| Mail |
You might also like: WoW Insider, Joystiq, and more

Reader Comments (28)

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 12:11PM Azzura said

  • 1 heart
  • Report
I just tried this last night - and it would KICK me from the game after about 2 minutes - over and over. Did some searching and you have to go and download some other program and run it or you cant play APB.

After reading that...I uninstalled. Way to make it easy to play the game. FAIL

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 12:24PM jmerriex said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Azzura PunkBuster is a very common Anti-Cheat program. If you've played any major shooter, you've probably used it before. unfortunately there is a known issue that PunkBuster has that the only work around is to reinstall it.

It doesn't require a large download, it is literally 1 small file you replace in your PB folder.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 12:18PM DeadlyAccurate said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Are you guys going to do any work on the kick system? I posted in the Suggestions forum, but since I know you read here, and I have no idea if anyone reads the Suggestions forum, I'll repeat what I said there.

I was kicked twice by the same gold player shortly after joining their missions, and ended up losing TL through no fault of my own. (Yes, I changed districts after that). I was at least glad they didn't wait until near the end of the mission, but if this sort of thing keeps happening, it will definitely make me uninterested in continuing to play. And if someone ever kicked me near the end of a mission, especially one we were winning, I'd be so angry I'd have to leave the district to keep from wanting to grief them the rest of the night.

There should be penalties for choosing to kick a player, so that you are only willing to do so because keeping them on the team is worse than getting rid of them.

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 2:05PM jmerriex said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@DeadlyAccurate This is something we're going to talk about. It is annoying when that happens. I was thinking about doing some type of "vote kick" system instead of allowing the leader to kick willy-nilly. But your idea is good too. We'll see.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 12:21PM CaptKillsteal said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
What program does it use? Punkbuster?

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 12:22PM jmerriex said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@CaptKillsteal Yes Azzura is talking about PunkBuster.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 12:55PM HiGHPLAiNS said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
When this game is playable, I will be back. Right now it's just a mess. I have submitted several issues when it came to other players exploiting APB. At least the dev's say their looking into this matter (at least we hope so).

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 12:59PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I uninstalled after retrying it again ( tried it when the other company had it in beta). The fact that it uses punkbuster (which I hated from BF2) and that there is no sort of matchmaking made me hate it in a very short time.

It has a lot going for it as far as the way the game works in PvE, but when you are thrust against folks with far superior weapons that can single shot kill you when you have no way to detect them? Kinda lame. I tried it, just not set up to level up skill on and expects you to know it all with limited resources.

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 1:28PM Vestas said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@(Unverified) "No sort of matchmaking". Ah, unless you're deliberately trolling APB uses an automated matchmaking system, this isn't BF2/Call of Duty. You go into the city, you make yourself ready and you get assigned a mission, maybe by yourself, maybe with others. You get auto-matched against someone of similar threat level, if its not similar you or they call for backup until the teams reach 10 each or are considered balanced by the system.

Until you reach stupid high threat levels/gold the system actually works pretty well.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 1:03PM Quarlo said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I love this game. The depth of the character customization should be the industry standard.

But the cheating has gotten out of hand. I havent played in weeks because our group went up against a group of known cheaters. After they whupped us, the whispered us a link to their livestream - which clearly showed themselves wallhacking and aimbotting in an effort to get us to purchase their cheats. They were livestreaming for hours and have yet to be banned.

I'll come back after the 'magic' anticheat patch, but i'm not holding my breath.

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 3:27PM wcanyon said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Quarlo ^^ This. Cheating was a huge problem in RTW-APB and they still haven't addressed it in GF-APB. Yawn. Call me when the game is playable without getting ruined by someone wallhacking with no repercussions.

You have to take away the incentive to create and sell a wallhack system. IP bans? I dunno, whatever works. If it got out that your IP was gonna get banned if you hacked, wouldn't that cut down on cheating in a big way?
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 1:07PM Macabre 13 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
"But out of the wreck a new and improved version of the game was born"

That's highly debatable...

Many of the changes they made are quite controversial (lower TTK, driving characteristics, weapon leasing, threat system), while others were downright failures (witnessing, certain mod changes).

Furthermore, hacking is more rampant than it's ever been. That "3%" line is nothing but PR BS. They don't know what the actual percent of active hackers is, all they know is the percent of accounts banned vs. all accounts ever created, active or not. The hackers are *far* more active, recreating accounts with ease in the remote chance they do get banned. Many legit players have abandoned their accounts due to hackers or various other problems, like Azzura's above, yet those are still counted in the 3%...

Meanwhile, they have one of the most expensive cash shops I've ever seen in any F2P game. Upwards of $60 for a single gun for a single character, and if their other games are any indication, like Warrock, it'll only get more expensive.

Sorry if I sound a tad bitter, but despite its flaws, I absolutely loved RTW's APB, yet I'm quite disappointed in G1's handling of it so far. It still has potential though, and if G1 can at least get the hacking under control, there's still a damn good game to be found in APB (though I won't spend another dime in their cash shop until they learn some ethics and charge *reasonable* prices for 1's and 0's).

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 3:31PM wcanyon said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Macabre 13 sounds like they need to learn from Apple: selling 1000 downloads at $1 a piece is better than selling 9 downlods at $100. Don't game devs on Steam say that when they cut the price by 50% they sell more than double the units?
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 3:33PM wcanyon said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Macabre 13 And another thing: this game has already died once, it's not even officially relaunched and they're selling expensive weapons? Huge punishment for early adopters if the game crashes and burns. They should do what minecraft did: sell they stuff cheap while it's still in beta to pump up adoption and help the game take off. Then make the late-adopters pay full price.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 4:09PM Macabre 13 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@wcanyon

The thing is, I think that's what they *think* they're doing already. $60 guns is their "cheap" beta price, and I wouldn't be surprised to see $80+ guns after it "launches", like they already have in Warrock.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 1:43PM Plastic said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I really like APB a lot, but I can't seem to play it very long without crashing.

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 1:50PM DeadlyAccurate said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Plastic Do you have anti-aliasing turned on? I get constant crashes with it on but none when I turn it off.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 2:16PM Plastic said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@DeadlyAccurate

Hmm, I think so. I'll give turning it off a shot, thanks.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 5:12PM hansh0tfirst said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Plastic Are you playing on a machine with a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system?

I was constantly crashing myself 'till I discovered the game requires a ton of memory that 32-bit Vista doesn't normally offer without a little tinkering under the hood.
Reply

Posted: Aug 29th 2011 2:44PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Where was the instruction on this then? Why did I get one shot with several others I grouped up with who had just started the game? Seems they want those who pay the item shop to have far superior items to destroy their opponents. Everyone we went up against had highly customized gear from their appearance and shot us up easily. We didn't just rush in and tried to use tactics, but tactics are useless when the enemy can kill you with one shot.

So what I am figuring out is that it is either totally slanted towards folks who buy equipment with RM purchases or that the tutorial doesn't explain anything about groups and how the group content works. Either way it won't be seeing my hard drive again until they do some work on it and I hear about it.

Featured Stories

One Shots: The sacred bosom dance

Posted on Sep 21st 2014 10:00AM

Make My MMO: September 14 - 20, 2014

Posted on Sep 20th 2014 6:00PM

Engadget

Engadget

Joystiq

Joystiq

WoW Insider

WoW

TUAW

TUAW