Sony’s ‘MAG’ 256-player FPS hits store shelves Jan. 26

M.A.G.

MAG. Massive Action Game will be a new exclusive First Person Shooter making it’s way to the PS3 tomorrow. Why will it be “different”? Up to 256 online players will be able to fight each other in groups on one map. Testing the Beta, I can tell you the game has potential to compete in the FPS genre.

“The game will utilize a new server architecture to support online battles with up to 256 players, with users divided into 8-player squads, with 4 squads forming a platoon, and 4 platoons forming a company. Each squad will be led by a player who has advanced through the game’s ranking system. Character statistics and development will also increase with frequent gameplay. The players most advanced in rank will be able to either direct the battle or participate directly in combat.

Basic battles will take place within ongoing, faction-based campaigns to encourage the player to actively play. The game’s E3 unveiling trailer featured large landscapes, tactics such as air strikes and parachuting, and a variety of vehicles, from tanks and APCs to airplanes.

Players will be able to customize the face, voice, and armor of their characters, as well as what weapons and kit they carry into battle.”

Sony’s Media Manager of SCEA, Jeff Rubenstein, answers “Why the lack of MAG reviews?”  His answer makes sense:

“Reviews can’t be written until the game is actually out. I mean, you can’t pass pre-release judgment on a game whose major, industry-leading feature (256 players in a single battle) can’t be tested until release day.”

MAG will be released in North America on January 26th.

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