Dirty Bomb is a first-person shooter that pushes insanely fast action by the tons. Fast forward past the game setting, theme, rules and all that, those are pretty generic, and kind of a bad start for the game, but once you enter the playground, it doesn’t really matter.
A concoction things that make it very good
Right off the bat, Dirty Bomb throws you right into the fast-paced madness of it all. There’s a short tutorial that explains the basics, to which you should be familiar, and after that, you’re left to choose your merc loadout and game mode.
The first great thing about Dirty Bomb is that you can create a character loadout and swap between three mercenaries while in the game. Since the game also focuses a lot on team play, this enables you and the others to constantly re-balance team composition to get the upper hand in critical moments of the game.
Each merc you have, or will have, features his or her two extra-handy skills to use in combat. Whether you throw down an ammo pack for a teammate, use a defibrillator to zap back to life a fallen soldier or order an airstrike every little input you bring to the battlefield makes a difference. The best part is that everything happens very fast.
In a lot of games teamplay matters but you’ll always have that one guy who goes guns blazing into the enemy base and just hands over kills. In Dirty Bomb that will still be a problem but the game has a different way of slapping them back to reality.
Besides the fact that you get experience for sticking together with your teammates, rewards are also issued for helping out a wounded ally, using your support skills and aiding in a takedown.
Moreover, some maps are tight when it comes to space to roam around like mad men, and women, with guns and you get a lot of choke points. If you don’t come together as a team to outsmart or flank the enemy, you’ll just be replacing the dummies from the tutorial for that round.
It’s not perfect, but there are a few this good
Dirty Bomb is still in the works, and there is a good deal of stuff that needs a bit more sorting out. On the plus side, the game features a relatively simplified game play that lets players focus on a handful of things, which in turn leaves focus on the shooting and it has fewer aspects to worry about going wrong.