Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Crossout by Targem Games and Gaijin Entertainment. I received a closed beta key to write-up this review but this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
I have an announcement to make to start off this review. The game will be officially leaving it’s closed beta phase and entering the free to play open beta phase on May 30th, 2017. The game itself will remain much the same but will include new models and textures for vehicles (Pictured below), new maps, a new faction (Military), and new game modes.
Crossout is A vehicular combat MMORPG that feels a lot like a combination of Mad Max and Twisted Metal. I’ll say right off the bat that if you’re not a fan of vehicular combat games then you probably won’t like this one too much because that’s the game’s main appeal.
One of the game’s most unique features is the ability to create your own custom vehicles from scratch. There are a wide range of parts including weapons, frames, wheels, accessories, and various types of fenders and cabins. You can pretty much design anything you can possibly think of ranging from tanks and trucks to hot rods and some people have even made X-Wings. Once you have a design that you’re happy with you can save it to your blueprints for future use. You can also share your blueprint with the community using the Exhibition window. People have made some pretty crazy creations already and they’re yours to try out at any time. Once you’re finished building your vehicle you can also test drive it in an open field. Here you can fire upon the spawned version of itself to see how long it’d last with your own guns or you can spawn some bots to help in your testing. It’s a good idea to utilize this and modify your vehicle accordingly so you perform at your peak during a real battle.
As of right now, the game features 4 factions (5 if you include the upcoming Military faction). These factions include Engineers, Lunatics, Nomads and Scavengers. You start as a member of the Engineers but once you reach level 10 with them you’ll unlock access to the others. Factions allow you to gain access to new part manufacturing faction vehicle blueprints and new equipment as you level up. To manufacture items you’ll need to acquire scrap mental from battles or you can use credits that you’ve earned from the marketplace to purchase the parts instead.
The Marketplace is essentially the game’s auction hall where you can buy and sell various parts and accessories for your vehicles using the game’s currency, credits. Items vary in price based on their color quality, orange being the most expensive items. The only type of item you can’t see is grey items because they’re worthless. Any items you purchase at the marketplace, will be transferred to your storage window.
In the shop you can spend real world money to buy special packs which include a variety of different parts, new blueprints using these new parts, and a bundle of credits. There are 4 packs as of writing this and priced at $19.99, $29.99, and $49.99.
In the season screen you can take on various missions with varying difficulty. You gain scrap metal by completing them which in turn allows you to manufacture more parts. These missions change with each season of the game so you won’t always see the same ones but it gives you enough time to complete them all.
Currently there are 5 game modes to choose from including Missions, Raids, Brawls, Clans and Ladder Matches.
Missions are non-ranked PvP matches where two competing teams fight to unlock parts. The first team to destroy the other team is declared the winner. Raids are your PvE in this game. Here you’ll be able to take part in various missions against bots. These range from protecting a cargo truck to destroying an enemy base. Each Raid requires 3-4 people and a specific vehicle power rating. Each raid is also split into different difficulties including Easy, Normal and Hard. New Raid missions are generated every few hours.
Brawls are free for all matches and include Races, Free for All and Storm Warning. Race is as it sounds, 8 players race against each other in a circuit match. Weapons are deactivated in race mode so it’ll be a relative “clean” match. In Free for All, the first player to reach 10 kills is declared the winner. You also have the ability to self destruct causing a large amount of damage to enemies within the radius. Storm Warning is a unique game mode where a storm continuously ravages the battlefield field after 30 seconds and any vehicle caught in the storm is instantly destroyed. The last surviving player is the winner. The clan section only has only one game mode as of writing this review and it’s a clan battle. Finally, Ladder matches are ranked battles among your fellow players. It requires a vehicle with a minimum of 3000 power rating and you must be level 10.
From what I’ve been playing of this game, it’s quite entertaining. I’ll admit that I’ve never been a competitive person when it comes to just about anything so I’ve never been too into competitive multiplayer games but I’ve taken a liking to this one. Mostly because it’s a pretty laid back game and it’s easy to get into. I imagine this will change a bit when it the free to play open beta kicks in and more people join the game.
I will admit that there are some aspects of pay to win since you can unlock higher level equipment at a low-level by purchasing the packs but they’re pretty expensive and the game requires more skill and strategy than it first appears. It’s never a good idea to simply go in guns blazing (I do it a bit too frequently) because that will simply leave you exposed and you’ll die pretty quickly. You should use your surroundings to your advantage, never follow the AI bots into battle, because they line themselves up for the slaughter, and use your vehicle to it’s best ability. For example, if you have a tank or long-range weapon, it’s actually a better idea to get above your enemies and rain down hell upon them. More teamwork among your team members would go a long way too but as of writing this it’s a bit hard since the AI outnumber the players, and they’re not very smart.
Overall, I’ve been having quite a bit of fun with the game. It’s certainly not perfect yet as there are a few aspects that could be improved upon (Voice chat among team members would be pretty handy) but it does provide a lot of entertainment if you’re into vehicular combat. If you’re not big on the genre then chances are you probably won’t like this game too much because, I will admit, it’s a bit grindy right now. Still, it’s worth checking out if you have the free time because it’ll be free to play on May 30th, maybe you’ll get to play against me at some point.
Thanks for reading the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon. Happy gaming folks!
-Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!