Excerpt: Two weeks ago All Points Bulletin was under lock-down. Scottish studio Realtime Worlds had walloped journalists with a review embargo that lasted for ten days after the game hit shelves, the industry equivalent of wrapping a game in a thick blanket of safety in case some tainted review penetrated...
Excerpt: Years from now, APB will be used in classes around the globe as text book material. Educators will point out how even the greatest ideas in the world can burn and die at the pyre of poor implementation.
Excerpt: At this year's E3, RealTime Worlds' action MMO All Points Bulletin was one of the most promising contenders. Designed by crime game expert, David Jones of Grand Theft Auto fame, it presented us with an action-heavy, stripped down take on the MMORPG, set in a violence-ridden city where players pick...
Excerpt: fame, it presented us with an action-heavy, stripped down take on the MMORPG, set in a violence-ridden city where players pick sides in a battle between self-appointed law enforcement and common criminals. I played it then briefly, and really enjoyed it.
Conclusion: Finally, there is the issue of the price plan. When I first laid eyes on the game, I was at E3 and had just spent the day looking at various free to play MMO games coming straight out of Korea.
Excerpt: Combining the free-wheeling antics of GTA with the persistence of an MMO, the massive mobfest known as APB hits the scene promising an online experience unlike any other. Is taking up arms in this rough and lawless land as glamorous as it seems?
Summary: APB is an MMO whose gameplay is MIA. Despite being crafted by a development staff whose members have notched the original Grand Theft Auto and Crackdown on their belts, APB ranks as one of the year's biggest disappointments.
Pros: Extensive customization features, Supports up to 80 players per action area
Cons: Tedious missions, Little sense of character progression, Poor shooting mechanics
Summary: All Points Bulletin (APB) is an MMO freeform combat and driving-based game. Players must decide which side of the law to abide by, as Law Enforcement who take on the challenge of supporting and safeguarding justice, or as Gangs, who operate against the law and any opposing groups by any means...