I am a wee bit over-WoWed at the moment – meaning that I’ve only played for an hour or so in the last few days. Thankfully, I had DDO last night and All Points Bulletin for the last two days to occupy my time. Here’s some thoughts:
- This game is fun.
- I suck at it.
- The client is slow-loading but performance is quite good (on max settings) after it does load. It looks pretty good as well – not the best-looking graphics I’ve ever seen, but very good for an MMO.
- The feel of the place reminded me of City of Heroes, except that you can shoot the pedestrians.
- The client is also not entirely stable. It’s crashed on me three times. But I’ve gotten a fair bit of gameplay in between the crashes. Vanguard this is not.
- Gameplay is right out of GTA down to beating up people on the street, with one big multiplayer twist: the opposing faction can be called to oppose your mission.
- The customization is top-notch. Not only in the charcter creator, which is the most felxible I’ve seen as far as allowing for different human body types and looks (i. e. not superheroes,) but in the symbol editor, which lets you assemble custom symbols that you can the use as tattoos, but on your car, the back of your jacket, and so on. It’s neat, and one could easily fiddle with it for hours.
- The music editor is an utterly unique feature in an MMO, and it’s fun to play with as well. I liked it so much I ran down a similar music editor for Windows just to play with.
- Content seems to be there, insofar as going after unlocks (gear, clothes, cars, weapons, etc.) goes. The missions are a bit samey, but opposing players helped keep things fresh. Did I mention I suck at it?
- I’m not terribly clear on how the pricing model is going to work, but you’ll either pay a flat monthly fee of around $10 for unlimited play, or buy a block of hours. Not sure if there’ll be a retail box or an initial buy-in.
- APB is worth checking out if you like GTA-style crime games.