Sony Online Entertainment is definitely one of the biggest names to back the recent trend in free-to-play (F2P) gaming. Alongside its current portfolio which includes Everquest, PlanetSide 2, and DC Universe Online, the company has adopted foreign talent, having signed a deal with German studio ACONY earlier this year. The developers’s first game, formerly known as “Hedone” has just been released for PC under its new title “Bullet Run”.
Ready to play almost instantly (if you’re already registered with SOE), Bullet Run is a highly competitive online shooter in which reality TV contestants do battle in their bid for eternal fame and glory. We’ve spent a good couple of hours with the game and rate it highly in comparison to other F2P alternatives. The gunplay is fairly light, combining elements from Battlefield, Call of Duty with a number of arcade influences.
Micro-transactions are also available, though don’t feel as forced as they do in some F2P games. Users can also upgrade to “Platinum” membership status; this effectively speeds up player progress, allowing you to earn credits much faster and purchase items at a reduced rate. Paying customers don’t have to level up to unlock the game’s more extravagant gallery of customisation items either.
It’s great fun and definitely worth a punt if you’re currently caught up in the Summer gaming drought.