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July 18, 2024

Movement Across the Globe

Impressions On LawBreakers Closed Beta


I was invited to a closed beta test of LawBreakers back in July 2016 when it was in Alpha. Unfortunately, it was unplayable at the time. I’m not sure if it was an outdated graphics card or if the game was poorly optimized. So, I skipped the first test and did the second one—making sure it was playable for me I ran the game with a GTX 1070 graphics card. Initially I had issues as I could not control my character with neither the keyboard, mouse, or controller. After reinstalling the game and disconnecting my keyboard, mouse plus the Xbox One controller I finally achieved success.

Now that we got that out of the way let’s talk about the meat and potatoes of this article. LawBreakers is an action-packed objective based first person shooter game. This game is different than other objective based games as it has over the top zero gravity movement and extremely fast paced action. It is so fasted paced that that you don’t switch to your secondary weapon as it is mapped to the right click on the mouse or left trigger on the controller.

The game consists of eight classes plus one locked: Vanguard, Enforcer, Titan, Assassin, Gunslinger, Juggernaut, Battle Medic, and Wraith. The last game is unnamed. Each class has different weapons and abilities along with a purpose. When playing you are put into one of two teams The Law and The Breakers hence the game title. In the beta there are three modes and five maps to play on. LawBreakers is one of those games that is easy to pick up but hard to master. Don’t worry it is fun to play.

As I mentioned before it has controller support—the reason I went to PC gaming was for the multiple options to play a game. The fact that they added controller support is a plus in my book—especially with this game. If you are new to playing with keyboard and mouse it’s hard to play an FPS (First Person Shooter) with only a keyboard and mouse. In the alpha version, there was no controller support. Consequently, the game is much better optimized in this version. I played this game in 1080p in 60 Frames Per Second with little to no frame rate drop. Graphically, it looks fantastic.

You can also change your character on the go. This makes it important for strategy if your way is not working because of the character you are using, then simply switch to a different character to overcome this obstacle. There are plenty of ways to customize your character and your profile. But, they are through pack openings which means there’s a hint for micro transactions. Luckily, they’re just skins and not weapons, armor, there is no pay to win. I hope they keep it like that. But, it seems as you can earn the skins just by playing the game and ranking up. Another downside is the menu navigation which is “buggy” at times and doesn’t work well. But, my main gripe about this game is the search times. It can take a long time to find a game. For example, I was sitting for at least six to eight minutes until I finally found a game. All in all, I think it’s a good game which just needs some fine tuning as well as a fix for the search times which will make a good game an awesome one.