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Contributors: BillMurphy,MikeB,garrett,SBFord,Grakulen,

In a Game of Skill, I Lose...

Posted by BillMurphy Wednesday June 30 2010 at 4:56PM
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But I still have fun.

I've been enjoying my romps through APB thus far, having just begun my affair with the title (impressions coming later this week, and full review down the road).  It's actually a pretty compelling game experiment, but I won't go into too many details about it just yet.

What I will say is that to succeed at the PvP in APB, you'll need to be a skilled FPS/TPS gamer.  Me?  I'm not quite that.  There's a general slant these days of the hardcore calling for MMORPG games to require more skill, and I'm all for that.  The argument can me made that running around and solo-ing WoW isn't exactly much more than a chore of time and less of a chore of skill.  But I do believe the titles upper-echelon content still requires a great deal of team effort and coordination.  Skill.

APB is different though.  You need the team coordination sure, but you also should probably not suck as bad as I do at shooters.  I'm likely going to quickly make a name for my character as a complete and utter rube around the streets of San Paro, but it IS still fun.  I've still made my share of cash, upgraded some weapons, and will slowly but surely get better gear for my Enforcer (yes, I'm a do-gooder).  It's just going to likely take me longer than those who actually don't suck at shooting games.

I'm used to the cover and pop-out mechanics of games like Mass Effect 2 and Gears of War, and I'm still coming to grips with the nuances of combat in APB, even if it seems like a fairly straightforward shooter at heart.  I still keep wishing I could dive behind a barrier and remain there until I pressed the right-trigger to pop up and shoot.  But this isn't ME2, and these enemies aren't static and dumb AI.  They're humans who are quite good at this game, and I get the feeling that to them I'm more likely the "dumb AI".

Se la vie.  When I die one too many times, I can just take a break and go design some clothes... man, I'm a sissy.

astoria writes: :0 Happily there are lots of styles of MMOs out there now. I really enjoy FPS style controls. There are some people better, but I'm pretty good for an old man. Thu Jul 01 2010 9:50AM Report
Palebane writes:

I'm actually very good at shooters in general, but I just got wasted over and over in APB. Bad luck, perhaps.

Thu Jul 01 2010 10:18AM Report
0over0 writes:

It's spelled: C'est la vie

At least with skill, you have the opportunity to improve with practice, and another human being can only be so good, so there's a natural, human skill-cap in place.

Thu Jul 01 2010 10:48AM Report
Mrbloodworth writes:

My take can be found here.

http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/post/3634547#3634547

If you PM me your server and game name, feel free to hook up with my clan. This game is best played with others. Really, not even jokeing.

Thu Jul 01 2010 11:00AM Report
Koddo writes:

I'm pretty good at console FPS games, and acceptable at PC Shooters (or at least i thought i was) but more often than not, I'm getting blown away in less time than I can even aim. Either I suck at pc shooters, everyone i go up against is damn good at pc shooters, or there's something in the game that i'm just not seeing.

In any case, i do enjoy it. At least until the guy i'm playing with takes the game faaar too seriously and chews me out for being "useless"....as I watch him being arrested, then proceed to kill 2 cOPs and then untie him....

Thu Jul 01 2010 11:34AM Report
orochix writes:

game gets repetitive after a while.

i own at fps and when u own too much. the game gets boring.

tip: pump shottie, wait for people around corner and own them when they come towards u. just make sure u can aim, as long as ur aim is good, shottie will be ur best friend.

Thu Jul 01 2010 1:39PM Report
orochix writes:

mind games work so well in APB...

Thu Jul 01 2010 1:41PM Report
Athcear writes:

I'm not that into FPS games, but only an idiot would claim that complex raid encounters are devoid of personal ability.  I'm all for putting more complex combat systems into MMOs (TERA springs to mind), but there's plenty besides twitchy point and click FPS systems to draw on.

Thu Jul 01 2010 2:26PM Report

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