• Amused
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Busy
  • Cheeky
  • Cold
  • Confused
  • Cool
  • Devilish
  • Fine
  • Hacker
  • Happy
  • In Love
  • Innocent
  • Lonely
  • Nerdy
  • Pensive
  • Roflol
  • Sad
  • Starving
  • Stressed
  • Yeehaw
  • Likes Likes:  0
    Thanks Thanks:  0
    Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
    Results 1 to 10 of 19

    Thread: [PG Preview] M.A.G Beta Impressions

    1. #1
      PG Juggernaut
      PG Emeritus

      I am:
      Happy
       
      Gamertag: Unknown837 PSN ID: Unknown837 Steam ID: http://steamcommunity.com/id/Goldenhawk814
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      6,077
      Daily Activity
      728.57%
      Lv. Percent
      21.35%

      [PG Preview] M.A.G Beta Impressions


      Note: The following preview is based on experience from a Private Beta. As a result, certain aspects in the final release may be different from those mentioned here.


      What is M.A.G?

      MAG is the world’s first FPS to offer enormous 256 Player battles! When it was first announced back at E3 '08, I was a little skeptic and did not believe that the game would live up to its expectations and would ultimately suffer with tons of lag and frustrated players. However, just last month when I received my invite from Sony, I was completely overwhelmed by the effort Zipper Interactive have put into this multiplayer war-a-thon!




      M.A.G consists of three factions: ‘RAVEN’, ‘VALOR’ and ‘S.V.E.R'. Each of them is part of a large-scale battle called ‘The Shadow War’. The RAVEN faction comprises of high-tech geeks with guns, who have all the latest weapons and are up-to-date with the latest technology. VALOR represents the traditional military class of soldiers, while S.V.E.R is a group of tactical guerilla fighters with the ability to pull off large-scale stealth operations. Not much is currently known about each faction's unique perks/abilities; however, all three do possess their own unique weapons and gadgets.



      Moving on to the gameplay. FPS fans should feel right at home with MAG. The controls are kept simple and intuitive, resulting in a smooth overall experience. Even if you aren't big on shooters, you'll find yourself getting straight into the heat of the action.


      In the game there are nine character skills for all factions, each with around 3-5 skill tiers as shown below:

      Assault: Unlocks skills related to assault rifles, improved assault rifles and battle rifles. (5 Tiers)

      Personal Defense: Unlocks items and skills related to backup weapons and knives. (4 Tiers)

      Athleticism: It affects base damage resistance and other physical attributes of a character. (5 Tiers)

      Close Quarters: It unlocks items and skills related to shotguns and submachine guns. (4 Tiers)

      Electronics: It unlocks electronics-based gear items. (4 Tiers)


      Marksman: It unlocks items and skills related to sniper rifles. (5 Tiers)

      Heavy: It unlocks items and skills related to machine guns and rocket launchers. (3 Tiers)

      Explosives: Unlocks items and skills related to explosives.(3 Tiers)

      Support: Unlocks items and skills related to healing teammates and repairing team assets. (3 Tiers)



      As far as the maps are concerned, only four maps have been revealed thus far:


      Copper Hills Relay-128 Player max


      Darien Network- 128 Players max


      Elk Bay Logistics- 256 Players max


      Corvus Research- 256 Players max


      Absheron Refinery- 256 Players max


      With each map being ten times bigger than those present in a normal FPS, a lot of hurdles have been incorporated in order to decrease all the carnage and disorder that comes with such a high player count. Sure, M.A.G is about attacking and killing, but there's a great deal of strategy and teamwork involved here.
      Each team comprises of several 8 player squads, with each having a squad leader who organizes the attack/defense methodology for his group. On the higher chain of command, a Platoon Leader who is in charge of all the squads plans and leads the central line of attack. The Squad leader and Platoon leader selection is based on rank, experience and vote. If a selected Squad or Platoon leader produces incompetent results, a vote is cast, during which all team members give out their verdict on the retention of command.



      Only two Game modes were available during the course of the Beta, as shown below:

      Sabotage: 256 Players battle over 3 objectives, with the first team to do all three winning the match. Objectives are toggled once activated by the attacking team, and can be reactivated by the defending team. From the onset, objectives A and B are unlocked, while objective C is locked.


      Domination: 256 Players fight to 'Secure and Hold' 8 targets, each contributing to the main mission objective. There are 2 primary objectives (Vent Stations and Pump Stations) per zone. Each of them is controlled by the attacking team, as it attempts to “bleed” the defender score bar and contributes to the destruction of the refining facility. To reach the Vent and Pump stations, attackers must first overload the refinery system by seizing the zone’s Burn-off and Cooling Towers. When both Burn-off Towers are destroyed, the Cooling towers are unlocked after a short delay. Once both Cooling Towers are destroyed, the final objectives are unlocked. Attacker Victory is achieved by controlling both Vent and Pump stations, which further depletes the defender score bar. If the bar reaches 0 before the timer expires, the attacking team wins. If time expires and the defenders score bar still has points, the defenders win!



      The weapon customization in the game is another reason why it's so completely MAGnificent. Being a sniper enthusiast, there were many things I could do to my rifle, in order to customize it to my liking. Once I had the Marksman skill with each tier, I could get a new sniper, coupled with tons of attachments for my weapon. For example, getting a better scope attachment lets you zoom and snipe from greater distances. Another interesting option is available to players is 'No Regeneration', which disables player respawns. In other words, if you're dead, you're dead. To compensate for this, players can either be healed by medics or can equip themselves with a syringe gun, which when fully charged, can be self-injected in order to heal you over time.


      Although you acquire plenty of new gear via the skill tree, you cannot equip all equipment at once. So a ‘Credit System’ is incorporated, which puts a restriction upon the number of items you can equip. Say, if an item costs 300c, and you only have 200c left, you cannot equip it.


      With each level u gain one additional skill point with skill points u can buy certain weapons or weapon mod’s or gadgets which can give u an advantage over your opponents and be a more effective team member.

      Visually speaking, the game sports a lifelike depiction of war-torn settings. Although the environments and character models aren't as detailed as say, the recent slew of Call of Duty games, they're good enough to look appealing. The biggest draw here is the vast sense of scale that the game portrays. You'll instantly notice the huge draw distance, as well as the large number of on-screen players. Couple this with the fact that the lag ranges from minimal to zero at any given time, and M.A.G ends up being a very technically sound game.

      The lag situation in the game is an all time minimum even when there are 256 players in the battlefield there is no or very unnoticeable lag in the game, probably due to the fact that M.A.G has dedicated game servers.

      M.A.G is one of the most unique and captivating games I have had the pleasure of playing. It provides a multiplayer experience that's just too vast to pen down in a preview. I could obviously go on, but it's all the better for PS3 owners to try it out for themselves, when the game is released early next year. Till then, drool all you can, and hope that you get into the public beta that starts later this month.

      Last edited by GoldenHawk; 07-11-09 at 07:51 AM.

    2. #2
      All Fiction!!

      I am:
      ----
       
      PSN ID: DarkD-Dragon
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      608
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      63%
      Awesome preview and the game has everything nice graphics, 256 players per game, many weapons with customization and huge maps.(Game of year confirmed :Pl)

    3. #3
      Shingeki No Boobies
      PG Emeritus

      I am:
      Starving
       
      Gamertag: UrbanReZ PSN ID: ReZoNoLiCiOuS
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      12,001
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      1.25%
      ^ Unless the final product is a stinker, but still if i get my ps3 fixed or get a slim one (most probably) ill play it for sure!


    4. #4
      PG Juggernaut

      I am:
      Fine
       
      Gamertag: CerebralTiger PSN ID: CerebralTiger Steam ID: CerebralTiger
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      13,806
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      95.37%
      Awesome preview, GH !! You're really on a roll these days, with all these well-written review....keep up the good work.
      Quote Originally Posted by ReZoN View Post
      ^ Unless the final product is a stinker, but still if i get my ps3 fixed or get a slim one (most probably) ill play it for sure!
      What happened to your PS3 ?
      Last edited by CerebralTiger; 11-09-09 at 10:56 AM.

    5. #5
      Shingeki No Boobies
      PG Emeritus

      I am:
      Starving
       
      Gamertag: UrbanReZ PSN ID: ReZoNoLiCiOuS
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      12,001
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      1.25%
      Quote Originally Posted by CerebralTiger View Post
      Awesome review, GH !! You're really on a roll these days, with all these well-written review....keep up the good work.


      What happened to your PS3 ?
      doesnt read any blue rays or games *sob* i use it as a casual dvd player nowadays


    6. #6
      PG Juggernaut

      I am:
      Cheeky
       
      PSN ID: SolitarySoldier
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      4,928
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      89.23%
      Nice work Goldy!

      M.A.G is awesome in terms of gameplay. Offers variety of weapons and perks, objectives based mission is a good way to co-ordinate with teammates. Graphics are nicely detailed considering vast maps and environment. Didn't played it much yet but can say safely that it's a great upcoming FPS for PS3.

    7. #7
      PG Juggernaut
      Team PG Emeritus

      I am:
      Starving
       
      Gamertag: Gizmo the Gamer
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      12,884
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      94.71%
      Another good article by Golden Hawk.I'm just really impressed by the fact that there is very little lag even with 256 players tearing up the maps at once.

      And CT it's a preview not review:P
      Last edited by Gizmo; 11-09-09 at 04:05 AM.


    8. #8
      You win or you die.

      I am:
      Amused
       
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      2,362
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      63%
      ^ lol.

      Anyways, I am surprised you did not find any lag...even with a the 256 players (And I bet their servers are from Europe or America)
      And of course good preview.
      "Hey, you wanna toothpick?"
      -Drive (2011)


    9. #9
      PG Juggernaut

      I am:
      Fine
       
      Gamertag: CerebralTiger PSN ID: CerebralTiger Steam ID: CerebralTiger
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      13,806
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      95.37%
      Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo View Post
      And CT it's a preview not review:P
      lol....right you are :P

      Fixed

    10. #10
      PG Xtremist
      Associate Editor

      I am:
      Fine
       
      MainMy Activity InfoMy PG Info
      Posts
      6,017
      Daily Activity
      0%
      Lv. Percent
      75.75%
      GH u r on the spotlight these days...........Man i really needed this preview......Well i guess i ll see.....

     

     

    Tags for this Thread

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •  
    All times are GMT +5. The time now is 11:45 PM.


    Back to Top Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
    Shoutbox provided by vBShout (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
    Copyright © 2018 PakGamers. All rights reserved.