The Overwatch Summer Games event has once again returned to Overwatch. Along with the temporary return of Lucioball and the ability to buy past summer games cosmetics, the developers added eight new skins. Five of the new skins are available in loot boxes or for purchase with in-game gold currency, the other three can be unlocked by playing games during the event.
The new skins are a mixed bag, a few of them are real gems, and some of them are debately the worst skins in the game. We put together our ranking for the new Summer Games 2021 Overwatch skins!
#1 Scuba Sigma
The Scuba Sigma skin is my favorite of the whole bunch. It is a very creative use of the Sigma's floating character model. The outfit combined with the bubbles really sell the illusion that Sigma is floating in water instead of the air. As an added bonus, we finally get to see Sigma's CHISELED abs and incredible quads, so that alone makes this an S-Tier skin for me.
#2 Ocean King Winston
Ocean King Winston presents Winston as the ruler of the seas, complete with a fish scale pattern on his armor, a gold crown inset with emeralds, and a silver main of head hair. When its all put together with his gold-inlaid jump pack, this ends up being a really dope-looking skin. It would be a great skin to run with a gold Telsa cannon, if you have that unlocked.
#3 Sunset Pharah
The Sunset Pharah skin is one of my favorites from the new batch, in part because I am a sucker for a good sunset gradient. This skin is simple, but its still doing a lot. It features a beautiful vertical sunset gradient on the armor, with wooden accents on her shoulders, head, and hips. There are also numerous tropical flower prints on various parts of the armor, her jetpack thruster, and behind her ear! This is a real gem of a skin that I would wear year round.
#4 Nihon Hanzo
The Nihon Hanzo skin is simple and elegant in the most refreshing way possible. While many of the summer games skins are concerned with being as flashy and bright as possible, the Nihon Hanzo skin features a subdued off-white Japanese tree design with bright red accent colors. While this skin might not be the most summery one, it sure is pretty.
#5 Poolside Ashe
I am a little torn on the new Ashe skin. I think that Ashe's pool attire is a little underwhelming and I am not a fan of the water gun aesthetic that they chose to implement on this skin. Of course, Ashe still looks amazing in this skin. I also think the Bob design is fantastic. I love Bob's summertime shirt, his non-sensical robot floaties, and his hilarious sunglasses. Bob is 10/10.
#6 Mermaid Symmetra
I am a big fan of Symmetra, but I am not such a big fan of this skin. To me, it kind of looks like bad cosplay, with the weird fin jutting out from the front of her costume and another jutting out the back. I think this skin would not be fun to swim in due to its bulky design. The only saving grace of this skin is the headpiece, which actually looks pretty cool.
#7 Referee Orisa
The Lucio balled-themed Orisa Referee skin is not my favorite of the bunch. it doesn't do a lot with its already pretty basic concept, beyond adding a couple of stripes, a referee hat with a microphone, and an LED screen belt that displays a number. I am underwhelmed by this concept, and think it is definitely one of the weakest of this year's skins.
#8 Sprinkles Mei
I don't like the Sprinkles Mei costume, or any of the 1950's icecream inspired skins for that matter. The bows on the shoes are obnoxious, I am not a fan of the specific legging design they chose, and it looks like something weird is happening to the skirt in many of Mei's poses. Snowball is cute, but not cute enough to make up for the confusing execution of the Sprinkles Mei outfit.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.