Gameplay - 8.5
Presentation - 9
Freeness - 10
Lifespan - 10
Overall Loadout is a standout free to play game, and is definitely worth the download. It's weapon customization is enough to sell it as it is and I thoroughly recommend giving it a play.
Loadout is one of the best examples of gun customization in any game, period. The amount of combinations is endless and is, in my opinion one of the games main selling points. Not many games offer such a wide array of choice and customization as Loadout.
There are so many different parts you can put on the weapons and so many different ways you can style the weapons and they all have a substantial effect on gameplay. Finding a cool weapon combo is some of the best fun to be had in Loadout.
Loadout is a third person, multiplayer, shooter which has a variety of game modes ranging from: capture the flag, capture point, death match and more. All these game modes have a unique twist to them. For example, the capture the flag game type involves stealing a massive hammer from the enemy teams base and you can attack enemies with the hammer for massive damage. It adds a fun change to the standard formula of capture the flag, making the flag carrier more of a threat than just a helpless target to be killed. All these aforementioned game types can be played in the casual matchmaking playlist, but the competitive playlist does something really strange.
The competitive game type involves putting all the game types together in one huge game mode. At first I thought it was just going to be an absolute mess, but when I played the game mode, it was actually quite cohesive and worked really well. It was a lot of fun having all the different objectives for both teams to fight over. The only problem is that Loadout is a very run and gun style game, and this kind of gameplay doesn’t lend itself very well strategic play. This makes the competitive mode less intense and skill based compared other shooters similar to Loadout. The gameplay in Loadout is overall very fun but mainly lends itself to casual play as opposed to competitive play.
The graphics in Loadout are very reminiscent of Team Fortress 2. They are very cartoon like and exaggerated much like Team Fortress 2’s art style. This cartoon like exaggeration is most prevalent in the death animations. These animations are hyper violent and the game gets away with it due to the cartoon graphics. When a character is on low health their intestines are hanging about as well as their head being gone with just a brain and a set of eyes remaining.
When you finally take fatal damage you can have your leg blown off, your entire torso torn a sunder or you can explode in to a wet, chunky and crimson soup. Due to this cartoony style the game runs very nicely. I was keeping a solid 120 FPS throughout most of my gameplay, my FPS only dropping during really busy sections. For a game with some of the most hectic and intense gameplay I’m surprised it holds up so well. The music in Loadout isn’t anything noteworthy. There is no music during gameplay and I feel that this kind of game would lend itself to some music in game to build a fast paced atmosphere. Overall Loadout presents itself really well, but falls short in a few places.
Loadout has a very well designed purchase system. It’s a shining example of a free to play game that does in-game purchases right.Basically, there are two forms of in-game currency: blutes and coins. Blutes are gained through gameplay or micro transactions and are used to buy and customise your weapons. Coins on the other hand are only purchased using actual money, but these coins can only be used I cosmetic changes. The gameplay affecting upgrades can be gained for free and the non gameplay affecting upgrades cost money and this is the way it should be. Overall Loadouts in game purchase system is executed really well.
Loadout has a really good lifespan. The many different game modes will keep you entertained for ages, and the weapon building and customisation will present you with new ways to play constantly. I’d spend ages testing and building new weapons until I found a strong combo, so I could go and test it out on some poor unsuspecting players.
Overall Loadout is a standout free to play game, and is definitely worth the download. It’s weapon customization is enough to sell it as it is and I thoroughly recommend giving it a play.
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