June 6th, 2006

Auto Assault

If You Want to Get (a) Technical ...

I found it tremendously entertaining that the first month I began to subscribe to Auto Assault (which I'm enjoying immensely -- my god, this is the beautiful and realistic weather that I've wished all MMOs had, among other recent delightful discoveries) that I saw an article in BoingBoing about improvised combat vehicles being built by pro-US "military contractors" (mercenaries) in Iraq. An American soldier has published a Flickr photo stream of the ones he's seen. I thought that some of them looked eerily familiar. For example, I couldn't remember for a while if I'd seen this vehicle ...

... at Burning Man, in a post apocalyptic sci-fi movie, in Auto Assault, or some combination of the above. The soldier who brought back the photograph captioned it "Built Ford Tough." Delightful. And in a sick sort of way, it is something of a work of art. But then, as I sat down to write about this, I remembered what it was that it was really trying to make me remember. And you know what?

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See Wikipedia: Technical (fighting vehicle).
Auto Assault

CoH/CoV vs AA quandary

Huh. What do you know, City of Heroes/Villains issue 7, the big patch we've been waiting 7 months for, finally actually reached the live servers. Hmp. Surprised me. As many bugs as were still in the test server version after Thursday's patch, I was beginning to think that Auto Assault was actually going to ship version 109 before City of Villains shipped issue 7. Wow, awful quandry.

City of Villains has ...Auto Assault has ...
Mayhem MissionsContent I haven't played to death
A lot more humor including witty NPC banter as you go byReal science fiction -- no elves, no demons, no gorram Circle of Thorns wizards
Much more variety in character classesNo leveling grind as you go up in level
3D-motion travel powersSuper-fast combat with no "speed suppression" when you attack
Better minion controls for its summoner classNo more horrifically aggravating "Oranbegan city" maps
Semi-functioning roleplaying thanks to higher server populationsFunctioning tradeskills
Really interesting PvP mapsPvP with absolutely no penalty for losing, ever, period
Much better costumingCool cars

... ahhhhh, my brain hurts. And it's only a couple of days to my next CoH/CoV billing date. Gaaahhhccchh.