Global Agenda Review
Global Agenda box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Hi-Rez Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Hi-Rez Studios 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 1, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: MMO 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

All the PvE and PvP content is included with the purchase of Global Agenda. For those players that want more out of the title, there is also Conquest. In order to get access to Conquest, you'll have to pay a monthly fee that is competitive with other MMOs. Conquest is a mode that has you join a particular Agency (i.e. Guild) and participate in PvP matches that have persistent world consequences. Rather than just fighting, you'll team up with other Agencies and form Alliances for global control of territory. Your territories can be reinforced by purchasing facilities and upgrades that make it more difficult to invade or easier from which to spearhead attacks. Conquest provides players with a strategic and political metagame along with an increased sense of camaraderie that the PvE and PvP portions simply don't offer.

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The Conquest mode is definitely an appealing aspect of the game; one that will likely draw players into paying the monthly fee. That being said, it's a shame players who purchase the game don't get more then trial access to it. I've got a feeling that most players will soon tire of the PvE and PvP battles and find the fee to be too steep to pay month after month. In truth, there probably isn't enough content out of the box to keep players into the game long enough. Perhaps this can be allayed if new classes, more maps, varied mission types, etc. are introduced for free, or for a one-time expansion fee, to all players. If only the paying participants are given continued support, I don't expect the Global Agenda community to thrive for very long at all.

Controls in GA are not perfect, but they are more than sufficient. Some of the default button-mapping, for instance, is not ideal. The use of abilities and devices is dependent upon pressing the right key in a timely manner, and reaching up into the number keys is not quick enough. Fortunately, you'll be able to customize the skill mapping to your liking, making access to things such as the jetpack (crucial for getting in and out of fights quickly) far more accessible. Still, don't expect inch-perfect control.

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The sights and sounds of Global Agenda are pretty lackluster, if not unbearable. The maps, enemy and character designs, and even power animations are all fairly uninspired, though they get the job done. Thankfully, GA is a surprisingly stable, marginally-taxing game that will allow even gamers with moderate PCs to join in on the fun. Still, while it's not toe-ugly, it isn't a game you'll want to take to the prom. Worse is the music and voice acting in the game. The background themes aren't bad; they're simply phoned-in generic. The voice-work of the NPCs in Dome City, on the other hand, is just plain awful. Fortunately, solid effects make weapons and power usage satisfying.

Global Agenda isn't an excellent game, but there is a lot of co-op and competitive fun to be had. In fact, the overwhelming vibe from current players is quite upbeat. Still, there's not enough content included with its purchase to keep you playing for months on end; you'll have to pony up the monthly fee for the Conquest mode to get any lasting appeal. Hopefully this won't destroy the title, but I've got a feeling it is going to quickly chip away at the vibrant community of players that currently exists unless significant after-purchase support (e.g. new classes, more maps, new city hub) is included gratis.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
This game won't win any awards, but the visuals are serviceable and allow for many gamers to participate in spite of weak rig specs.
3.5
Control
Fast and loose third-person shooting is fun, but activating more complex strategies and abilities can be too slow for the action around you.
2.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sonic presentation is barely good enough to support gameplay.
3.8
Play Value
PvE, PvP, and Conquest modes offer players a lot to love. Unfortunately, Conquest is only available for an additional monthly fee and the run-and-gun fights of PvE and PvP will only hold your attention for so long.
3.6
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Create your agent - Create, customize, and develop multiple agent characters, complementing your FPS skills with accessible RPG-style progression. Unlock weaponry and cutting edge devices including jetpacks, grenade launchers, mines, deployable turrets, stealth suits, holographic decoys, robotic droids, and hundreds of others.
  • Co-Op with friends online - Four players share the same online mission experience - working as a team, communicating via built-in text and voice chat, infiltrating facilities, defeating end bosses, and earning technology upgrades.
  • Compete in fast-paced, multiplayer matches - Teamwork and tactics are paramount within objective-based game types designed from the ground up to support intense and balanced player vs. player combat.
  • (Included with optional Conquest subscription package) Conquer persistent territory - Player formed agencies compete for scarce territory, resources, and technology on a persistent world map. Create and upgrade facilities, attack and defend territories, and engage in Base Raids, production, politics and deception on your way toward world domination.


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