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Is Transformers Online an Overwatch Challenger? Watch the Gameplay Videos

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Tencent Games is working on a Unreal Engine 4 licensed Transformers competitive shooter dubbed Transformers Online. The game is playable for the first time at ChinaJoy 2016 and it's expected to be a competitor to Overwatch, Blizzard's popular online shooter released in May 2016. How does Transformers Online look like in actual game? Take a look at the hands-on video below and tell us what you think.
 
Transformers Online hands-on, playing as Optimus Prime

Similar to Overwatch, each hero in Transformers Online represents a particular play style like tank, DPS, supporter, etc. Transformers have stats such as HP, shield, weapon damage, and of course, unique skills. Yes you can press "F" to transform to vehicle form. Another unique feature in Transformers Online is each hero wields a ranged weapon and a melee weapon at the same time. According to the developer, the game is a shooter at its core and melee weapon works as an extra means to damage the opponents. But melee attack shouldn't be ignored because when using melee weapon to attack, you have a chance to bypass opponent's shield and directly reduce its HP.


The most different part that makes Transformers Online different from Overwatch is customizable talent system. In Transformers Online you can allocate talent points to specialize a character but in Overwatch, you don't have a talent system.
 
You must be curious of what you can do in the vehicle form. For now, vehicle form is only for fast travel and will be very useful in some game modes. There's an ultimate skill for each hero, and for Optimus Prime, it's a whirlwind.
 

So my impression is the Transformers have good details and some of the appearances are based on the film and some are based on the anime series (that's a cool idea). There will be numbers of skins for each Transformers in the future. However, the transforming animation isn't as shining as I expect, and so does the ultimate skills. The game is still in development and it will get better and better.


Whether it will stand a chance against Overwatch? I think it has a chance if the game puts enough efforts in the animations and hero skill uniqueness. For now I've seen a Transformer can place turret and Optimus Prime can hold up a shield — we've seen similar skills in many games and we need something different.

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