Out now on PS4 and PC, Lawbreakers is a brand new multiplayer shooter that’s aiming to take Overwatch’s crown.
Hearkening back to the days of hardcore shooters like Unreal Tournament, Lawbreakers is a fast-paced FPS that’s not for the faint of heart.
Lawbreakers features 18 different characters, nine roles and a selection of maps that re-imagine locations such as Santa Monica and Grand Canyon.
It features capture and defend game modes such as Uplink and Overcharge, classic zone-based battles in Turf War, and an ultra-violent sports game called Blitzball – where you grab a ball and try to run it in your opponent’s goal without getting shot.
But is it good enough to drag you away from Overwatch?
Check out our review gallery below for a look at what we liked and disliked about Lawbreakers…
With enemies above, below and on every side – sometimes running, other times floating – Lawbreakers gets the adrenaline pumping and heart racing.
Its biggest strength is undoubtedly its fast-paced, zero gravity action, which is easy to pick up, but hard to master.
This is partly down to its various classes, which don’t just handle differently from each other, but also from most conventional FPS characters that you may be used to.
Then there are the little touches and subtle abilities that really separate the good players from the great.
This includes the ability to detonate rockets manually, blind fire behind you and catch a mid-air speed boost using your weapon for momentum.
The ability to fire behind you makes game modes like Blitzball particularly exciting, as you blindly shoot weapons in a frantic bid to escape pursuers.
On the down side, Lawbreakers is lacking in certain areas.
It’s not as charming or as colourful as something like Overwatch, and I don’t think the development studio has done enough to make people care about the story and characters.
The team at Boss Key also need to sort out a few of the matchmaking issues, bugs and glitches – and they say they are – before quickly bringing new maps, modes and characters into play.
If the team keeps working on the game, communicating with fans and building that word of mouth, then Lawbreakers could fly higher than a Gunslinger in a zero-gravity bubble.