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Overview

Dirty Bomb is a class-based multiplayer shooter focused on attack and defend gameplay. Emphasizing strategy and teamwork. There are multiple classes (mercenaries) to choose from, and each class has a set of characters which further change the equipment and play-style of that class. It is currently in Closed Beta and can be accessed via keys sent from their sign-up page. It was added to Steam on January 6th, 2015, and the Closed Beta will last until January 20th, 2015.

Dirty Bomb features a gamemode called "Stop-Watch" which is similar to other objective-based games, where one team must attack and perform certain objectives in order to win while the other team defends. The difference is that if the objectives are completed, the Defenders have that same amount of time to complete the objective as the attackers or else they lose. This keeps going until a team eventually is unable to beat the last team's time, or they are unable to complete the objective at all.

Dirty Bomb's development was partially supported by crowd funding through the developer's website offering immediate access to the game's pre-release alpha and beta testing stages.

Gameplay

Dirty Bomb borrows from several distinct FPS games, mostly from Splash Damage's previous games, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Brink. Mobility is that of Wolf:ET, with fast movement and the ability to jump off walls to traverse the map to reach the objective. Gunplay is very unlike Wolf:ET, in that it is beneficial to shoot while on the move. Although Iron Sights are implemented, they do more harm than good, cluttering the screen and reducing the player's movement speed. Each mercenary has a unique skill set (See "Mercenaries") and the only resource is time, as using a skill places it on Cooldown. In reminiscence of Wolf:ET, "Time To Kill" varies depending on the weapon used and how many headshots are landed unlike Brink in which "TTK" was very Call of Duty-esque, taking only a few bullets. Various weapons (sniper rifles) can kill in 1 shot to the head, however others takes up to 3-4 headshots.

Gamemodes

Objective

An 8v8 objective-based gamemode, once the Attackers complete an objective, they move on to a different part of the map and are issued a different objective. There are a total of 3 objectives per map currently. Objectives include escorting an EV (Extraction Vehicle) to its destination, hacking or bombing a blockade or a site, and carrying 2 data cores to a terminal. The game ends when the Attackers successfully complete all the objectives or if the Defenders successfully defend the objectives.

Stop-Watch

A competitive 6v6 objective-based gamemode. The general basis for Stop-Watch is similar to the Objective gamemode, however teams switch sides at the end of the round and compete for the mot objectives completed or the fastest time in completing all the objectives. Stop-Watch includes a Ranked Matchmaking system based on time spent playing, Kill to Death Ratio, and Win/Loss Ratio.

Concepts

Dirty Bomb takes concepts and mechanics from various other FPS games. The game has undergone multiple major reworks of its system (besides the core gameplay elements). The inclusion of unique mercenaries lends to a fast-paced game with distinct gameplay from every mercenary.

Movement

A large emphasis has been made on making movement incredibly smooth and Wolf:ET-esque. That effort has been made in the exclusion of the freerunning aspect in Brink, and instead opts for faster running speed in comparison to Brink, as well as wall jumping to traverse holes in the floor, reach a higher floor, or cross between buildings.

Loadouts

Every mercenary is unique. Each has different skills, weapons, health, and movement speed. Unlike other FPS games, these loadouts are set in place. However, there are alternate loadouts received through a crate and key system (See "F2P System") that includes different weapons and perks (passive abilities that range from being able to throw grenades back at enemies or reduced footstep sound by 25%).

Class-Based

Each mercenary falls under a category that has a specific role. These roles are, Fire Support, Engineer, Medic, and Sniper. Although each mercenary has different abilities, the general playstyle for those that fall under the same category is unchanged, although they vary on how fast/slow the game becomes.

F2P System

Currently, there are various forms of a F2P system in the game. For starters, you have an account level and you have mercenary levels, neither of which does anything at this moment in Closed Beta. Taking from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's crate and key system, the game includes alternate loadouts that are received through crates and keys. In a previous version of the game, there were also cosmetic skins for both mercenaries and guns, however this system is currently undergoing a revamp, as cosmetic mercenary skins have been integrated with the loadout system.

Mercenaries

Every mercenary has a distinct weapon under the categories of

  • Assault Rifle
  • SMG
  • Sniper Rifle
  • Pistol
  • Revolver
  • Melee

There are currently 15 mercenaries available, with 4 having been removed until further notice.

Engineers

Proxy

- Uses a shotgun and silenced SMG.

- Can deploy proximity mines

Fletcher

- Uses a shotgun and SMG.

- Can throw sticky bombs and manually detonate them.

Fire Support

Arty

- Uses an assault rifle and pistol.

- Can call in an artillery strike 3 times (Charges refresh after a cooldown.).

Stoker

- Uses an assault rifle and revolver.

- Can throw a molotov and deploy an ammo station.

Skyhammer

- Uses an assault rifle and pistol.

- Can call in a carpet bomb and throw ammo bags.

Nader

- Uses an SMG and silenced pistol.

- Can equip a grenade launcher with 5 grenades (Charges refresh after a cooldown.).

Assault

Bushwhacker

- Uses an SMG and pistol.

- Can set up a sentry turret.

Thunder

- Uses an LMG and revolver.

- Can throw concussion grenades.

Rhino

- Uses a shotgun and revolver.

- Can equip a minigun (Cooldown becomes an "overheat" function. Unlimited ammo.)

Fragger

- Uses an LMG and revolver.

- Can throw frag grenades.

Medics

Aura

- Uses a shotgun and pistol.

- Can deploy a healing station.

Phoenix

- Uses an SMG and revolver.

- Can heal in a radius around himself and can also self-revive.

Sawbonez

- Uses an SMG and pistol.

- Can throw medkits.

Recon

Vassili

- Uses a sniper rifle and silenced SMG.

- Can throw a heartbeat sensor that marks enemies.

Red Eye

- Use a semi-automatic rifle and pistol.

- Can throw smoke grenades and has infrared vision that marks enemies.

Currently Unavailable

Kira (Fire Support, Orbital strike)

Phantom (Recon, Katana and Cloaking)

Sparks (Medic, Revive gun)

Aimee (Recon, Motion sensor)

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