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Overwatch looks great as a fighting game

Blizzard’s hero-based shooter reimagined as a 2D fighter

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

YouTube channel TGN put together a very convincing video reimagining Overwatch as a 2D fighting game, and the final result is better than it has any right to be. It makes a very convincing argument for a fighting game spinoff.

In the video above, you can watch a pair of battles — Reinhardt versus Zarya and Doomfist versus Genji — that draw inspiration from Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, with a Street Fighter 2-like bonus stage tacked on at the end. It’s impressive how well Overwatch’s ultimates and highlight intros animations as super moves and character intros, respectively.

Clearly the cast of Overwatch will need a few more moves in its arsenal before Blizzard can make a fighting game, but this is a very good start.