Having seen some buzz online about this game I decided to check it out. It looked like a solid online fps, looked and played like the original Call of Duty and expansions (arguably one of the better?) and to top it all off… it is free (ish!).
The above screen is the attractive loading screen. At the moment it is the ONLY screen that many users can see as server load is ridiculously high. At times it may appear you have progress but no! It isn’t to be and instead you a greeted with a display “server not responding” and you are offered the chance to look at a debug screen that, may give you a lot of info, does not really help us client side!
After trying for a good half an hour to log in the servers were taken down. Sensible! As they would hopefully be making server side adjustments (or capacity increases). So I played Civ 5.
After a few hours the servers came back up and I logged in, no problems, even got into a game! No problems. It looked pretty, it was playing well. I was being given a backy on the back of a 1940s bicycle to the nearest battle (bikes, planes, tanks and jeeps all available).
I killed three in quick succession from a sneaky prone position and then…
The lag hit me. I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t ready.
I couldn’t do anything, I was rubber banding all over the place, bullets were missing everyone. So I thought, ok, maybe I’m connected to a far a way server, I’ll give it another go.
I gave up when the above hit 15 minutes. Perhaps impatient of me but I then tried to log back in… a further mistake! I am currently writing this post whilst vainly trying to relog.
The style of the game is a fps browser launched game, similar to that of Battlefield Heroes or Battlefield 3 to some degree. You unlock better weapons, better vehicles and better gear with experience. You earn a currency simply by playing and you can also buy (with real money) upgrades and perks for each of your soldiers.
Having read on the forums “after the Yogscast videos the peak times now had 5 times as many players” I am not surprised they are having server issues. It is a pain, but understandable.
We look forward to playing the game when it works and we will update you when we get a decent chance to play!