Aug 11, 2015
Folks play mobile games for a variety of reasons.
Hang time with the friends. Bragging rights with family. Down time at school. Reviewing apps for a living (hello!).
One thing is for sure, we all come upon those days when taking on a game like Deadlock: Online is needed by of stress relief, and maybe even profound enjoyment beyond that.
It opens up easily enough, and feels like virtual battle of attrition; the player mans a combatant in an urban landscape, and the basic premise is to knock out your enemies and stay alive. To achieve this feel, the developer uses a top-down perspective. The control system is dual in nature, and, as noted, involved moving around and shooting enemy fighters.
The best part of the game has to be the options. There are different modes, including ones that help prepare one for the main event. One can go online or stay off, and there are quite a few weapons to upgrade to. Real money can be used, but isn’t mandatory.
It’s a straightforward affair, with intuitive pieces that bring it all together. One gets an experienced akin to a virtual paintball match and arcade trimmings. The online aspect is great, and the capture the flag option is especially poignant.
For a game of its potential, my biggest gripe is the control system. Usually, dual stick controls appeal to me, but the movement-aiming mechanism left something to be desired for my taste. I found it relatively easy to move, but the ability to direct fire did not feel as intuitive, and I think the virtual controls could be a bit more forgiving with regards to active area.
Also, the game would probably flow a lot better with more defensive elements like perches, or even the ability to use high risk/reward shots from distance. It is possible to sorta, kinda create a defensive stance, but if one is caught in the open, running seems like the only viable option.
It does create a fast-paced environment, and such does cover up a host of perceived ills. Add in the different modes and the basic concepts, and this one is easier to get into.
And to enjoy.