Last night, U4iA Games (pronounced like 'euphoria') held an event to officially unveil their upcoming browser-based shooter, Offensive Combat. We had seen the game through screenshots and media online, but this was the first time the world got their hands on the game.
Our first impression of the game was bananas. Not in the slang sense of the word, but literally...bananas. On the floor, on the desks, just bananas everywhere. We soon realized that this was a reference to the vast, vast customization options in the game, one of which is a banana suit for your character (see below). If you've seen screenshots from Offensive Combat, you've undoubtedly noticed some pretty crazy things going on. From a lizard-octopus hybrid character to a rubber chicken as a melee weapon, Offensive Combat pretty much lets you do whatever you want in terms of customizing your character.
Every part of your character is customizable, so if you want to attach the lower half of a chicken to the upper half of a lizard, you're free to do it. But customization doesn't stop at your character's look and feel, Offensive Combat boasts a full range of unique weapons, items and equipment for you to do battle with. The weapons felt great, the learning curve was more than manageable. The game was easy to pick up and play, which we did - for about two straight hours - but ultimately, you'll have to hone your skills and fine tune your strategy to be successful in Offensive Combat. The pick up and play aspect of the game is very reminiscent of Call of Duty - and with good reason...
At the helm of Offensive Combat is Dusty Welch and Chris Archer, two veterans of the industry most famed for pioneering a multi-billion dollar Activision franchise by the name of, you guessed it, Call of Duty. Welch and Archer, along with Michael Schorr (America's Army) and Jeremy Dunham (Zipper Interactive, SOCOM), make up the founding group at U4iA Games. This creative core has led to a pretty exciting shooter that we think you guys are really going to enjoy when the beta goes live later this Summer.
Offensive Combat felt fluid, the weapons were balanced and above all, the game was fun. Each match you earn coins, and those coins are used to purchase new weapons, equipment or items for your character. Offensive Combat uses a rental system like other free-to-play shooters, where you can 'rent' weapons for a limited amount of time or lay down more of your coins to purchase the item permanently.
We'll have plenty more coverage of Offensive Combat in the coming months, this is a shooter that we think will be a lot of fun to play so be sure to stay tuned for more on the game. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
Check out some screenshots of Offensive Combat in action, below!