Summary: The story behind the development of APB is one of the greatest tales the games industry possesses. Full of big personalities, hubris, ambition, broken promises and tragedy of Greek proportions, its major twists and turns hold more drama and excitement than a hundred movies about Facebook.
Excerpt: Not many games get a new lease of life after they die a death. Especially if their creators end up having to disband after the game itself fails. APB: Reloaded is the re-release of the original Realtime Worlds game now under the watchful eye of Gamers First.
Conclusion: Still, with overhauls of several game mechanics, including shooting, already in the works, you can't help wonder what Realtime World's plan was here. Did they hope people wouldn't notice its shortcomings? Where they conducting some kind of experiment? Did they always plan to do this overhaul?
Excerpt: A deserted storage facility on the cheap side of town. The sun beams down high above it, rendering everything in the colours of affordable breakfast cereal. Welcome to San Paro, the city of 2010's MMO shooter APB and, today, free-to-play MMO shooter APB Reloaded. All is silent.
Conclusion: Coming from a team of Realtime Worlds' calibre, it should be no surprise that APB isn't dreadful - as I've pointed out, it's polished and accomplished, and certain aspects of it, such as the meta-game structure and the player customisation, are fantastic.