Repulse – Review
Repulse is the most recent MMOFPS title developed by industry veterans, Aeria Games. Aeria Games are usually associated with fantasy-based MMORPG titles such as Dynasty Warriors Online, Grand Fantasia and Eden Eternal, but they have dabbled in the FPS genre before, publishing the highly popular Wolf Team. Aeria Games have taken an entirely different approach for Repulse, using Sci-Fi based weapons, maps and features. Repulse is set in the year 2088, after pollution and natural disasters have brought Earth to the brink of extinction, a government committee known as ETHOS was formed to restore balance, and control the mining of natural resources, only to be faced with opposition forces that has resulted in small skirmishes across the globe.
The first thing you’ll notice about Repulse is the Boot Camp, or tutorial function. It’s pretty common for a MMO game to provide a tutorial nowadays but you would think that FPS mechanics are pretty self explanatory, that is until you play Repulse. Because Repulse includes an array of exciting features such as Wall Jumps and Booster Jumps, you’ll definitely want to check out the tutorial. The majority of the tutorial is voiced, meaning you don’t have to read through mundane text boxes, and you can complete every stage within about 10-15 minutes. Not only are there tutorials for basics such as movement and weapon usage, but there are more advanced tutorial options also available, that explain the different movement features as well as the mechanics for the different game modes.
Repulse includes a good variety of traditional FPS game modes such as Demolition, Deathmatch and Sabotage, but it’s also got some more innovative modes such as Infection. I hit quick join when I first logged into the game and it put me into an Invasion mode room, being a bit trigger happy I skipped the majority of the tutorial so I went into this new mode a bit blind. It doesn’t take long to figure out what’s going on, one player is randomly selected to be an alien life force, with the objective to infect others until no players remain. The aliens have access to the same abilities regular players have, they can boost, wall jump and also get a projectile attack. It was quite an interesting experience for an FPS game, although the crazy wall and rocket jumps can make it almost impossible for the alien to infect anyone.
Repulse is also home to a huge selection of weaponry, from grenades and assault rifles to the Matter Divider, a small chainsaw like weapon that tears your opponents apart limb by limb. The game also offers some pretty extensive weapon mods that allow you to alter certain stats on your guns by changing the barrel or scope. There’s also other areas of customization such as bodysuits, thick armor that effects a player defensive rating as well as providing unique jump types.
Overall, Repulse offers a great new player experience, with an in-depth tutorial and a number of exclusive MMOFPS features and game modes. It’s a great game to play for fans of Call of Duty, Battlefield and other popular FPS titles.
by Blaine Smith
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