Reviews and Problems with APB: Reloaded - Special Edition
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APB: Reloaded review
24 June 2012
Excerpt: We really, really want to love APB (All Points Bulletin): Reloaded more than we do. Yes, the original APB was riddled with enough cracks and flaws to take it from diamond-in-the-rough to half-eaten-Ring-Pop-that's-shaped-like-a-diamond, but some of its more ambitious ideas were very nearly brilliant. And hey, Reloaded – for the most part – smartly tweaks APB's little problems while leaving its cops-and-robbers core undisturbed.
Pros: Skill-based combat in an MMO, Open city full of opportunities for random havoc, Improved driving, shooting, and new areas
Cons: Incredibly repetitive mission structure, Lack of story or real progression, F2P marketplace hurts balance
Conclusion: Despite a sterling effort on the part of GamersFirst, APB Reloaded still doesn't live up the games potential. There's not a facet of APB that hasn't improved under their stewardship, but there's still no magic.
Conclusion: surprisingly poor implementation of the Unreal engine up to that point. As a gamer, if you'd asked me about the possibility of going back to that well after Realtime Worlds folded, I'd have told you, “Hell, no!” It was with considerable wariness that I took a look at APB Reloaded, a relaunch of APB as a free-to-play game.
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: 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. Although at first glance it looks almost identical, a lot of work has gone in to give this game it’s second wind. The question being was it successful or was it doomed from the start.
Summary: APB Reloaded est loin de tenir toutes les promesses du titre d'origine. A mi chemin entre un MMO et le jeu de tir pur et dur, le titre manque encore d'identité pour s'affirmer pleinement. Bien que marquant une évolution sensible depuis son ainé, APB Reloaded conserve toujours la même structure de missions, et se révèle finalement assez vite lassant.
Excerpt: Pratiqué depuis des décennies dans les cours de récréation, devenu un concept vendeur avec l'avènement de la télévision puis des jeux vidéo, le jeu des gendarmes et des voleurs conserve un inégalable pouvoir d'attraction. David Jones, le créateur de Grand Theft Auto et de Crackdown, en est bien conscient, et nous propose d'ailleurs de tenter à nouveau l'expérience dans APB : All Points Bulletin, un GTA-like massivement multijoueur en ligne.