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I do not like Massively Multiplayer Online (MMOs) games.
I do not like the thought that I have to play online, constantly. And with people I don’t know, will never know, and who will never know me.
It’s something I have, for a long long while now considered one of many things that are wrong in video games these days. That, and DLC/microtransactions, but that’s a different story for a different day.
Those facts alone were enough to put me off from buying Star Wars: Battlefront.
Give me a story-driven game with an additional multiplayer option all day every day.
All of that being said, I’m here to talk to you about Crossout, an MMO available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Microsoft Windows.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland (or series thereof) where you are tasked with entering the fray with your fully customisable vehicle of destruction. You have access to machine guns, spikes, cannons, tank tracks, flamethrowers, and everything else besides to make your personal Hell ride as devastating as you see fit.
Upon 1st play, you get shown through one of the most comprehensive and in-depth tutorial systems of any recent game that I can remember, with a particular focus on how to go from a pick-up truck with guns to a mauling Leviathon that feeds on the crushing defeat of your unfortunate foes.
Your goal of building the most destructive machine you can, and therefore the best and most revered player on Crossout‘s servers takes you into the battlefields. Taking place in and around derelict factories, inhospitable desert landscapes, and depressingly empty wildernesses, you and a team of warriors go head to head with another team of kamikaze competitors to try and be the last team standing, or to capture the other teams’ base. The usual state of multiplayer games, then.
When you start out, you’re ill-equipped to take down a horde of bloodthirsty gamers, but, as you and your team notch up a few victories, you can quickly shoot up the ranks and find yourself gaining access to bigger and better tools of the trade – always handy when your aim is to eventually demolish a building-sized vehicle and live to tell the tale.
When you’re not knee deep in the wasted components of your enemies vehicles, you’ll spend your time in the garage which acts as your home base in-game. Here, you can change the look of your vehicle at a moments notice, add guns, take away unnecessary or older components, and even employ engineers and the like to make your death machine that much deadlier.
And, if you can’t be bothered doing it yourself, you can purchase a ready made vehicle from the community – though these do cost actual real-life monies from what I can see.
There’s plenty to keep you going, with your personal horde of followers giving you “tasks” to make sure you always want to get back out into the fray, and even weekly events that boast some cool prizes, if you can climb to the top of the table.
On my 1st night of playing Crossout, I easily spent two hours going through everything and taking part in numerous death battles. Within two battles, I was regularly featuring as the VIP for defeating the most players, or at the very least, was within the Top 3 on my team, so I quickly levelled up, and I’m not even the most experienced MMO player out there. I’m sure someone who regularly plays games such as Battlefield, Call of Duty, or Star Wars: Battlefront could do even better than I did.
But therein lies some of the fun to this game.
It’s easy to pick up, and after getting a taste of that bloodlust, you’ll just keep going and going.
But, before you go out and download this game (which is FREE, by the way), make sure you make yourself 100% familiar with the customisation screen and all of the controls dedicated to that area of the game. Make sure you know how to do everything on that screen before you get too involved in it because I didn’t and when it came to changing the look of my car, I made myself feel sick trying to get the cameras to work how I wanted them to. You have been warned.
There are plenty of MMOs out there (I did a quick Google search and there were no fewer than 30 different games), and I don’t doubt that there are just as many that feature similar (or even the same) features that Crossout does. But how many of them are FREE to play, and, even more impressive, can get me to enjoy an MMO. It’s almost made me a believer. It’s almost made me a converter. Almost.
And I’ve only scratched the surface of the game, there is much more left for me to check out. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you in a match in the future, but don’t think I’ll take it easy on you, haha!
Nerd Rating; 8/10 – I thought I’d hate this game. I thought I would load it up once, see that it was an MMO and chuck it in. But to my surprise, not only did I give it a go, I actually enjoyed myself, despite making myself ill in the process. A thoroughly good way to let off some steam after a hard day at work, and when you consider it’s FREE to play, you can’t really go wrong with that. If you don’t have a very fast internet speed, however, be prepared for some rather jumpy sequences.
If you like this, try: Mad Max, Galactic Junk League, Robocraft.