게시 일시: 2014년 10월 29일
TL;DR Version at bottom
This game was great! ...in 2011.
Nowadays, the same cannot be said.
The only real reason you should be playing this game is the character customization. There's just simply no other game that actually has a detailed character editor that lets you put custom symbols on your character/character's clothing. Symbol and car customization are pretty weak on the other hand, due to the high limitations of the editor (Up to 100 layers for a symbol, annoying customization bar for cars doesn't let you place more than a couple of complex symbols without preventing you from saving). However, to get the most out of the editors, you'd have to buy premium otherwise your customization options are extremely limited (25 Layers for a symbol/3 symbols for clothes and character/7 symbols for cars). Also, a good amount of clothing options are locked away unless you pay a certain amount of money for them (Some things cannot be bought seperately and requires you to buy things in packs that can go up to 2099 G1C/US$26 because it includes a 30 day gun).
APB's gameplay is horrid. Most of the weapons work most effectively in one area but work poorly in other areas, which means you'll be spending half the match switching guns(which takes forever because you'll have to firstly go to an inventory area, then click a bunch of things to change your weapon, then wait to restock the weapon's ammo completely) to suit the situation that you're in, The driving has input lag for people with high ping, and most of the cars drive like their on ice (skidding everywhere and poor traction), The matchmaking is completely horrid, APB uses a "threat" system for matchmaking to show a player's skill. In late 2011, the threat system was changed from 30 threat levels(Bronze 1-10, Silver 1-10, Gold 1-10) to 4 threat levels(Green, Bronze, Silver, Gold). With the new threat system, it just throws in random people of different threats and gives the losing team the option of backup (Example[i.imgur.com]
), which means that missions will normally always be one-sided. There's also not that much to do in the game, the only game types you can play are missions, fight club, and social. Missions are normally 4v4 objective based matches that lets you level your character's rating level up that takes place in different parts of the map, Fight club is a fixed section of a map (Waterfront's Baylan Shipping/Asylum (Beacon was removed for some odd reason)) that's more focused around killing people instead of doing objectives, social is where you go to customize things/use the marketplace/go AFK for no reason. The missions are really repetitive, mostly either involving you defending an area, or go to a place and press the action button, the placement for objectives is another thing that causes missions to be one-sided, as objectives can sometimes spawn in easy camp spots.
One of the things I dislike about APB the most is the cash shop. Before anyone makes assumptions, No, the cash shop guns are not overpowered, as a sheer amount of the cash shop guns are just re-meshes of a gun that's available for free. Most of the things in the cash shop will cost you a lot of money, with prices going up to US$50+ just for a pack containing one car with kits, one outfit and one gun for one character. The cash shop even goes to selling ludicrous items such as a "friends and ignore list extender" which adds 50 capacity to your in-game friends/ignore list for a hefty US$12.5. Sure, the devs have added a F2Per's option for obtaining cash shop items via the Joker Store, but the prices are pretty expensive. It will cost you 1000 Joker Tickets to buy a 3 slot cash shop gun for 7 days. However, the maximum amount of Joker Tickets anyone can earn within a week is around 1000, which means you will have no Joker Tickets to spend if you want to save up for something neat on the Joker Store.
Over the years that I've been playing this game(even though I left the game between mid 2012-late 2013), this game hasn't gotten any better. Sure, you might say that the new anti-cheat(Fair Fight) is pretty cool, right? But then, Gamersfirst began to unban people off the ban list and straight up silencing people who bring up the matter(Read more here[social-district.com]
). The new tutorial hasn't done any better at teaching new players anything (People simply ignore it and ask people on chat),
+Character Customization, simply because no other game can rival it
~Symbol/Vehicle Editor, other games can do this better
-Gameplay is repetitive with little variety
-Matchmaking is inaccurate (Example[i.imgur.com]
-Cash shop pricing is out of control
-Corrupt devs (Read more here[social-district.com]