Ace of Spades preview - It's like Minecraft, with guns
Take the freedom of creation in building block games like Minecraft and the violence and shooting of titles like Team Fortress, and you get Jagex's upcoming title Ace of Spades. The builder/shooter comes complete with the ability to create your own objects, landscapes, buildings as well as character classes, various gun types, and plenty of explosives to deform your beautifully crafted world.
At first glance, you might think you've booted up a Minecraft game. The world and characters are all made of simplistic monocolored blocks that can be built or broken down using tools and weapons. The laws of physics apply, so if you chop the trunk on a tree, you'll watch all of the branches and leaves crumble down to the ground. You'll be able to build up defenses, destroy bridges, and dig underground tunnels as you see fit. Then after you're finished, you'll watch your carefully crafted bunkers get completely destroyed in epic battle.
Ace of Spades is played in matches of up to 32 players online. Once you jump into a game, you'll be able to choose from one of the four available classes, each with unique weapons loadouts and tools. The typical shooter classes, like the Scout and Soldier, carry their respective long range sniper rifle and heavy machine along with a standard digging tool. The other two loadouts cater more to reshaping the landscape. For instance, the Miner carries a super shovel which can move huge amounts of land in one scoop and a drill gun that quickly digs along the projectile's path to make instant tunnels or take out tower supports. The Engineer has a variety of explosives at his disposal, including dynamite sticks and mines. You can to go as far as digging a small hole, placing a mine in, and burying it to make an undetectable minefield. The combat can get quite crafty.
Along with the team deathmatch matches, a zombie survival mode will also be available. In survival, one player will start off on the zombie team and it is up to the survivors to live for five minutes. Every time a survivor dies, that player respawns on the zombie team, raising the danger with each death. The mode is like a super intense version of hide-and-seek, with survivors barricading themselves in rooms and setting traps.
Building will play a large role in Ace of Spades as well. Players are able to choose various material types with unique properties, like being more resistant to explosions and gunfire. However, at launch, players will only be able to modify the developer created levels in-game, but the planned level editor will be coming sometime after release. Ace of Spades will be hitting the PC through Steam this December. For more on the game, check out the our Ace of Spades game page.