MAG – Massive Action Game – PS3 Review

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The Story

It’s the year 2025, the shadow war is in full swing! Three private armies are vying for world domination and you can help!  Seriously, there isn’t much a story to this game, equip yourself and go win a war!

This is Zipper Interactives’ Massive Action Game or MAG. You might remember Zipper Interactive from such games as SOCOM.   Massive I hear you say?  Yes MASSIVE!  256 players in one match!

The GamePlay

So here we are, put the disc in, you get to choose your private army, what you look like and your fit out.   I played the tutorial first, so I can get a hang of those controls.  In a hectic fire fight, think they can get a bit confusing, but I did get the hang of things about 4-5 games in.

There isn’t a tutorial per se about any of the game types, it just gives you a run down, would have been nice to play against AI, so you can get a hang of the game types before matching against other people – so I jumped straight into Suppression – this is a max of 64 players.

You play as part of a squad, which is part of a platoon which is part of a company.  Once you rank up enough you can command one of these and you give your squad/platoon/company mates extra benefits.

Suppression is your basic team deathmatch, you play on a simulated battlefield against your own private army with non-live rounds.

This is where the fun for me stopped – I found this game really hard!  Now I know I am a bit of a FPS newbie, especially online, but I get the hang of things and can pick up kills and work out what is going on.  I found this game to be tedious to say the least in trying to kill someone.  I don’t know if I was lagging (remember I am in Australia), the gun I was using was bad, or maybe I just can’t aim straight, but I just couldn’t get a kill or when I did, there was always someone there to kill me in return!  Seemed like I was spawning all the time.  (Yeah OK, maybe I am just crap 🙂 )

OK, let @MiniDuraRoc play a bit – he loves his FPS and does really well on all.  He lasted about 30 minutes and gave up in total frustration and hasn’t touched it since.  So, to me, you either have to be good, or willing to spend alot of time getting good.

With the game being Online only, unless you have your PS3 connected to the net, then there isn’t much use in getting this game.

Other game types unlock as you rank up.  Sabotage has 64 players where you have to get and control 2 control points, then you move onto the final stage where you have to destroy the objective.  Acquisition is for 128 players – here you have to steal prototype vehicles and such and then escape. Once you get to Level 8, you unlock Domination – this is the big one! 256 players spread across the map looking for, as the game type suggests Total Domination.

Video and Audio

Video was OK, I was expecting something a bit better considering it is on the PS3 – however in no way does it let itself down.  The video was smooth all round and I didn’t see any issues whilst playing.

Audio was excellent – I turned it up really loud, so I could hear and experience the grenade blasts, bullets flying around you, umm head getting popped.  Audio was everything I was expected and a bit more, it’s very impressive.

BottomLine

I do think Zipper Interactive are onto something here, 256 players on a map is kinda freaky and I was so looking forward to playing it.  I feel you have to be an experienced FPS player to really get some fun out of this game.  That being said, investing some time into it, I am sure I would get better.

Going to give this one 7.5 Capsules out of 10.

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  • PlayingMantis

    Does MAG have down the sight aiming like Call of Duty? I could see having difficulty with aiming if not. 256 players is impressive. Certainly goes to show you how worthless Xbox LIVE is with it’s severely limited player counts.

  • Andrenekoi

    I was never impresse with MAG’s playercount, and it seems like i’m not missing anything at all.

  • Ty

    My husband enjoys these types of games. Me, not so much.

  • frank

    i participated in the beta for this and was at first glance very disappointed with the sniping for it but then i stuck with it and purchased a bipod with my upgrade points and man am i glad i did no one could compete with my sniping after that because of how steady it makes the scope and it actually made me enjoy the game a lot more because of how well it made me do but sadly i don’t think i will be picking this up as of now but after a price drop i would be glad to enjoy it later on down the road

  • When I went into this game I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the amount of played but the game doesn’t seem as epic as you would expect. There are simply better shooters out there, although the dedicated servers were refreshing.

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