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Warface Xbox 360: a F2P game that fails basic combat training

Friday, 4 April 2014 11:20 GMT By Matt Martin

This half-arsed first-person shooter is out of place and out of its depth on consoles, says Matt Martin

If a screaming, twisted war face is intended to strike fear into the enemy’s heart, I would imagine Crytek’s opponents are staring back stoney-faced at its effort like Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.

Bullshit, you didn’t convince me. Let me see your real war face.

Known for its high-end PC and console games like Far Cry, Crysis and Ryse, Crytek was one of the first European developers to jump onto the online free-to-play bandwagon with Warface (why didn’t they call it WarCry?).

Creating a new game from scratch originally for China, South Korea and Taiwan – where microtransactions and renting items are the norm – was a brave and ambitious thing and looked like it would open a whole new market for the developer. Maybe it did, but as Warface has gradually rolled out a beta in Russia, the US and Europe, I can’t help thinking it became less targeted and more of a scattershot approach.

Now Warface is available on Xbox 360 it feels like Crytek’s just waving a shotgun around pumping it into anything that moves.

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First impressions are clunky. There’s a 23 page user agreement to click on before you go anywhere and once you’ve chosen a character you’re instantly given an Achievement. There’s nothing more needy and patronising that handing out free stuff for pressing X.

“It’s the roughest beta I’ve played for a while – almost like it’s been chopped with a hatchet and duct taped together”

Beyond that, my first 5 minute training session went FUBAR. One of the static targets wouldn’t fall despite me emptying three clips into the motherfucker. I carried on regardless, finished the training and watched as everything went blank. A quick restart later and I got my achievement and $1000 for completing it. Well done soldier, here’s another cheap reward.

It’s important to remember that Warface is in beta, but playing it there’s no way you could mistake it for anything else. It’s probably the roughest beta I’ve played for a while – almost like it’s been chopped with a hatchet and duct taped together. Music clips in and out, games finish abruptly, and multiplayer maps have the feel of being thrown together with the simplest of editing tools.

World of shit

Why do I play my beloved first-person shooters? To kill. To feel like a minister of death praying for war.

It’s easy enough to kill in Warface. Skillfully, clumsily, accidently – just because you’re holding a gun in someone’s general direction. The Versus modes are played out on small uninspiring maps, where flitting between fast sprinting and hiding behind foliage or other obstacles will net you plenty of kills.

Unfortunately these hangers, train yards and villages are too small for anything resembling advanced tactics. They’re just filled with crossfire and grenade spam, cramped snipers and blundering foot soldiers. Stand still for half a minute and someone will fumble into your sights for an easy kill. It’s goofy gunplay at best – the equivalent of raw recruits attempting an assault course, struggling to climb obstacles, shooting themselves in the foot and blowing up the enemy without realising they’ve sat down on the big red button labelled “NUKE”.

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An unironic promotional image.

This being a free-to-play game there’s an unnecessarily confusing currency system stinking up the place. Players can purchase perks, weapons and cosmetic stuff with Warface Dollars, Crowns and Kredits. Dollars are earned during versus and co-op play, Crowns are “special currency” awarded in co-op missions and Kredits are real-world money.

“I’d question spending real money on different guns in Warface because it’s such a bloodbath that an average player can blunder through successfully.”

You can get 400 Kredits for £3.99 or 1760 Kredits for £15.99. I’ll go out on a limb and suggest the 8400 Kredit option that costs £49.99 is there to catch idiots, Russian oligarchs and people with stolen credit cards. A “rare” gun such the FY-103 rifle will cost you 990K or 38,400 dollars for example, or the M955A semi-automatic rifle will set you back 21,000 dollars. You’d be insane to pay these prices.

I’d question spending real money on different guns in Warface because it’s such a bloodbath that an average player like me can blunder through, hitting limbs, headshots, melee kills and everything in-between with regularity and ease.

If Crytek is known for visually impressive games then Warface is the worst advert for the company. Not just in terms of graphics, where compromises for the game’s original play through browsers are understandably made, but this is a game with icons, badges, flash and nonsense stuck all over the screen. Menus and the user interface are nothing short of ugly. As a result, one look at it and it’s got “budget” stamped all over it.

You don’t scare me. Work on it.

Co-op missions are a curiosity and are worth a play through if you want to hoover up some XP, Achievements and a bit of in-game cash. Up to five players run across a mostly linear map taking down AI enemies that either hold their position or advance to a designated point. It’s not a massive challenge unless you’re matched with a bunch of lump-headed Gomer Pyles, and it’s no real training for playing online against real people. It soon descends into farce when bosses have buggy health bars resulting in the ridiculous spectacle of five soldiers shooting bazookas at an enemy helicopter for ten minutes like school kids with cheap fireworks.

Warface is free to play but that doesn’t excuse it for being poorly made. And just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s worth playing. I have no problem with free-to-play games on console. I’m cheap and welcome them when they offer me something I can’t get elsewhere, like Wargaming’s World of Tanks. Unfortunately there’s plenty of FPS alternatives on the Xbox 360 that you can pick up for second hand prices that are worth your time and will provide many more thrills. Warface is a good advert for buying games outright with real money.

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“Warface is a good advert for buying games outright with real money”

Warface is going to be measured against Call of Duty and Battlefield and ten other games and they’re all much better than this. I would love to see what Crytek could really do if it tried to take on these big boys of the genre. Maybe it doesn’t have the opportunity, but if you come into DICE and Infinity Ward’s backyard you’re going to go up against them regardless of your business model or origins.

In this beta state (and it’s worth nothing that the game is still in “beta” on PC too, despite being released two years ago) it’s a redundant offering on the Xbox 360. Bugs can be ironed out, but it’s still a poorly constructed, confusing, ugly and frankly primitive experience that feels at least a couple of years out of date.

There’s no real challenge here, and none of the bombast you’d expect from a game with such a ridiculous title. If the Warface beta is basic training, it won’t live for very long on the real battlefield.

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4 Comments

  1. DeVitowned

    “One of the static targets wouldn’t fall despite me emptying three clips into the motherfucker. ”

    Sounds like Uncharted 3.

    PS: I fucking hate the site now since the revamp.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    Fair enough. I’m not sure that anyone ever thought that Warface was anything more than a joke, though. So I’m sorry you had to endure that, Matt.

    I’ve heard Planetside2 is quite good though, so maybe you’ll get to review that when it lands on the PS4, if it hasn’t all ready.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Panthro

    Yeah play Planetside 2, dont wait for the PS4 copy though, grab it on Steam.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    For the record, the original PC version of Warface plays in the browser just as much as Battlefield 3 or 4 does. It is only launched in a browser.

    #4 11 months ago

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

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  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

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  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

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  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

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  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

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  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

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  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

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  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

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  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

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  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

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  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

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  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

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  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

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  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

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  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

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  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

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  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

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