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MAG - ZTGD Review

ZeroTolerance writes: It has been a long time coming, but Sony and Zipper Interactive's latest collaboration is finally here. The biggest draw to MAG was in fact the acronym behind its name. Massive Action Game was being touted as the first to allow large-scale battles consisting of up to 256 players on a console. Now when first announced there were plenty of skeptics, myself included, that claimed the game would simply not work on a console. Here we are just a short time later prepared to eat our words. MAG is a fantastic addition to Sony's first-party lineup and one of the best online team-based shooters I have ever played. (MAG, PS3) 9/10

callahan09  +   2121d ago
Not sure why this game is getting such a wide variety of reviews (I've seen as low as 6, but lots of 8's, and some 9's and perfects), but I love this game. Good review.
young juice  +   2121d ago
thats it
im just gonna get it.
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-Alpha  +   2121d ago
It's already been accepted as one of those games that you either like or hate.

The execution of 256 players is successful, the only problem is whether the reviewer appreciates it or doesn't.

The thing with reviews is that they also take into account a whole bevy of things like graphics, sound, etc. Both of those categories haven't been MAG's strongest suits which likely brings down scores to 7's.

As for the actual gameplay, people seem to be liking it and there is nothing suggesting that the mechanics are broken.
BeaArthur  +   2121d ago
A lot of games get a wide range of reviews. Most of the reviews will be pretty close but then you will always get 1 or 2 that are kind of out there whether they are way above the average or below it. Most reviewers seem to think it's around an 8 give or take. You've seen some 9's you've seen some 6's, that's just the way it goes.
Chubear  +   2121d ago
Nothing like the first time you actually command your squad of 7other gamers as a squad leader, they listen to your orders and you win that battle. There is NO FPS around that gives you a feeling like that.

This game is one hell of an experience

If you think being a SL is cool then wait 'till you go on all out broadcast as an OiC (officer in charge) and tell all 127 of your company to do something and they all obey immediately. That's a hell of a rush.

... and let's not forget about the rush of parachuting deep into an enemy base from a C130. Medal of Honor tried this too but it was kinda bare bones and short.

Go jump on this thing an experience this awesomeness.
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Dacapn  +   2121d ago
I'm glad we're getting a game that has such a wide variety of reviews. It means we're finally getting something relatively new. Just when we think shooters have hit the ceiling, we get something that rocks our foundations. Some like it, some hate it. Good stuff.
The Happy Baby  +   2121d ago
Let me guess....this review was a 9....
So automatically, they were the only honest ones?
Well, atleast the whiners got what they wanted. :) Im happy for them. Maybe now, they'll stop.
Christopher  +   2121d ago
The game is getting a very mixed bag of reviews because it's a niche game in the FPS genre. Most importantly is that much of the reviews are based on how they play with others in the multiplayer, which is the majority of the game. If that reviewer had a bad experience, the review suffers.

Edit: To those replying about my comment of this being a niche market game, please look up the word niche in a dictionary. Niche is not synonymous with small. A niche market is a specialized market. In this case, it's online FPS gamers who like large scale battles with large numbers of people. That is a 'specialized' market for a game, so therefore a niche market game.
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sikbeta  +   2121d ago

The majority of Reviewers are Focusing on:


2·Lack of SP Mode

3·The need of cooperation in order to win, this is more like the Gaming Experience that can be F#cked up if your team $ucks, or if they play like lone wolves and let you alone, since the Idea of the game is play as a Team, the whole game goes nowhere, you don't gain experience and your team don't progress so it makes difficult to unlock new levels

But, this only can happen in the first days or when all the crews don't fully understand what's the deal, now the Crews are becoming better at Teamwork and
playing even better, I don't understand WHY every site starting to Reviews MAG if the game wasn't Completely Massive and they were Nøøb$, MAG can't be reviewed if you just played 1 match and that's it

The Game is Awesome and Play as a Team is not a Pain, is really enjoyable
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Chubear  +   2121d ago
Even if you're not into FPSs, this is the first game you can get into and really contribute in many ways and still be MVP along with all the hot sh...
I don't understand people saying it's a niche game. IT"S AN ONLINE FPS!! where's the "niche"? lol

People are just confused with the huge gap in review ratings cause they depend on these gaming sites way too much so they putt it down to "oh it's love/hate kind of game". THAT"S BS. It's a FPS you either love FPSs or you don't that's it.

Weather you love Tactical FPSs or Rambo FPSs it doesn't matter cause the game has all of that with it's 4modes. This really shows how much people are sheep and slaves to these review sites. They can't even see these gaming sites are just using the drama surrounding MAG in manipulating the commmunity for hits on their sites. They don't give a toss about actually informing you about the game, they just want to fan the flames of the fanboy war with this game cause they see the drama is giving heavy hits to their site one way or the other.

Use your own brain and think people. What's not to like and enjoy about a FPS that has a range from 32v32 to 128v128? Wow, SHEEP.
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raztad  +   2121d ago

This is a divide but I know for certain MAG is not niche. It has mass appeal and requires something more than just a handful of gamers to play.

Domination is the most rewarding, fun and exciting multiplayer mode ever. There is no way a 9x9 or a 16x16 (KZ2) come close to what MAG domination does. It's just unbelievable, the technical achievement, all the action going on, people taking the game seriously and giving their best in order to get the job done.

If you suck at FPS I can highly recommend MAG. Stick with your squad and provide support. It's gonna be an awesome ride.
rockleex  +   2121d ago
The Happy (whining) Baby...
Crying about other people.

Maybe one day, The Whining Baby will get what it wants?
*wants PS3 fans to disappear*
TheBlackSmoke  +   2121d ago
It seems like most reviewers are marking it down based on how people are playing in the game which has nothing to do with the game itself. Crapping on the game because the team you are on played awful is wrong when clearly it is a human error and not the fault of the game.

Its funny that you didnt see MW2 rated lower because of camping and noobtubing because that is basically what destroys the game, yet those are human factors so they were not brought up in the glowing reviews...double standard much?.

As with any FPS what they give you is an engine to play in and the tools (weapons)to get the job done. Everything else is based on player interaction. The game is designed to be learned as you play, with experience the game will become even better.
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HQLocated111  +   2121d ago
watch this be one of the reviews that DONT get added to Metacritic
blind-reaper  +   2121d ago
Good review I might buy it.
no "Bungie" comment... weird
callahan09  +   2121d ago
Graphics and sound in MAG are both very good, not sure how they can be so harshly criticized either or how they can lower the score of the game so drastically. The game is fun, what they've pulled off is unique and impressive and it works, and the fact that Zipper is not getting the praise they deserve for their impressive PS3 debut is sickening to me. Why don't these critics get a real job instead of tearing down the legitimate and difficult work of others. I'd like to see those guys join a development team and contribute something as good as MAG to the gaming world. They wouldn't last 10 minutes in the real meat of the industry.
FragGen  +   2121d ago
It's funny because the same reason people take a dump all over this game (it requires team work and tactics in addition to fast reflexes) is one the main reasons people are going to say BFBC2 is "better" than MW2 when it comes out.
FamilyGuy  +   2121d ago
That all sounds EPIC O.O

BTW, on topic of "mixed reviews"

Only reviewers are giving this game mixed reviews, every person EVERY SINGLE PERSON I've talked to who owns the game say it's great or at the very least "good".
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The Happy Baby  +   2120d ago
nah, i know you ps3 brats arent going anywhere.
me? whine? riiiiiiight, says the ps3 fanbrat.
onanie  +   2120d ago
That seems to be exactly what you are doing, happy baby.
Lookbehind  +   2121d ago
Yep it's frustrating Gaming Hub U.K gives it a 6.5 ZTGD gives it a 9.I guess it is either love it or hate it....................
Chubear  +   2121d ago
It's only frustrating if you are dependent on gaming sites telling you what's a good or bad game for you.
VileAndVicious  +   2121d ago
oh wait... yeah I do. HATERISM (yes haterism... I just created that... patent pending) and biased reviewers. The game is flawed but its stil a gem.

And before anyone says it just because the game 9/10 doesnt mean I agree with it. Personaly Id rate it about an 8.5 or so. But when you look at some of the truly BS reviews it has gotten *cough* IGN UK *cough* (excuse me) its only fair

LOL some one dissagree's with me and bubble for saying something positive about a good game? I love it. If you wish to dissagree at least state why coward.
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BeaArthur  +   2121d ago
VileAndVicious...they are probably disagreeing because you are ranting like an ignorant lunatic. Instead of formulating a thought and presenting it in a sensible manner you are up there screaming about "haterism" and how you can't understand how someone gave it a 6. Let me explain it to you, some people don't really like the game while others like it a lot. Stop letting what other people think run your life.
gameangel  +   2121d ago
LOL, some people care far too much...

There's people dying the world, FFS.
4cough  +   2121d ago
Bullcrap sites pandering to PS3 fanboys. MAG is a turd and everybody knows it.

Just like Killzone effing wank game.
Karooo  +   2121d ago
Killzone 2 is the best MP game this gen, clan matches are pure awesomeness.

says a guy who played 600hrs + of killzone 2 oh and mag is fun as well many ps3 fans love it, of course the graphics are average so is the sound but that will drag the reviews down, that doesnt mean game sucks game is fun to play.

cry moar.
Lookbehind  +   2121d ago
@ 4cough...
You are the only turd on this page soon to be extinct,see ya" flushes toilet" lol........................... ................
TheBlackSmoke  +   2121d ago
"of course the graphics are average so is the sound but that will drag the reviews down"

Unless its Halo in which case you get a free pass
Shortstop  +   2121d ago
If you want an FPS that's more than just run and gun (like MW), then this is your game. I said in a previous comment that if IGN gave it a 3 then I might have reconsidered buying it... but in all honesty, that's a lie. IGN could have given it a 1 and it would not have mattered.

This game is great. The key to getting the most out of it is to play it frequently, learn the objectives well, and communicate. There's going to be some truly mature battles once everyone starts fully understanding it (and it IS overwhelming the first time you play it but trust me; that's a good thing).
LostDjinn  +   2121d ago
I know how to do this posting thing.
*insert zealot comment*

On a serious note. Nice review Zero. It was well written (you of all people should know that's against N4G policy). I couldn't give a crap about the score. It was just nice to read an honest opinion from a gamer who actually played the game.
MetalGearRising  +   2121d ago
Killzone 2 is the best MP game this gen yeah what ever stop smoking sh*t.

MWF2 and Halo 3 MP are the best each have Millions playing at once. Killzone 2 u be lucky if u find anyone playing and as for MAG it's just another flop.
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RBdrift  +   2121d ago
sad little troll,it must suck having no games huh.
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Cyrax_87  +   2121d ago
lmao, Halo is fine, thre's nothing wrong with that..
..but MW2 is the worse game I've bought this gen, it's so freaking overrated. It's actually a huge step down from CoD4, you die quicker, there's alot more camping because everyone wants their nuke/chopper gunner, stupid unrealistic weapons combination, perks that make the game very unbalanced, stages that suck compared to CoD4, insane amount of glitches for even more unbalanced gaming ect

The only thing slightly fun about it is co-op splitscreen spec-ops, that's it.
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Karooo  +   2121d ago
MW2 haha
MW2 as well its noob fest camp war 2.

Halo3 is a great MP game I'd give you that, ive played it and loved it but the intensity of killzone 2 clan matches when 100k valor is on the line, everyone needs to experience.
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Doc Sony  +   2121d ago
Haha, so funny MetalGearRising how your tone changes when a PS3 review strikes a nerve.

You get serious all of a sudden and let go of the dumb joker you normally are.

come on man, not even one dumb sales joke ?

Scary sh!t man.
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unrealgamer58  +   2121d ago
@ Chubear
"It's only frustrating if you are dependent on gaming sites telling you what's a good or bad game for you."

truer words have never been spoken.
xjoshbx  +   2121d ago

I thought I was addicted to modern warfare till i reached about lvl 10 in mag. Once you learn wtf is going on and how to manage everything this game is perfect(to me). I've never enjoyed a FPS as much as MAG so far. When you first pick it up it's not going to seem like a thrilling experience, but as you progress and learn more about it you'll become addicted.
DevastationEve  +   2121d ago
Much like...
it being frustrating here if you take fanboys seriously. You just have to be above it all and make ur own damn choices.
VileAndVicious  +   2121d ago
@ BeaArthur
Actually Bea I have pretty much ALWAYS when posting on the topic of MAG, written an in depth post about How I personally feel about the game, so much so that Im sure many of the people here have read I have nothing but positive things to say.

The review score does not control or rule me. Lol I have already purchased the game (at launch) and I enjoy it regardless of what any reviewer says about it. I do however generally care to read other gamers thoughts, opinions and express my own, as you(thats why Im assuming you selected the comments sections of this particular article.)

And I would hardly call anything that I stated up there ranting or raving for that matter(If I was, I might have stated that it deserved a perfect score). But if YOU truly do not care to read what I say. Then please by all means ignore me. Because I will not simply stop stating my own opinions or thoughts on anything or for anyone =) Maybe I am a lunatic for thinking this way. Good day sir.
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BeaArthur  +   2121d ago
I don't care what you do or say, you wanted people to tell you why they were disagreeing; so I did. And to be honest that was a bit of a rant, you were talking about "BS" and "biased" reviews, I was surprised there were no conspiracy theories thrown in there. I was just offering some insight into why you had all the disagrees.
Orange Juice  +   2121d ago
good review
Its risky to put out an online only game for consoles, just look at WARHAWK. It was scoring everywhere from 6 to 9 just like MAG because this type of game that appeals so much to the hardcore scares the casual demographic off. In a few months the casuals will move on to BC2 while the dedicated MAG community is going strong. If you doubt this in any way go boot up WARHAWK and take a look at that active community which started in 07 and is still going despite monsters like MW2 being available.
GrandTheftZamboni  +   2121d ago
I agree, this seems like Warhawk reviews all over again. Warhawk is kind of game that graphics or (non-existent) story cannot make good or bad. Most of the experience depends on who you're playing with. And as Sikbeta above stated, most of the reviewers have the same standard check list. Warhawk didn't make stellar scores, but I played it more than any other game. Time will tell if MAG will follow suit.
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Socomer 1979  +   2120d ago
Hooooooooooooooo YaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH!!!!!!!!!!!
Go Valor!

Great write up Zero. you sound like a guy who likes his games.

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