“Loadout is a new “Free-2-Play” take on fast-paced, multiplayer shooters. Players invent and customize their own outrageous weapons to carry into furious, over-the-top shooter action that truly distinguishes itself from the vast array of “modern combat” titles. Earn new weapon parts, character customizations, equipment, and accessories as you gain prestige and wealth. The more you play, the more you can customize. There are endless possibilities to truly set yourself apart from your opponents. We’ll continue to update Loadout with new items, customizations, game-play modes, features and much more. ” – Edge of Reality
There has been a lot of buzz about the new Free to Play cartoon shooter “Loadout”, and I couldn’t ignore it as much as I wanted to. It is free to play, and as much as I praise the free to play game model, I had to try it out.
After downloading Loadout, I loaded it up , but I had some trouble loading in to a game. There were apparently some issues with the server at launch that have since been fixed (I really only mentioned that to see how many times I could fit “load” into a sentence). When I finally did get to play, I was a bit put off by the vulgar nature of the game. Loadout is a throwback to arena shooters like Unreal Tournament, which is a great thing, but I think they overdid it a little bit. Thankfully they provided the option to disable nudity and gore.
Once I tweaked the settings enough that I was comfortable playing the game, I started to appreciate it a little more. It still comes across as a mix between Unreal, Team Fortress, and South Park, but it is fun. The graphics are really well done – it is cartoony enough that the over the top dismemberment didn’t really bother me, and the maps are interesting.
The game plays really smoothly, and there is a ton of customization options to work with. Sadly, the one thing I like to customize most in games – characters – are only able to be customized by paying real money. I guess they had to make a buck somewhere, but the available character choices leave most people playing the same exact model, which gets boring fast.
Last but certainly not least, the matchmaking is just awful. You can have a great game for 4v4, but if you never get thrown into a 4v4 match, you can’t really experience the game as it is meant to be played. Edge of Reality needs to improve matchmaking a LOT before people will play the game consistently, especially when there is the option to take a support loadout into the game.
While Loadout has brought a lot to the table, it also has a lot it needs to improve on. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but I was mildly entertained by it. If I had to pick a shooter to play, Loadout as it is now would not be anywhere near my top pick. In fact, I think I’ll go play a game of Team Fortress 2 to recover.
Gameplay - 7
Graphics - 7.5
Replay Value - 3
If I had to pick a shooter to play, Loadout as it is now would not be anywhere near my top pick. In fact, I think I'll go play a game of Team Fortress 2 to recover.
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