Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict – Early Closed Beta Preview
Black Prophecy amazed players by offering a 3D sci-fi MMO with amazing graphics, a compelling storyline, and excellent controls. Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict seeks to build on that, shifting the focus from the smaller starships of Black Prophecy to the gargantuan battle cruisers. The massive ships are, as the game puts it, where legends are born. MMOHut had a chance to participate in the early closed beta. How does the game fair when placed against its predecessor?
Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict boasts some incredible graphics and animations, something Black Prophecy itself is known for. After watching a dazzling opening cinematic, we were given the option to choose between the Tyi and Geniden. Although there seems to be little difference between the two, we opted for Geniden because we liked the faction symbol – a true gamer decision. Once in game, we’re deposited onto a space station hangar. This screen is something you’ll get used to, as it becomes a frequent main screen during gameplay.
The game provided a quick, early tutorial on how to access our ship, how to equip our ship with an afterburner, and how to use the star map. The star map shows various systems and sectors in Nexus Conflict, and is another commonly used screen for finding missions. Our first objective was to travel to Cryo Prime to learn basic movement.
Cryo Prime treated us to a very lovely, very massive blue dwarf star. The game had set up several waypoints for us to follow, and taught how to control the camera, how to move to targets, the use of afterburners, and warping. All of these actions can be accomplished by either clicking the target in the right side bar or using keyboard shortcuts.
After completing the mission, we’re given yet another tutorial on how to equip modules to our ship. Modules are assorted upgrades, with effects like decreased incoming damage or shield repair. We’re also provided our first weapon – a laser – and taught how to purchase ammunition and other goods from the shop. After equipping it, we’re given yet another training mission on Cryo Prime for combat, so off we go!
Here, combat is the key. The first target we’re given doesn’t fight back, so after getting in range of our laser, it’s quickly destroyed without a challenge. The ship also dropped a container, providing us some loot for our efforts. Our second target is a little bit tougher: a pirate ship. This one also fights back, and flees from us at the same time. At some point during this exercise, we managed to change our camera view to the pirate ship; we had no idea where we were in relation other than the laser beams still firing from our ship.
Once the pirate ship had been destroyed, we’re ushered back to the station, given another upgrade, and a squadron to equip. Squadrons are like the jets stationed on an aircraft carrier. They can launch from your ship and help against opponents, or guard your ship defensively. We’re also introduced to the constructor, which increases the parameters of items, making them more powerful and/or potent.
Next, we’re educated on skills. There are six different skill trees available, and there are a lot of skills per tree to learn. After developing our skill with light lasers even further, the game leads us along to the next mission: Player versus Player combat. However, there were no PvP missions going at the time, so we were stuck. At some point, we managed to go back to the station, and the game gave us credit for completing the PvP mission anyway.
The end of the tutorial marked the end of Nexus Conflict’s coherency. We tried buying a new weapon, only to find the ammunition for the weapon was grossly out of our budget (hardly an expected turn of events, especially for a newbie). We also explored the star map and found a set of beginner missions, but the pirate ship we faced ended up destroying us time and time again. Eventually, we ran out of credits, and were unable to complete missions to earn more. It’s possible we were simply awful at the game; unfortunately, there seemed to be no direction from the tutorial into further gameplay to help us build our skills.
Luckily, an update is forthcoming to address a few of the issues we faced while playing. The main story of Nexus Conflict will be brought more into focus, providing more missions, more objectives, and more direction for players to explore. Drops will be added that can be processed in the constructor for special missions as well, adding variety to what you can expect in PvE. Shops are being reworked; standard modules will always be available, and black market with rotating equipment will be added.
Player versus player is also getting an overhaul. First, an instant action button is being implemented, allowing you to jump right into a PvP match. Players will need to defend their station, in addition to destroying the enemies. This gives more incentive to team up with others, use some solid tactics, and make the experience much better. The update will also introduce clans, so you can join with people you work well with. Trading between players will also be allowed, giving more means to get stronger ships.
Overall, Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict is a very gorgeous looking game that needs a bit more direction towards making it a complete package. Positive changes are coming for the game, and while it’s still very much in development, the team seems very dedicated and hopeful to give it the same level of attention as Black Prophecy. The upcoming changes are a great start, and will definitely improve the tactical shooter portion of gameplay as the game is intended.
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