Some people will rob their mother for the ends
Rats snitch on one another for the ends
Sometimes kids get murdered for the ends
So before we go any further I want my ends
– Everlast, “For The Ends”
I was going to write-up a nice look into my Early Access experience with APB, but my ten hours of play was not significantly different from my earlier review: the game was just as fun, even with the same flaws. Furthermore, HarbingerZero pretty much read my mind when he wrote up his ‘review’ of APB; please, go check out his post on the subject.
I’m going to use this post to expand on what HZ and I wrote previously; specifically, I want to write about my characters, the Social district, and art.
Living It Up
I’ve got two characters, both on LaRocha: Ness, the Enforcer, and Dix, the Criminal. (Friend me up!)
Ness is by far my favorite. She’s named after the leader of the Untouchables, and her new wardrobe made her look even more awesome. I originally wanted to make a ‘punk’ criminal, but thought it’d be even better to have a punk cop. I mean, Enforcers are just vigilantes.
This said, playing the criminal Dix has its own appeal. I had originally wanted to play her as a low-key street artist and two-bit criminal, but man is HZ is right – a wolfpack mentality quickly sets in. I couldn’t help myself: the game rewards bolder and bolder criminal activity. Soon I was crashing cars into store fronts and stealing appliances.
That said, I (very darkly) appreciate how similar Enforcer and Criminal activity is on the surface. Case in point:
Maybe I secretly appreciate the analysis of law enforcement’s ‘legal’ and ‘appropriate’ monopoly on violence. Or maybe I’m just glad I get to hang out of a car on either side of the ‘law.’
In Open Beta, I did almost nothing with my clothes, and didn’t even touch the logo creator. I mean, what was the point? The entire shebang was going to be wiped in a few days.
I made up for lost time during the Early Access event this weekend. I always liked the poster for the movie Children of Men (fantastic movie, btw), particularly this one:
I made a perfect copy of this poster for my spray in L4D – I was really proud of my creation, especially because it fit the tone of the game so well.
The spray doesn’t fit APB as well, but I thought ‘hell, why not?’ and remade it. The results were… towering.
Yes, that’s right: there are specific, highly visible places you can tag, even as an Enforcer.
The Art of San Paro
I really, really like the art for this game. The concept art is great, but equally cool is the ‘official’ graffiti you find littered around town.
I’ve secretly always wanted to be a tagger, and thanks to APB, I get to live up that dream. Thanks, Realtime Worlds!