I never figured that I would ever be able to describe something as ‘What if Team Fortress 2 and Rozen Maiden had a baby?’ Well, they did, and that baby is a little anime girl figure. And she has a bazooka. Ladies and gentlemen, MicroVolts.
MicroVolts takes me back to a time when the Army Men games didn’t suck and combines that suckless nostalgia with stupidly fun gameplay and a great aesthetic. You’re tiny and plastic, the maps are massive and not. It almost reminds me of Chibi Robo, except with slightly less terror.
The free-to-play aspect is what you’d expect; micro-transactions are present and there are a lot of cash shop only items. This does have a few problems, though. All of the items you get (even the ‘cosmetic’ stuff) affect your attributes. Got a new skirt for the little schoolgirl? Congratulations, you’re now either faster or have more HP. This includes the cash shop items which, if I’m not totally mistaken, are actually a bit better than the in-game currency counterparts. At least, the stats are slightly higher on paper. I haven’t noticed any difference and, again assuming I’m right about this, you can’t permanently purchase them, unlike what you buy for MicroPoints.
Speaking of customization, the amount in this game is crazy. Not Gotham City Imposters-level crazy, but crazy nonetheless. You can deck out your figure in pretty well whatever you want, provided you can afford it.
I wouldn’t be writing about this if the gameplay wasn’t pretty good, though, so let’s get to that. The game is a very typical third-person shooter. You run, you hold down the left mouse button, and you hope for the best. The modes are nice and varied, from the usual like Team Deathmatch or Capture the Flag (Battery actually) to some nifty stuff like Zombie Mode, in which players need to survive being infected by the others. What I particularly like about this game is that there’s no class system like TF2. If you want your miniskirted schoogirl to carry a bazooka, then damnit, she’s gonna carry a bazooka.
All in all, MicroVolts is a silly little game that feels great. Like all of the free-to-play stuff I recommend, if you don’t like it, then you didn’t really lose anything except for an hour or so of time. It’s easily the best third-person shooter I’ve seen in a while and it’s a nice break from all the FPSes coming out lately. I play pretty regularly on the NA servers, so if you happen to enjoy the game and want to hit me up, just add MystiaL! As always, thanks for reading and have a good’un.