AD-2460 4X

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Updated: 17 Nov 2017 22:54

AD2460 (4X Strategy Game)
  • Site: AD2460
  • Genre: Space with PvP & GvG
  • 3D Game: No
  • Free To Play: Yes
  • Premium Pay Option: Yes

This PBBG impressed me so much, that I'm breaking my own rules by including it has a top ranked PBBG, even though it's a strategy game instead of an RPG. In fact, this game kept popping up on my radar and I kept on ignoring it on the grounds that it's a strategy game and my focus is on walkable browser based MMORPG's. I took a look anyway and was pleasantly surprised. You might be surprised too.

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Overview

The game is set in space. You control a Homeworld as a base of operations from which you can eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate your enemies. This is known as a 4X turn based game though I'm listing it as a strat.

Like most strategy games, your primary objective is to gather raw materials, grow stronger, and weaken your enemies.

PvP

This game is all about PvP and your primary motivation for growing stronger, is to eliminate threats from other players. Although the term eliminate is a misnomer because even though you can weaken and steal resources from other players, you cannot technically "eliminate" them, even if some players try their hardest to drive you away.

Combat against other players is common not only for individuals, but for alliances in alliance vs alliance wars too. You can also take outposts from other players, if you're strong enough to defeat their defending units.

Polished GUI

The first thing you will notice about this game is the polished interface. When played in full screen mode using F11 it is very difficult to tell this game apart from any application based game, except for the fact that your machine will never run hot, even if it's an older laptop. Surprisingly, it's all done with HTML 5 which consists primarily of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

The only criticism that I can offer regarding the GUI is that some of the portions of text are very small. This includes the main chat interface as well as the forum posts which are built seamlessly within the interface. However I was able to remedy this with a bit of my own custom CSS which is something I often do anyway in order to create a color-blind mode for myself, a benefit to playing browser MMO's.

While there are other segments of the interface that have much smaller text, I didn't find it as critical as the chat or forums simply because in most cases, you were only glancing at the information presented whereas the chat and forums contained more content and thus required far more reading, contemplation and focus.

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Depth

One thing that I look for in a browser MMO is good content that has some depth to it. Less interesting games can be enjoyed, but I find that games with more content keep me playing the game longer than other games. I have literally managed to burn through some games in just a few days, meanwhile other games will keep my interest for months and in some very rare cases, years.

That being said, the complexity of the game can be a turn off for new players. But if you're accustomed to 4X games then you will probably feel right at home, once you have a grasp of the GUI. And if you happen to be new to 4X or strat games it wont take too long to get the basics down since the game includes a tutorial for new users.