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Overwatch's hammer-toting Reinhardt metes out justice in nine-minute gameplay video

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Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment released a new gameplay video featuring Reinhardt today, highlighting the old German soldier who lives by a code (and inside a giant metal suit of armor).

Stuttgart, Germany-based Reinhardt Wilhelm, 61, is a tank character equipped with an energy shield that can absorb a bunch of damage before breaking up. But Reinhardt is not only a defensive hero; he speaks loudly and carries a big stick as well — the Rocket Hammer, which can be swung for a melee attack or whipped forward to hurl a fireball. Reinhardt can also charge forward, an attack that deals a lot of damage if he flattens an opponent into a wall.

Reinhardt's ultimate ability is Earthshatter, in which he slams his hammer into the ground and knocks down anyone in the area. You can see all those attacks and abilities in the nine-and-a-half-minute gameplay video above from Blizzard.

Overwatch, which Blizzard announced during BlizzCon 2014, is a team-based shooter that is currently in closed beta testing. For more, check out our article on how Blizzard turned its biggest failure, Titan, into its next great hope, and watch the debut cinematic trailer below.

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