Cosmic Break is a mech MMOTPS developed by Japanese game studio Cyberstep. The game is set in a futuristic time where there’s fusion of human and robots are uncommon.
The story in Cosmic Break is fairly simple. There are three Unions which rival each other. The nation of fighters who believe courage and friendliness win in battle, Bladine. The nation of those who choose strength and honor, Dostrex, and the nation of those who trust in wisdom, Wizard. With each of the Unions is a God that is starting to fade away. To bring it back, they must gain the favor of the Cosmos, and the only way to do that is to defeat other nations in battle. Against all of the nations is the great evil force in the game, Chaos, who’s only purpose is to make sure none of the deities are revived; the unions all work together at defeating this common foe, but are rivals outside of that field.
Starting the game you pick your initial mech, choosing one of three predefined builds – Land, Air or Artillery. Each build has its weaknesses and its strengths. There is also the fourth type – Support.
Air mech is strong on boosters and air supremacy and good with beam weapons. They can be taken down quickly by bomb and missile type attacks.
Land mech is melee oriented tough robot with powerfull sub and main weapons. They tend to be weak against beam type weapons.
Artillery mech is long range firepower support, with the ability to utilize many different long range weapons including various bombs and missiles. They are weak against melee sub weapons.
Support mech have the ability to use special Wonder Bits unavailable to other robots, allowing it to repair and support their allies during battle. Some of them also have radar related abilities, as well abilities that allow them to inflict enemies with various status effects. However, they tend to lack the raw firepower of other types.
The controls are easy to pick up. The WASD keys are movement. Press them quickly to dash and run. The mouse controls the camera and targeting cross-hair. The left button fires the primary (usually projectile) weapon, and the right button fires the secondary (usually melee) weapon, but this can all be changed in the garage considering you can equip different weapons. Holding the shift keys and pressing the respective button changes your weapon. The F key is the special attack, only executed when the “Wonder Bit” gauge is full. The Z, X, and Y keys are macros for sending out comments (like follow me, or attack now), like in most FPS games today. Space initiates jump and booster.
In mission mode, you go trough set number of linear stages, killing monsters and collecting loot towards the boss who is waiting at the end of each stage. the difficulty of the mission can be set to five different levels and can be done in co-op mode with 5 other players. The harder the level of the missions, the mobs and bosses gets nastier but the loot gets yummier. 😀
In quest mode of the gameplay, you are descending on the wild planets and explore them. The deeper you go the tougher the enemies get, and the loot gets better. Bonus is awarded for collecting the complete sets of loot, predetermined before the descent.
To stop the constant grinding, the timer is set for the exploration. If the timer runs out or you loose all three of your mech, you loose the loot and any other awards or items you collected in that run. This way, you are forced to consult the timer and the health of your mech, and decide how deep will you explore before you turn back. The layout of Quest Areas changes periodically to keep gameplay fresh, meaning that there’s always new treasure to hunt for.
This mode can be done solo or in Co-Op mode, but you will run on other players on the planet while you explore in your group or alone.
In this action intense PvP mode you battle against other players. You will earn points for your Union and aim for the top spot in the weekly Union point ranking.
Arena Mode – Union Wars
Large PvP battles typically on scales of 15 vs. 15 or 30 vs. 30. Protect your team’s “Power Spot” home base while trying to take down the enemy’s.
Arena Mode – Team Fight
A mode which allows players of any Union to freely form teams and fight on a smaller scale, such as 3 vs. 3 or 5 vs. 5. Play with standard Power Spots, or try out alternative rules such as Capture the Flag.
Mech Customization, Tuning and Shop
The meat part of the game. Probably the one you will spend most time in, calculating and min/maxing the stats and power of your mech.
The main attributes of mechs and parts are Health, Strength, Tech, Walk, Fly, Toughness, Cost and Capacity.
Health is somehow similar to all other games. Strength is essential for melee combat, while Tec determines how well your mech performs in ranged combat. Walk determines how well mech jumps and lands. Fly governs the flying speed and height. Toughness represents how easily mech is stunned when its hit, duration of a stun, and a consecutive damage reduction when its hit with burst fire or multiple enemies. Cost is the number which is added to mech capacity, and presents the space the part occupies on the mech. Equipping powerful parts and weapons will increase cost, meaning that stronger robots will use up more BP when destroyed in battle. Capacity determines the mech overall tuning and customizing capacity.
You can build and customize your own mechs with parts collected from spoils of war, or buy them from the shop. You can also earn and buy whole mechs. There are currently more than 50 mechs and 300 parts to collect. The mech consists from Head (HD), Body (BD), Arm (AM), Booster (BS), and Leg (LG). In addition, they may be equipped with a variety of main/sub weapon type parts, Wonder Bits (EX) parts, and a few other special types parts. If you own a mech you can buy it from the shop whole or as parts. If you own certain parts of mech, you can only buy that parts.
Parts also have number of slots for tuning up. The more slots, better the part. Tuning is done in a Cosmo Pot. A number of items are needed for each type of tune up. Each consecutive tune up decreases the chance of success. If tune up fails – that slot is lost forever.
Season gamers might find the 3D graphics rather outdated but then the game has something to offer which mecha fans get something to feel excited about.