Bear this in mind. I have been with her all along since those days when this character was unambiguously amongst shit tier. And even storywise she might not even get the respects she deserved. ‘Justice’ might not be on her side, but it doesn’t take away that Symmetra is hands down one of my favorite woman character in this game.
Honestly, if you ask me, India is a rather underrepresented country in Asia. I mean, when was the last time you got an influental Indian character? This guy? (for the record I have respects on him). But my God did Blizzard hit gold with Symmetra when it comes to Indian things. From her design, even with futuristic motifs, she has a lot of Indian motifs and poses, and it’s even in-story as well, she’s an architect using hard light and used a lot of traditional Indian motifs in things like her poses. In addition of this, she’s a very elegant and classy woman. Not exactly the nicest on the outside, but someone worthy of being called a hero, a good person. We’ll talk more about this later.
Her weapon is a laser that attaches to whoever is in front of her, but just one. Some can say it’s a mini aimbot, but really, Symmetra has to stay close and follow her target, if they could either stay away or interrupt her with good aim, they could eliminate her before she fries her target for long exposure. Yeah, the laser gets more powerful the more longer it is active. But there’s your frickin’ counter tips, if you think she’s OP.
Her secondary fire is a charge-able light orb that travels slowly but indefinitely, passing through shields like Reinhardt’s. And if anything, if there’s a Bastion or Torbjorn turret, a fully charged orb can really disrupt or destroy it. So in a way, still very useful.
And yes, like I said, I was there when Symmetra was crap tier. This is because her other ability is to give a character weak shields that has to be set up again if they die. Thankfully Blizzard caught on to this and gave her a new ability, the Photon Barrier, which launches a Reinhardt-sized shield that moves forward until the center hits something. Sure, nothing of that says healing, but hell, Supports are about helping your friends, not just about healing.
And her other most known feature? Sentry Turrets. I swear, these babies have more than one use. Mostly used to be put on choke points, Symmetra plants up to six small turrets on a wall or floor. They get destroyed in one hit, but they sure are harder to see than Torbjorn, and they do damage over time and slow. The best thing about this? Symmetra can cover a lot of areas. Even if the turrets die in one hit, that can already be your cue that someone just snuck at the backline, preparing you for upcoming ambushes. Like, you wanna know someone who can utilize map awareness in this game easier? Look no further than Symmetra.
She also had the honor to have two ultimates, the first is the Teleporter. Yes, Team Fortress 2 veterans will be familiar with this, it just teleports you from base to a place you like (just hide it well) up to 6 times. It will definitely enable your team to get back to the fight quicker, or even pull a surprise if someone found and attempts to destroy it. Or… put it on a cliff, watch as your friends fall off and die (Don’t do this. Seriously, don’t.). But better yet, thanks to her update, she also has the Shield Generator, which lasts until destroyed but gives a big regenerating shields for everyone in the vicinity. Aaah, sure beats those crappy single shields! And that’s how Symmetra escapes the shit tier and becomes at least more respectable gameplay-wise.
But all these PALES from how much I respect her in the story so far.
Remember that time I mentioned about the struggles between Lucio and Vishkar Corporation? As it happens, Symmetra (real name: Satya Vaswani) works for that corporation. Vishkar picked her up since childhood since she showed potential in light bending and separated her from her parents like forever, but also saves her from a life of poverty that made her suffer and then somehow indoctrinated her to believe that what they did was for the greater good. And for the most part… they are pretty smart to show Symmetra their good side, where they had her build good housing system and made people have good life overall. Vishkar also used her to do corporate espionages, where she digs into the dirt of rival companies, allowing Vishkar to expose them and rile the community to know that they’re the better ones. Of course, she’s not exactly the biggest fan of such dirty methods, but due to being actually autistic, having the Asperger’s Syndrome, and the people in the end felt like happy and having a good life, she considered such dirty methods a fair price…
Until she got asked to spy on the company at Rio, where she found no dirts, then she witnessed just far Vishkar would go to assure dominion, by blowing the building without care of the suffering of the people. She still at least managed to save one soul, that may or may not hate her, but her pleas to prioritize the welfare of the people fell into deaf ears and her indoctrination and life experience caused her to try to convince herself that it’s just for the greater good, but she’s clearly doubting that if what Vishkar is really the greater good.
Then the Lucio thing happened, but she wasn’t assigned to develop Rio so she didn’t know what he’s like. Vishkar probably just told her that he’s a rogue thief causing anarchy… and from a certain point of view, yeah, he got his people’s freedom by stealing and this was just the first time Vishkar’s immorality was shown, that doesn’t mean that their past jobs were shams…
And yet, people still considers her the villain, the monster, all because she works with Vishkar, which in the eyes of fans, seems to be nothing more than a devil’s company that should be taken down for great justice, and anyone supporting them has to be idiots or oppressive monsters. Including Symmetra. And it doesn’t help that Blizzard hasn’t given her any interactions outside harassing Lucio.
Sure, she might not be the nicest person in the world, but it doesn’t take away that Symmetra is deep down a good person. Her old life in poverty was one that made her suffer, she didn’t want other people to suffer through that. In my life, I have also learned that just because you support a group that is bad, it doesn’t mean you’re instantly a bad person, and that’s also the same for Symmetra. She wants to do good, indeed, but her circumstances, upbringing and environment was unfortunate, what with indoctrination and all, and her opposition was someone who’s hailed as a hero by everyone, which made her look really bad.
Can we say ‘underdog’ here? Yeah, even if she’s in a multinational powerful corporate, Symmetra IS the underdog in the struggle against Lucio.
Not only I seriously had the best fun in playing Symmetra, she’s also hands down as one of the most fascinating characters in Overwatch with noble goals and her heart being put in the right place. I’ve seen many characters that are at heart good, but being stuck in a bad company (maybe I should make a list about it), and then gets insulted like they’re really bad. I’m not one of those people, and even today, I am still proud that I really really adore Symmetra and she is without a doubt, my most favorite woman character in Overwatch… and my favorite Support character (hey, Support isn’t all about healing!)
Oh and if you ask me my opinion on Vishkar? Symmetra better find a way and reason to ditch that company, so the world can truly see her as a heroic, good person and not mistaking her as a villain. (But maybe without submitting to Lucio ‘saving’ her)
(Also I have to say this. Her VA, in personality and how she did Symmetra, is just plain AWESOME)