Game: Magic Barrage – Bitferno
Release Date: Jan 2015
Where do I even start with this game?
Magic Barrage – Bitferno is a MMORPG created by Gameguyz. The game is technically free, but it uses the same tactics that most mobile games are using. You CAN play the game for free. Will you enjoy it if you play for free? Nope! According to Steam, I played the game for 19 minutes. Before I stopped playing, the screen was already filled with “Go VIP” and “Purchase Diamonds”. I get it, you have to make money off the game. The way you do it is just terrible.
One thing that Magic Barrage – Bitferno has going for it, is that it has eight different player classes. The only class that I played as was the Archer. I can’t really say what classes are good. The Archer was cool I guess.
Before going into this, the gameplay part of this review is based only on the Archer class. I assume that other classes play at least a little different. The gameplay is simple, you move around using WASD and you shoot with the left mouse button. The game plays like a tamer/less-hectic version of Geometry Wars. In Geometry Wars, you actually have a reason to avoid getting hit. In this game, I didn’t really feel like I had to avoid any of the enemies’ attacks. Yeah, you’ll get hurt if you get hit by their attacks, but the damage that is done to you is so low that it doesn’t even matter.
I don’t even know what the story is about. The game doesn’t give you a reason to care about anything that goes on in it. For some of the quests, you can just click on the name of the person or place that you have to go and it’ll warp you right there. I don’t know how the world is set out. They didn’t give me a reason to explore in the little time I played the game.
I actually like what some of the art in this game looks like. The player characters are designed well. The monsters look like they were designed at one size and then blown up to at least twice as big. The UI is pretty decent looking, but it looks very similar to the UIs used in other free to play MMOs.
This is weird. I actually like the music in this game. They must have let someone outside of the company make the music, because it was actually good. Some of it almost sounds like they just took music from Doom and put it in.
- The music is good.
- The player character designs are at least half decent.
- The loading screen between zones is cool.
- Just about everything in this game.
- Gameplay is boring.
- The freemium play model.
I know 19 minutes playing a game is probably not enough time to review it, but this game is an exception. There are better free to play MMORPGs out there. Please do not waste your time playing this game.