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+ unique co-op experience
+ nice soundtrack
+ steampunk airships rock
+ distinct class roles
I Dont Like:
- shallow gameplay barely evolves
- weak graphics
Guns of Icarus Online takes place after a large war which has run the earth barren. Humanity has developed technology which allows them to traverse the skies in airships.
They do so seeking resources and trade to protect their livelihood. Rising from the ashes of a ruined planet, humanity has split into factions each with their own views, rules and aesthetic style. Ranging from the Mercantile Guild – seeking material gain, but never forgetting their origins – to the Arashi League – living in the harshest of environments, forced to co-operate with eachother.
From sluggish flying fortresses to scrappy little vessels, each of the different airships you can pick from have their own distinct visual design, deck layout and maneuvering capabilities. Captains can customize the loadouts for different gun stations on their ship with a nice assortment of weaponry ranging from harpoons, flamethrowers, and machineguns to cannons and rocket launchers.
Beyond their armament slots, the unique ship designs are a blast to work on and around in battle. You'll climb scaffolding to hop into a gun station, run below deck to make crucial repairs, and even precariously balance along tail rudders to reach engine propellers.
Figuring out the location of key systems on each ship and the quickest ways to access them is crucial, and running around to frantically fix damage as you're bombarded by incoming fire delivers a particularly panic-stricken thrill.
Captain: Tasked with keeping the crew working smoothly, piloting the ship and handling the strategic aspects for the entire crew. this is one of the most demanding yet rewarding classes to choose. If you’ve got a mic and are willing to work with the team, you’ll do great with this class.
Gunner: Pretty much explains itself to be honest. Your job is to transfer as much ordinance into the enemy ships as possible. While all the crew are important, without actually attacking the enemy it renders other tasks moot.
Engineer: Backbone of a ship, you need to keep a flying Junker aloft long enough for the rest of your crew to do their job and you will find yourself scuttling around hitting machines with your trusty wrench to keep them repaired, You’ll also chances to fire some shots off between repairs so the a few kills are not beyond your ability.
Guns of Icarus Online is full of gorgeous scenic maps which have a sort of desolate, forlorn beauty to them. Vast spanning desert, littered with scrap, surrounded by dust clouds and sandstorms. Craggy peaks protruding out of rough oceans, washed blue with lightning.
A desolate city, crumbling from disuse. The variety is excellent and the sky-boxes are just as good. Piercing blue skies contrasting the yellow-orange deserts.
Grey skylines erupting in shards of blue lightning. All of this is accompanied by a wonderfully orchestrated soundtrack which only drives to accentuate the scenic views.
The ships themselves almost contrast the beauty of the maps in their scrap-like appearance, making great use of rusted reds, browns and dull greys.
Firing weapons sound like they should and you’ll quickly cringe in fear as your ships hull takes damage. The crackling of fire after an enemy flamer pass will quickly send you scurrying to put them out and the drum beats guiding you into battle will prepare you for the fury to come. All I can really say is it all works great.
While it can be touted as its biggest strength, it’s also its biggest weakness. The fact co-operation is absolutely required can often put you in the situation where you need to play with random players. While the majority of the community is a pleasure to deal with, you often-times run across people without microphones and sometimes bad eggs. This is normal for any game, but when co-operation is such a big thing, it stings a bit more.
Guns of Icarus Online is a great example of a co-op game and does plenty of things right. There aren’t really any comparable games, but it does what it does and it does it well. If you’re looking for a fun co-op romp with friends this is definitely one to look at.
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