MAG's big battlefields are a great place to wage war, as long as you can handle some of the rigors of combat. Video Review: http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/action/mag/video/6249275/mag-video-review (Click Link below for text review)
The Good * Well-integrated command structure * Quick, tense action * Lots of ways to make your mark on the battlefield * Large, well-designed maps. The Bad * Can be tough to get a command post * Some technical awkwardness * Occasional connectivity issues. Seems like a fair review. They liked the game, and an 8.0 is a great score. I really hope people don't complain about it being too low. Also I'm surprised that they were more generous than IGN. Usually it's the other way around. Also, note that the pros and cons don't dictate the score. It's just a quick rundown. I want to say that I am very impressed with MAG's score overall. I truly didn't expect AAA, but I was expecting AA at the most and I was even thinking that it would average something as low as 6.5 I am glad I was wrong. Dead wrong. I went from not being interested to wanting to buy it or at least try it. @jack I was never too confident with WKC, but I may pick it up sometime down the road.
so does the fact that they gave monster hunter freedom unite a 6.5 make u a bit more optimistic about white knight?
@Alpha Its like you just read my mind and typed before I even thought of it. I totally agree with you and I am glad that they spent about a week before writing their review for it, I'm gonna get this for sure now just becuase of this review ... well this and the S.V.E.R. video.
In my book, I don't think its reasonable to score this game lower than a 7/10. I would rate it about a 8/10 - 8.5. 9/10 is kinda pushin it a bit IMO. As for connectivity issues, I don't experience any lag except for the 1 occasional hiccup every 10-15 games. That alone is impressive but the fact that you can be in a full game of 256 players at once and not experience ANY lag at all is a HUGE accomplishment. Especially for a console game. The graphics may not be up to par with many other games this gen...but are in no way ugly. To be honest, I didn't think Zipper could pull it off this well. And I think it'll only get better in the coming weeks/months once all the MW2 noobs start filtering out. ;)
I don't quite understand the negatives. * Can be tough to get a command post - What is he talking about? Like, capturing a command post? or getting a command position? * Some technical awkwardness - This one I some what understand. I always thought the holding of the gun looked pretty awkward. Was there anything else? * Occasional connectivity issues. - Meh, it must be pretty rare. I've played close to 30 or 40 matches and never really experienced any issues. Good score overall. I'm loving the game so far and I hope more people buy it.
Unrelated: Pretty big Muse fan myself. They are coming to my city and I hope that I can go see them :) Anyways, they mentioned that the connectivity issues were very rare, but they still reported them. Technical awkward issues are a given-- the animation and some technical kinks are expected in a massive game like this And I'm thinking he means command position-- watch the video review. @nix Ironically enough, the last time I followed my instinct on a game it ended up becoming my GOTY (Demon's Souls FYI). But I can't just simply pick up MAG. Read comment 8.0 I explain it there. And yes, I'm waiting for BC2 so I can't just buy MAG on impulse.
Finally pickin up mag after work today. Was in two betas now ready for the real thing. Sad this is the only game I can afford to pick up for Jan AND Feb :(
I'll watch the video sometime. I'm on my little netbook and videos take forever to load. ：） I got tickets for their show in Colorado. Can't wait!
dude.. i think you should just buy the game. you've been in every MAG article trying to make up your mind. i think the general thread has been very positive about the whole game. do it now unless you're waiting for something else or time to pass by. q: follow your instinct. lol. edit: @alpha: lol.. i already know about your "Demon's Souls" story. q:
Something about MAG that really pissed me off today was an a-hole OIC. He has the ability to talk to everyone on the SVER side and he wouldnt shut the f*** up. He just kept on talking, cussing, saying everybody should suck his d*ck, talking about how to take a sh*t, how he wants to f*ck 14 yr old girls or younger, racist comment, etc. It wasnt even funny. I'd forgive it if it was actually humorous but it wasnt. There was no way to kick him since he's not in our squad. That totally ruined it for me. It's like he had a mic that accepted any noise or words that came from his side. You can even hear background music. Nope, there was no way to mute him or kick him or ban him. His name was like KlNGBUNS or something. Clan [CPK]. His clan was his squad so no one would kick him. @ Alpha You're beating Bungie at this. Teh conspiracies!
and oh, where are those couple 360 trolls here? I see they have a mystique about them, absent when this game gets a "good" review (though not perfect, sure it could improve), but they're present in all their rabid, frothy idiocy jumping up and down like apes when the game gets a 6 from some statistically proven biased site like EDGE...Wow, you guys aren't transparent at all! I wish I could save up more money than I am (moving next month) so I could grab this one. I know it's a blast, and it will be mine eventually...
This is the website Sony boys expected to score the game the highest. 8/10. Solid yes. Must have, No. WKS and MAG haven't been a good kick off for this year. Lets see what Heavy Rain has to offer when non biased (and non french) reviews surface.
@aquanox LOL. What is the difference between solid or must have? a good game is a good game. You should try playing more games and less reviews. Every time I come across a review that tells me MAG is a 7 I just laugh at it. Why? because I OWN the damn game, and I have been playing the crap out of it. Any hardcore FPS player passing on MAG is just a fool.
lol aqua, splintercell delayed "for technical reasons" yeah the game hit 10 fps at points, dont count ur chickens.
"I went from not being interested to wanting to buy it or at least try it." Two things made me a believer: 1) The 128 player mob video the other day 2) Watching people play it via justin.tv (I strongly recommend this for any prospective purchase...short of playing it, nothing gives a more thorough impression of a game than watching someone else play it live) It does remind me of Warhawk quite a bit. Graphically solid but not spectacular, but vast in scope and rewarding those who play it "right". As for review scores, to me the only difference between an 8 and a 9 is this: a 9 implies that just about everyone will love it, where as an 8 is more niche. If you enjoy the niche, then it may be a 9/10 to you. This brings up Warhawk again...that is one of my top 10 all time favorite games, even though some can't stand it.
Like you, despite liking the game, I had expected a much lower meta-score for MAG. It's not a slam-dunk everyone-should-play-this-game affair with ultra production values that merits large numbers of 9+ ratings. That said, I <3 MAG BIG TIME, personally, but, IMHO, there's going to be a mass exodus from this game when BFBC2 hits. I think that'll be a double-edged sword... A LOT of those folks will be n00bs or people who were not willing to commit to a clan/squad, etc. So, if that leaves us with a little more seasoned/serious user base who are looking to squad up right, but whose overall numbers are above critical mass, then the overall MAG experience may get MUCH better, real quick. BUT, if there are not enough hardcore players left... well, I play mostly around midnight and even I'm not into it enough to sit in a queue for 30 minutes to play an online game where there are not enough players. Anyway we'll see how it plays out. Zipper has a history of supporting their titles, etc, and I think they have a lot of talent. So I'm still optimistic, overall... This game has been pretty special for me so far, so I hope it'll have a long shelf life!
I didn't like the beta but the full game really is great fun. I recommend everyone to get it, you won't be dissapointed.
...and look who showed up. See, transparent. You're a joke, where did anybody claim it's God's FPS game or whatever you've dreamed up? No where. You're just too enraged to notice, as you lurch the site for places to dump your fecal posts on with red checks and sweaty palms, and it's killing you that people can like something on a system that keeps you up at night. Here's an idea, why don't you try to play games as a general rule. Since many of us gamers also have 360's or even Wii's and love certain aspects of them, have our fav games on them, etc...then maybe we're the level headed ones (gamers) who hate only one thing: fanboyism like yours. Nobody will take your post as a legitimate opinion even, that should tell you something.
This is the most informative, unbiased, fair and accurate review of MAG so far. I agree with gamespot 100%. The game is a solid 8 and could be more if you are a counerstrike and socom fan.
i don't care about the reviews, anymore. if i like a game based on what i see, then i'll buy it. got duped with mass defect 2. that game got 10's but i only played it for 5 hours and got so bored (same thing with dragon's age, which will be traded in tomorrow).
Metacritic- 75 MAG- Major Flop
dtrain21- MAJOR tool
How are you bored by Mass Effect 2, are you playing the game with the volume on Mute? You're such a hypocrite it's hilarious. Reviews matter when UC2 and KZ2 do well, but when MAG gets 7.5-8.0 the reviews magically don't matter? The reviews for MAG are good, 7-8 is a good review. You haven't played Mass Effect 2, just because you try and say you did play it, doesn't give you any credibility when you're an obvious fanboy. Mass Effect 2 is probably the best single player experience I have played this generation and possibly, best single player game I have played ever.
i think when its all set and done we will see this game get 8/10 overall rating combined this game is a love/hate thing ign might have had bad experience 7/10 nothing wrong its their experience online experience can be different for everyone who play best way to play is JOIN OR MAKE A CLAN than this is a must have this game will be great in the long run zipper's will update everything in this game over the next few months to make this a better experience zippers's and sony should be given credit atleast 256 players online lag free so stop hating show some respect we all want something new so now here is something new
and 360 fangirls are nowhere to be found. but wait! i see dtrain21 and his little skirt giving disagrees with his multiple accounts!
It's probably because 360 "fanboys" are not as common in PS3 related articles as PS3 fanboys are in 360 sections. Either way, game looks fun and excited to try it out.
256 players best graphics lag free single player story better texture better player models i mean 256 and lag free should be good enough but we still get good looking game gameplay is important graphics come 2nd but the way people talk about tthis game graphics 1st gameplay 2nd how many console shooter have gone over 100 players? atleast we are looking at huge online battles in the upcoming game thanks you zippers and sony take a risk and this game will have latge community given some time right now it has a very strong community and its only gonna get better
Over the coming months. Though it's obvious that even the PS3 isn't powerful enough to meet the demands of this FPS Concept. MAG's future installment on the PS4 will probably blow people's minds. But that's at least 6 years away.
Way more accurate than the IGN review...
That's the score I'd give MAG. The command structure is vital, and I'm glad Gamespot pointed this out.
MAG certainly appears to be a game that will attract certain gamers that have a preferred taste, while completely disappointing other gamers who want a more "In & Out, Frag & Blast" experience. My brother and I are two good examples that exhibit the divide between FPS gamer groups. I played the MAG beta and although it did take me a while to get used to it (specifically with the control scheme, where grenades and medic packs must be manually selected and are not hot-keyed), I eventually came to see the appeal and charm that MAG will have on certain FPS enthusiasts with its deep tactic-based gameplay. I plan on purchasing MAG when its online community becomes steady and the few wrinkles here and there are ironed out. My brother, who is a COMPLETE COD fanboy, hated it and plans on never playing it again.
More like some 9's, some 6's, but mostly within the 7-8 range.
still buying this because i'm not a sheep.
Alpha.. This is becoming somewhat strange,if not predictable and possessed of a dire urgency that remains somewhat strange. You plan on getting it yes? You already have it,in that case ignore my above concerns? You want it but some hitherto unknown force prevents you? You have blended crafty obfuscation and misdirection into one potent trolling machine? I am but a suspicious fool with time to spare? I think not.
Look, I already told you in the previous article, if you had something specific to bring up, then bring it up. I already explained this to you but you never replied back. Are you here to clear things up or just continue probing and implying that I'm some anti-PS3 troll? "You plan on getting it yes?" Yes, but its dependent on the future. If the community is strong, future games I may be interested in, etc. "You already have it,in that case ignore my above concerns?" No, I don't already have it. "You want it but some hitherto unknown force prevents you?" Yeah: Money. Do you really think it's that easy to go to the store and pick it up? $60 is a lot for me and can go for a lot-- games, school, etc. I've been aiming to get BFBC2 which comes out next month so it would be awfully short-sighted to buy MAG immediately and then get screwed for not having enough money to buy BC2. I am drawn in by reviews, gameplay, what fans say, etc. But I can't just "pick it up". That's not how I ever purchase games. "You have blended crafty obfuscation and misdirection into one potent trolling machine?" Like I said, show me where. I'll say it again: I started uninterested and doubtful with MAG, and though I still remain somewhat skeptical I am at least wanting to play it. How have I been trolling? I've expressed my concerns with the game and based the game off of what I've seen, read, and heard. GS said it best: "you may be inclined to picture hordes of soldiers swarming on top of one another and filling the air with thousands of bullets" That's what the trailer, ad, and a few fans made it out to be. It lead me to believe the 256 players was a gimmick and a bit of an illusion. However I've come to realize MAG's number isn't something you should expect to see on screen, it's a clever mechanic to focus the game on squad gameplay. It's the parts of a sum. Yet they use the 256 number as selling point. It's bound to be misleading to some people. I don't get why I'm supposed to have a fixed opinion on MAG and how me OPENLY questioning things makes me a troll. What exactly do you want me to say? That MAG is the awesome sauce, the revolutionary shooter of the year and that all the haters are wrong? Also, I've had a problem with how early MAG reviews were perceived. I always see PS3 fans make up conspiracy theories and get upset with reviews when a PS3 exclusive gets a low score. MAG was no different, but what I was upset about was that people had nothing to say when it got 8/10 even if the game was reviewed pre-embargo. It wasn't until a 6.8 review came out that people questioned the integrity of reviews when they should have been doing it all along. After that even when reviews came out after the embargo people got really defensive with low scores. It's just an opinion of a website, so why do people make a big deal out of it-- especially when 7s and 8s are GOOD scores? Does a game HAVE to be AAA 9+ to be considered good? Anyways, what is your specific question? I'm open to clearing the air and your misplaced notions, PM me if you like.
Great Score for a Great Game. If you need a good SVER clan add me on PSN R3D2TANGO, mic is necessary to join!
Why be concerned when you aren't truly interested? Why feign indifference when it is obvious(to me) that such indifference is indeed smoke and mirrors . BFBC2...fine.Plenty of threads concerning said game...just not the MAG threads. Money? really ?.Money and time enough to praise BFBC2..and evidently secure it's purchase yet time enough and money lacking to consistently deny yourself and others of MAG. I find it odd.
Why do you assume I'm not "truly" interested? did you not read what I said? I started off not interested but I'm become interested with the scores and videos I see. I'm "concerned" because I AM interested and I would LIKE to pick it up. But I've had doubts about MAG which is why I have concerns with it. I also like to comment on the game because it's on my console and it's a big title. Stop speaking in riddles and say what you have to say. "BFBC2...fine.Plenty of threads concerning said game...just not the MAG threads." Yeah, and I've posted in them. Your point? Many BC2 threads are not reviews, so when they come out I'll be on them. "Money? really ?.Money and time enough to praise BFBC2..and evidently secure it's purchase yet time enough and money lacking to consistently deny yourself and others of MAG." Who have I denied of MAG? Show me. I told you that I have put aside money for BC2 and that buying MAG on impulse is short-sighted. I can't go around blowing $60 on something like MAG when my main prize is days away. The last thing I want to do is get addicted to two games and lose self-control of something like school. You find it so hard to believe that I can be critical of MAG as if I need to worship the game. Why is that? Would you be here questioning me with your silly, empty assumptions if I loved MAG but was skeptical of BC2? It may be easy for you to go out and purchase a game based on whatever factors you have but don't assume that I need to base my purchases on the same factors. I'm still waiting for a more specific question. You keep recycling the same ones I've already answered.
You can not have a valid opinion of MAG until you have played it. You haven't 'answered' anything only found excuses to avoid them,whether they are money issues or actual concerns with the game,I sense something amiss and I stand by my intuition. A specific question,why persist in something you care little for?. I have seen thy writing on the wall and it makes little sense.I doubt your sincerity and intentions and will continue doing so....until I feel I am wrong. Not Pride316 ?
I never claimed to have a valid opinion, I've always speculated on MAG. Why is that so hard to understand? You ignore what I actually write as "excuses" when they are legit reasons. I can't convince you of my personal matters so if you have doubts, that your problem. The fact of the matter is that you keep accusing me under false pretenses. "A specific question,why persist in something you care little for" I already answered this. "I have seen thy writing on the wall and it makes little sense.I doubt your sincerity and intentions and will continue doing so....until I feel I am wrong" The problem is that your so misguided by some false assumption, so if you arent convinced with what Im telling u I cant do you any better. Again you keep ignoring what I tell u, but that's fine, I don't care. I can be overly critical of MAG if I want to, and I am-- I dont have to play a game to formulate speculative opinions on it.
lol heres the bots?
what do u call dtrain21 in french? le major toolass
Thats a fair review MAG does alot of things right imo it also pushes FPS gaming forward. But there is a few factors that drag in down. Hmm now asfar as a seven but eight is a fair score. Nice one Gamespot. I got it the other day and tbh i havent put it down yet.
Good score, great game.
the metacritic and reviews are for weak minded people. MAG is being scrutinized because it makes xboxlive look like a baby compared to a full grown psnetwork. Jusst go ahead and compare the reviews of left 4 dead 2 with MAG. Left 4 dead 2 even bought its way into the VGA's without even being released to the public yet. Dont forget that. Americans have to protect its interest. especially with thier exports. Its a well known fact that the japanese make the best technology. When was the last time you ever heard of a american contributing to this world? America is backwards. America is flushing itself down the toilet. There is no such thing as accountability or credibility. As you can see America is just fine being dumb. Let them. Get your videogame and ignore them.
America makes better hydrogen bombs than Japan. If you don't believe me, ask some WWII veterans.
The more o play it the more I like it for me is a solid 9 maybe in a week it will b a 9.5 the game is that good n I'm glad I buy it
Today its 2010 & just look how american miltary forces have been exausted and squandered. you see japan in any wars? you see anybody challenging japan? you know why? They aint the ones to be played with thats why. They have robot, android and exoskeleton technology. they are pushing forward to a metal gear gundam future. America? they got car problems. I know. Im american.
haha yeah thank God my new car purchase was not a Toyota or I would be flipping sh*t with that break pedal.
This Game is HUGE, whether you like it or not MAG FTW!!!
Popularity Based on 1UP traffic, this game is: * #1 of 24,402 on 1UP * #1 of 809 in PS3 * #1 of 4,829 in Action I have been on half of today, seems the people really like it.
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