All Points Bulletin: Reloaded Review (Page 2)

Updated Tue, Jan 10, 2012 by Stow

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Don’t let APB:R trick you with the “MMO” part. You are not at any point going to go collect the rear end of any bears for any form of progression. The missions in this game are cooperative assignments that have you trying to reach and capture, collect, or protect objectives before the opposing side stops you. Auto-grouping works to put players into groups for the dynamically assigned missions that send you out into the world for PvP combat.

The de facto example is that Criminals will be grouped up and told to rob a store while Enforcers will be dispatched to stop them. The Criminals will be assigned to “rob the store” which is interact with the store while the Enforcers will be assigned to “protect the store” or stop any Criminals from interacting with it.

If you can get everyone to work together than this is a multiplayer masterpiece, but the odds of success are below 10% or one in every 10 missions.

When everything comes together, the players all have about the same level weaponry and skill, and everyone works as a team the multiplayer aspect shines brightly and APB:R becomes an immoderately fun game. If any kinks pop up (a player sits at the Joker weapon booth, someone takes their car for a joy ride in the opposite direction while the entire team is loaded into it and then proceeds to blow it up, etc.) then the multiplayer aspect can sour things.

Griefing is also rampant and, in milder forms, encouraged as you’ll be playing your mission and players who aren’t in your mission may ride through knocking everyone out of their way and in general be annoying. This can sour the fun, but for some may add a bit of enjoyment.


87Very Good

Most free-to-play games allow those with the hard cash to walk over those who don’t wish to pay, but in APB this simply isn’t true. You can buy or rent weapons from the marketplace but that isn’t going to give you the instant win chance (and most weapons are obtainable in game anyway). The only necessary object that you’ll want from the store is the premium subscription, which increases your in-game rewards and comes at the rather nice price of $12.50 USD the first month and $10.00 USD for subsequent months.

Most weapons and items in the game are unlockable by earning standing with the various NPCs and with the in-game cash (through either the auction house or from the NPCs themselves) along with all of the customization options.

You won’t find people running around instantly killing you thanks to their amazing purchases, so rest assured that you won’t have to pay money to come out ahead, but you can shave off a lot of grinding through either the premium or buying your favorite weapon out right.

Lasting Appeal

77Pretty Good

One thing APB has going for it is the ability to log in and jump right into the action (after a rather long loading screen of course). You don’t have to beg for groups or sit somewhere asking players to help you raid the local liquor store. The game assists you and other would be goody two shoes or gangsters in grouping up and launching yourselves into the fray of combat. Yet, it can get pretty repetitive after a while of doing the same missions over and over again – but the missions themselves are just merely captions on your adventure, the real meat and potatoes is the combat.

Working on making the hottest "hot rod" in town can be a fun way to play APB since you're capable of showing off your creations in the social district.

Should the actual combat become too boring for you then there is another entire aspect of the game in the form of the customization options. You can spend all day long building your gear out from designing your own t-shirts and jeans to “pimping” out your sweet ride. The social district is a game within a game when it comes to designing your own clothes and even customizing the music that plays when you finally “cap” someone with your “sweet” weaponry.

So there aren’t any quests that take you on a magical journey. Nay, this is a shooter, and it does what a shooter lets you do: load the game up and shoot people. So if that’s your cup of tea then grab some biscuits because you’ll be stuck here awhile. If not, expect it to not cling on to you for more than a few days.

Pros and Cons


  • Fast paced shooter mayhem in a nice crispy free-to-play MMO wrapper that’s easy to get into and play.
  • Auto-grouping removes the social drainage and makes the action flow quick and steady.
  • Full-fledged customization options lets you be who you want to be in the world of San Paro.


  • A single hitbox takes the skill out of aiming.
  • Grinding can get boring and the missions can become extremely repetitive.
  • A steep learning curve can ruin an overall alright game.


All Points Bulletin has improved drastically from its original launch, but isn’t necessarily the MMO Grand Theft Auto we’ve all been looking for. It’s a fun time-waster that the free-to-play crowds will have a blast with, while the dedicated MMO and Shooter fans may still turn their noses up at APB:R. If you like the above-the-shoulder online shooter and want to have some casual fun, then APB:R might be the game for you. But if you’re hoping for a solid RPG experience too, then you may find yourself disappointed.

Stow Review at Ten Ton Hammer

  • Game Name: APB: Reloaded
  • Review Date: January 10th, 2012
Back to Page 1Metacritic

This is a fair review of the game.

The music and customization are surely better in this game than any I've ever played before. You can pretty much customize everything and create your own designs to put on your clothes, car, etc. The music is your own. So, if I wanna mash through the streets ram-raiding while bumping Get Rich or Die Tryin', I can and other people can hear it.

The hitbox is ridiculous, and there are still a few hackers playing but nothing compared to the original APB where Realtime Worlds was going down the toilet so they didn't even bother to moderate their whelp of a game. The hackers are fairly easy to avoid though, because you can just switch instances or go to a different district. One thing that really frustrates a lot of new players is that they come into this game thinking it's battlefield or call of duty. This game has a lot of recoil and spread in its guns, an you should almost never floor the trigger. You'll get used to firing single shots or bursts, well-aimed shots and bursts that is.

The matchmaking seems better now, it was crap in beta and crap in the original. It's pretty decent during the weekends and peak hours of weekdays, but depending on your server it can be annoying during the hours the server is less populated. You might be constantly matched against a hacker or a group who is simply better than your group repeatedly.

Graphics aren't bad at all. The landscape could use some work, but the characters look pretty good. If we're comparing them solely to MMOs, then they're definitely deserving of a better score than given above. The graphics are comparable to Aion and a little better than say Age of Conans graphics.

Still, overall I'd say the game deserves a 70 at best because having the best customization and music of any game out (that I've ever played) don't make up for the poor matchmaking system and crappy hitbox.

A lot of hackers, we had this game since it first came out. We bought the game and the new staff is useless. You need a lot of money to play this and it is just getting worse. It could of been a great game if they balanced it well and got rid of the hackers. After spending a lot of money, the game crashed and we were not able to go back in, the APB staff instead of trying to help our issue... like they say they will, basically told us to f*** off. Before the crash we bought premium the day before and they said oh well too bad. F this game!

The hacker problem exists but I do agree with the review that it's not as big as people think. On a good 4 hour run you may run in 1 or 2 cheaters or even less. Depends on server/time of day but overall not too bad. Still sucks when you do encounter them though.

Graphis and animations are great, don't know what the problem is there, the buildings may be a bit bland I agree, but the characters and their animations are great, more detailed and realistic than swtor ones for sure.

Tough learning curve initially, but hang in there and it will be a blast. Best f2p out there imo despite its flaws

Do you not have a real computer to say that the graphics in this game suck? Another reason this review is bs is stated in this line.

"character models that look more Saints Row 2 than Call of Duty."


So your grand view of the greatest gaming graphics in the WORLD comes from the Call of Duty franchise...for all i know CoD's graphics are bland and pixelated and they havent changed their engine for at least the past 5 games they've made...

Absolutely this game has many flaws but it literally just came out of beta, and is soooo much better than most MMORPGS out their these days.

never playd the game but it looks badass:)

As with any game, play in pick up groups and your multiplayer experience is going to be poor. Get yourself in a clan and in a clan group and it's an entirely different ball game.

Had it not been, and still existing, rampant hacking, I would have lived in this game. The potential was enormous. Unfortunately, the ego of many gamers is so fragile that cheating was the only way for them to feel good about themselves and nearly cost the game its life. I am glad APB is still around and I pop in from time to time but things have not really changed. Hacking is still a major issue and now with a HUGE real money price tag placed on everything I do not forsee ever returning. It costs around $60... (the price of an entire game!) to be able to keep a gun on one character permenantly. Otherwise you have to grind for in game cash to 'rent' an often sub-par version that if you don't play all the time is gone before you can use it a second time. I am a casual gamer now that I am older and can only usually play on the weekends. Buy a gun and if you cannot play again until next weekend you got to use it twice. The game is absolutely not casual friendly. It is a game for people with a lot of time, a lot of money, and in some cases very small opinions of themselves that is unfortunately only soved by cheating. Don't mention this anywhere near the official forums though. You will be immediately set upon by folks insisting that their baby is a good kid and only one or two people hack. It 'must' be that everyone needs to lern2play. But such is life. I will continue to follow it. For the moment I am enjoying my pseudo 'cop' life in Brink. :)

Gameplay: Understandable since 18 year olds are obviously dumb as dirt these days.
Sound: Understandable, but definitely richer than most games similar to it.
Multiplayer: Understandable because Matchmaking is broken
Value: Okay.
Lasting Appeal: Understandable

Graphics: If you have a shit computer and you're reviewing APB, just gtfo. 80/100 at the least in comparison to all the shit that is out their now.

Overall: 80/100

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