Bastion might look like a killing machine, but the latest 'Overwatch' short shows he's a sweetie

Bastion can be the bane of many Overwatch players’ existence. His ridiculously powerful turret, tank ability, and self-healing can make him seem like a murderous, crazed killing machine, but the robot does have a softer side, and Blizzard’s latest animated short proves it.

Titled, appropriately enough, “The Last Bastion,” the fifth Overwatch shows shows everyone’s favorite robot hibernating deep within the forest until a friendly bird — who you’ve likely spotted on Bastion’s shoulder in the game — wakes it from its long slumber.

After years of fighting in the Omnic Crisis, which took the lives of all of its fellow Bastion units, this Bastion just needs a friend. The contrast between the calm, inviting wilderness, filled with still ponds and flowers, and the walking death machine that is Bastion, is truly remarkable, and it helps to reinforce that you can’t judge someone on their outside appearance alone.

Though a false alarm does cause Bastion to recall its time in the war, as it unloads several hundred bullets into the treeline, its bird companion doesn’t lose hope in it, and convinces it to abandon its plan for revenge on those that destroyed its friends and instead return home.

It’s certainly an uplifting and heartwarming tale, but it’s one that Blizzard hasn’t really attempted to insert into Overwatch itself. Bastion is portrayed as a lighthearted and friendly robot in the game, but it kills just as many enemies as anyone else, and doesn’t seem to show any remorse for doing so. Perhaps future animated shorts will touch on this disparity, or even write the game’s competitive battle off as a training simulation to keep heroes in fighting shape.

If you haven’t played Overwatch in a while, now is the perfect time to jump back in. New character Ana and her healing sniper rifle add a new layer of strategy to the game, and the upcoming map “Eichenwalde” was recently announced at Gamescom.

Overwatch is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.


From PUBG to Apex Legends, this is how battle royale happened

Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ and Fortnite have become the biggest trend in video games. The genre is also pushing the envelope in Twitch streaming and eSports.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.

Here’s everything you need to know about MLB The Show 19

MLB The Show 19 launches on PlayStation 4 on March 26. If you're interested in finding out what's new in the latest iteration of the annual baseball sim, we've got all the details, from new gameplay mechanics to Road to the Show changes.

Newegg slashes prices on PS4 accessories and AAA games like Anthem

Newegg is currently offering big savings on a number of games for PS4 and Xbox One, including Anthem, Metro Exodus, The Division 2, and Kingdom Hearts 3. Accessories including headsets are also on sale.

Apple Arcade might be the new game subscription service worth signing up for

Apple Arcade will launch this fall bringing a new game-subscription service with cross-platform support for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV. At launch, the service will feature more than 100 exclusive games, with more added to the service regularly.

Fortnite World Cup kicks off April 13 with $1 million in weekly prizes

The Fortnite World Cup kicks off on April 13 with the start of Online Opens for solo play. $1 million in weekly prizes will be awarded during the Online Open Finals, so get practicing!

These Xbox One exclusives are the definition of quality over quantity

Xbox One has a prestigious collection of handpicked titles that you can't play on other consoles. Here are the latest and greatest Xbox One exclusives, including some that are also available on PC

PlayStation’s first State of Play event includes Iron Man VR announcement

Sony held the first PlayStation State of Play video presentation on March 25 and it featured the announcement of Iron Man VR for PlayStation VR. The game is scheduled to arrive this year.
Virtual Reality

HTC’s stand-alone Vive Focus Plus will be out in April, and it won’t be cheap

The HTC Vive Focus Plus is set to release on April 15 to commercial businesses and developers. The stand-alone headset features the "six degrees of freedom" system, and includes hazard-tracking protection.

These big, beautiful BenQ gaming monitors are on sale on Amazon right now

All gamers know that a good monitor is just as important as PC hardware to fully enjoy what today's games have to offer. BenQ makes some of the best (including some of our favorites), and three top-rated BenQ gaming monitors are on sale on…
Product Review

At $1,900, the Lenovo Legion Y740 is a powerful but affordable gaming machine

The successor to the Legion Y730, the 15-inch Legion Y740 now packs in the power of an RTX 2070 Max-Q series graphics card inside. Alongside an attractive looking design, it has everything a gamer would need to enjoy all the latest hit…

Report: Nintendo will release two new Switch models in 2019

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo will unveil two new Switch models at E3 in June and release them later this year. One of the models will target hardcore gamers, while the other will be budget friendly.