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Get a Key to All Points Bulletin Beta

By , Eric Wang - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 37 comments
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Curse.com is handing out keys to the All Points Bulletin beta.

Curse.com is currently holding an awesome promo that provides beta keys to registered users. Whether you're new to the Curse scene or an existing user, a key will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis (assuming that there's not an infinite number of keys). Once the key is obtained, it is stored in the profile for later use.

This week's beta is EA's upcoming PC game, All Points Bulletin (APB), a fast-paced third-person action game in a persistent online multiplayer world. The game features two sides, the Enforcers and the Criminals, and takes place in a modern-day fictional city called San Paro. APB uses Epic's Unreal Engine 3, and was designed by David Jones, creator of the original Grand Theft Auto. The game is also slated to be the first MMOG where the player's skill determines the player's progression.

Beta keys offered by Curse.com are for both the North American and European versions. Participants will need to head over to the official APB website to download the correct beta installer: keys starting with NA are for North American gamers, and the EU keys for European gamers. The installer itself weighs at a meager 69.1 MB, however the beta requires a larger 8.6 GB of HHD space.

Here are a few key features:

  • Earn money, clothing, weapons, and cars as you play.
  • Customize your character to achieve a unique look.
  • Master the radically different styles of gameplay; Criminal and Enforcer.
  • Gain real-life celebrity through in-game displays of your characters and designs.
  • Become known as San Paro’s premier car thief, clothing designer, "death theme" musician, or assassin.


North Amercan Sign-up Page

European Sign-up Page

[Edited by Eric Wang]

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    ashkaji , June 16, 2010 7:53 AM
    So its like GTA but online multiplayer? Sounds Awesome! :]
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    bebangs , June 16, 2010 8:34 AM
    Sounds a lot like enhanced counterstrike and gunz online combine.

    I went to APB website, it says beta keys for 5hrs worth of playtime to a city for registered users. need more info.
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    Anonymous , June 16, 2010 9:03 AM
    well it's not that good game, cause I've been testing it for 3 months
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    stromm , June 16, 2010 11:26 AM
    I got my key last week. It took THREE DAYS to download the 7.38GB client (so much for my 16Mb RoadRunner). Best speed on their server was 56KB/sec. I get 1100KB/sec from MSDN servers.

    I HAD such high hopes for this game. Sadly, it's horrible. The graphics are OK, the controls suck, driving is just as bad as in GTA4, the interface is very hard to use and not intuitive. Due to all the startup adverts, it takes about 3 minutes just to get to the login screen, then another 2 to get into the world. No active map and when you have the map open, you lose all control of your character/car (Don't read and drive!).

    If you are expecting a Crackdown MMO, this is not it. It is so much like GTA4, it should be called GTA5: Cops & Robbers.

    The only good thing I have to say about it is that the trial is free.

    Hopefully, Crackdown 2 isn't screwed up.
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    decepticon , June 16, 2010 12:29 PM
    Can't tell if this is a beta, demo or the Key to the City demo, which is only 5 hours worth of game time. Never the less...downloading now @ 1.5mb/s
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    Geibys , June 16, 2010 12:50 PM
    For all who want to know, its an open beta, kinda, the game is almost ready to go they are just working out the kinks.

    And for the actual game, if you have no problem downloading 7.07gigs for the game, you might as well try it out. Me and some friends have started playing this and it is very addictive.

    If you've seen trailers and gameplay videos trust me, they do not lie.

    I deffinetly recommend anyone to try this out.
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    nukemaster , June 16, 2010 1:03 PM
    Awsome. a 70meg download that downloads an extra 8.6 gigs. Why can every other MMO get away with like a 1-5meg patcher.

    Either way, if its the 5 HOUR keys to the city, no thinks. Hell even when you get the game you can play in the "Action Zone" for 50 hours then pay $7 for every 20 hours extra or $10 a month. This would be on the cheap end of MMO's, but for a multilayer GTA, I think i will have to pass.

    EDIT....who am I kidding...FREE DEMO....sure why not....will post how I find it later.
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    soo-nah-mee , June 16, 2010 1:05 PM
    Thanks Tom's! Got my key.
    FYI: The site says 90% of the available keys are still left.
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    Anonymous , June 16, 2010 1:05 PM
    Wow talk about late news. I've had access to the beta since last Friday when it was announced.
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    soo-nah-mee , June 16, 2010 1:07 PM
    BTW: It does say "Demo Key", NOT "Beta Key". This is a key for the 5 hour demo, not a beta key.
    FYI: Five minutes later and the site says 88% of the available keys are left.
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    back_by_demand , June 16, 2010 1:08 PM
    This sounds great
    People have been looking for an MMO crossed with GTA for ages
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    soo-nah-mee , June 16, 2010 1:25 PM
    back_by_demandThis sounds greatPeople have been looking for an MMO crossed with GTA for ages
    Not sure if that's sarcasm or not, but it sounds like a good combo to me - if it's well executed. (no sarcasm)
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    zak_mckraken , June 16, 2010 1:51 PM
    It sounds great on paper (uh, what?), but the comments here made my expectations drop from "It's gonna be SWEET!" to, "Cautious optimism".

    I would love a GTA-like multi-player game where you could raid other gangs (player guilds), or banks (npc). RPG stats that increases with use and skill, not while grinding xp. Side missions that includes driving, racing, kidnapping, assassinations, etc. Gang leaders could have diplomacy with other gangs (non-agression, association, war, etc.). No "trade chat". You'll have to actually meet people to be able to talk to them, unless you already met them before and have them on your friend list. A game like that would have tremendous potential. In fact, I think I'm gonna start designing one right now!
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    bildo123 , June 16, 2010 2:31 PM
    TBH I've only ever played one of the GTA to actually complete the game. The rest I just kind of messed around experimenting with stuff, just doing whatever. If they can pull that off in a multi-player environment, with some organization like "gangs" or whatever that would be cool. Very sandboxish.
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    back_by_demand , June 16, 2010 2:35 PM
    soo-nah-meeNot sure if that's sarcasm or not, but it sounds like a good combo to me - if it's well executed. (no sarcasm)

    I learned very quickly that in here no one understands sarcasm unless you do this
    /sarcasm
    In fact, I like the idea so much im even going to hit ordinary GTA3 again to get me in the mood
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    sliem , June 16, 2010 2:56 PM
    "Earn money, clothing, weapons, and cars as you play."

    Hm, work to earn money to play game to earn money.
    Does this game have subscription fee?
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 16, 2010 2:57 PM
    I have been playing it the past 2 days and I have to say it is awsome and has tons of potential! There is so much customization that is is almost over whelming!
    back_by_demand I like the idea so much im even going to hit ordinary GTA3 again to get me in the mood
    if you like GTA3 you will like the mod for the PC that turns it into an mmo. That is what APB reminds me of.
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    sliem , June 16, 2010 3:05 PM
    "[Edited by Eric Wang]"

    Fixed Kev's typos? chuckles.
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    figgus , June 16, 2010 3:42 PM
    third-person action game

    Fail!

    1st person or GTFO. I don't need to see the backside of my avatar playing the game, I need to see the guys I'm shooting at. 3rd person was the most annoying part about GTA, it made targeting a real pain and made it rough to see what was going on.
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    mavicz , June 16, 2010 3:45 PM
    It's good fun. If your looking for simple fun with MMO elements, then this is a good game. If your a self important blow hard who cries that every game is not exactly what you want, then you won't like it.
    As for the guy who cried about "adverts" in the beginning. You must be a real power user, too bad you can't figure out how to press the escape key to skip it.
    Like I said though, fun action MMO.
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