Recently FilePlanet visited SG Interactive, the developers of the Free-To-Play online FPS title Project Blackout. Instead of doing the standard death match game, they wanted us to go hands-on with something a bit more prehistoric, a new feature called ‘Dino Mode’. So when Ferret and I stepped into their office, we knew it was time to get our T-Rex on.
Dino Mode’s premise is an experimental government facility going dark and a recon team from Aegis Inc. being sent in to investigate. Once they arrive, they notice no survivors are left and dinosaurs have destroyed the compound. With the new goal of getting the hell out, the Recon squad must rush through a small courtyard filled with obstacles while fighting off reptilian hostiles to reach the evac point.
When Ferret and I began our session as humans, we picked the strongest shotgun we could get our hands on to kick some Dino-ass. It quickly became apparent that ‘going Rambo on dinosaurs’ was not the best strategy. Timing our sprints from bunker to bunker proved vital to avoiding the deadly zerg of raptors. The raptors possess strength in numbers with their agility and ability to swarm you.
We didn’t fare well as humans, but began to turn things around when it was our chance to play the Dinosaurs. I assumed direct control over one of the raptors which had a very quick swipe and a long range bite attack. While weaker than the T-Rex, Raptors are able to scurry about the field much quicker allowing us to overrun any stragglers.
Now onto the Big Daddy – the Tyrannosaurus Rex. He is confined to the back of the map, giving him the role of the jurassic goalie; a last line of defense before players reaches the evac point and score points. What he lacks in mobility he makes up for with brute force, a deafening scream that does an Area-of-Effect stun along with a deadly bite and the ability to squish humans by stepping on them.
This new mode on the way for Project Blackout breathes fresh air into the title and helps it stand out from the other free-to-play FPS titles. What first appears to be a hectic slaughter fest turns out to have a much deeper meta-game with strategy and coordination being key. After our egos were bruised, we were still left with strong cravings to return to the blood-soaked fields of Dino Mode.
Project Blackout’s Dino Mode will be released on July 14th 2011.