Quantcast
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions - Destructoid

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist



E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions


2:20 PM on 06.03.2009
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions photo



My long walk (or huff) across the E3 convention center concourse to see a behind closed doors demo of Realtime Worlds MMO All Points Bulletin was worth the effort. I’ve always had my trepidations about the title -- some still exist -- but I left largely impressed by the game the studio behind Crackdown is building.

The demo revolved around something Realtime Worlds referred to as their “three C’s”: customization, conflict, and celebrity. I wasn’t sold on the latter two, but I my mind melted when I saw the deep customization options available for players. Realtime Worlds stressed to those in attendance that they created the robust customization system so everyone playing the game would feel as if they were controlling a unique character. And, frankly, they weren’t kidding around -- every layer of clothing, skin, and a tattoo is a base; there’s no painting. That means the same pair of jeans or tattoo will contour each avatar’s body individually. (During the demo, I watched them apply the same look to a fat and skinny character. The differences are subtle, but lifelike.)

I only caught a glimpse of the MMO's gunplay. From what I saw, it appears as if the action will be very similar to Grand Theft Auto IV, which made me question just how deep or involved it could possibly be. (Chances are there won’t be magic buffs.) Apparently, the game uses a dynamic matchmaking system, so if a bad guy (there’s two factions you can play in the game) decides to steal a car and gets reported by another player, the good faction can roll in to fight them off.

Matches are confined to small skirmishes. Fifty versus fifty is a possibility, but the demo emphasized two versus four and four versus one. (Fights are dependent on how good you are at a given “role” (essentially a level).

As for the celebrity, I haven’t the slightest idea from the minutes I saw of the game. We were told it was possible to get your face on billboards and statues if you perform and, uh, kill things enough, which seems pretty hip if you plan to be a dedicated player.

Sadly, that’s all I saw today. Hopefully we’ll see more soon.
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions photo
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions photo
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions photo
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions photo
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions photo
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions photo
E3 09: All Points Bulletin impressions photo





Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.



Video: No Man's Sky impressions photo
Video: No Man's Sky impressions
11:00 PM on 06.18.2014







Win your choice of console from Destructoid! in Destructoid's Hangs on LockerDome

MMO

4:00 PM on 07.18.2014
Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.3)

The last time we left off in our assessment of Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.3, I had experienced most of the tertiary level content, ready to face off against the big boss Ramuh himself in his true form, alongside of playing m...more



12:00 PM on 07.16.2014
Final Fantasy XIV's free weekend rescheduled for July 18th through the 21st

Square Enix has shifted the free weekend for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn around a bit. Instead of taking place last week right after patch 2.3, the free period is going to start on July 18th, and run through July 2...more



4:45 PM on 07.14.2014
Play as Solatorobo's Red in Little Tail Story special event

Namco Bandai's Little Tail Story is now running a new event where players can recruit Solatorobo: Red the Hunter's main character Red for their armies. Solatorobo was released in October 2010 and is set in a steampunk fantasy...more



View all MMO






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more