With a total of 21 unique characters playable at launch, Overwatch can be pretty daunting for new players, especially those who haven’t played team oriented games where not every character is suitable for every situation. But overcoming that initial hurdle is imperative if you want to get into the game and start honing your skills as a player. And one of the best ways to flatten out the learning curve is by playing characters that are a little more familiar or easy to learn. That way you won’t have to worry so much about nailing down special mechanics or figuring out how to use complicated abilities, and can instead concentrate on perfecting the basics.
In this list we’ve selected eight characters that we feel are the best choices to help new players get acclimated to the game. These characters feature play-styles and mechanics that will likely feel more familiar and afford you a larger margin for error. However, one you get to know them, you’ll find that they still have a few surprises and can pack as much punch as some of the roster’s heaviest hitters.
8. Soldier 76
Soldier 76 may be the least imaginative character in Overwatch, but his derivative weapons and abilities are precisely what make him such a good characters for beginners. Anyone who has played a typical first-person shooter should feel right at home with Soldier 76’s gameplay. He’s your standard run and gun character equipped with a basic assault rifle and sprint ability, however, he’s also got a few tricks up his sleeve. If you or your teammates are running low on health, he’s got an area-of-effect heal that can be planted on the ground. His pulse rifle also has an alternate-fire rocket launcher that gives his kit an extra bit of burst damage. Best of all, Soldier 76’s ultimate ability eliminates the need to aim altogether. Once it’s engaged your bullets will automatically lock onto targets for guaranteed hits.
Soldier 76 is an starting character for transitioning players because he perfectly blends the basic shooter archetype with the depth of abilities and functions common to other more unique Overwatch characters. You certainly won’t feel overwhelmed by his mechanics, and you’ll can still be a powerful addition to almost any team composition.