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Overwatch Ashe: We go hands-on with the hero shooter’s new character

By reviews / 3. November 2018
Overwatch Ashe

The BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony is over and one of the biggest announcements was the reveal of Ashe, a new hero in Overwatch, and we’ve played as her.

Unveiled through a new animated short known asReunion,’ Elizabeth CaledoniaCalamityAshe is a member of the Deadlock Gang and appears to have some history with McCree, as depicted in the short’s fearsome encounter.

Based in the United States, shes a no-nonsense character in possession of a deadly rifle which can be fired both from the hip and directly down sights.

Having been born in a wealthy family, Ashe grew up a privileged girl until certain circumstances saw her fall into a life of theft and disorder.

You can see more of her backstory over on the Blizzard website, although she seems like yet another worthwhile addition to the growing shooters universe.

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Overwatch Ashe

Overwatch Ashe Gameplay PreviewWhat do we think?

After a few matches with Ashe, Im already sold. Shes fast, responsive and incredibly malleable in the situations you can thrust her into and emerge victorious. She feels like an unusual mixture of McCree and Widowmaker, wielding the latters talent for long-ranged combat while adopting Soldiers willingness to get up close and cause some trouble.

Wielding a rifle known as The Viper, Ashes primary form of attack is a powerhouse, and perhaps too powerful in the right hands. Being able to aim down sights with the press of a button allows you to target enemies from a distance, lining up headshots with little to no difficulty. She can also unload in close quarters due to how quickly a magazine can be spent.

The balance is incredibly satisfying. I found myself picking off Widowmaker from a distance before diving onto the point and going toe-to-toe with D.Va, tearing away her mech with a few rapid, well-timed shots. With a relatively small health limit, Ashe is still squishy and will die quickly if youre careless. So, its often wise to play from a distance and pick your moments to dive in.

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Overwatch Ashe

When things do get hairy, I found Ashes Coach Gun ability to be the perfect avenue of escape. Not only does it hurl a bundle of lead towards enemies and deal damage, but it also pushes Ashe back in the process for a boost of extra mobility. Even if youre alone, its still a convenient mode of fluently moving across the map.

Dynamite is another devastating tool, acting as a grenade that is ideal for clearing characters from a point or payload. It detonates after a brief duration, damaging those nearby and setting those in direct line of fire alight. Its easy to hurl and can go quite a distance if you aim it right. But once again, it can feel a bit too effective at times.

Finally, you have her ultimate ability – B.O.B. Essentially a robotic butler who grew up with and cared for Ashe, hes now a force to be reckoned with on the field of battle. The Omnic sidekick will spawn into battle upon activation and will knock foes into the air before unloading on them with his arm cannons.

After enemies are airborne theyre in a perfect position for a shot of your rifle, and theyre entirely powerless to stop any attacks that happen to connect. Its a really neat finishing move, although can take a while to charge, especially for an offensive character encouraged to get into the thick of things.

First Impressions

I like everything about Ashe so far. Her outfit, personality, and repertoire of abilities are all cleverly designed and worked wonderfully in the existing framework of Overwatch.

As with all the heroes, theres still some tuning to be done regarding the power of certain abilities and her viability once thrust into public play. That aside, Ashe is yet another excellent addition to Blizzards hero shooter.

Overwatch Ashe release datewhen is she coming out?

Available to play at BlizzCon 2018, we expect Ashe to be playable on the PC public test realm servers in the near future, although Blizzard is yet to confirm an official release date.

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Overwatch Ashe

Overwatch Ashe abilitieswhat does she do?

You can check out the complete list of her abilities below. Its worth noting that Ashes role is a damage hero.

  • The Viper – Ashe’s semi-automatic rifle fires quick shots, or she can use her aim-down sights for a more damaging, precise shot.

  • Dynamite – Ashe throws an explosive that detonates after a short delay or immediately when shot. The explosion from Dynamite also lights enemies on fire, dealing damage over time.

  • Coach Gun – Ashe blasts enemies in front of her, knocking them away and propelling herself backward for added mobility.

  • B.O.B. – Ashe summons her trusted omnic sidekick, B.O.B., who charges forward and knocks enemies into the air, then lays down suppressing fire with his arm cannons.

Overwatch Ashe TrailerHow does she look?

You can watch both the latest animated short and Ashes gameplay debut below:

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