As someone with lots of experience with fps since the very beginning and clan experience in pc fps I have to say this the best online fps I have played in recent times.
I took part in the beta and that was quite rough which resulted in me not buying the game at first. Recently got the game last month through pure luck. Feeling tired of the current crop of fps there has not been much in the way of fresh ideas or advancement. I was quite pleased and surprised to learn that the game has been very well made and tweaked to perfection after release. Gone are the silly issues in the beta and now we have possibly the most balanced set of abilities in any fps.
First aspect of the game to point out that its very tactical. Easily the most tactical fps to date. So good leadership and teamwork are key. This is not Call of Duty neither is it Bad Company or Killzone. Having said that dont be intimidated, there is alot to aid you from a special 3d map to the HUD displaying what you need to know. The objectives are always clear and the game types allow for different playstyles. Also Feel free to tell people you are new and many should help if you are confused. The community is quite nice. The game modes are brand new and not retreads of what already exist. This in a large part helps the game feel fresh as old game modes are rather tiring now and mostly designed for basic deathmatch fps not games like MAG.
The maps are huge but extremely well designed. There is alot of cover unlike more recent fps. You have room to sneak around as well as going run and gun or lone wolf. Guns are used better than other games as there is room for each ability. For example long range assault rifles with scopes have genuine use over red dot sight or snipers where in other games would be the snipers job. Snipers go even further in MAG where you literally almost see tiny dots, fortunately you have different scopes and a variable scope too. I hope that gives an idea of scale and weapon balance. But everything is there and has good use allowing lots of playstyles.
On the downside I recommend new players to avoid Valor. They are quite disorganised! Graphics are weaker than many fps but that because of the sheer scale which makes it very impressive. Amazingly its not that far behind Call of Duty in looks. Besides the gameplay and fun factor are more important than anything and that where this game truly shines! The future of the game also seems bright with patches adding more content in the way of guns and the maybe even possibility of 3 way battles, instead of the traditional two way system.
All in all highly recommended and its nice to be part of this game as I am sure many games will copy MAG in the future.
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