Friday, April 24, 2015

APB Reloaded (Part Six)

Further Customization (Social District)
Not sure why I've left this till last, but as I've said before, the Social District's the place you've gotta go to to make your character, clothing and vehicular customizations (after you've unlocked them that is).
APB Reloaded - Social District Kiosks
In it, there are five particular "kiosks" that you will have to take note.
  • Marketplace
    APB Reloaded - Marketplace AuctionAPB Reloaded - Create Auction
    The Marketplace Kiosk serves as your typical "auction" terminal. You would usually use it for when your trying to buy something you don't have or sell something that you have (that others would want).

    These may include stuff like mods that others might have yet to unlock, clothings or patterns that you've took the time and designed yourself.
    APB Reloaded - Refurbish Item
    Just remember that you will need to "refurbish" the item first before you can place it up on auction.
    Do note that there are some items that simply cannot be traded though (and hence cannot be refurbished).
  • Character Kiosk
    APB Reloaded - Changing Looks At Character Kiosk
    The Character Kiosk is where you go to make additional changes to your character's looks.
    However, any changes that you decide to make now will cost you some in-game cash.
  • Symbol Designer Kiosk
    APB Reloaded - Symbol DesignAPB Reloaded - Load Create Symbol
    The Symbol Designer Kiosk is where you make your designs and patterns.
    As a free-to-play, the complexity of your designs will be limited (due to the maximum number of layers that you can have in your design).

    Additionally, you will also be restricted to a smaller quantity of symbol designs that you can have, store and save.
    APB Reloaded - Billboard Graffiti
    Upon finishing and saving them, you may then use them in other places such as on the clothes/cars that you've unlocked and bought or even as a graffiti that you paint on billboards.
  • Wardrobe Kiosk
    APB Reloaded - Wardrobe
    The Wardrobe Kiosk is where you handle all your fashion attire and accessories. You can buy stuff that you've unlocked here at this kiosk, design and customize them as well as sort them into sets for quick changes.
    APB Reloaded - Clothing Color ChangesAPB Reloaded - Clothing Inserting Designs
    For clothing that are customizable, the stuff that you can do to it basically involves the changing of its colors (for different sections of that piece of clothing) and also the adding of patterns and designs to it...that's all.

    Its impossible to change the size and/or shape of the clothing itself (physical changes).
    So nope...I'm afraid that you can't put holes into the pair of jeans to make it look torn and worn out. Neither can you cut off one of its legs to make it one side long and the other side short.
  • Garage Kiosk
    APB Reloaded - Garage
    The Garage Kiosk is where you make customizations to your cars (much like what the Wardrobe Kiosk does for your clothing).
    APB Reloaded - Garage Parts ChangeAPB Reloaded - Garage Designs And Patterns
    Similarly, most of what you can do to your cars here is external as well. Stuff such as the changing of car parts (wheels, headlights, license plates, sirens, etc) and the inserting of patterns and designs onto its exterior body.

    And likewise, the complexity of your design will be limited too...unless you go premium.



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Friday, April 17, 2015

APB Reloaded (Part Five)

Weapons
APB Reloaded - Weapons Category
I believe by now, you know that there's quite a number of weapons that you can buy and use in APB Reloaded.

From Assault Rifles, Explosive Weapons, High-velocity (Sniper) Rifles, Less Than Lethal (Stuns) to Light Machine Guns, Rifles, Secondary Weapons (your fallback weapon, e.g. pistols), Shotguns and Sub-machine Guns.
APB Reloaded - Light Machine GunsAPB Reloaded - High-Velocity Rifles
And even though there seems to be plenty, I've found that somehow...within the same weapon category...there's really only just a couple of models each. The rest are just variants of the same with some minor modifications to them.

For instance, let us take a look at the "Light Machine Guns" (refer to previous screenshot). In it, you can more or less see two recurring weapon names, the "Alig 762" and the "Shaw 556".

These two are the "models" that I'm talking about. The rest of them (with the same primary names) are its variants.
APB Reloaded - LMG Alig 762APB Reloaded - LMG Shaw 556
And as you can see in the above pictures, the variants doesn't seem that much different from their "mother", the main model (stat-wise).
I believe those aren't a reflection of the variants' real stats. They appear to be pre-modified ones that does not take into account the weapon mods' effects yet...which is why they look exactly like their "mother's".
Even amongst the variants, you can easily see that there's actually only two general versions of them, those with free mod slots and those with weapon mods already attached to them (fixed mod slots).
The difference?
Weapons with free mod slots are essentially "free". Players can slot in and remove weapon mods from them as and when they like...provided that certain rules are followed (to be explained later).

Weapons with fixed mod slots, on the other hand, cannot. Players who've bought these can only use them as is. The weapon mods are affixed to the weapon itself and cannot be removed nor changed.
As far as I know, unlocking of the NPC contacts and gradually climbing up the "Standings Ladder" will only get you the main weapon models and their fixed mod slot counterparts.
APB Reloaded - Assault Rifle UnlockAPB Reloaded - Rifleman Rank
The free mod slot versions can only be obtained by raising the rank of a role (that's associated with the weapon) up to a certain level.

And to do that, you will need to rack up kill points using the existing ones that you've unlocked.

Other Weapon Need To Knows
  • One must note that a player can only carry two weapons (1 primary, 1 secondary weapon) and a couple of grenades at any point in time. As such, you must be selective in what you choose to bring and use. Match them to your game-style or the situation that your in accordingly.
  • There are two kinds of targets in APB Reloaded, soft targets (players/NPCs) and hard targets (vehicles).
    • When dealing with soft ones, use a high "health damage" weapon when you wish to kill them and a high "stamina damage" weapon when you just wish to stun and arrest them.
    • When dealing with hard ones, use a high "hard damage" weapon.
  • Though there are in-game weapon stats available, I've found that more often than not...one will still need to give the weapon a trial run first before deciding to scratch it off as useless (or something like that).
    This is because of "hidden factors" that can't be noticed until you've tried them on...like cross hair size and range when damage starts to drop off.
    Take for instance, the Alig 762. Although it looks as if it should be a good all-round primary weapon (able to take out soft and hard targets alike, has mid-high effective range, spits out bullets at a decent pace and has a large magazine size), it isn't quite so.
    APB Reloaded - LMG Alig 762
    Upon using it, you will find that the weapon's cross hair is pretty large on its own and aim-down-sights doesn't do anything to decrease it (so you might have to do crouch-fire on far targets), enlarges itself at the slightest movement (you should preferably be stationary when firing, but that would also mean that your a sitting duck though) and blooms terribly fast on full-auto (so starting from as early as mid-ranged target onwards, you will already have to do controlled bursts in order to hit).
    APB Reloaded - Alig 762 Damage ChartAPB Reloaded - N-HVR 762 Damage Chart
    As for damage drop-offs, you might want to consider giving APB:DB a try. I've found it to be pretty useful for that (with its damage vs range chart).

Cars
APB Reloaded - Vehicle Han Veo 320LXAPB Reloaded - Vehicle Pioneer N54A Dominion
Just like weapons, cars also have their own specs chart to look at, those with no mod slots, with free mod slots and fixed mod slots.
And since they pretty much function in just the same way (except that you don't have to kill to unlock them), I guess I can skip the explanation on them.
But anyway, regardless of its specs, the one main important thing to keep in mind when choosing which to get is its ability to "push away" others when being blocked.
This is because the mission district is often filled with NPCs' as well as other players' cars. And they don't very well park them nicely at the side of the road for ya (when your in a car chase).
APB Reloaded - Cars
To this aspect, I've found that the vehicles within APB Reloaded can generally be summarized into the following "four" kinds.
  • Vehicles that have very fast acceleration, but are light and can easily be pushed (veered off course) or flipped over.
  • Vehicles that have fast acceleration, but no pushing power at all (easily deflected or stopped despite having attained some decent speed).
  • Vehicles that have average acceleration and decent pushing power.
  • Vehicles that have very slow acceleration but becomes a total powerhouse (when it comes to ramming others) once it gains sufficient speed.
As for which kind to get? I'll leave it up for the player to decide.
If you want to "save money", you can always hijack the vehicle model first (in the mission districts) and give them a try.

Modifications
APB Reloaded - Character Mod Slots
There are a total of three kinds of modifications found in APB Reloaded. Apart from "Weapon" and "Car" mods (that have already been introduced earlier), the last kind (which you've yet to know of) is actually "Character" mods.

Together, these three group of mods represents the tweaks that you can do to your weapons, your character and your cars to make them fundamentally different (not visually, but in terms of performance) from other players'.
Tell me something I don't know.
And while all that sounds fine and swell, there are two vital points to note of.
APB Reloaded - Character Mod ExampleAPB Reloaded - Weapon Mod Example
First of all, mods (in APB Reloaded) aren't all good and no bad. They have their bonus aspects as well as penalties.
And by choosing to insert the mod (and using it), means that you implicitly accept BOTH the bonus and penalty (that it provides).
APB Reloaded - Modifications
Secondly, mods are color-coded and at no point in time can you simultaneously slot in two mods of the same color-code...into the same item (your weapon, your character, your car).

Hence, at the end of the day, the player himself/herself must choose what mods to put on wisely. For if you put on the wrong ones on the wrong stuff, it might harm your gameplay instead of help ya.
I've heard that some weapon mods just aren't fit for certain weapons. Forcibly putting them on would not help the weapon one bit, but you will still get hit with its penalty nonetheless though.
APB Reloaded - Weapon Mod Hunting Sights
For instance, putting hunting sights on a shotgun or smg is totally useless cause your never supposed to aim-down-sights while engaging in close quarters combat (in APB Reloaded anyway).

Ignoring the penalty, you'll already be moving too slowly in marksmanship mode...not to mention having no effective range (on the weapon) to actually make use of that added accuracy while aiming.


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