Alec WeaverMarch 2, 2012 12:08 PM EST
He waits silently in the lobby. Eyes nervously twitch back and forth as half remembered sound bites ring in his ears. What will happen on the beat tonight? Will he bring many to justice or will he become yet another victim of the rough city streets? Finally he gets the call to meet his team, all familiar faces that give him comfort. There is Lucretius, the bearded and brawny long-range extraordinaire. With him is Artemidorus, the clean-cut headstrong dynamo of their clan. Also among his allies are Trebonius, the rotund and good natured driver, and finally the only female on the team, the wily Leontina. And his name? His name is Gaiuss, together they make up the enforcement clan known as the Ides of March. A group dedicated to cleaning up the streets of San Paro and bringing "Crims" to justice. And this? This is an All-Points Bulletin.
Okay, okay, perhaps a bit dramatic for describing a crappily coded MMO rife with hackers, but never the less I feel as though this game needs some Nick Cage style high praise. If you have never played APB (All Points Bulletin) let me set the stage for you. San Paro is a Miami-esque city that has become so infested with criminal activity that the powers-that-be enact a law in which you can obtain a special license and become a "Cop-for-hire". This is where you as a player come in; you have the choice to either play as a Criminal or as an Enforcer. Basically this game is just a more advanced version of the cops and robbers that you played as a kid. The way you progress is by successfully completing missions. These missions could range anywhere from simple investigation to eliminating entire cells of criminals which usually erupt into all out street wars. Now if you watch anyone play the game you might wonder why someone (Presumably in their right mind) would want to play such a frustrating game with poor graphics. The only answer I can give you is that for one reason or another it is very addictive. You just end up wanting to complete one more mission or ascend one more level over and over again. Another answer I can give you is that it is a very social game. It's fun to sit down in a friend's basement and go on missions together, and really that is the only way you can gain any real progress in the game. If you play alone, you are not only a FREAK but you also will rage-quit time and time again. In order to be successful in this game you will need people you can trust and communicate directly with. My friends and I play every Friday into the wee hours of the morning as the gamer clan The Ides of March or simply "The Ides". Try this game, its free to play and very fun/addictive. Who knows? You might just have the luck of teaming up with The Ides or the misfortune of meeting us in one of our weekend wars.