Players spend entire life savings on loot boxes
by Meredith Mclaughlin
Staff Symmetra Main
It’s that time of the year again: Halloween! Are you pumped? I know I am, because with Halloween comes the spookification of a ton of products and brand names. And honestly what’s better than the Halloween aesthetic? This Halloween is unique though, in that it’s the first Halloween that we have been graced with the gift of Halloween-themed Overwatch skins. However, just like Whoopers candy, not all skins are the ones that you want to get put in your loot box. So let’s sort out our Overwatch skins from worst to best and find out which ones are worth spending coins on. Sorry in advance for the Overwatch quote puns.
12. Symmetra (Vampire)- I love Symmetra, ok? Like she has a cool backstory and a unique play strategy, yet she’s the least played character in the game. She’s the character that no one pays attention to and it comes across in this skin. I think they were trying to make her a vampire, but it doesn’t show. Her Halloween skin has no change to her normal outfit outside of colorization; the closest they get to actual effort is putting bats on her leggings. Symmetra’s “vampire” outfit is literally just a glowy red version of the normal skin. It’s not bad, just boring. Needless to say, there is still much to be done with Symmetra’s Halloween look.
11. Pharah (Possessed)- Similar problem with Symmetra: same outfit with different colors. The “Possessed” skin pulls ahead of lame vampire just because Pharah actually looks possessed. Her eyes are rolled up, her suit has an ominous purple glow; it’s nothing spectacular but it’s worth the 750. It’s not clever like the other ones, but it looks cool. Wearing this, you’ll put the scarecurity in your own hands.
10. Soldier 76 (Immortal)- It’s the outfit from Thriller. It looks cool, and it’s a cute homage to a Halloween classic. I think someone at Blizzard was like “Jack Morrison… more like Jackson, am I right?” and everyone went “yeah that’ll work.” Old soldiers never die… and they never fade into the midnight!
9. Reinhardt (Coldhardt)- Reinhardt’s skin is where it starts to get really good. It’s not spooky per se, but it looks rad as hell. Unlike Pharah, Reinhardt’s suit compliment’s his character well. Like I can see him being a ghost who possesses his old armor, and it’s the little details like the cracks in the chestplate that help sell the look. And the glowing head engulfed in flames? That’s the stuff that pushes you to number nine, buddy. With this skin, you’ll spook yourself in ghoulious combat!
8. Bastion (Tombstone)- I’m not gonna lie, half the reason Bastion is at #8 is because of his bird being a crow (raven?) The tombstone theme is a cute gimmick, and it’s fitting for a character who is the cause of so much death for so many people.
7. Hanzo (Demon)- This is a Halloween skin done well. It alters the character’s outfit and look without abandoning the basics of the character’s design. It’s different enough to feel special (unlike Symmetra), but you still look at it and think “Yeah that works with Hanzo.” He looks a bit like Nightcrawler but if he was an archer, though the skin is still great. Let the demon consume you!
6. Roadhog (Junkenstein’s Monster)- This is one of the four 3000 coin skins, and I’d say it’s worth it. It’s a take on a classic monster and perfectly fuses Frankenstein’s monster with Roadhog’s lovable design. It has some lowkey body horror, but that just makes the skin spookier. With this skin, you hook around and see none and hear none like you!
5. Zenyatta (Skullyatta)- This skin isn’t that much different from the original but it proves that a little bit of detail goes a long way. All they did was paint a skeleton on him, but it works so well as a Halloween skin that it deserves this spot on the list. Plus the brain design and glowing yellow eyes help tie it together. We’re all experiencing spooktrility with this skin.
4. Mercy (Witch)- A great look for a great character. Just check out that classic witch hat and those bat wings. And you can’t tell me Mercy didn’t just walk out of Salem without picking up those shoes. It’s an Overwatch-themed take on a witch costume, and it works for a character whose specialties are healing and flying. You’ll give your teammates a spooky recovery in this number!
3. Junkrat (Junkenstein)- Who doesn’t love a mad scientist? It’s the only skin that is paired with another, and it goes great with Roadhog’s outfit. Junkrat’s skin, like all the great Halloween skins, takes a good concept and filters it through the Overwatch style. If at first you don’t succeed, boo it up again.
2. Reaper (Pumpkin)- I don’t love Reaper but I love this skin. Reaper is so over-the-top edgy that his skin has to be over-the-top Halloween, and the pumpkin head and coat really deliver. It’s the definition of a Halloween skin that you’d want to wear in game because it’s just a great design. Equip this and you’ll really be ready to eat some souls.
1. Ana (Ghoul)- 10/10 THIS is how you do a Halloween skin. Look at the color gradiented, spider webbed, tattered cloak. The pumpkin orange sniper rifle. THE JACK-O-LANTERN MASK. This is the Halloween LOOK. This is a skin done RIGHT. This skin is justice ghoulivered!