Bot support will also be beefed up for the game and you’ll be able to customize how many bots will be in the game. Want to play offline by yourself? Well you’ll be able to do that and there’s even a progression system for those who choose to play by themselves.
The company will also allow gamers to setup dedicated servers on all three platforms (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) allowing gamers to configure the games the way they want to. This is a fairly new concept on the console and should make for some interesting online matches.
OK, so now for the big twist which is the price of the game. How much would you pay for the sequel to a $60 retail game? $60, $50, $40? Well TimeGate is putting Section 8:Prejudice on sale for $15/1200 Microsoft points. That’s right, you’re getting a sequel with more content than the original game for a quarter of the price. TimeGate is hellbent on making this the #1 online shooter and they feel that a lower price will get a lot of people into the game. They are planning to have a lot of paid and free DLC money though and are looking for the game to have a very long tail.
As someone who didn’t play the first game the world of Section 8 was a bit new to me. It did take me a while to get used to the mechanics of the game like the jetpacks and the sprinting mechanic but the game felt good once I got used to it. As someone who’s just used to magically appearing on a re-spawn spot, the concept of dropping out of orbit was a breath of fresh air to me. I realized how much more fun the game was as now I could pick exactly where I wanted to re-spawn and then had to figure out if the added control of braking early was worth the penalty of slowing down. It’s also awesome to watch your squad mates, deploy-ables, and vehicles drop from orbit around you. The concept also makes you constantly watch your back as enemies can also drop in any place that’s not protected by anti-aircraft guns.
What’s great about the game is that while there are still five pre-set loadouts, but now you can customize your character anyway you want. There’s no more forced decision between being a sniper and being able to repair things as you can create a sniper/engineer hybrid if you want to.
To be honest I found myself creeping on to the TimeGate beta servers during the off hours to play the game against the AI. Sure there wasn’t a lot of challenge with some of the bots but it was a lot of fun to build up my character and try out all the things you can do in the game. I hate to gush about a game this much but I had a lot of fun. It’s not perfect, and I can see some situations where human beings will screw up the game, but I have the feeling that Section 8:Prejudice is going to be the shooter that finally replaces Bad Company 2 as my go-to shooter of choice.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
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