Name: Auto Age: Standoff
Developer: Phantom Compass
Publisher: Phantom Compass
Reviewed on: PC
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided from publisher for review purpose
Auto Age: Standoff is Mad Max mixed with futuristic cars. I do like Mad Max, I love futuristic stuff, and I absolutely adore cars! Could this mix be as good as it sounds? Let’s find out.
The story is next to non-existing, and will therefore not get a score. The whole premise of the game is that the year is now 2080, and bands of militarized motorists work together to keep the east peaceful. However, wheeled gangs rule the western wastes, and is now led by the evil Dark Jaw. You can either play for the “good” SAIGE and fight for a better future for all, or rally behind Dark Jaw and seek total dominance.
Auto Age: Standoff has its cool own style. It has that 1980’s neon style, mixed with the futuristic setting in the 2080’s and it simply works. The soundtrack works especially well, as I feel hyped just watching the intro screen! I do wish that you could customize the looks of your car park, and not just the loadout, however I do see that it would not work too well in team modes.
I have to admit I am uncertain how to score the gameplay in Auto Age: Standoff. The controls work well and the different cars (classes) are really well balanced. However, this is a multiplayer-based game and currently there are nearly no other players. I have been playing this game for over a week, and I have been able to play two online matches… There is both local multiplayer and single player mode too, I haven’t tried the local multiplayer, but I would assume it’s rather crowded on the screen if you have to share the screen space. The single player mode mimics the multiplayer modes, however the AI is too stupid for being any challenge, and it simply gets boring after a few matches.
The controls are rather standard. You can play with either keyboard or a controller. Personally I preferred the controller, as it is easier to steer with a joystick than using buttons. I still wish there was a possibility to change the mapping for each button on the controller, but other than that I have no complaints.
I have not been able to play enough online for giving a score I am certain I can stand for when (if) the player base increases. What I can say however is that the few rounds I did get in multiplayer was good fun, and that I wanted to play more.
Auto Age: Standoff could be a great game for those who want to feel like a futuristic Mad Max. The only real problem is the lack of other players, and thereby challenge and fun. With a more solid player base, the game will offer much more for each individual player.
I have yet to encounter any bugs
Almost no other players
Total Score: 6.5/10