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Review: Crossout (Xbox One X)

Crossout has been available on Xbox One (and other platforms) for a while now. In this free-to-play MMO, you control a vehicle you created yourself thanks to the crafting system. The goal is clear, take down the other players and their vehicles in the post-apocalyptic open world. Since the release of the Xbox One X, a new patch was launched, including a visual boost. Let’s see if this is a fun game to get with your new Xbox console!

What is Crossout?

As said in the introduction, Crossout is a free-to-play game on PC, PS4 and Xbox One (X). The game is developed by Targem Games and published by Gaijin Entertainment and supports a PvP and PvE mode. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry! PvP enables you to fight other human players to test your vehicles and skills against them; the goal is to make most kills. In PvE you’ll team up with other human players to take down computer-controlled characters. Both modes offer a lot of fun and the customization of your vehicles goes rather deep. The game has been in development for quite some time but made the jump to the Xbox One X platform recently. If you play it for the first time, you’ll immediately notice the game has a rather active community, which, of course, is something good.

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A world in chaos

When first booting up this game, it’s hard not to think of Mad Max. In all honesty, I was a bit disappointed with this generic post-apocalyptic setting, this isn’t something new and it’s something a couple of other games have done before. What did make up for this was the inclusion of a story. That’s right, the game tries to explain what’s going on and this only adds to the lore. The idea of the game is a failed experiment where mankind tried to create super soldiers. Instead of creating those powerful soldiers, the scientists started a pandemic, destroying the civilizations quickly. Now, freaks roam the world and it seems like mankind is lost forever, this event was labeled as the Crossout.

During the game, you play two decades later and you’ll meet the inhabitants in conflict. There’s a group of people that tries to recreate the world as it was before and there’s a group that likes everything just the way it is right now. Fighting other humans in order to push your opinion forward is what literally drives our virtual players in this world. It’s good to see that this story really adds something to the game by making the things you do more interesting.

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Create your weapon

The best part of the game is the deep customization it has. Everybody can create his/her own vehicle ready for combat. Depending on how you create it, you can create different types of vehicles. Some are better to hold the fortress while others are better for quick attacks for example. It’s here where you’ll find the microtransactions. Players can unlock the parts by playing the game or they can decide to pay real money for it. It’s a system a lot of gamers hate but it works. It’s possible to create a powerful vehicle without spending real money, the only downside here is that you’ll need to invest a lot of your time in order to get there. Sounds fun but when you’re constantly facing enemies who paid for better gear, it might become frustrating. In my opinion, I don’t think Crossout is doing it wrong but of course, you’ll need to ask yourself if this mechanism is something you like or not. In doubt? Try it out, it’s completely free!

A gorgeous war

Now, to discuss the new patch, we can be short. Yes, the game looks amazing. The new update pushed the graphics to the next level and for a free-to-play MMO, it really looks good. Of course, it already looks good on the other systems but the Xbox One X really pushed it a little further. The vehicles are detailed and the environments look as sharp as possible. Playing this on your newly acquired system will certainly put a smile on your face.

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Conclusion:

Crossout is a fun free-to-play MMO to play on your new Xbox One X thanks to the new patch, pushing the graphics to new levels. The gameplay itself is fun but could use some more variation to keep you entertained. The microtransactions are here but none of them are really necessary to use if you have a lot of patience. Of course, you’ll have to deal with players who bought the most powerful gear and will destroy you in mere seconds. Doubting if it’s something you would like to play? Go test it out now!

7/10

Got interested in games since I could read. Started with Nintendo but evolved into an all-round gamer. I love all kind of games; triple A games to Indie. If the vibe is right, I'll enjoy playing it.

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