This weeks free app is Red Crucible 2 - an online arena based first person shooter developed by Rocketeer Games.
From the App Store description;
“Compete with friends or players from around the globe using some of the world’s deadliest modern weapons and vehicles. Play with up to 26 players in seven unique arenas designed for infantry, vehicle, and air combat.
Includes an integrated store for in-app purchases or use the honor points you earn to unlock additional weapons and gears.”
There are a lot of free first person shooters available on the app store, most of them very buggy and still early in development, but Red Crucible 2 is by far the most addictive one I’ve come across. The gameplay is strikingly similar to modern shooters like Call of Duty Black Ops, with high quality graphics, a wide range of classes and weapons to chose from, and also the ability to drive vehicles such as tanks, helicopters and armored trucks.
What to expect online:
When selecting a server on most online games, you are typically provided with a huge list of all available games currently in progress, but RC2 takes some of the hassel out of the task by providing the options to either quick start a random match, or join the most readily available server based on game type and map. It’s quite like console based multiplayer gaming.
I really like the whole interface for weapon/gear selection; a simple window that allows selection of each of the classes – including Assault, Heavy Gunner, Sniper, and Anti-Tank, as well as a marketplace to purchase upgrades, such as new weapons, gear, vehicles, player skins, and accessories. Perks are purchased either with points earned in-game, or actual cash.
How realistic is it?
As far as realism goes, I’d give this game a rating of about 4/5 stars, considering the down-the-barrel aiming style and instant kill headshots, as well as the overall physics of the game. Unlike similar games such as Assault Cube or Quake III, it doesn’t take 20 shots in the head to frag your opponent. The maps are pretty politically correct too, including places to hide like brush, tall grass, vehicles, abandoned buildings, etc.
For more information on Red Crucible 2, you can visit RocketeerGames.com
Red Crucible 2 – Game
Developer: Rocketeer Games
Last update: Jan 28, 2012
File size: 170MB
Copyright: 2012 Rocketeer Games