Extraneous robotic appendages are also pretty awesome. If Boba Fett had an extraneous robotic appendage in addition to his jetpack, the world would probably collapse from sheer awesomeness. A third-person sci-fi class-based multiplayer affair with persistent-world elements, RPG character development, extraneous robotic appendages and jetpacks, Global Agenda straddles the fence impressively for something clad in Lycra. Behaving like a confused MMO, buying a copy of the game grants you access to PvE co-operative missions and PvP skirmishes, while subscribing grants you access to 'Conquest', Global Agenda's persistent conflict, in which virtual territories are captured through team-based combat.
Core gameplay follows the Team Fortress 2 model, with a standard class roster of medics, engineers, heavies and recons fighting overcohtrol points and the right to colour them red or blue. Global Agenda has a pleasing enough concept, but one marred by the occasional unsightly bulge beneath its space-Spandex. Of these bulges, the most noticeable is the integration of its MMO and combat elements: they don't add up.
Ain't No TF2
The MMO-esque city area is little more than a glorified game lobby, while the otherwise solid combat suffers from balancing issues - namely, being unable to change class without levelling a new character leads to an overrun of one class or another in many matches.
Also, newer players are pitted against enemies with wider equipment choices and better stats. With news that updates will include armour stats (currently, armour is purely aesthetic), the balancing can only get worse.
Meanwhile, the potential awesomeness of the jetpacks is diminished by level design. A distinct lack of ski-worthy slopes and an excess of angular environments leaves the game crawling at low altitude compared to the smooth, aerobatic displays of the Tribes franchise.
From a more aesthetic perspective, the use of the Unreal Engine 3 shows a lack of imagination, being generic sci-fi corridors, warehouses and conveniently placed platforms.
Global Agenda may make for a pleasing change from Team Fortress 2 or World of Warcraft, but in the end our Lycra-clad chum is short in the leg, and finds itself hopping uncomfortably from one side to the other.
Download Global Agenda
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP