APB Reloaded Review

Posted By | On 14th, Apr. 2012 Under Reviews | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl


Reloaded as the game’s name suggests is a remake or a “give me another chance” version of the game, and not the you know what. The Reloaded version is not made by Realtime Worlds and it attempts to rectify the issues that plagued the original game, and doesn’t succeed. I mean, there are some good things here; they’ve managed to make the game less mediocre than before, which is an achievement in itself I guess.

It’s a free-to-play MMO and is set in a city called San Paro. The developers say it’s not GTA, and I agree, it’s not; its much worse than that. The game is fun sometimes, especially when you have those incredibly fast car chases that can really be satisfying. The game is so inconsistent that these fun moments don’t last for too long. The city is fun to drive in and create chaos, and you can do a lot of things here, including camping.

The major issues with the game can range from camping to glitches, and these are the things that suck all the fun out of it. There’s an in-game economy; you can buy guns, cars and they are all priced depending upon how awesome they are. So the bottomline is that if you have a powerful weapon or a good car, you will dominate in this game. If you’re skilled, that’s a bonus.

If you have played the original game you will know that the driving mechanics were one of the worst things ever. GamersFirst has rectified this and the controls and the car movement is quite responsive here. This makes a lot of difference and transforms the game as majority of time you will be driving here. It’s good to know that they have listened to the criticism and fixed the things that were important. That still doesn’t make the game good though, it’s still the same mediocre game like before but playable.

There is a lot of recoil here and it will encourage you to fire in short bursts rather than spray-and-pray, and this is one of the good things about the game now, considering the original version had completely poor shooting mechanics. There’s no story here or a decent mission progression system, it is also incredibly repetitive which drags the whole thing down and simply makes it a chore to play most of the times.

The city feels sterile and there’s not as much detail compared to a GTA game, which is again, understandable, but let’s be honest here, the environment makes a lot of difference. It is fun to drive a car and shoot the shit out of everyone, but it becomes boring after a while and isn’t satisfying. There isn’t really a lot of improvements here to call it a reloaded version, but I appreciate the developer’s ability to at least fix the driving since that actually made the game playable and somewhat fun.

APB Reloaded is only recommend if you can buy things to remain competitive. It’s not a terrible game, mind you, but it’s not exceptional either. Free-to-play makes it easier for people to check it out and look at its economy and the gameplay on offer, but the game doesn’t do a good job of showcasing it.

This game was reviewed on the PC. 

THE GOOD

The driving is fixed. The visuals are decent. There's a lot of fun to be had here, but it depends on how you accept the game's faults.

THE BAD

Repetitive missions. The overall package is underwhelming. The game lacks polish. Free-to-play model doesn't really suit the game.

Final Verdict

APB Reloaded is only recommend if you can buy things to remain competitive. It's not a terrible game, mind you, but it's not exceptional either.

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  • mdn851

    Tons of hackers. After banning the hackers, the game developers struggled to make income, therefore, they allowed the hackers they had banned access to the game once more. The match making system will place brand new players against maxed out veterans in what can only be called a slaughterfest. The game has a player base that is horrible. They will rip you apart from the moment you step foot into the game. Also, if you are new, you will be kicked from mission groups as the veterans do not like to play with anything else but high level players. In closing, this game is headed right back into the trash can from where it was salvaged. Only upside to this game is the graphics and character customization. Other than that, save your time for something better.

  • tei

    as to the review:
    – it points out the pros and cons quite well but omits the info about mechanics and what have been done to improve the gameplay (other than driving). it’s barely a review, more like a quick description, depicting that the author didn’t spend too much time on the game.
    – you do not need to buy weapons from the item shop to be competitive (unless you feel like you were good in CoD so now you are fully eligible to dominate in APB). also “having a powerful weapon” isn’t the thing. the game has a basic modding system for weapons and there’s no such thing as “best” mods but just the mods that fit your playing style the most.
    – camping spots are being fixed and the fixes will be introduced in 1.7 patch which is going to be released this week.
    – since when the term for shooting the hell out of everything is “pay-and-spray”? (spray-and-pray)
    – matchmaking got fixed and now there are TL-oriented instances to discourage high level players fighting against low level players (trying ends with waiting for a mission for just too long and significantly decreased money and reputation awards, which makes it pointless to start with).
    – the game experience also varies throughout servers. i take it that you didn’t find the time to try out other server’s community.

    there’s no word about the learning curve, gaining any sort of experience, more changes from the RTW times… not an informative article, more like an opinion, fast food rant. sorry. you actually have to spend some time in a MMO game to be able to review it.


 

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