We used to love titles like Twisted Metal, Mariokart, Wipeout and Destruction derby and Blur, but in the near future (2021) a Mysterious viral epidemic is going to sweep through the world and the only option will be Crossout…
Following on from the popularity of the aforementioned vehicular combat titles, and the recent surge of free to play titles like World of Tanks, Crossout sounds like an awesome idea…
Set in the 2040’s, 20 years after the 2021 epidemic, survivors are tasked with building their own vehicles to wage war on opposing teams, Crossout while an MMO at heart, is certainly more of a casual game as it’s possible to play for hours without even touching the surface on any sort of story.
There’s an in depth tutorial which you’ll need to check and pay good attention to, because if you make the same mistake I did, jumping in at the deep end will ultimately leave you with a car chassis and no idea how to turn it into a wrecking machine.
Once you get to grips with the complex setup procedure, you’ll be able to do a blue-peter job on tacking your car together, a little bit of sticky-back plastic later and you’ll be fitting turrets and rocket launchers which will prove a massive step up on the default monstrosity you’ll start with.
Heading onto the battlefield and you’ll find equally novice players with their own cars seemingly built by four year olds.
Thankfully this is where the confusion ends, as you speed towards the objective, I found the handling a little tricky but was soon taking down numerous enemies who I guess where still struggling with the control scheme.
After a few battles, you’ll start to unlock more materials, purchase better weaponry and be able to customise your ride, just in time for the tougher competition that comes with experience. The more you play, the better you get and the same goes with the opponents who will populate your games.
There’s not any of the open world lobbies, trading and side-quests, but instead you’ll find a limited selection of missions, which soon become nothing more than online matchmaking tools, which thankfully leave plenty of opportunity to take your vehicle out for a spin to blow up many others.
While building the vehicles can feel a bit of a chore and is likely to put some off at first, it’s well worth investing the time to learn these mechanics, because you’ll want the best ride possible packed with the most powerful weapons you can find.
Back to the game-play side, and once you get to grips with the awkward controls, every nut and bolt you’ve tightened soon becomes worthwhile, especially with a few friends on your team and a couple of tactics going forward, there’s a great vehicular combat base, and plenty of fun to be had online.
It’s a little harsh to call Crossout a MMO, because the MMO genre carries so much weight, but Crossout decides not to try and cover every area, instead concentrating on the combat and building.
Both of these have plenty of depth, and plenty of enjoyment with 20-30 hours under your belt you’ll probably not stop to remember you’ve not spent a penny so far but the options are there for micro-transactions to help speed up your progression.
Graphically Crossout does just as you’d expect, dirty, sandy graphics might not float the boat if you’re expecting a HDR masterpiece upscaled in 4K, but for Mad Max fans who just want to ram some vehicles off the road, there’s some great attention to detail where is counts, on the cars and instant surroundings rather than the depth of field looking at the tree’s on the horizon.
Audio comes across equally as balanced, without ever defining itself as high quality, but it never produces a problem, unlike some titles, I didn’t change a thing where as many I’m racing through the options to turn down engine sounds or increase speech.
It’s fair to say Crossout is an incredibly complex game, if you want to get into building the most unique and powerful vehicle, you’ll find plenty of options and enough depth to keep you busy for hours without even touching the battles.
However online, Matchmaking works well, both in speed and quality of finding a suitable match. It does start to feel a little repetitive, and it’s a shame the only real concentration is build and ride, but for a free game it’s still a fantastic accomplishment.
Bottom Line :
Crossout is a fantastic accomplishment for fans of Vehicular combat, there’s plenty of options to create your ride and more than enough enjoyment when destroying everyone elses hard work.
It’s Free to Play, so comes as highly recommended if you haven’t already checked it out.
Gameplay : 7.5
Graphics : 7.5
Sound : 7
Story : 6.5