- Fun and interesting game modes
- Its a free online FPS….what could be bad?
*Review by PluggerAUS*
FPS games have come and gone and most have been good and some as we know, not so good, but when a game comes along where you can shoot your opponent with a snowball gun, then hit them with a shovel to knock them out of the game, then you know you have something entirely different, a bit crazy and lots of fun. Snowball Fight is the newest addition to Combat Arms. The Snowball Fight game mode is a limited addition to the fast growing Combat Arms game.
Combat Arms is the latest gaming addition to the TOG family of FPS games. The fact that it is free to play is one of the reasons that makes it an attractive option for the FPS enthusiast, giving them the opportunity to try without the buy. However, the game is a solid application and the developers are creative in their thinking and development. Most players, who take the initial test drive, end up staying for more action, creating one of the fastest growing FPS divisions within TOG.
In my time in TOG, I have found that the majority of the members aren’t exactly easy to please when it comes to gaming. TOG members, being independent consumers and mostly being “time poor”, are particular about what games they play and quality plays a huge factor in those choices. Although free, Combat Arms offers all of these options.
In November TOG setup the Combat Arms division. Initially there were a few posts in the FPS forums, and then a few more players said they were playing it, then a few more tried it and before we knew it we had a core group of players.
Fox then ran a poll, as he does, and it was agreed that we should have a TOG Combat Arms Division. Vetinari did some graphics, Diabolus did some sigs and the TOG Combat Arms Division came to life. That was back in November. Fast forward to January and the Combat Arms Division, lead from the front by Binary Ninja, now offers competitive and social gaming across our Australasian and North American player base.
There are 2 competitive squads and 2 social squads, named after Greek mythological figures; Cerberus, Argus, Erites and Gryphons. Cerberus evolved first as the competitive squad for TOG and are lead by the mighty spawn camper, Captain Lick or Licklick to his fellow TOGgers. Argus was next, as the social squad of choice, and is lead by Hostile Hippie. Even the whacky weed doesn’t mellow this team killing machine. Erites was the second social squad to spawn and is lead by Tilce, who often falls off buildings to his death and last, but definitely, not least is Gryphons lead by Oldskool, who’s so excited by his new position of power, he has a new combat arms signature….with space invaders!!
Does that sounds like a TOG division to you? It sure sounds like one to me.
So why has there been such a rapid rise in this game? Is it watching players run around the map on fire from the Incendiary grenades? Is it watching TOGgers try to melee each other with shovels? Is it the ingame commentary of “HEAD SHOT!!”, “DOUBLE KILL!!” and “MULTI KILL!!”? Is it the ability to purchase face masks with big yellow smileys on them?
Someone said the game was “Counter Strike meets Unreal Tournament” but I wouldn’t know that as I never played either of those games. What I do know is that it’s a lot of fun!
Combat Arms is developed by Korean company Nexon Corporation, who are also the developers of the successful and popular MMORPG Maple Story. From this creative cycle, Nexon’s foray into the competitive FPS market has so far proved to be a very good development decision.
There are various game modes to suit most if not all shooters. As mentioned the limited addition Snowball Fight with the more regular game modes of Capture The Flag, One man Army, Elimination, Search and Destroy and the new Spy Hunt mode across around 11 different and varied maps.
You first enter the arena as a private armed with a standard weaponry setup; an M16-A3 assault rifle, M92FS pistol, 2 x M67 frag grenades an M9 combat knife. You also have standard camouflage combat fatigues and backpack for 1 ancillary weapon. When you first set out you also receive 10,000 GP.
GP is one of the monetary values within the game. With GP you can acquire different weapons; assorted assault rifles, machine guns, submachine guns, sniper rifles, pistols, shotguns, grenades, support weapons and melee weapons. There are also weapon modifications such as scopes and suppressors as well as combat armour, weapons cases and stylish additions such as sunglasses and berets. Some of the options are also associated to level, so the more you play the better the weapons on offer.
The balance is to obtain the best weapons setup to suit your playing style to obtain a good score in the game. Each player at the end of the round receives points for levelling which also equates to additional GP.
The other form of monetary value in the game is NX. NX is purchased for real $$. $1US is about 1000 NX. The developers have obviously included this to assist in paying for the development and to make a profit of course. However, it’s purely an option and any player can succeed at this game without the need for NX.
NX does give you the good gear and for around $30 you can kit yourself out for 90 days which I believe is a good investment.
The game play is fast and frantic in maps like Junk Flea and Cold Seed or more tactical on maps like Snow Valley and Sand Hog. There is a 3 second respawn time limit and a 3 second God-mode period once you have respawned to combat spawn campers. The weapons are well balanced which adds to the credibility of the game.
All the usual additions seen in most FPS games are included; Squad talk, Pre-canned Social text, Game Chat and the like. You can also add to your friends list and the game includes a messenger option.
Combat Arms includes a clan/squad system within the game, which suits the TOG environment and each squad is limited to 20 players per squad.
If you are a keen FPS player and like your FPS action fun and fast then you should at least give Combat Arms a test run.
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