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In general, there's some stuff to like, but my overall experence left me wanting so much more and just frustrated me. I feel that the game has a lot of potential, but it was held back by really strange design decisions, bad technology (lot's of delays loading things), strange GUI's, poor actually gameplay, etc. I was confused as what to do to progress in the game most of the time. I was fighting the GUI instead of using it or playing the game. I design and implent GUI's for a living, as well as other types of programming, so I had a lot of issues with the GUI in this game (graphical user interface for those who didn't know).
The game is a strange cross between cops and robbers, and a fashion contest too. I didn't really understand the mix, and why they designed it that way.
Yes, I know it's in "beta", but beta really means "Done, but with bugs to work out". I'm a principal software engineer, take my word for it. Unfortunately, the term "beta" is overused, and is applied even when most games are in the aplha stage. I hate when a valid term is misused, thus changing it's meaning, and making it a useless term by doing so.
What I liked:
The character custimization was amazing. There's a ton of it, and you can go insane with it if you want to. You can even design tattoo's later on (I'll mention this later). The city was cool... I liked the graphics, the cars, driving, the artwork, and so forth, to a point. Combat was, well, so-so. I wish I could list more things I liked...
What I didn't like:
The combat was, well, annoying. When people have played much longer than you have, they have MUCH better equipment, thus, can kill you much easier than you can kill them. This WOULD be just fine, and normal if everyone wasn't grouped together regardless of play time. There's no "level" of your character, so you are mixed in with people that have much better weapons than you do, making some combat very frustrating. I am used to all other MMO's that let you avoid PvP with characters that are 100 times stronger than you. It's like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Pointless.
Your character has no health bar that I could find. I got sick of trying to figure out the strange interface to this game, and stopped looking for it. It has that, greying of the screen graphics (and blood or such) that some other games use..like Crysis 2.. you know when you are hurt, but you have no idea exactly how bad off you are, EXACTLY how much more damage you can take, and you don't have this exact info when you heal up either... when the screen goes back to normal, you know you can fight again, but again, I couldn't find any indicator for this info. I really, really, really do not like this type of not knowing my health rate...
It's worse when you don't know how damaged your opponent is either. I absolutely HATED that. In the real world, and I've been in plenty of fights, you always have a good idea of where you are at, as well as your opponent. Losing this information makes combat SUCK, in my opinion. I always felt like I was fighting blind.
There's no armor in the game at all, from what I've seen. NONE. I hated this too. While it was funny, I was in a group fighting agains another group of bikini clad women, and they were owning us. This seemed ridiculous because it made the combat ridiculous, when the combat in this game wasn't meant to be, especially if you look at how detailed the weapon stats are. I would think cops and even criminals could get helmets, bullet-proof vests, kevlar, and other body armor. Nada!
To custimize your toon, you have to go to a different channel, and use kiosks. I didn't know this, and no one would tell me when I asked, which I found really, really annoying. I didn't like having to not only change my zone, but use silly kiosks to change different things about my character. They also load very slowly, and even each time you demo a piece of clothing, there's a decent delay to see what it looks like. This should be a local file, if it isn't, and be IMMEDIATE.
There's a slew more I didn't like, but I'm just complaining now, so I'll leave it at that I guess I was let down because I keep looking for a game to stick with for a while, and I'm just not finding it (a multiplayer game that is). Everything seemed to be so much better when I started gaming, and it's gone downhill since. Sure the technology, sound and graphics and such are WAY better, but the game design is definately, NOT. Luckily, most of you young gamers won't miss what you never had.
Now games just add the F-bomb, vulgarity and so on to appeal to, well, teens maybe?, who knows, but they then slap a Mature or 18+ label on it, when only teens would enjoy the constant swearing. I don't know many 20-30 year olds, and I don't think they LOVE the F bomb dropped every 3 seconds like it is now in games, and well, TV and movies, WAY more than it ever used to be. I swear, but I use it in moderation. I don't like it in my video games, period.
I don't go to the mall, and hit the sales clerk at a store there and say "How much is this F***ing receiver?" "Is it ever going to be on F***ing sale"? This is how games and TV are teaching people and society (including children) how life actually is, when it isn't. I drink at bars with BIKERS at times, and THEY don't even swear this much.
What's worse, is my son is a gamer, and 11 years old now, and he can't play ANYTHING now because of the excessive swearing. I refuse to accept that this is the way games are now. I'm a good parent, and I plan to keep him from things he isn't ready for, and things I find morally reprehensible, and things I don't want him copying. Thanks to these moronic design decisions, he is kept from enjoying TONS of otherwise great games.