Loadout – Full Review
Loadout – Full Review
Loadout is a third person shooter that differs from other third person shooters I have tried. It is gory, fast, action packed, and has a large range of customization. Loadout can be found on Steam and takes a player’s Steam ID to add friends to the in-game friends list. My first impressions were that it was going to be a typical shooter. Nothing unique or worth mentioning about it, just some brief hype, however it turned out to be much better than that. At the home screen, a player can also see when there is happy hour and any changes that they make to their character will also be shown on the home screen, which includes weapons and outfits like this angry man you see here…
Graphics & Gameplay
The graphics work very well with the gameplay. The gameplay often involves trying to capture points and/or demolishing opposing players. This usually requires some large amounts of firepower. The graphic style becomes very brutal at certain times because during a fight, players will often get certain limbs blown off. The pseudo-realistic graphics make it humorous and gross at the same time. Sometimes, players will even run around with no heads. The gameplay is almost similar to other third person shooters; the main thing that makes it different is the customization available in weapons which allows players to see many different combinations. As players die they will drop their weapon allowing other players on either team to pick up the dropped weapon. This adds a bit to gameplay because of the large variety of weapons.
Missing flesh down to the bone while being zapped
There are currently two types of game modes available. The first mode is a team death match mode where players will try and demolish each other. As players die, they will drop certain items that other players can pick up. If a player on the same team picks up this item, it will deny a kill, but if a player on the opposite team picks up the item, they will get a kill instead. The other mode is a dominion-type mode where the teams need to capture, defend, and attack points. These points will decide the final verdict of a winner. As the points are being captured, players will fight one another to try and stop the capture from the opposing team. I preferred the death matches over the base captures, mainly because I prefer to mindlessly kill during while playing these types of games.
Its just a flesh wound, I can still capture the point!
Weaponcrafting is Loadout’s strongest point. Players can use parts to craft and customize guns earned from playing matches. This is their weapon customization which appeals to a lot of players. It offers a large variety of customization and every aspect can be earned in-game. Players can choose from lasers to machine guns and they can also add effects to them such as fire or mine detonation. All the stats are displayed on the screen, which also display the stats that will change when switching certain properties on a gun. My person favorite thing to do was using a cluster rocket launcher with a fire effect on it. With this system in place, players were basically encouraged to make very bizarre weapons. Since players dropped their weapons as they died, it provided a chance for other players to pick up those weapons and see the different combinations that are possible.
The customization of a default character is non-existent. Players can choose to customize their characters in the outfitter. The outfitter provides a large selection of outfits, but most of them need to be bought. There are a few things that can be changed without a cost, but those small changes. Although it costs quite a bit, most players could probably buy all they want without having to worry much as long as they stay active. The customization is pretty vast if that’s the case. I think it’s important to have it accessible for most players and with this system, it’s mostly fair.
A small example of the provided customization
Yer Buds & Matchmaking
Players currently have no way of joining matchmaking with their friends, but they can join their friend’s room once they enter a queue, there’s just no way to join matchmaking together. Once players get into a queue, they are given maps to select from which are also the different game modes. The Yer Buds list consists of the same people as a player’s steam’s friends list.
The friends list and matchmaking selection screen
Spacebux are obtainable after every round through roulette and it can also be bought with real money. This may mislead people into thinking it gives an extreme advantage to some players, but it does not. The main reason comes from another form of currency which is for weapon upgrades. Upgrade points are another form of points a player must collect to upgrade their weapons to the next tier. Certain pieces need different amounts of upgrade points. This limits the gun advantage so most of the purchases for spacebux would probably go towards the customization of a character. Who wouldn’t want to make their character look snazzy?
Graphics – 4/5 – The graphics are smooth and match the settings of the world really well.
Gameplay – 3.5/5 – The gameplay is semi-generic but the guns make it much more interesting.
Customization – 4/5 – Customization is the strongest point of Loadout Given outfits mainly need to be obtained with spacebux, it’s still completely possible to fully customize your own character.
Community – 3/5 – Players aren’t as hateful as other games seeing as Loadout is a much less serious game than other shooters, but since action is always going, conversations don’t really get started.
Features – 3/5 – There aren’t many features other than the customizations and the fact players can jump high. Nothing really stands out in terms of special features.
Overall – 3.5/5 – Overall, the game is great. I really enjoyed it and I personally think it’s worth a try if a person is willing.
Games mentioned in this article
- Loadout - Over-the-top weapon crafting, character customization, and action are at the core of Loadout, a free to play third person shooter.