Overwatch is coming up on a year since its release last May, and the game is still running insanely strong. Orisa, the games 24th character, has now been introduced into the main game! I tried her out, and me being an avid fan of Overwatch, I thought I’d give my first impressions on what playing her was like.
Coming straight out from the heart of a genius little girl, Orisa was built to protect (that is her primary function apparently) the citizens Numbani in case of further destruction after the Doomfist attack which destroyed most of the OR15 Omnics which were the initial defense force for the city. After the attack, Efi Oladele, the genius girl, bought one of the decommissioned OR15s and created Orisa, the Omnic protector of Numbani who also has a heart (or just programmed to have one)
When you first hop in a game and chose Orisa, you notice right off the bat is her huge Fusion Driver which acts as her weapon, it shoots a barrage of energy pellets which actually does a fair bit of damage. And despite the fact that you move slower while firing, you have 150 pellets to shoot before you have to reload, and with a fire rate of 12 rounds per second you can be the tankiest thing in all of history.
What do I mean by that?
Well it means that through playing some Orisa, it became clear that she’s a good character for the slow push. She has the barrier that you place down, she moves slower while firing a seemingly endless amount of damage that really can hurt anyone essentially any range which is the greatest thing about her. The spread on her Fusion Drive is actually surprisingly small, being able to get critical hits from a far distance while being able to continuously shoot without reloading for more than ten seconds straight! That may seem a bit overpowered, but after they dropped the ammo from 200 to 150 in the PTR I think helped it balance.
Being slowed down in addition to the tight spread which actually screws you over in close range situation keeps Orisa in check. She’s not exactly brilliant in close range situations, I had one hell of a time trying to keep Tracers and Reapers from getting all up in my face to the point where it was near impossible to land a shot on them, with the Drive shooting projectiles it came to a point where I was just aiming randomly trying to land a shot.
Enough weapon talk, let’s discuss her abilities. Continue below: