North Americans: Play Huxley, Report Back

By Jim Rossignol on August 5th, 2009 at 8:03 am.


The open beta for MMOFPS Huxley is North America only, which means I can’t get my hands on it (without using naughty means *cough*). But anyway it’s, right here. Perhaps some of our North American comrades would like to dive in and then tell us what the deal is? The game is out in the fourth quarter of this year but we still don’t know much about it. Go forth!

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50 Comments »

  1. cliffski says:

    yuck. Looks like someone discovered the ‘bloom’ effect and can’t work out how to turn it off. Reminds me of when CGI finally got fur sorted out, and every animated kids movie was packed full of furry animals.
    If I glowed as much as those guys, I’d see a doctor.

  2. Simon says:

    I got in, but their Beta system is quite a mess. They limit the times when you can play a little too much for me to have gotten a good run at the game so far. (Initially, they limited when you could download the game as well… Although once I got it, the download was quick even if I don’t quite appreciate when shit downloads to whatever location it decides upon and installs software to wherever it wants.)
    It’s also been many days since CBT2 launched and many people still don’t have beta forum access, including me.

    Luckily my laptop can handle the game OK at first glance, but then again I’ve yet to play more than a few minutes so I haven’t seen any massive battles.

  3. Vasagi says:

    the kids want glow Cliffski, GLOWY!

    and by that i dont mean an actual glowing cliffski, although that would be cool.

    on topic.
    cripes ive been hearing about this game for so long i have lost interest plus it just looks like UT3 to me.

    a game that added shine but left out fun.

  4. Hulk Hogan says:

    Am I meant to be excited about this?

    I can’t work up the enthusism to actually download it but from looking at the gallery it looks like the standard FPS/MMO populated entirely by buff muscle-men the players wish they could be and super-model strippers they wish they could fuck.

  5. destroy.all.monsters says:

    I don’t think most people in Amurrika know who Aldous Huxley *is*. If they did they’d probably call him a commie. Ergo they wouldn’t be interested.

    Just saying. Oh and I’m a USian myself.

    Also – not cyberpunky enough for me to be interested.

  6. Howard says:

    So much jack-assery so early in the morning. I thought the emo “we hate anything that isn’t as stick thin and sickly looking as us” brigade would have slept in later.

  7. destroy.all.monsters says:

    Now if someone would make a Gerry Anderson’s UFO based MMO or hell, a Babylon 4 MMO (take orders from Valen and the Vorlons to annhilate the Shadows) then yeah I’m dorky enough to buy those nearly sight unseen. Science Fiction for its own sake doesn’t interest me as a setting per se – unless there’s some nice story bits or at the very least an exciting backdrop.

    Plus I can never commit to an MMO it’s too much like dating a briefly interesting girlfriend who you find a little too empty headed for comfort.

  8. Vasagi says:

    well judging by the new WoW update they may as well add a skip tutorial button when you hit the start zone for an instant lvl 80.

    GUILD WARS 2 PLEASE

  9. MrBejeebus says:

    I liked the look of it at E3 2005, but after that I lost interest.

    Seeing as the guys playing it were boasting about the hair in it, there can’t of been much good about it.

  10. pzykozis says:

    Jim, I’m not sure what those crafty means are? Unless those who’re running huxley in NA think that the east midlands is in the US i just signed up and recieved my key, too bad that the times limited to for play are beyond stupid for us ukers.

  11. Alaphic says:

    CBT1 wasn’t bad, but there wasn’t enough there to keep me interested long enough to go to CBT2…

  12. mandrill says:

    it looks a bit brown on the screenshot. I’ll pass on this one I think and skip straight to Borderlands.

  13. Diziet Sma says:

    I got into the beta via dubious means and it’s really not very good. I’ve played more of Section 8′s beta.

  14. Tei says:

    I will take a few years to reinvent Planetside. This serie of MOFPS games are necessary evil.

  15. LionsPhil says:

    “…it looks like the standard FPS/MMO populated entirely by buff muscle-men the players wish they could be and super-model strippers they wish they could fuck.”

    So, like 70% of games, then. (The other 30% are set in WW2.)

  16. Clovus says:

    @destroy.all.monsters: Hmm… I never even considered a connection between Aldous Huxley and shoot-in-the-face games. I think a good number (maybe not 50% though) of Americans are at least familiar with Brave New World since it is often required reading in High School. Wiki says the company was inspired by Brave New World, but it is not based on it. Anyway, from what I hear on the radio we are now socialist anyway, hurr hurr.

    @Hulk Hogan: I didn’t know a standard FPS/MMO genre even existed yet. I’ve always wanted to play a WoW-like where I get to pew-pew at things. I know a few are coming out like APB and ::shudder:: CrimeCraft.

  17. Darthy says:

    “I liked the look of it at E3 2005, but after that I lost interest.”

    Back then people were calling it a 3D server-browser for Unreal Tournament, and I’ve not heard anything to convince me otherwise.

  18. Darthy says:

    “I liked the look of it at E3 2005, but after that I lost interest.”

    Back then people were calling it a 3D server-browser for Unreal Tournament, and I’ve not heard anything to convince me otherwise.
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  19. Philip says:

    Step 1: Drink Tea (because you’re british)
    Step 2: Download IPHider http://www.allanonymity.com/ip-hider-hide-ip-software/
    Step 3: Download from Fileplanet for free beta key.
    Step 4: Stay up from 10pm to 6am to play Huxley.

    It’s only fileplanet that’s doing this US only thing, Huxley doesn’t actually care and has a working euro server.

    It’s okay, pretty buggy still, and it starts an annoying P2P program called Purple Bean to reduce the load for updating etc which really lags everyone out. Sniper is unplayable most of the time due to lag.

    Other than that it’s a solidish game, I like how PVP is just a click away (when the Channel list is working).

  20. jonfitt says:

    Played a very short section of the beta a while back.

    I played through a tedious tutorial which explained some not very exciting mechanics and then joined a game of what seemed like a below par UT clone. I didn’t stay long.

  21. Zyrxil says:

    I was in the closed beta. Pretty dull. You could barely tell it wasn’t vanilla UT3. The arenas are pretty small, doesn’t give off that MMO feeling at all. Blahblah, you can equip different armor and guns. It’s basically a prettier version of that free-to-play game GUNZ without the kung-fu acrobatics.

  22. Larington says:

    We won’t see a proper Planetside replacement until someone in charge realises it needs to be at least as much simulation as game (Gameplay as quasi war simulator), and needs to be proper open persistent battles instead of cheating and trying to squeeze the game into many small instanced skirmishes.
    This applies to all attempts at MMOFPS’ currently in the work. Basically I want planetside 2, but without a number of really daft design decisions that came with the original.

  23. CJohnson03 says:

    Huxley is alright, but not fantastic. I was in CB1 and now CB2, with all the vehicles and stuff, and it’s fun at times.. but still kind of plain. I wasn’t blown away, but then again it is still only a Beta. Lots of grind though it seems, you need gold and “combat medals’ to buy stuff, and it takes a while to accumulate combat medals.

    I certainly won’t be paying for it when it does come out though. I’m going to have plenty of other places to spend my money (Dragon Age, Modern Warfare 2, L4D2, Old Republic, etc etc etc)

    Also, according to the bottom of this page, DRM has eaten 8290 children already today? Good lord.

  24. coupsan says:

    The game interested me until I found out ijji was the publisher.

  25. EyeMessiah says:

    “Vasagi says:

    well judging by the new WoW update they may as well add a skip tutorial button when you hit the start zone for an instant lvl 80.”

    If this were true I’d consider re-subbing.

  26. DMJ says:

    @EyeMessiah:

    Surely the grind is not just annoying, but the actual game? Skipping it would be a bit like drawing yourself CONGRATULATIONS FOREVER in mspaint, deleting it, then feeling a sense of accomplishment.

  27. Danarchist says:

    Hey thanks for the ip hider! Now I can finally watch “The IT Crowd” episodes before there a year old! =P

  28. j c says:

    The web site and “ijji” downloader is one of the worst-designed, most convoluted pieces of crap I’ve ever had the displeasure of navigating.

    -You have to seemingly sign up in 2-3 different places
    -Installing the Firefox plugin required me to restart by browser on 2-3 separate occasions
    -Crashed the first time I tried launching the game.

    The auto-downloader is also fucking terrible. It downloads extremely slow, with no way to pause or resume. Also, it doesn’t give you the remotest hint but it also uploads peer-to-peer like a Torrent without telling you anywhere in the interface it was doing so. The only way I could find this out was by looking at the Windows 7 performance monitor.

    Even if the game was actually decent – I haven’t had the chance to try it yet thanks to this clusterfuck – there’s no way in hell I’ll give it any more chance after this terrible experience.

  29. Mad Doc MacRae says:

    So it’s sounds like a buggy MMO implementation of Section 8, which I still have yet to try.

    Hmmm…

  30. Stromko says:

    Huxley, from my perspective, got extremely hyped early on and then went underground for way too long. Now it’s back, and it’s just Korean Unreal Tournament 3.

    I’m not quite sure why it seemed so exciting at first, I think it was the concept of an online skill-based game with PvE AND PvP … which doesn’t seem that strange a concept anymore. Left 4 Dead gives us that, and before that ArmA did it with the co-op evolution mods, I’m sure there’s plenty of other games that do it now that I’m forgetting about.

    So really, they should’ve just released in 2005 or thereabouts, and Huxley could have been incredible. The trailers looked really good, for awhile there I was fooled into thinking they had a lot of the thing already finished, but the march of time between then and now gives another story.

    Speaking of Huxley’s family tree, I really hope APB can live up to the hype. There’s numerous ways it can fall flat on its face, it could just be another MMOFPS except with cars and a really neat character editor. Which wouldn’t be too bad, but I’m sure they’ll surprise me with how it manages to disappoint my expectations.

  31. coupsan says:

    @jc

    Maybe it crashed because…you’re using Windows 7?

  32. Erlam says:

    Sorry to be off topic, but:

    “The only way I could find this out was by looking at the Windows 7 performance monitor.”

    How IS windows 7 for gaming in general? I was thinking of getting two copies (one for my GF so she can have 64 bit, and one for me to replace XP64, which is so unsupported it hurts.)

  33. inanimotion says:

    It’s crap.
    Never crashed, never lagged, never had problems with the game itself running.
    It’s just not good, sorry to say. I was excited…then I was let down.

  34. destroy.all.monsters says:

    @Clovus – who remembers high school? If I recall correctly it’s one of those books like Das Kapital that regularly gets tossed into the duraflame logs by the religious wrong. ;)

    I would just prefer a game that doesn’t blow and has something interesting going for it. This doesn’t look like it.

  35. jonfitt says:

    The traditional MMORPG grind does not suit the FPS well.

    If you think back to pre-MMO days, the current MMORPG gameplay is best compared to single player Diablo: grinding for loot and levels, while moving through increasingly hard dungeons. This was then transformed into it’s online form which is the modern MMORPG.

    But I can’t think of an equivalent successful/good single player FPS which ever used grinding for loot and levels as a mechanic that would be the ancestor of Huxley. What Huxley is, is trying to add MMORPG rewards to a genre which never felt the lack of them.

    Persistent stats with some balanced unlocks or a persistent war has and does work.

    But you can shove your grind.

  36. FRIENDLYUNIT says:

    “It will take a few years to reinvent Planetside”

    For gods sake why?! It is just my particular gaming penchant or, as I suspect is the market screamingly ready for it?

    @ jonfitt Battlefield 2142 has a little level grind. Just like TF2 achievements there are people who farm… but it’s still a good system, and fun. But yeah, true persistence is what I for one am looking for.

  37. j c says:

    @coupsan
    That is an unacceptable reason. Not a single other modern game on the face of this planet exhibits problems on Windows 7, Windows 7 has already RTM’d, and the game won’t even be out until after Windows 7 is officially released to the masses. There is absolutely no reason why Windows 7 should be a show-stopper for this game. If the company decided to ignore the OS, that’s only one more reason to add onto the pile of many why this game is a POS.

    The silent peer-to-peer uploading is what really pushed it over the edge for me. Don’t fucking use my upload bandwidth, thereby killing my connection for everything else running on my computer, without telling me, and without giving me a way to configure it.

    @Erlam
    Windows 7 works great for games (outside of Huxley, of course :-) ). Vista is now at the point where it runs most games as fast as XP, and even better in some cases, and Windows 7 works as well as Vista, if not better in some cases.

  38. dsmart says:

    We won’t see a proper Planetside replacement until someone in charge realises it needs to be at least as much simulation as game (Gameplay as quasi war simulator), and needs to be proper open persistent battles instead of cheating and trying to squeeze the game into many small instanced skirmishes.
    This applies to all attempts at MMOFPS’ currently in the work. Basically I want planetside 2, but without a number of really daft design decisions that came with the original.

    We already created that. Its called All Aspect Warfare. The pre-order (and new demo) launched on Steam this past Monday. The game launches on Aug 10th.

    It is the closest you’re ever going to get to Planetside. So get on board and help us get it there.

  39. Bluto says:

    For those who aren’t entirely familiar with Aldous Huxley, this comic is a good ‘un http://www.recombinantrecords.net/docs/2009-05-Amusing-Ourselves-to-Death.html

    Also he was only one of many famous Huxley’s, look up the Huxley family on wikipedia, they’re a mad mad bunch – but very brilliant.

    I had a dog called Huxley, he was shot by a local farmer after he ate the farmers wife’s prize bantams. :(

  40. dsmart says:

    wtf happened to quotes? That broke too now?

    @ Larington

    “We won’t see a proper Planetside replacement until someone in charge realises it needs to be at least as much simulation as game (Gameplay as quasi war simulator), and needs to be proper open persistent battles instead of cheating and trying to squeeze the game into many small instanced skirmishes.
    This applies to all attempts at MMOFPS’ currently in the work. Basically I want planetside 2, but without a number of really daft design decisions that came with the original.”

    We already created that. Its called All Aspect Warfare. The pre-order (and new demo) launched on Steam this past Monday. The game launches on Aug 10th.

    It is the closest you’re ever going to get to Planetside. So get on board and help us get it there.

  41. Pace says:

    Caution, caution, blockquote test in progress. Lemme get a
    couple
    lines in

    testing 1,2,3..

  42. Pace says:

    blockquote works fine.

  43. Leeks! says:

    I honestly can’t see any connection between this game and old uncle Aldous, except for maybe the fact that you’d have to be on mescaline for it to be any fun. Any connection between this game’s (laughably derivative) fiction and BNW would be an enormous stretch.

    I played it for a few hours, telling myself that if only I could get through the training it would open up and prove itself worthwhile. For anyone else doing anything similar, know that this is not the case. All the comments about it being a 3d server browser for UT are pretty much on the money, except that you have to go off into linear dungeons and shoot Tyranids for hours before any of the main game’s features open up.

  44. Fetthesten says:

    Played a few hours last night, it’s basically a bog-standard MMOG grind with a spot of deathmatch thrown in. The skirmishes I played (six or seven, maybe) were less fun than Quake (the first one) due to the fact that the class you’re playing and the equipment you’ve chosen harshly limits your tactical repertoire. I chose the close-range combat class, which meant the game barred me from anything but close-range combat (my weapons had limited range). And you can’t change equipment unless you acquire proper Weapon Licenses, which takes ages. I won’t bother slogging through endless dull matches just to be able to shoot a new gun when I can play Quake Live and have that experience right away.

  45. TeeJay says:

    Let’s keep talking about Aldous Huxley instead:

    It seems Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio are in pre-production on a “Brave New World” movie: http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSTRE5750WZ20090806

  46. Kanakotka says:

    Wrong, mate. I’m european, and in the closed beta. There IS an european server, as well as in the open beta. However, the game is horrendously broken at this point in just about every way, and if the publisher, ijji, is smart enough, they will push the release date back, alot. However, concidering their other games, i doubt that will happen.

  47. Kanakotka says:

    So, if Huxley is made open beta in 12th of August, when the second phase of beta is supposed to end. IGNORE IT. Entirely. It’s not worth playing at all as it is now. It would require at the very least 3 months of more testing.

  48. Kanakotka says:

    Addendum, cliffski, aren’t you the Poser-using person to judge another’s use of graphics? Eh, eh?

  49. Lafinass says:

    Played it for maybe an hour before it got uninstalled. Laggy client hosting and very unbalanced weaponry. No thanks.

  50. Ben says:

    The single player portions are stupid. There’s nothing “squad” about playing through an instance with a squad (everyone is a rugged individualist and the only way to help your team is to spend character points on squad specific stuff instead of improving your actual combat prowess). The NPC’s are all mindless monsters that are impossibly easy to kill OR NPC’s that murder you with sniper rifles outside your maximum weapon range. There are also times where some big boss follows you to a spawn zone, kills you, then you respawn (with 1/3 your ammo).

    The PvP could be compelling, each class has a number of unique skills (4 slots with at least 2 skills per slot) that gives some interesting tactical choices (double jump vs short range teleport, for example). And weapons have slight variations (accuracy, rate of fire, damage, clip size, special effect). And there are 3 weapons suitable to different situations.

    In practice, it’s not really compelling. The problem is that deathmatching against a guy much more skilled than you is frustrating. Deathmatching against a guy much more skilled than you and ALSO much higher level than you, with much better weapons than you, is just tiring.