Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 199 Ratings
Jun 30, 2013Core game mechanics like shooting, jumping, rolling don't work at all or consistently. Hell, some spells actually propel you further based on ping and framerate. If you shoot a low RoF weapon, there's a high chance it will jam and fire off thin air. This, along with a bunch of core game mechanics do not even work. Horribly finicky netcode. HL3 will come by the time the game gets updated. Heroes do not rotate. Balance gets thrown out the window completely with mandatory late-game builds that force other sets of products out of viability, along with buffs that completely throw off combat triangles with +damage, +health, and +speed. The game's community is nearly nonexistent or the worst band of elitists I have ever seen. The playerbase counter is perpetually stuck at 603 players but is actually significantly less (steamcharts.com/app/104700). Uber Entertainment has a track record of failing to deliver their promises, starting from maintenance and updating of their first game MNC, with similar unfulfilled promises in SMNC. Store items are overpriced for what they're worth. SMNC has no tutorial, nor any up-to-date guides. Newbies get swept into games with ALL ranges of matchmaking ratings. There is no newbie pool. Matchmaking is nonexistent and may as well not even be there, as 95% of games will be unfair. The 5% of fair or equal games devolve into turtling, shooting the other team as much as possible, and stacking late-game builds unbalancing buffs. Most games just plain snowball due to bad game mechanics and matchmaking. There are ridiculous out-of-character heroes that do not belong in any genre that involves "MOBA", such as the sharpshooter category, dealing no-falloff damage from any range. One of such pros is called the Gunslinger, a pure DPS pro that belongs in a pure shooter. With theoretical 100% accuracy, a Gunslinger or any other hero can utterly decimate the other team via the third-person shooter aspect. MOBA aspects do not amount to much, and the melding of two categories of games overall makes the game very shallow. There is almost no scaling to balance the MOBA aspects, which quickly becomes a mere joke as the game progresses. Bots start off strong and become completely obsolete. Turrets do not actually defend pros if an enemy player grapples an allied player. Turrets are weak, and once they have been unshielded by an enemy bot, become cannon fodder. Since bots/turrets don't scale, they are demolished in mere seconds in late-game. The only obvious scaling is the introduction of jackbot waves during overtime, which are actually jokes too as they have buggy AI and are just massive walking targets. Speaking of AI, it's nonexistent in this game. Creeps will get stuck in their pathing and/or walk through walls and/or get stuck. In these scenarios, they may indefinitely draw fire from opposing creeps and take no damage. Map designs are simply bad. Unlike one-dimensional map designs such as featured in Smite or any other MOBA, maps in SMNC are designed with top-level floors, which gives the controlling team massive territorial, shooting, and leveling advantages. There is no consistency in this game. The three different commandos have blinds that have different additional effects. The developers, for a time decided to make balance changes with consistency between different classes, but this has no longer been the case. For example, there is a stereotypical rocket-launching pro in this game. Her primary has radial falloff. A clone of this pro, a heavier enforcer version, has almost the same exact weapon but no radial falloff. There are skills in this game that are 100% useless and impossible to make viable, unlike other moba games. Why? Because unfortunately, the devs decided for a no item store route, forcing cookiecutter builds. Some pros have many viable dump skills and some have less, like the Assault. Instead of making all skills equally viable, the developer has opted to the skill upgrading system finicky and dull. This game has poor optimization, the worst of any UE3 game in existence. It's impossible to max this game out with modern hardware on all maps. One map, Gun Mountain has so little optimization and so much screen clutter that generally all setups will spike below 75 FPS if maxed out. There will be no more new heroes in this game due to a lack of updates, because the devs mismanaged the game so poorly that the budget ran out. A F2P game without updates can and will be a dead game. The devs promised mod support for MNC, but never delivered. SMNC has 0 servers one can host and 0 mod support. Planetary Annihilation, an upcoming game that has drawn the attention of Uber will come with native mod support. Servers are consistently choppy, even though they're hosted by an outside third-party Amazon. There will be servers a player will rubberband/skip on, and as said before it breaks some game mechanics (rolling, charging etc). Suspected pushing games to less servers.
Overall, 99% unplayable.… Full Review »
Apr 20, 2012Alright. Imagine the original MNC: A nice, casual blend of third person shooting and tower defense mechanics. Now imagine they lowered the amount of damage you do, increased the health of everything, and made turret positioning and upgrading preset. No tower defense for us. So, do you like shooting at predictable, slow moving targets with an endless rain of no damage "bullets"? I'm proud of you. But wait, there are more characters to play as! Too bad you have to unlock them with thousands of in-game coins. How many coins do you get per game? Very little. If that doesn't suit you, just spend real money on the classes (no thanks). Want to customize your favorite character with a skin? $20.00 please. The announcers just aren't as well written, spewing generic loading screen tips instead of clever jokes. Trying this game for yourself may be a smart idea, I might be a minority here. It's "Free", so all you have to waste is your time.… Full Review »
Jun 20, 2012Don't bother with SMNC unless you enjoy submitting yourself to loads of frustration. Despite the great premise everything about this game is frustrating and terrible.
The matchmaking system is horrible. By appearance it randomly throws anyone in a match together. Every game consisted of a few people with months and months of experience destroying new players, and the rest of the teams filled out with the people that are getting destroyed by them.
They also have several pros that are way overpowered compared to the rest and have remained that way since release despite the general agreement in the forums there. It is bad enough that some guy that has been playing for months and months is killing you every 60 seconds, but that guy is using an expensive pro he purchased that you couldn't kill with your pro even if you were the same skill level.
Want to play with your friend? Too bad. You and your friend are welcome to sit in the queue for 25 minutes waiting on a game if you want since the guys at SMNC have not figured out how to make it so you can pair up with your friend and still work you into matchmaking.
The game issues mentioned above are not the worst part. If you are Ghandi and can suffer through them long enough you will get to meet the worst community in gaming history. PvP communities always are a mixed bunch but this group is the bottom of the barrel. Be prepared as a new player to have them rage at you for being terrible while you die every time you leave base due to bad match making. If you should use the forums be prepared to be called every name in the book and mocked every way possible for having an opinion, so don't bother.
The player base has dropped down to 700 players and that is during prime time. Don't bother with this already dead game unless you just feel like you want to torture yourself for a bit.… Full Review »