Alliance of Valiant Arms Hands-On - The Basics

We get our hands on this free-to-play alternate-reality online shooter at E3 2009.

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One of the many games on display at E3 2009 is Alliance of Valiant Arms, also known as AVA. The game will be a free-to-play online shooter that takes place in a modern-day setting during a fictitious conflict.

Who's Making This Game: The game is being developed by Asian studio Redduck and is being brought to North America by way of NHN USA's Ijji.com online games service.

What The Game Looks Like: A modern-day shooter in city-based environments, not dissimilar to Counter-Strike: Source. It's powered by Unreal Engine 3.

What There Is To Do: Choose one of three different character roles--rifleman, which is an assault class; pointman, which is a light weapon class; or sniper--and compete in team-based competitive missions for up to 16 players (eight versus eight). You can change class each time you respawn after getting fragged.

How The Game Is Played: The game has four different modes currently in beta: Escort, Convoy, Annihilation, and Demolition. A fifth mode is planned for launch. We had a chance to play an escort mission in what appeared to be a ruined Russian city as the opposing team attempted to escort a tank across the map while our team attempted to prevent it from getting there. The gameplay seemed very similar to Counter-Strike or the earlier Call of Duty games, in that there were a lot of winding roads with dipping hills on the ground and buildings with open-air second-floor balconies and windows up top.

What They Say: This will be a graphically high-end modern-day shooter with a "cash-op" microtransaction store that sells convenience items.

What We Say: There's definitely a Counter-Strike-like quality to this one--the fast pace, the modern-day weapons, and the getting-instantly-killed-by-someone-you-barely-sighted. The game is scheduled to launch later this year.

Discussion

15 comments
odst_trooper117
odst_trooper117

looks good, maybe even better than Combat Arms for a free online FPS

WolfWatch
WolfWatch

@Freakin-Gamer "Same probably goes for this game because of Ijji's 'transaction' system." When you use words like probability it invalidates your post as being fact. I am sure you understand and agree with that, however most people will read it as fact. Thank you silly-smy for clarifying that. silly-smy is correct, it only slightly, if at all, gives an advantage. In S.Korea, when I played it, they had a money-item-buy system as well. Likewise it didn't provide any distinct advantage. But the people with masks and such did look pretty cool. The same system is incorporated here.

WolfWatch
WolfWatch

I wrote a lengthy review attempting to describe the game. Please read it if you wish to know more about it. I hope my review can help somewhat. But the best way to know is to play. The only thing you might lose is some of your time. (Give me a thumbs up if I did well)

silly-smy
silly-smy

...continued... About the micro-transaction cash system, it doesn't effect game balance. Yes, you've read that correctly, it doesn't give you any advantages as far as balance goes. You might argue that it makes no sense and wonder why then would anyone pay money for items. The answer is convenience. Instead of working hard and saving up game-money for a weapon and other equipment, if you're lazy you can just buy it with cash. It doesn't buy you anything better than what others can earn in-game, but it sure is a hell of a lot easier. This is especially the case if you want to keep multiple weapons per class. There's also aesthetics, but it's really about having more purchase power. I forgot to mention weapon customization. You don't get an endless list of parts to customize your favorite weapons with, but it's still a nice touch. Achievements that reward your accomplishments or display of skill also add to the game. If you didn't already decide that you will not like the game, it might actually be very worth your while to give it a try. After all, it doesn't cost you any money. If you think any game that is free-to-play is automatically gonna suck, this might just change your mind.

silly-smy
silly-smy

Why does GameSpot even bother with this kind of half-assed descriptions if they've already decided not to like the game? Maybe they've decided that every single objective-based tactical shooter ever to come out in the future is guaranteed to be a Counter-Strike clone, where can I buy a high horse like the one they're riding on? While the Demolition mode is obviously Counter-Strike inspired, other modes are not. Is a FPS to be condemned because it has a deathmatch mode? Oh, what shame in copying game modes from other games! Because games usually don't do that right...? Unless you think every tactical shooter is the same, IMO A.V.A plays very differently from CS. Sudden Attack is a CS clone, not A.V.A. There are a lot of attention to detail in A.V.A, and as a result, it improves a lot on the tactical aspect of the game. While CS is just a FPS that uses modern weapons, A.V.A actually is tactical. Your kill-death ratio is effected by accomplishing mission objectives, such as repairing the tank in Escort missions, or having your team take out an enemy that you've marked on the radar as a team leader. The class system is very well implemented, making it that much more fun to pick and choose a style of play. The weapons are so far very very well balanced. In A.V.A you can actually use any weapon other than just the AK-47. Weapons also behave a tad more realistically than in CS, as you can't survive taking as many bullets. This might actually turn people off at first.

penpusher
penpusher

ahh I think i see whats going on here...its free to play ... but if you want to stand a chance against other players you've got to fork out money for some "extra" equipment that should be in the game anyway ..... This is the literal defanition of a scam ...

Freakin-Gamer
Freakin-Gamer

@dbpvivi Yes, of course the transaction system gets in the way...if you looked at Ijji's other "FPS" game (I wouldn't even call it an FPS) Soldier Front, you would see that the equipment is based on G coins, and everyone basically has them...so people who buy the armor and equipment basically have an advantage over others. Same probably goes for this game because of Ijji's "transaction" system.

dbpvivi
dbpvivi

Doesn't look too bad. I won't play it though if the Transaction system affects gameplay. I hate being owned by people that just have more money than I do.

JPokes
JPokes

Been done before

gmax
gmax

Another free to play game at E3. I must just be confusing myself somehow.

foojam
foojam

It's free and sounds cool, maybe it deserves a try.

pakhair
pakhair

Not Bad..............