number. The categories are backstory and character concept, abilities and playstyle, then finally, design and skins.

What makes a successful Overwatch character?

They need to be interesting for a start, as it’s not easy to invest about a character with no nuance or backstory. The general rule is that the more unique, the better, but even if the concept it fairly simple, they’ll be worth a mention if they do something particularly well. Useful abilities and an enjoyable playstyle are an absolute must too, because why even bother picking them if they’re anything close to generic?

Lastly, visuals and design are key, as they help us invest ourselves in embodying that character. We’re more likely to enjoy their presence, playing as and even immortalising them as a desktop wallpaper of cosplay if they look great.

Let me know your own absolute best heroes in the comments below.

10. Genji

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Backstory: Whilst Genji’s backstory isn’t the most creative ever, it’s far from bland, and all of the story interaction with both his brother Hanzo and mentor Zenyatta really help flesh out what actual story there is in Overwatch. 7/10

Abilities: Genji is an absolute treat to play, and he offers challenge too. His abilities all feel like they have a legitimate use, and he’s varied enough that you’ll need to stay on your toes to make judgment of which ability best suits a situation. Simply launching shuriken at an enemy is not always the best option.

He can reflect projectiles, and can often be used to effectively take down an enemy Bastion. His ult temporarily grants him a deadly melee weapon, and takes a little planning to use, lest you find yourself quickly back at the spawn. The great thing about Genji, is that he actually feels like a ninja. 8/10

Design: Genji certainly runs the risk of looking more than a little silly, with his white and neon green armour, but there’s enough design features and bits of detail to save this from happening. His re-colours are a little too vibrant, but those legendaries are solid, and his Oni skin can be genuinely frightening when charging towards you in a dark corner of the map. 7/10

Score: 7.5/10

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