As I go about my daily routine Eurogamer Expo keeps popping into my head. Well, not the whole Expo, but Global Agenda to be precise.
As a jaded and seasoned blogger I tend to hate everything from the start, then occasionally my hatred will be misplaced and a game can impress me.
In the case of global agenda it was the opposite, I loved it. I really loved every little detail.
The character models in this game are superb, they are crisp looking and the attention to detail is wonderful to see. The camera is a 3rd person one so you get to look at your characters back allot, so knowing this they have gone the extra mile and made the armour pretty, its bold and heavy looking but best of all there is no graphical glitches.
If you move the camera from side to side you don’t get a figure spinning around on the spot as you do with most games, you get a living person, he moves his head from side to side as the camera spins, then as you turn our of his field of vide he moves, his large heavy armour gets hauled around and it really looks heavy. great, they nailed it, the thing you look at most in the game looks great.
Now, honestly I did not get to play allot, but what I did play was fantastic, it has the team elements of Team Fortress 2 with the Sci-Fi dystopia that reminded me of a military infused Tekwar world with a massive infusion of Mass Effect (I know, I am explaining that badly)
remember being one of the new breed of MMO’s this game is not as pure and clean cut in its methodology, its split, there are arena’s, PvP and PvE, there are areas but those areas also seam to be battlegrounds, all those conventions that make us feel safe (and bored) are smudged away.
you do level up but that level means far less, you can be effective from the moment you touch the mouse assuming you are skilled.
The game will be sold in a box, that box then gives you access to the games core PvP and PvE, you can play for forever without ever putting another penny into it.
If you want however you can subscribe (we are hinted that its going to be a little cheaper than we are used to but that's not confirmed) this is when the game really opens up giving you more areas to visit, more combat (PvP and PvE) and more specialised items and experiences.
How exactly this will be marketed we are not sure but one thing we know is that this is no free to play imported game that will slap us with adverts every few seconds, the free to play content will be a game in its own right.
We also know at this point that the game will be updated with regular content (for subscriber area’s) they have said that at this point there are no plans to add paid updated later in its life cycle, this means the community will never be split by wallet size and income.
will this game be perfect? no, there will be problems, every game has problems and the twitchiness of the combat may make it very much not the game for many players but for me?
for me this is going to take a vast portion of my time, it caters fantastically to pretty much all my gaming tastes.
i am sorry if i am coming across like a bit of a fan-boy for this game but i am really excited for it and its been a long time since i have been truly excited for a game.
Hi-Rez studio’s, you guys are going great, thanks.