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War Rock Review

Developer: Dream Execution Technologies Publisher: K2 Network
Release Date: February 7, 2007 Also On: None

War Rock looks and plays very similar to a game close to many gamers’ hearts: Battlefield 2. But unlike Battlefield 2, it’s free. That’s right, you can download and play the game for free. But the only thing you buy is some extra money for in-game upgrades, some bonus experience, and the ability to name some chatrooms and what not. Of course you get what you paid for in the graphics department, which is nothing. The overall look is dated, with very bland colors and backgrounds we have all seen hundreds of times before, but again, it’s free.

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The meat of this game is in the multi-player, since there is no single player to speak of. You find a match pretty much like you would in Counterstrike or Battlefield 2, you look at a list of servers and select one. The developers added a few new features though which I have been hoping would appear in a PC online game for a while.

First of you get the ability to invite a friend to your server right after a match, instead of sending your friend an IP address or some junk. Second the game is separated by 3 types: close quarters, large scale, and a mid-size type. Each has different map sizes, amount of players allowed and vehicles on the map. The bigger the map, the more vehicles on the map. The beauty of all this is that it allows the player to pick their favorite type of game and not have to read all the server details to find out.

The game controls like a regular PC shooter, you peak around walls, you board vehicles, and of course blow some terrorist brains onto walls. My list of complaints starts with the overly slow servers. It is never fun to shoot at someone to only to see someone else walk up and put a few rounds in your head. The next thing is the poor controls on planes and helicopters. They are overly sensitive and there is no reticule to aim your shots. You just have to pray you hit your targets, so a dog fight is even harder since you can’t aim your shots.

Overall, this game is something you should give a shot if your copy of Battlefield 2 is getting some dust and you want something a little more arcade-like. But remember one thing, you get what you pay for. This is a free game to play and try as much as you would like. It’s entirely optional that you buy extra stuff for the game. Sounds like a deal to me.

Graphics: 7
Sound: 7
Gameplay: 8
Creativity: 6
Replay Value/Game Length: 8
Final: 7.5
Written by Matt Marzin Review Guide