MAG (Massive Action Game) Reader Review
MAG is a massive game. With action in it. Shut up. I had been playing MAG for about 15 minutes before I noticed how big it is. I mean the last online FPS I played before it was (I'm poor) and in comparison to this its tiny. The maps of MAG are huge and have loads of depth to them. Places for snipers to camp to the annoyance of mad people with assault rifles who just run at the enemy regardless of any strategy. But you will need strategy in this game. Took me about an hour to learn that. Running of and trying to go it alone like on won't work in this game. The enemy teams are so big it wont be long until you find yourself running into two random enemies who would be more than happy to kill you.
Teamwork is essential to win the game you are playing, and is easier to work as a team if you own a mic. Talking to your team-mates and making strategies to take out your opponents is not only an easy way to win the match, but great fun. Because people forget that this game is also an MMO not just a online FPS. An easy way to make yourself essential to the team is unlocking the revive kit. There is nothing worse in this game than watching someone drop down in front of you and you not being able to do anything. Reviving your team-mates is one important part of the game.
The amount of people you can play online though is mad. You have to unlock the new game modes as you level up but even the first proper game mode is big. Sabotage holds about 64 players with 32 on each team either attacking the opponents bases or defending their own. Satisfying stuff. As you go on though, you will play the match that is most likely to bring people into this game is the 256-man game. Domination. In the game mode you have to capture towers before taking over their main base and holding it for as long as possible causing as much damage as possible. As you fight the other 128 odd players it really hits you how huge this game is. Watching over everyone you see players running around with killing someone on there mind. But also you have to think that all these players on computers. They are all real people.
The levelling-up system is effective aswell. Within every game you get points for killing people, and depending on the game securing the objective (such as capturing a base in Sabotage.) After the game all these points are put into experience points which help you level up. Every time you level up you get one skill point. You can use the skill points to get new attachments to your weapons and even new weapons. Also with the new attachments they vary with the 3 different factions you choose at the beginning: Raven, S.V.E.R and Valor. It also use RPG elements allowing you to re-spec aswell.
Through the game you will also receive ribbons for doing things within the game. Things like killing enemies, reviving team-mates, or destroying a certain amount of vehicles will award you with ribbons. Eventually you get medals, and with these medals you can get some lovely trophies.
There are sadly some bad points to this game aswell though. Some of the maps are stupidly hard to penetrate, such as S.V.E.R's Sabotage map which is rubbishy designed and almost impossible to get into the objective points. Also the other game mode is not too exciting. Having to steal the opponents vehicles from the back of their map isn't much fun.
But other than the lack of bad points to this game, its a fun and en-thrilling game that can keep you going for weeks on end. If you liked or but thought they were too small, then this is your game. Buy it.