APB: All Points Bulletin - PC

APB: All Points Bulletin
Game Description:APB is a massively multiplayer online game based in living, breathing cities that will feel familiar to players, as they precisely replicate famous cities all over the world. APB is a turf war involving two main factions, the Squads, whose goal is to uphold the law, and the Gangs, who seek to break the law at all costs. Players will be able to choose their side, in a classic good guy versus bad guy scenario. The Gangs are all about graffiti, attitude, custom cars and earning cash any way they can. The Squads stand for honor, teamwork, firepower and destroying the Gangs. APB will provide the player with the ultimate customization options from their weapons, vehicles and clothes to their attitude, music and environment.
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APB GamesCom 2009 Preview

APB GamesCom 2009 Preview

By Andrew Pfister - Posted Aug 19, 2009

Even behind GamesCom's closed doors, Realtimeworld's action-MMO-Killatorium APB wasn't playable for media. But we still got to see the developers playing it live in front of us. For the uninitiated, APB is an online third-person shooter for the PC (currently, more on that later) from the developers of Crackdown.

But don't expect super-agents leaping from rooftop to rooftop: APB is from the streets. Players are divided into Criminals and Enforcers, and it's the latter faction we got to see in action today. The two RTW employees running the demo in the room met their offsite colleagues in the game and "pledged up," accepting a quest to launch a raid mission against the Criminal contingent. After conveniently spawning a car (you can spawn cars at garages, gas stations, and near your base -- otherwise, it's procure-on-site), our freelance law enforcers set off to the first of nine mission phases. They were soon met by the Criminal team and a battle for the various control points began. Enforcers have the ability to arrest criminals instead of merely killing them in the line of duty -- what that does is increases the respawn wait from 10 seconds to 30 seconds. It's also pretty embarassing to be on your knees in handcuffs while your partners in crime continue the fight without you.

During the battle, we got to see a bit of the chaos involved in a typical APB street war. Because it's a persistent MMO, players not involved in this mission would still be visible and were able to drive through the action. On this particular rule set that the RTW team chose, they couldn't fire upon or blow anything up to disrupt or harm the mission participants, but there's a "Chaos" rule set that indulges the griefer masses.

Mechanically, it's all third-person gunplay. As of right now, there's no cover system and no melee attack, though both options will be evaluated in upcoming betas, and added if the dev team finds the feedback persuasive enough.

As someone who hasn't dedicated himself to a PC shooter in far too long, APB has definitely got my attention. It's a 2010 release (they're saying Q1), but the beta period is scheduled to begin in the next couple of months. As for console appearances, RTW wants to launch on PC first and establish the game as a success, instead of being distracted by concurrently developing and launching 2 or 3 different versions of the game. That's not a bona fide confirmation, but signs are pointing to "eventually."

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  • ZERO CrozzFate

    Woooo Z.E.R.O will rule those street

    Posted: April 8, 2010 11:25 AM
  • Viper12


    Posted: August 20, 2009 1:38 PM
  • BladeofOnyx

    I loved Crackdown, but have no interest in this one. Of course I'm on a 360 so I'm feeling no love from them anyway. Seems to be a lot of these titles lately that "some media outlet" starts hyping as multi platform title, only to get closer to release and we find out it's only on PC and "might" make it to consoles.

    Posted: August 20, 2009 10:03 AM
  • jsh020

    im so going to be a cop. and my pc will be playin this so much. sucks about the exclusive. i bet alot of peaple wanted to play this for 360.

    Posted: August 20, 2009 8:15 AM
  • bigbobo

    Wow G4 nice going, your details say it's single player coming from Webzen for the PC and 360, but thats all false, it's an MMO coming from EA for the PC exclusively.

    Posted: August 20, 2009 6:03 AM
  • Kratier

    Its only going to come out for PC

    There has been 100% talk about customization and concepts, and no talk about actual gameplay , actual mechanics, and the important things like finding out if there is a persistent character that levels up or if it will end up being a lame ass rank style scoreboard on your profile.

    This will basically boil down to being a very customizable 100 player GTA multiplayer clone, with possibly even worse shooting/driving mechanics than GTA

    Posted: August 20, 2009 1:10 AM
  • nightsnipe

    are we ever gonna see gameplay footage

    Posted: August 19, 2009 10:52 PM
  • ShaStOne

    Can't wait!

    Posted: August 19, 2009 10:26 PM
  • DarknellStealth

    I'm getting this for my Xbox360 when it comes for it!!!

    Posted: August 19, 2009 9:02 PM
  • jsh020

    my pc will be playin this up so much

    Posted: August 19, 2009 7:48 PM
  • aPoLiS117

    this is going to be amazing, if nothing more than just the editor. what i can't figure out is how is this also coming to the 360? i mean this seems like it should be one or the other, don't get me wrong cause it would be great. i just don't know how they are going to pull it off.

    Posted: August 19, 2009 7:17 PM
  • Naded47x

    This game looks amazingly fun, and I can't for it to be released in 2010.

    Posted: August 19, 2009 6:15 PM