APB Develops New Breed Of MMO Game
Originally developed and published by Real Time Worlds, All Points Bulletin (APB) released on 6 June 2010, as a premium MMORPG Game. A few rocky months followed, which resulted in the virtual death of Real Time Worlds, eventually handing over the APB reigns to the popular MMORPG portal, Gamers First. All Points Bulletin has been riddled with issues ever since, speculation surrounded the games anti-hack measures, while players freely abused in-game systems and mechanics to progress at a faster rate. On paper, APB provides one of the most unique MMORPG game experiences of this generation, but it never quite managed to deliver. However, Games First have not abandoned all hope and have continued to update the game on a regular basis, with the most recent update, 1.7.0, just being launched on the servers this weekend.
The latest patch is without a doubt the biggest ever update to All Points Bulletin, under both Real Time Worlds and Gamers First. The patch notes read like a wall of text, eventually blinding anyone with enough patience to read the entire thing. The patch, dubbed New Breed, offers extensive changes for practically every aspect of the game, from environmental improvements to core changes in the weapon and combat mechanics.
I won’t cover every aspect of the update as there’s already one huge wall of text on the matter, but after reading the entirety of the patch notes, a few features did stand out to me. The first thing I noticed was the new roof mounted advertising board on taxi’s. This basically gives players and clans the option of adding their own custom content to a mobile advertising platform. I’m not totally naive as I’m sure we’re going to see a large number of male genitalia rapidly spread through the taxi population, but for those that won’t abuse it, it’s a great way to recruit new members and organize player events.
Another feature of the update that I found appealing was the vehicle mod, Brick. You can activate this skill while you’re in the vehicle, which effectively jams a brick onto the accelerator, causing your car to continue at full speed, even without a driver. This doesn’t sound overly exciting until you combine with the Explosive vehicle mod that makes your cars explosion do more damage, in effect, you’re creating your own semi-guided missile.
There’s dozens of other aspects to the update including environmental changes, improvements to various weapons and game modes and a few new cars too. You can check out the full list of patch notes on the official APB Blog.
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