IGN: MAG First Look and Hands-on

"Few games did as little for me when they were announced as MAG did last year at E3. I mean, in a year where Resistance 2 was shown and Fat Princess debuted, the house of Sony dedicated part of its press conference to announcing that Zipper Interactive (the company behind most of the SOCOM franchise) was planning to bring 256 players online in the same match in MAG: Massive Action Game. And, that was pretty much it. We didn't play it, and there wasn't a big demonstration. We just knew that the SOCOM guys were working on something big and one day we'd see it in action."

-Greg Miller, IGN

PSP25270d ago

thank you for the preview i look forward to spending $60 for the regular edition of MAG

creeping judas5270d ago

if the game is squad based, then I hope that the game will ship with a headset!!!

that aside, it does seem quite an amazing sounding game!!!

josephat845270d ago

stupid. There are waaaaaaaaay too many first person shooters out there. Honestly, how can anyone keep up with all of them? Can't wait for some more third person action games like Infamous and Prototype!

Jager5266d ago

lmao... just wait, this kid is gonna be in line for Halo ODST.. double standards ftl.

Statix5266d ago (Edited 5266d ago )

I fully agree that there are way too many war shooters out on the market today, but I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for that one exceptional game that I could definitively call my online FPS of choice--the one online FPS that I can really sink my teeth into for the long haul. COD4 was too limited to be that game for me, and KZ2 had too little in the way of weapon variety and customization to be that for me. MAG on the other hand looks like it's gonna be an extremely promising and deep tactical online FPS, and what really intrigues me the most about the game is the promise of a persistent or semi-persistent war that will be going on, between your faction and others on a massive scale beyond just 256-player battles, and continue to run even when you're away or sleeping. It's the idea that you're going to contribute to the ultimate success of the faction that you signed up for along with thousands of other players that really has me interested.

jBat175270d ago

but i'm sure those games will outsell MAG becuase this game is hardcore gamers only, like me.


MAG was one of the most ambitious shooters ever and deserves a PS5 sequel

Zipper Interactive were once one of Sony's most important studios and became a household name due to their work on the SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs series during the PlayStation 2's heyday. Their most ambitious title was MAG. Could it make a comeback?

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yellowgerbil1345d ago

Best game ever. I had put over 1700hrs into that game before it deteriorated too far with cheaters getting out of the map and sadly decided it was time to let it die (Zipper had already been closed down by that time).

_SilverHawk_1345d ago

Amazing game. Hopefully sony makes a sequel

XisThatKid1345d ago

This is the game in modern gaming that even got me into shooters i spent literally days with this game Raven All the way. War against the the mighty D ride oh so edgy S.V.E.R.

NecrumOddBoy1345d ago

Original Battle Royale. No microtransactions. Definitely ahead of time.

XBox4eva691345d ago

It's almost as far from battle royale as you can get. o_O

frostypants1345d ago

It didn't have a BR mode.

Da12RespectA1344d ago

That wasn't a battle royale game at all.

rdgneoz31344d ago

3 teams of 32 fighting it out would be considered Battle Royaleish. If you're gonna saying teams are OK when you start doing teams of 2 or 3 or 4, then 32v32v32 should work. And on besides that, it had 128 v 128 which was insanely fun.

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Muzikguy1345d ago (Edited 1345d ago )

I personally hadn't played much of it. I did spend a lot of time in PlanetSide 2 though (somewhat like MAG). Games like these tend to get overrun by cheaters and then ruined too often.

Teflon021345d ago

MAG didn't have that issue as far as I remember. I use to love the 256 matches. That game had an amazing community. Everyone actually communicated and played together. No one B****ed at the team. Everyone understood there was so much going on that if things are going wrong. Everyone had to think of new strategies.
Fav moment was when all 3 other squads 32 took their objectives but we were struggling with ours and had one more to blow up. The other leaders were communicating asking if the 2 nearest squads should send ppl. Our leader was like Naw I got a idea. So he told us all to die and set ourselves at the nearest hills prone without being seen. So we all did and surrounded the areas.
He said everyone on his count throw your grenades. Then snipers go all out and everyone else run in. They won't be able to get everyone and if needed the snipers go in about 10 seconds after.

Everyone did that and I got to the objective and set it off. 9 of us survived and got it. felt amazing to say I got the objective, cover me in that moment. Wish it was PS4 so I could have saved that moment
It was literally the coolest moment I had in a online shooter, closest since was BF4.

Muzikguy1345d ago


That does indeed sound like an awesome moment. One that makes games like these memorable for sure. It does seem like MAG had a lot more cooperation than most any online shooter

Teflon021345d ago

It did because you absolutely can't get no where in it without teamwork. It also didn't have an extremely big base of players. Everyone who played really wanted to play. I really hope they bring it back and do the same thing to only have serious players get into the big matches again

UltraNova1345d ago

Wow, what a run! This game looks better than PUBG!

Muzikguy1345d ago

Watching that video you wouldn't think the game was on PS3.

Spenok1345d ago

I adored this game too. Some of my best FPS online memories on it. So freaking good.

I'd love to see another game like this come out at some point. And NOT like Planetside... M.A.G. was something special.

yellowgerbil1345d ago

Yeah problem is if it existed now adays, it would likely be riddled with xp boosts and dance moves and all that other pay garbage...
MAG and Warhawk are the only 2 online games I ever got into, and both need a PROPER sequel on PS5.
Remember the first time I got 100 kills in a match, was in a turret with a repair kit and just mowed down wave after wave on Valors map.

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PrinceOfAnger1345d ago

I had so much fun with this game

TGGJustin1345d ago

This is a game that was ahead of its time. Had it came out on PS4 it would've done much better. I put hundreds of hours into this despite the problems it had on PS3.

UnholyLight1345d ago

Really interesting as an Xbox owner at the time. This game had captured my interest as a kid but I never got a chance to play it. Being on PS4 and soon possibly PS5, I would love to see this franchise brought back to life. I imagine with the power of next gen it would be really quite fun.

From what I hear and what I remember, this game was FAR ahead of it's time. A real shame it never truly took off from my understanding.

grifter0241345d ago

I'm an xbox boy since mech warrior but got a ps3 slim for mag. If you liked halo or cod you'd have had a blast in mag. Was one of the first games you could actually do something other than shooting and still make a difference in game.

spicelicka1344d ago

PS4 needs something like it. In the multiplayer space it's far behind the Xbox, there are no quality multiplayer games on it that aren't on other consoles.