Auto Assault hits asphalt

NCsoft's massively multiplayer vehicular combat game now online.

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It's been a long road to retail for NCsoft's massively multiplayer vehicular combat game Auto Assault. The game has been in the shop at Denver-based NetDevil for years, and was originally announced shortly before the 2004 Electronics Entertainment Expo.

Set across the wastelands of a postapocalyptic Earth, Auto Assault lets players build their own combat-capable rides and use them to blow up each other, rival factions, or unfortunate robotic and alien forces that happen to get in the way. The game also uses the Havok 2 physics engine to facilitate fully destructible environments.

"Now the real work starts," NetDevil president Scott Brown said in a statement. "Today marks the beginning of our ideas for the product and we look forward to rolling out new content for players to enjoy."

NCsoft is no stranger to launching MMOs. In the US, the company has already introduced Lineage, Lineage II, City of Heroes, City of Villains, and Guild Wars. It will likely get even more experience with the practice in the future, as its announced lineup of games for next month's E3 includes five more MMOs: Guild Wars Factions, Tabula Rasa, Aion, Exteel, and Dungeon Runners.

Auto Assault is rated T for Teen and retails for $49.99 with a special edition available for $59.99. The first month of play is free, with a $14.99 subscription fee for each month thereafter.

Discussion

24 comments
paulwrath
paulwrath

Still waiting for a review Gamespot......

orend
orend

This is definitely the best MMO to come out since WoW. It contains almost everything that should be in an MMO : PvE, PvP (massive or in arenas), boss fights, customizations, crafting, economy, skill trees, housing etc. etc. Plus, beside the special setting, it has numerous innovations and refinements in it, including the great random loot system (meaning it's unlikely to find the same weapon/armor twice). Some things which I find still missing are item chat linking and an auction house. The game has been lag-free for me (and I play on US servers from Europe), the graphics sweet (maxed out on an X1900 XTX). Even if you stuck to fantasy MMOs before, give this a try - it will be pleasant surprise!

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

This whole premise just sounds boring to me.

_Margulis_
_Margulis_

Its not worth the $15 a month or the $50 for the game, i was in beta and played it for about 2 weeks then i got bored. I really wanted this game to succeed if not for any other reason besides that someone else might make a Mad Max online. Usually i find Western developed MMorpgs addicting but like every feature in this game sounds good on paper but is just plan boring in action. The whole game was designed with newbies and casual players in mind, but i think they just went way over board, everythings so simplfied the gameplay is just plain boring, if i only had 2 hours every other day to play i would probly get bored in like 3 weeks. Havok 2 is just some kind of marketing thing, its not even fully used, all it really does is provide simple physics for building pieces to fly alittle bit and then sink into the ground 5 sec later, make physics for bad handling annoying cars that are so arcady feeling that they might as well be another night elf, and make mobs slump to the ground. Crafting isn't really any fun when you have to make level 5 stuff at level 30 to gain skill. Combat requires holding 1button and keeping the bad guy in front of you, ramming and actually using skills is optional. There are 2 NPC types per race (male and female), and you will be a clone of everyone else in your class. There is so little car customization its not even worth metioning, you might aswell all drive the same car. 3 big zones per race and then a final pvp zone they all share but since your in a car that can go 80mph they don't seem very big. I can't say much about PvP though, i only played it a few times, but the times i did play it was pretty pointless with alot of sitting around getting ganked by rogues while trying to earn GZ souviners and pvp makes up 50% of the end game content. The best feature in the entire game is random loot generation but it sure isn't worth the $50 just to get the game. I even didn't play it for over a month before release, then when the headstart got started i only made it to level 5 before i got bored again as in bored to the point where it made me dread pushing the Auto Assault icon on my desktop. I'm glad i got that 8.5 Gb of hardrive space back though that the games been hogging up since January.

runstalker
runstalker

Ok, for the record: there are NO in-game ads. NCsoft only stated that they are 'considering' an implementation of it in Auto Assault. It's not in there right now. I extensively beta tested and I can say (objectively) that AA has made massive strides in the 6 months of polishing since its fall 2005 delay. Seriously, there's enough stuff to do (quests, good lore, PvP, crafting, car customizing, random loot tables) for months, and 80 levels to gain. It's a really well-made RPG. Unfortunately I fear it may have a tough time finding a niche. Players aren't ready for vehicle avatars in MMOs yet. I have a blast driving through buildings in an MMO though. Built-in voice chat too, and zero death penalty. For me it's an 8/10, and it's refreshing. And I've played 'em all. The Richard Dekkard soundtrack is cool too.

Kahones
Kahones

Definitly going to wait for the review, the whole money thing scares me though. Gotta love Guild Wars.

Swampthing
Swampthing

Been in the beta for almost a year now, and I'm looking forward to this. They made significant strides along the way and dramatically improved the graphics. But I am still not sure there is enough content. Yes, there are your standard quests, upgrades, weapons, etc. But the big hook, destructable environments in an MMO don't consist of much beyond signs, some buildings, guard rails, etc. It's not like you can dramatically alter the game... I might go ahead and add it to my MMOC... (massively multiplayer online collection) ;)

cyprus646
cyprus646

I really thought this game was never gona come out because for some reason it reminded me of Starcraft : ghost :-)

ryanthegreat232
ryanthegreat232

I also played beta, gets stale after a week. I bet Gamespot will give it an 8.7

doomed51
doomed51

dont get too hopefull, played the beta and its nothing too great....

sniper_99
sniper_99

I already Beta Tested this game and it was very boring in my opinion

SpikeJones767
SpikeJones767

Its pretty amazing how they still charge a $15 monthly fee plus they get paid for putting in the advertisements on billboards in the game. Whats next paying real life money for an online oil change?!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

the fact that this is MMO = no buy for me. if it was twisted medalish i might look into it.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

I still have to wonder when Developers will realize that if they dropped a monthly fee to say $9.99 instead of the standard $15 how many more people would pick up a copy to play. After all for $15 I can play WoW and that's some serious content to go up against. Heck I predict the 1st game to over-throw WoW will have a monthly fee of $5...(thinking Diablo III ?!)

vaejas
vaejas

I find it hilarious how between beta and retail launch, marketing steps in and says "more babes!" Last year the men were by far the better looking designs, and the women's wardrobe is still ridiculous.

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

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Reetesh
Reetesh

I think its going to be GREAT:D nice to have a little variety inthe MMOG market

C0deZer0
C0deZer0

Eh, It won't be getting my money. I beta tested it just recently and it isn't worth it.

thatguytony
thatguytony

I'm going to wait on this one. I'm still playing WOW way to much.