Hey, I tried this game yesterday, and the matchmaking was quick and easy, getting a party together was smooth, and we didn't have any connection issues so far. It was actually really fun. I don't think a review update would be amiss, if you're willing to test it--that seems to be your biggest issue.
Happy Wars suffers from serious technical issues that undermine an otherwise quality core experience.
- Crazy brawls
- Deep customization
- No cost of entry.
- Uneven matchmaking
- Dropped and delayed connections
- Lack of varied campaigns.
Free-to-play games are nothing new if you're a PC gamer, but console players haven't had a lot of options in that venue. Previous free offerings, including Aegis Wing and Yaris, have disappointed players despite costing them nothing. Happy Wars, a full-on experience that needn't cost you a dime but that could easily end up costing you a lot of money if you aren't averse to microtransactions, is an anomaly within the Xbox 360 library.
The general premise in the oddly named Happy Wars is that two kingdoms are at war with one another. They don't have a reason to feud other than that everyone likes to argue about nearly anything you might care to name. Still, tensions have escalated to the point where one king has abducted the other king's daughter. War is perhaps the only appropriate response to such brazen nastiness.
Happy Wars is split up in two main chunks. The first chunk is a single-player campaign that starts with a brief tutorial. It capably walks you through the game process and controls, and then you're informed that you can't play the next story campaign until you rank up a bit by dabbling in the multiplayer modes. If you can't head online, you'll never see more of the game than its tutorial.
The online modes are the only reason to play Happy Wars. You can team up with three or more strangers and friends for some cooperative action against a computer team, or you can play quick matches against human opponents. Either way, the general idea is that you need to move your troops from one side of the map to the other, claiming towers along the way so that you can spawn closer to your destination in the likely event that your character meets an untimely end. Each team's ultimate objective is to raid the enemy castle and smash apart a statue that hides inside, thus claiming victory over the map. A sudden-death free-for-all is waiting in the wings when it is needed.
Single-player missions add a few wrinkles to the standard formula. For instance, in one mission you come across a sorcerer who blocks the way with magical barriers that vanish only once a certain number of near-invincible enemy troops are pushed into quicksand pools and eaten by sand monsters. Another mission is won only when five red robot leaders are eliminated. Winning strategies don't change much even when the objectives vary, however. Mostly, you just want to stick with your team so that no one has the opportunity to gang up against you and so that there are more targets for enemy ballistas.
Fortunately, the game offers enough variety to keep the simple objectives interesting even when you're completing them for the 20th time. For starters, you rank up as you take out enemies and secure towers. Those ranks allow heavier and more effective gear to be equipped. You start out without the option to wear much of anything, but victory in combat grants you in-game currency called "happy coins" that you can then spend placing bets on a spinning wheel and maybe winning prizes if you're lucky. You can also spend currency to upgrade the gear that you've already acquired and would like to keep using. If you feel like you’re wasting too much time trying to find worthwhile booty in battle or by gambling on the prize wheel, you can also invest in “happy tickets” by spending Microsoft Points.
That’s where the anticipated micro-transactions come into play. Unless you’re in a hurry or you want cosmetic items that are only available for purchase using those tickets, there’s no pressing reason to spend real money in order to become a dominant force within the game. You may be tempted to take shortcuts, though, especially if you’re late discovering the game and all of your friends are already more powerful than you are. The happy tickets that you can obtain for $15 worth of Microsoft Points can help a lot in such instances. Tickets allow you to quickly obtain a bundle of weapons, accessories, or one of several types of armor. Purchasing a bundle of each of the five available types will set you back more than half your tickets, and then you’ll still need to level up those weapons by spending coins earned in combat.
I just wanted to say that the connection issues have been entirely fixed and it runs great now. The balanced matchmaking is a lot better but not perfect as with pretty much any game. I definitely recommend it.
This game is awesome fun, deserves more than a 5. I bought 170 happy tickets at 1200 ms points, I bought lots of happy card packs at 18 tickets each and tbh the items were not great. of the 9 packs i opened I got 1 really good warrior sword that had a base attack of 500 and the demonic book shield with a base of 500 for dam resistance and magic resistance. both those items are now lvl 10 and the sword does 975 damage and the book resists over 1000 for each melee and magic resistance. apart from those 2 items the rest was junk. I would not reccomend buying tickets because you unlock a sword and shield with around the same attrbutes as my specials ones by completing all campaign missions. The campaign missions for these are very difficult however, and will requre a high lvl and very good items to complete lol. im lvl 30 and still cant complete the 2nd to last mission. The worst thing about this game tho is the matchmaking, often taking up to 5 -10 minutes just to find players and start a match, by which time most people have left the lobby. The most annoying thing is playing a multiplayer game for 9 mins just to lose connection to players then kicks you out. apart from that i would say get this its good, and if your going to buy happy tickets, buy the special packs for the classes, they only 20 tickets for a full set and def worth it to start off.
I think it's a fair review, and here's why. It doesn't matter how good a game is, if it doesn't work. And this is a fun and enjoyable game, but multiplayer is a pain with all the connectivity issues and lagging out. Good game, I'd give it a solid 7.5/10 when it works.
I just played like a 4 hour stint of this, and it's honestly really fun. It's hard to get ahead without paying into it and that's the main downfall I can see. Not being able to get ahead in the story campaign till you have a higher rank online is a letdown as well, but it's pretty fun all in all. Also matchmaking didn't have too many problems while I was playing, it was pretty fair all in all.
I just tried it, and it actually suprised me. The game is good. Don't let this rating fool you. Very interesting, specially considering it's free. And it's actually adictive and fun. Look at the user ratings.
I've played quite a bit. I'm a level 8 and although it is surprisingly light hearted fun, I must admit that the technical issues are significant. The matchmaking is outright terrible but once in game everything runs smoothly. The creators posted a header a couple days ago mentioning that they are working on the issues.
I am enjoying it its free and not pay to win so download it and try for yourself its really not bad at all.
I like the "No cost of entry" in the Good tab.
Hey, it's not free, the all F2P on XBL is a complete lie.
Don't forget, you have to PAY to be a gold member to play this game.
The game would only be F2P if EVERYONE would be able to play it.
Microsoft is lying to you for the 101 time
@Evil_Sidekick I just realized that no one can even play pvp online on any game without a Gold Membership in the first place =P
@Evil_Sidekick Os jogos "oferecidos" pela Playstation Plus também não são grátis por esse ponto de vista!!!
Microsoft's not lying to anyone. The fact that you need to be a gold member to play this game is moot, since no one's going to buy a gold membership just for this game. But for the people who already have gold memberships, it's free to play.
I don't like that Microsoft expects people to pay to use their online services either, but it's really not *that* big a deal. Don't worry about it I say.
@Jaxith @Evil_Sidekick Sony has the same thing with PS Plus. You get lots of FREE games, but you have to be a PS Plus member. No different really. What I hate about M$ membership is you can user Netflix, HuluPlus, IE or any other significant APPS unless you are a GOLD MEMBER, which is completely stupid since Nintendo and Sony systems allow you to use all their apps without any members. I already pay for Netflix, why do I have to be a Gold Member to use it on my XBox 360, when I can use it on my Wii, PS3 and 3DS with no membership fees. I'm sure M$ is taking heat from this and I wonder if their next game console will be different.
Played this for weeks (you know in that beta thing) and I hated it. Should have been great but it requires you to know a load of key combos to do anything and it just gets boring learning them all
I played it for an hour and I was done with it. Why would you play a game you didn't like for weeks?
I try, cuz is free, but i just won several achivements, and nothing more, i'ts really, but really unfriendly, clunky, i fell this was just such boring just for the fact is F2p, but they wrong Ex: TF2
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@Gelugon_baat Don't you wonder how much Sony paid GameSpot to keep this game's score low? Or, aren't you going to say something along the lines of, "So, MS didn't want to pay you off for this game, huh?"
Those comments seem to be lacking here. Somebody's gotta say it. It isn't GameSpot, otherwise.
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Thanks for the review; however this game looks promising, especially since its gameplay is in luscious environments.