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In conclusion, then: Loadout is a riot. Loadout is free. It does not, however, provide a model that is conducive to me wanting to spend any money on it. The loadouts of the name are fun to make, but ultimately lack the variety they believe themselves to have. These things seems like a failure for a free to play game, but perhaps I am simply not its cash audience.
It turns a lot of shooter conventions on their heads. There's just a lot of stuff you can do in Loadout that you can't do in any other shooter on the market, which makes it worth putting up with some grinding and money siphoning. It's fun, it's frantic and it's filled with the types of guns that you drew in the margins of your notebook in grammar school. It's worth a free trial at the very least. The developers, Edge of Reality, promise tons of new maps, game modes and even gun parts will release in the future, and if that's the case that Loadout might even give Team Fortress 2 a run for its money.
Loadout is throwaway, silly entertainment. It gets you into a game, raises a smile, and spits you back out again. It's scrappy, with a few rough edges in the level design and art. But it's endearingly dumb, and I really think you should, at least, have a try. It's available to play, for free, on Steam.
A surprisingly well crafted multiplayer shooter full of options, amusing cartoon violence, and rock solid action. That Loadout does all this, and provides a respectably balanced free-to-play ecosystem, is encouraging to see.
It didn't take me long to realize that Loadout wasn't an ordinary shooter. It's an amalgamation of sorts, melding comedy, cartoon violence and competitive multiplayer seamlessly.
Loadout lets you create the ridiculous bespoke boomstick of your wildest dreams, but is far from a one-trick pony. Manic old-school shooting, tight map design and a superb in-house engine make for a seriously impressive F2P effort that surpasses any number of full-priced downloads.
Although hindered by its lacking game type and map selection, as well as a handful of missing features (to be expected of an early access game) and balance issues, Loadout is an enjoyably hectic shooting experience with an unexpected dose of platforming that shines among today's run-of-the-mill cover-based shooters.
Loadout is a game that shows that you don't have to sell your soul to be free-to-play. It's a joy to play, and I can only hope that plenty more people on my Steam friends list decide that they want to download it too. GodisaGeek match day, anyone?
Loadout is a charming mix of brutal comedic violence with frenetic arena based shooting action. You'd be foolish not to give it a shot. After all, it's free-to-play not free-to-pay, so what do you have to lose?
Loadout isn't some new breed of free-to-play, but it does a very entertaining job of balancing what you can play with when you can pay. Being a low level isn't painfully boring, and gaining experience or good weapons doesn't require real money. The fun level increases if you pay, but isn't decreased by not paying. All in all, despite the free-to-play model that may make some players look away, Loadout is an obnoxious and discourteous third person shooter worth playing, even if it's not a 'must-play' title, and you might even find yourself willing to fork over a few bucks to get that offensive t-shirt or kick-ass weapon mod just a little faster.
At the moment Loadout provides a diverting break from other titles on the market like the aforementioned Team Fortress 2 but it's difficult to see people choosing it over more polished rivals in the long-term. Annihilation mode could change that if Loadout finds a player-base willing to forgive a few flaws and buy into its silly yet appealing sense of humour.
When it works, Loadout hooks you in with its deep weapon-crafting system and frantic battles where everyone is trying out their own crazy creations. And to its credit, Edge of Reality has shown incredible resilience in responding to the server problems so quickly. But Loadout isn't worth playing until it solves them.
Loadout isn't a bad game; there just isn't much to it. If you're worried about how a PC game translates to the PS4 controller, you'll be happy to hear there are minimal issues. The control isn't perfect, though, and despite the better part distribution system, there isn't much to talk about aside from weapon crafting.
Ultimately, great controls and some occasional laughs aren't enough to stop Loadout from being an average game and one that doesn't deserve your time. However, it does have one positive effect and that is, it makes you want to play UT2K4 again and that my friends, is never a bad thing.
New shooters need to be special to stand out in an arena of bigger brands, and Loadout doesn't quite have the quality required to back up its ideas. When you've got a good gun, the game's not a complete washout – but the free-to-play affair ultimately blows its load with a lack of variety and a lousy sense of humour. You'll find the fun faster if you cough up a bit of cash, but only diehards will stick around for more than a handful of rounds.