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March 24, 2013
 

PAX East Hands-On: Warface

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There are many free to play first person shooters on the market right now, but very few have managed to stand out enough to become huge success stories. Crytek and Trion Worlds are ready to try their damnedest to stand out with Warface. Crytek is no slouch when it comes to first person shooters, with the successful Crysis series under their belts. Rather than continue their war against aliens, they have opted for a near future more grounded in reality. After the nations of the world have fallen apart, Blackwood rises to fill the void in power and Warface is the only force in the world who can stop them. Yes it’s cliche as hell, but this is a multiplayer game, we just need a reason to fight.

Warface will immediately feel familiar to anyone who has played Crysis before. It, for obvious reasons, shares much of its gameplay with its sci-fi cousin Crysis. You can sprint, climb, and slide, though you don’t get any armor abilities. You do have the ability to change weapon attachments on the fly, which is the big feature to help set Warface apart. It might not sound like a big deal at first, I know, but being able to remove a long range scope from your rifle while in close combat, or add an under barrel grenade launcher in an intense firefight is more worthwhile than you’d think.

There are two modes on offer, versus and co-op. You can choose froms four classes: an engineer, an assault class, a medic, and a sniper. Each brings their own unique skills and abilities to the table and each is necessary to have a successful team. Snipers are capable of dealing very large amounts of damage but need to be protected, while medics can heal and revive players but only have primarily close range combat capabilities. Warface does a great job of making teamwork a legitimate strategy.

Co-op is where I spent most of my time with Warface. Co-op missions are five player, two-part missions against A.I. opponents. Even more so than the versus mode, it is imperative that you have the correct blend of classes and have the right people to use them. I spent a short time with the assault class before switching to the medic class, which I played for the remainder of my time with the game. The first mission was not particularly difficult, though a few of our squad mates died early on in a large firefight. That left the medic and the sniper to fight a heavily armored soldier with a chain gun, not what some would call a fair fight, Somehow, we survived and completed the mission. Co-op missions are tiered in difficulty, so next we moved on to what is considered “normal” difficulty. This mission was more difficult indeed, but having a better team made things a bit easier. One particular segment saw our squad in the back of a large moving vehicle taking fire from all angles. While my team returned fire, I made sure everyone was constantly at full health. My reward was a first place position at the end of the mission and a huge amount of XP. I played one final mission on the hardest difficulty which went well at first, but completely fell apart halfway through the first portion on the mission. This will definitely be a challenging game and will be great to play with friends.

The XP is used to level up characters and unlock new attachments. Being a free to play game you have the option to buy in-game currency, but everything but a few XP boosting items are obtainable through regular play. Each mission earns you money which is used to purchase new equipment. Some of the best equipment uses Crowns, which is a much more valuable currency. Much of this equipment is also time limited in its use. Purchasing a weapon with Crowns may only get you 14 days of play, but the weapon has few rivals, if any.

The game runs on CryEngine 3, though it doesn’t push the graphical limits of PC’s like Crysis does. It does, however, run extremely well on a wide range of machines, which every free to play game should. There is a lot of potential in Warface. It wasn’t a game on my radar until I played it, now you can consider me officially excited. In a world of free to play this, or play4free that, Warface manages to be a hardcore shooter with a fun co-op mode and, best of all, no cost of entry. Simply put, you have no reason not to give Warface a try. You can sign up for the closed beta here, with an open beta coming in the future.

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