*** EARLY ACCESS REVIEW ***
Ok, so I tuned up to MMOBomb like I usually do and watched Magicman covering this game with some "First-Look" gameplay.
During the entire video all I had in mind was "I WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME!!!".
Then Magicman said somehting like "So if you guys want to check this game up it's now on Steam's Early Access Game program and will be open for all during Open Beta".
Quick Google search gave me 2 last keys in some giveaway (for me and a friend) and I hopped into the game.
Now for the actual game review:
*I've only played for a little over an hour*
I can't stress how polished the game is for one in the Early Access Game program. It is in a very good state and to me, it means they know what they're doing.
P2W? (Spoiler: No! ;))
Ok, so a quick look at the cash shop shows cosmetic items only, "skins", basically DOTA 2, CS:GO, LoL, SMITE, etc style of cash shop.
This was very important for me since it's a brawler game which requires skill (or just button smashing ;)) and not overpowered items.
I'm not too sure about this one, but there's one heavy attack that seem to be a little bit overpowered to me, maybe it's just me, obviously I don't know the numbers and math but hopefully if that's the case it'll be balanced. Other than that one heavy attack, everything seem to be fine so far (with a little over an hour of gameplay).
Matchmaking and connectivity:Connectivity:
I've had a little bit of lag (one person in the room kept rubberbanding) but that is probably because at the time I was playing there were about 11 more people in the game (at least according to Steam).
So I suppose the matchmaking system was "forced" to match people together even if they lived in different continents. All other matches except for this one were pretty solid.Matchmaking:
I'm not entirely sure if there's a ranked matchmaking system in place right now but I'm almost certain ranked matchmaking system (hidden or not) will be a feature in the future for the more competitive people. And I'd actually like that. But right now there's none, as far as I can tell.
If you want to play with friends (online), you can still do so with the "Custom Online", at the time of writing this review I've had no one to test it with and even if I had someone, friend list in the game is currently disabled. But it's safe to assume that you just invite people to your own created room and you just play.
You can also play in a local match and it's just like in your old console, each device (controller/keyboard) is one player, and you can actually play with a controller (P1) and a keyboard (P2), this is really cool and very helpful for people with only one controller who still want to play locally with a friend or sibiling. I really liked this feature :)
Characters and visuals:
There are currently 11 characters, all very unique in style.
The artstyle of the game is very pretty in my opinion but it's very cartoonish, I assume it might be a turn off for a few people but I personally just LOVE IT.
Music and sound effects:Background music:
I like the background music, nothing much to say about this one, I just hope they'll release more tracks as more maps will be released in the future.Sound effects:
Sound effects are awesome. I wish (and here's a suggestion to the developers) that, well, I'll put it this way. I saw all the different cosmetic things, even the cloud of dust when you knock people out can be customized (not yet though because you can't purchase any custom ones yet), so what I wish to see is customizable sound effects for attacks and such. I'd buy these FOR SURE.
Map layouts are pretty much your typical brawler-type-of-game-map-layout, nothing you can do wrong with this one so it's all good.
There are currently only 4 maps in the game which kind of disappointed me a little bit but at the same time kind of understandable. I'm not looking for anything over 10 so 4 maps during beta is a good thing I guess. Gives them something to release post-launch in different updates.
Controller vs. Keyboard, movement and attacks:
I'll be honest here, I didn't even try to play this game with a keyboard and I don't think I ever will.
This kind of games is MEANT to be played with a controller. I rarely play with a controller but I have one for this reason exactly - games like this.
Controls are smooth and movement and attacks are fluid. Only one thing I didn't like, I think the gravity needs to be increased just a little bit (really just a tiny bit), sometimes I felt too "floaty" :P
There's a currently-disabled feature called "Missions", I have no idea what that is but I'm really looking forward to see what it is so I thought I'd add it to the review for when it'll be added (so I'll update the review when it'll be enabled).
Overall, I'd suggest everyone to at least try this game. I'm not even that much into brawlers but I will definitely hop onto this game every now and then to kill some time and have fun.
Going to have a lot of fun with friends in the next weekend playing this game hehe :)
I just hope they keep the cash shop cosmetic and other than that can't wait for the game to go into Open Beta and Release. I will most likely update this review when that happens :)