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All of my experience on this game is with at least one other person I know, I note this to ensure a review that's fair by playing the game the way I imagine it was meant to be experienced.
To cut it short for those who don't want to read; the game is mainly ruined by its community. I waited all these hours before making this review just to make sure I didn't make a mistake.
I originally started playing this game due to wanting a game other than Counter-strike to play with my colleagues at work. This turned out to be a very good choice due to how well it runs on my work computer. It is an i3 with Intel HD4000, quite low specs compared to the majority of PCs today.
I'll start with praising how well optimized this game appears to be; I get about 45 fps solid on lowest settings, and it looks great. I have experienced it on my home computer, and the graphics are of course, even more impressive; but that's not where I choose to play this game.
The game has a cool concept; build your own gun and fight in teams in various game modes. When you first play it, you'll get a very TF2-style vibe from it. It's fast paced and cartoony.
The first problem arises in the perspective of third person. This isn't a heavy criticism, because the developers are trying something a bit different here; setting third person in a fast paced environment. In games like this, I like to be able to look around a lot, checking my back, and it gets a bit annoying with the camera behind you. This is just my personal criticism, so I'm sure some people like it this way.
There is something incredibly off-feeling about the aiming in the game, someone I know also noted this. I'm experienced in playing shooters, and I cannot at all get the hang of this, after 70 hours. There is some weird depth-perception issue for me, where I will often shoot the ground in front of myself, instead of an enemy further back. I can't put my finger on this, but I'm going to note it in the review (and yes, I have increased the FOV).
Next, the servers and client issues. There is a lot of client-side control in this game, it seems. You will often die, but still manage to kill someone after it's stated you are dead; simply due to lag. You might not see yourself die for a few seconds, giving you chance to shoot at people before it updates. With the gamemode 'Jackhammer', the hammer carriers will very often kill each other at the same time. Some might say it adds more fun into the game, but I find it mildly fustrating and in general it just looks buggy.
Now, the main gripe. The community. To put it simply, the community is not what you expect. It's not friendly like TF2, nor is it as awful as counter-strike. It's worse. You will get a lot of arguing in the chat between players, and constantly spammed with 'ez', regardless of the state of the game. But that's not really it.
It's the amount of cheaters that infest this game. The game developers, as far as I can tell, haven't put a lot of effort into countering cheaters. There is a report function, but I have no idea if that actually works, of course. Some cheaters are more obvious that others, but due to the way the community is, you'll often bump into these people the next day, and the next day, and so fourth, as I've experienced. Now, these players do get banned, eventually; but the fact it goes on for so long is pretty terrible.
One factor I've also noticed regarding gameplay is the unbalance of the weapons. I say unbalance, because I have been unsuccessful in reaching the damage other players have with very similar guns. I've had people with standard-looking pulse guns that kill you in three hits, without reduction in firing speed. Now, this could be part of the cheating fiasco, simply aimbots shooting the head for extra damage, but it's not really possible to tell.
I hesitated for a long time for atleast 30 hours of gameplay, deciding on whether to recommend this game or not. It's a cool game, but in the end, the community just makes it not worth it. I also don't really like the boasting-emotes the developers put out there, just adds to the doucheyness experienced.