With over 30 million players and counting, Overwatch is a phenomenon. And yet, it’s unfair to say that other hero shooters such as Paladins, Paragon, and Battleborn are imitators, as they emerged contemporaneously. Well, if Overwatch hasn’t had a clone yet, it certainly does now: meet Hero Mission.
We doubt this will make our list of the best FPS games on PC, and not just because it’s on mobile.
Hero Mission is a Chinese hero shooter for mobile platforms. It has a vibrant roster that, putting it diplomatically, takes inspiration from Overwatch’s cast. There’s a sultry femme fatale named Black Widow; a McCree-esque cowgirl with, inevitably, very few clothes; and an assault rifle-toting cyborg named Soldier 9527, which presumably makes him 125.3 times better than Soldier: 76.
All subtlety is purged from Blizzard’s own inspiration, as Road Hog has now become a blatant copy of Immortan Joe from Mad Max: Fury Road, mask and all. In fairness to Hero Mission, though, there’s at least one area where I think they’ve improved on the original’s design: Winston is now a panda. There’s a legendary skin for your next event, Blizzard.
Overwatch isn’t the only property that Hero Mission riffs on (or rips off). There’s a Stormtrooper knocking about in the alternate skins, and Final Fantasy’s Sephiroth is standing in for Genji.