So, Zipper Interactive’s new PS3 game, MAG, was released today in Europe. It gives players the chance to interact with 255 other PMC-wannabes in huge, patchy looking battlefields. You take on rolling objectives as part of an eight-man squad – parachuting, reviving and fragging your way to victory. With three factions to choose from: Valor, S.V.E.R. and Raven, players are also part of a worldwide meta-game to see which private military company stands tall.
Last September, I spent some time with the EU beta but didn’t find it all that exciting. Even with the several hours I played it for, I couldn’t understand very much of what was going on – as this video by Giant Bomb can attest to. It’s one of those games that you really have to dedicate an inordinate amount of free time to. A cool concept, but after sampling Battlefield 1943’s version of online-only warfare, I think I prefer a smaller scale battle where I can goof off without having to pretend I’m in the army.