Released in August 2017, Lawbreakers is an interactive first person shooter that involves a multiplayer platform of the “law” versus the “breakers” with six distinct gameplay modes for maximum playtime. This Lawbreakers review will look at the key elements and features of Lawbreakers to determine the quality of the game.
|Type of game:||FPS|
|Developer:||Boss Key Productions|
|Total Play Time:||Unlimited|
|System Requirements:||CPU:Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU QX6850/AMD A8-3870k
GPU: Nvidia GTX 660, AMD Radeon 7870
RAM: 6 GB
OS: Windows 7
HDD Space: 30 GB
The World of Lawbreakers
This first person shooter is marketed as a gravity-defying combat experience where it is not enough to just “watch your six” or even your twelve, but every hour and direction in between. This section will analyze the different aspects that make up the overall game and determine whether or not the game is worth the time to invest in playing.
Atmosphere and Location
Each of Lawbreaker’s game modes involves a 5 vs. 5 player arena match where players fight with modern weapons and gear in high-flying (literally) combat. There are nine classes to choose from with two premade characters per class, which means there are plenty of options when it comes to finding a character class that will fit your unique play style.
The game is essentially a high tech version of “cops and robbers.” The Law versus the Breakers take the field and participate in one of six gameplay modes. Depending on the mode that you are entering will help you decide which character you want to play for the best results.
The characters and world are beautifully modelled and include plenty of fascinating visual effects in this gravity-defying atmosphere. However, there are certain repetitions amongst characters and maps that show a decided lack of effort put into the game’s overall design. This does not affect playability, but it does make the game seem less varied and more cookie cutter in many regards.
When it comes to Lawbreaker’s uniqueness, the gravity-defying combat is certainly its primary claim to fame. This fighting style take a certain amount of skill to master which gives the game plenty of repeat playtime, but does not fully make up for the lackluster environmental presentation.
There are nine major class roles in the game and each class has two premade characters that have their own personalities and slightly unique skillsets. These classes include:
- Assassin – Hellion or Kitsune, masters of close quarters combat with short blades and a shotgun. The assassin utilizes different projectiles to distract enemies while they move in close for the kill.
- Wraith – Deadlock or Helix, the ultimate gravity defying warriors armed with an automatic pistol and a blade with the ability to explode on contact with enemies. The wraith can easily create pockets of distorted time that will slow his enemies and make the final kill all the easier.
- Juggernaut – Aegis or Nash, the heavy-duty robot duo who can give out crushing damage as easily as they take it. Juggernauts can deploy energy shields to absorb incoming hits while they move in close to use their shotguns to devastating effect.
- Battle Medic – Tokki or Feng, adept at keeping a team alive while raining down explosives from on high. The battle medic employs medical drones, grenade launcher, and energy pistol to master the battlefield.
- Enforcer – Axel or Kintaro, armed and ready to fight. This fighter comes strapping to any engagement and is capable of lightning-fast movement. As a teammate, the enforcer is also adept at providing extra boosts to allies’ skills.
- Gunslinger – Abaddon or Faust, expert marksmen. Swift and with the ability to teleport across short distances, the gunslinger is the perfect choice for getting into a fight, dealing high amounts of precision damage, and then getting out before the enemy is any the wiser.
- Harrier – Sunshine or Baron, masters of powerful laser technologies. This class can deal high damage while, at the same time, moving swiftly across a battlefield. The harrier also provides a resupply point for allies, helping to keep the team afloat.
- Titan – Bomchelle or Cronos, the demolishers. The titan is built to tear down an enemy’s defense in a matter of seconds with a rocket launcher and a chain lightning gun in tow. This class has the ability to berserk, which increases their damage exponentially and makes them a deadly force.
- Vanguard – Maverick or Toska-9, taking to the air. These airborne fighters are perfect at surveying the battlefield and making quick, crucial decisions. They also have the ability to distort gravity and disorient enemies.
There is only one real central mission for the characters of Lawbreakers: demolish the enemy and win the game. Like most multiplayer first person shooters, this game is no exception when it comes to the frantic battle between players to either capture the flag or otherwise decimate the enemy team.
One major drawback to the story of Lawbreakers is that it and its characters lack a real sense of depth. The repetitive atmospheres and fight sequences make it difficult to really get into the greater “story” overall. Then again, the story itself is lacking in overall development, as this is largely (if not entirely) a multiplayer shoot fest.
The game sets you up to understand that you are either on the “Law” side or you are one of the “Breakers”, but beyond that, there is little else to tie you in to any greater world building. For the type of game that Lawbreakers is, this is not too strong of a downside, but for gamers looking for a more immersive experience, this is definitely not the ideal choice.
DLC and Expansion Packs
As a Steam/Valve game, there are plenty of DLC options that can be purchased to increase your overall play experience. One such option is the “Deadzo Deluxe DLC” which includes six exclusive boss tier character skins, Hadronium blue weapon skins, three exclusive Deadzo weapon stickers, and a Deadzo account portrait for your Steam page. This DLC option is entirely a cosmetic and stylistic purchase that can help you increase the overall customization options of your Lawbreakers game.
In September 2017, Boss Key Productions released a DLC kit that included new maps, new tutorial modes, a few critical game tweaks, new skirmish options, new character skins, and a highly successful competitive ranked mode known as “boss leagues.” The gaming company’s intention is to continue to build improvements into the game so that its playability remains as high as possible.
Despite Lawbreaker’s overall low player count and less than successful release, the creators are determined to continue modifying and improving their brainchild so that, perhaps in the future, it will begin drawing more attention. So while the game might not be as highly popularized as the similar but more successful Overwatch, there is hope for the future with the promise of more DLC and expansion ideas to revitalize the game.
Overall, Lawbreakers is not a perfect game, but it has plenty of potential. As it stands right now, the game definitely needs some more development, but it certainly delivers in terms of unique gravity-defying gameplay. Let us know what you think of our Lawbreakers review and if you have any questions, let us know in the comments below!