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War Rock: Intel from the Battlefield

Company: K2-Network

Fresh and bloody new info from the front lines of War Rock. There are new features to enjoy as K2 Networks makes some noise long after E3. They have released a new build and included Vehicle and Mission play on top of their already-existing Death-Match mode. Nothing has really changed about the look and feel, and that is a good thing. Their credo of being able to play on many different graphics levels still plays extremely well. The bad news is that the free beta is dead, and right now their is only the closed beta to play with. Lucky for me. Suxors for you. Don't worry though, I will be your battlefield reporter in the trenches to keep you up to speed on the War.

Mission mode and Vehicle mode are new to the War Rock arsenal, but are a welcome addition. In Mission mode, you struggle to defend or assault specific locations on a map where explosives are to be planted. It is very much another version of Capture the Flag. Vehicle mode is where it's at right now, trying out all the new toys available. You can fly an A-10 Warthog or a fully-loaded Black Hawk. There is lots fire power to watch for from the sky, as mobile and stationary anti-aircraft dot the landscape. There are more vehicles on the way, so be patient.

A new concept to the American market is a "free2play" billing ideology. War Rock is absolutely free to play. Your actions on the field of battle will earn you "dinar," which is the in-game currency. As a medic, you will earn dinar for healing your team. As an engineer you will earn dinar for fixing team vehicles, and so forth, you get the idea. With dinar, you will be able to purchase upgraded weaponry. I do just fine without the bigger guns, so I am not worried, yet. According to K2, you will never be able to purchase dinar directly, so as to not unbalance the game in any way. They claim that Free2Play is just that, free to play.

Remembering that War Rock is in beta, it is best to take a few things with a grain of salt. The shot calculations are just a bit outlandish sometimes. You will get hit with numerous head-shots from dying soldiers. Or, sometimes you die from a character you have just shot after running some distance away from. One of the things I don't like is that each side has the exact same vehicle sets, just different colors. It is still a great work in progress, that will keep you coming back for more. They are doing a great job, and I look forward to seeing all of you on the battlefield soon.

-WUMPUSJAGGER, GameVortex Communications
AKA Bryon Lloyd

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