Monday, 26 September 2011

Project Blackout - first impressions of a MMO FPS

Earlier this month my girlfriend decided to try something a little different to her usual style of game.

With a new PC already set up and ready to go, and after a great deal of frustration in trying to transfer her Warhammer online installation over to the new machine, she started surfing the net to see what interesting Free to Play options were available.

Firstly, let me say that I always had the idea that "Free to Play" had an automatic subtext of "Not really that good" so I've always kind of strayed away from these types of games. I would generally rather go for the "heavy hitters" in the market that are worth paying the price for.

Of course, because it was late in evening and there were no shops that were open to go and buy these games, it was either download a game......or relinquish control of my Xbox 360. (I'm sorry, but not in the middle of playing Deus Ex. No chance of that.) So, as much as I may have advised against going the Free to Play route....I kept quiet.

So, there I was playing on my Xbox, with my girlfriend sitting by the PC searching for a game to play, the hours of the evening beginning to draw to close.

A while later my eyes drifted over to the computer, and to my surprise...there she was.....playing a very well degined and incredibly intense online first person shooter. Now, to many of us, when we think of an MMO, our minds almost immediately jump to games like World of Warcraft, Warhammer online or Guild wars.

This was a full-blown MMO First person shooter, and from the second I saw it, I knew a lot of work went into making this game. The game is called "Project Blackout", and in an instant changed my views on Free to Play games.

Granted, the game doesn't have the same graphical quality of most modern first person shooters like Call of Duty or Battlefield, but that may be a good thing - especially in countries like South Africa where lag is a constant pain.

I've played my fair share of first person shooters, but the first thing that got my attention were the maps. Well designed and definitely of the same quality as Call of Duty, there's plenty of variety and loads of cover.

Weapons are purchased similarly to Call of Duty, and through accumulated experience you can start upgrading your arsenal relatively quickly.

The game has all the usual game modes like Deathmatch, Demolition and Search and Destroy, as well as other interesting game modes that are unique to the game.

One of the more interesting game modes pits you against a horde of dinosaurs preventing your escape from the map.
Your teams objective is to accumulate points by getting to the exit at the other end (All the time avoiding velociraptors and a giant T-rex). My first thought when starting this mode was that you were playing against AI. Of course, I was proven wrong relatively quickly. After the first round, roles switch and you're the velociraptor. (or even the T-rex if you're lucky.)

So I guess I wrong about Free to Play games, and some of them are actually very innovative and great fun to play. This is one of those times I'm glad to have been proved wrong.

If you want to try it out, sign up and download it here -

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