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77 / 100
Feb 20, 2014

Loadout's gun customization and well executed twists on shooter staples make it a free-to-play game that doesn't feel like a compromise.

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6.4 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2015

Loadout's fast-paced shooting is worth a free download, but you might not want to crack your PSN wallet to progress.

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4 / 10
Jan 6, 2015

The weapon-crafting is great but given the manipulative microtransactions this free-to-play shooter is not worth your time, let alone your money.

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7 / 10
Dec 22, 2014

Loadout brings its robust weaponcrafting, extreme violence, and goofy sense of humor to the PlayStation 4, and with entertaining results.

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Dec 25, 2014

I love to waste time with video games, but Loadout seems to point the gun in the wrong direction and then fire dud rounds at all the wrong ideas.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2014

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?

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65 / 100
Feb 3, 2014

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.

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Unscored
Mar 11, 2014

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.

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Feb 12, 2014
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55 / 100
Feb 3, 2014

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.

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7 / 10
Feb 4, 2014

A solid fast fun shooter that could blossom over time and it's free so it's definitely worth taking it for a spin and experimenting with the weapons.

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Feb 8, 2014

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.

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5 / 10
Jan 5, 2015

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.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2014

Loadout is great fun to play and the fact it's free means there's nothing to lose by giving it a go.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2014

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.

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Feb 9, 2014

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?

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8 / 10
Feb 10, 2014

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.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 25, 2014

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.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2014

Loadout will take you on a full filled ride along with an in-depth customization system. You won't believe you are getting this for free.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2014

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.

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