Free-to-play game isn’t particularly fun-to-play


By Roy Herrera

With today’s economy, it is difficult to buy all of the most popular games on the market. As a result, game companies are not making as much money as they would like. Instead of making the consumer purchase the game at a full retail price, the game companies offer the game for free. This is known as a free-to-play business model. The games are free to play, but you have to pay to have the best weapons, armor or other extra accessories. This type of model has been popular on the PC, and it seems it is making its way to consoles.

Happy Wars is one of the first free-to-play games on the Xbox 360, and it disappoints.

The concept of the game is to get an army of players and try to overtake another team’s castle. Along the way, there are towers you can build so when you die you spawn at the tower and not all the way back at the castle. If the opponent owns that tower, you can destroy it and build another for your team. The first team to overtake the castle and destroy the tower inside wins. If both teams cannot overtake the castle, then the team who owns the most towers at the end of 15 minutes wins.

There are three classes in the game to choose from: the warrior, the cleric and the mage. The warrior focuses on melee attacks. The cleric can heal its teammates as well as add support. The mage can inflict damage from a long range.

Of the three classes, the warrior tends to be the best. The long-ranged attacks from the mage are not accurate, and the cleric offers little to no support in the middle of the battlefield. The cleric is more effective on the walls of the castle, but it takes a long time for either team to reach the castle. The warrior is the most effective because everyone just smashes buttons and tries to kill the opponent before they get killed.

The visuals are great. It has a caricature-style look with different settings. There is a story mode that shows how the two armies fight for silly things, like whether it is better to stay inside or exercise when it’s cold outside. There is also a tutorial mode, which I highly recommend, because it shows how the game works and how to use each class. You can buy different accessories by purchasing virtual currency and using it to buy different weapons, character models and more.

The problem with the new accessories is that it doesn’t make a huge difference to any character. All weapons seem to do the same damage, and the armor seems to offer the same protection.

Overall, the game is fun to play at the beginning, but it gets boring pretty fast. It is difficult to get real players to play the game online, so most of the time you just plays with the A.I. bots. The game is a great concept, but it lacks depth and more types of characters. The fact that is free is great, because I wouldn’t recommend buying it to anyone.

2/5 Stars.