Robocraft lets you build and fight your own bots

    
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We’ve come so far from Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots as a society, haven’t we? Now we have games like Robocraft that allow us to make up our own brilliant technological inventions and then throw them at others in a cage match to the death.

Robocraft is currently accepting sign-ups for its alpha program. Players who get in will be able to construct land or air robots that can fight on other planets such as Mars. Currently, there are two game modes (capture the base and boss battle) with a third (megabots) on its way.

Everyone gets three free garage bays to hold a single bot apiece, although the devs warned players not to abuse their creative freedom: “Please do not create robot forms that could be offensive to others such as religious or controversial symbols, offensive words, sexual objects, etc.”

[Source: Robocraft. Thanks to Rheem for the tip!]
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SurrenStarr
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SurrenStarr

So I jumped back in the game last night just out of curiosity to see what the state of the game was and I’m happy to report that in the seventeen matches I played, I didn’t spot a single person using cheats.
I noticed that it asked me to install EasyAntiCheat when I launched the game, which wasn’t something they were using last time I played. It does look that the new security has done a major reduction on cheats.

I can see what some people say about Plasma turrets being overpowered, they do seem to be more effective than they were in the past.
The new melee weapon looks a little bit interesting, it might be fun to put those onto a small but insanely fast robot to see how well it does.

Spacejesus3k
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Spacejesus3k

eLdritchMD Spacejesus3k You are telling people your truth, not THE truth. I simply offered a different opinion to show people there are different experiences with the game.

McSleaz
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McSleaz

_Ariel_ Either you have never actually played this game, or your just incredibad at it.

SurrenStarr
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SurrenStarr

I quite enjoyed the game for most of my time playing it last year, I managed to get through unlocking most of the parts and settled into switching between walking/gliding robots with repair turrets heavy rovers with machine gun turrets.
Around October time, there was a ridiculous increase in the number of people using cheat tools to enable rapid firing railgun turrets which pretty much ruined the game for me. I haven’t been back in since and am somewhat reluctant due to that problem. There was someone using those cheats every other game, so it was getting seriously annoying in a short space of time.

The game has a great concept though, so if they can fix the matching system and find a decent way to minimise the use of cheats it could do amazingly well.

Robocraft is basically World of Tanks with LEGO.

cald
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cald

Is this an old article or something I think i have been palying this for over a year now.. is it realyl still an alpha ?
Its a good game anyway.. great fun maknig some crazy vehicles that you would never expect to do any good :) Saying that not played it for a few months been busy in other games and the changes to the research screen annoyed me lol.. will have to jump back in.

n3rdbomb3r
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n3rdbomb3r

_Ariel_ one thing I will say is that the only place you’ll find a truly “fair” fight is in the Tier10 bracket, and even then you have people who are like level 100 and rocking maximum build points VS people who are level 67 with 1300 build points, limiting the complexity of their vehicles. They’ve done a good job balancing some of the weapons in the most recent patch to more reasonable levels, like reducing  SMG’s long range accuracy and slightly diminishing Railguns obscene damage output. I do wish there were more weapons (only 5 types so far, including medic nano turrets), but the game is constantly changing.

n3rdbomb3r
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n3rdbomb3r

_Ariel_
actually no, that couldn’t be further from the truth ^__^. I’ve been actively playing/participating in testing since early early alpha, and the amount of crazy sandbox b*llsh*t you can get away with is pretty refreshing. there are even player created concepts for play-styles and modes of combat not originally intended. Thruster sticks, power-sleds, wrecking balls, wall climbers, defensive satellites, etc all came out of players screwing around with the tools they were given. I’m personally a huge fan of power-sled gameplay, which is effectively using a minimal number of triangular blocks to cut down on drag weight and ansolute tons of maneuvering thrusters.
Since around Thanksgiving of last year, there’ve been some pretty massive overhauls to the physics engine, and some of those above playstyles are less viable, but there are enough devotees that people are figuring out/theorizing new builds all the time. There are some excellent older pre-megabot videos on  the subject (i.e: http://youtu.be/GKILtFLml0k). There’s also an entire community of people who build functional pixel art bots, everything from statues of Kirby to hot air balloons to replicas of buildings. I had a match earlier this evening with  a pirate ship, a cheeseburger, some touhou characters, and the batmobile (the tim burton one).
With megabots in the game, Tier-10 gameplay has really gotten quite exciting, and there are all kinds of crazy concepts for vehicles that are specifically designed to cripple megabots. I highly recommend checking it out.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Spacejesus3k eLdritchMD I’m so sick of  this shitty excuse… the game is out there, being advertised and they sell stuff in game. It can and should be criticized. If they don’t want that, they could make it a closed alpha with an NDA…

So basically what you’re saying is l2p. awesome ^^ what a great argument for bad game design.  It’s fine though. I’ve said my piece, I warned people. That’s all I wanted, really. I think it’s important to tell people the truth and the truth is that it is possible for veteran players to come into newbie games and one shot people across half the map with weapons newbies don’t have access to. How frequent this happens to you or me is irrelevant. It can and will happen to some people and if someone is opposed to that, they can stay away without bothering with the install and if this doesn’t bother you, by all means play it but please don’t be an ass and pretend it’s not a relevant issue just because you don’t mind.

_Ariel_
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_Ariel_

Will only be a few configurations that are actually good in pvp, this I promise you. Pointless gimmick unless you avoid that.

Spacejesus3k
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Spacejesus3k

eLdritchMD Spacejesus3k The buggies are even easier to deal with, since to make them they are incredibly squishy. But yes there are some minor balance issues to be worked out, the game is still in beta/alpha after all.