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Crossout Review

Crossout is a free-to-play MMO Vehicle Shooter with a heavy emphasis on a crafting system. You choose from a multitude of random parts to build something capable of destroying anything other players can build. With both PvP and PvE game modes there is plenty of fun to be had here.

Crossout Review.


Crossout is an MMO shooter set in a post-apocalyptic scenario where you can build your own vehicles to battle in PvP against other players or PvE where you team up with other players against AI controlled opponents. The game is developed by Targem Games and published by Gaijin Entertainment. Crossout was announced on the 20th of May 2015 with the first Alpha tests done in the summer of 2015. Later that year the game debuted at E3 and was made playable at Gamescom. On April 25th, 2016 the game went into closed Beta and just over a month later on the 30th May the open Beta was launched on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Crossout is a free-to-play game available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Crossout - Launch Trailer


When I downloaded this game, I looked at it and didn’t really expect much in the way of a story or background. It just looked like a post-apocalyptic Mad Max esc time where you build cars from old parts with guns welded on and blow up other heaps of parts made into a vehicle. I honestly didn’t think there’d be much of a background, but after doing some digging I was surprised to find out there was a story and an interesting one at that.

This game actually takes place in the same universe as Ex Machina’s, it is set 200 years prior to Ex Machina and 20 years after a huge disease devastated Earth which quickly destroyed any semblance of civilisation. The cause of this pandemic named the “Crossout” by the media, was an accidental activation of an experiment to create super soldiers that was not meant to be activated for several centuries. Instead of the new race of super soldiers the planet was now inhabited by a bunch of raving, suicidal lunatics.

Though two decades have passed since the “Crossout” there are some who try to rebuild the world and bring back the civilisation that has been lost but there are just as many who are happy with the world in its current state. While it is unknown whether the world can return there is one thing that is certain, there will be conflict.


The controls are simple enough – which is good because the game can get pretty hectic at times – just aim your guns at an enemy vehicle and start blasting! Even if you miss your intended target you’ll probably hit someone as you can’t afford to stay still at any time. You’ll have bullets, plasma cannons and anything else you can think of flying across the battlefield taking chunks out of your vehicle if you just sit there and fire so always stay on the move.

Crossout Review - Teamwork is vital to success against other players

When you first launch the game, you’ll be thrown into your first battle almost instantly with the rusted piece of junk they give you. Trust me at the first opportunity you want to disassemble it and make your own vehicle. Until then you just have to go through the tutorial which is simple enough and then you can build your own vehicle. At first, you will only have very basic parts to use but in time you’ll get better equipment to build stronger, faster and deadlier vehicles.

There are a few key things to remember when building your vehicle. First, make sure all your guns are spread out and aren’t blocking one another because if they are they obviously can’t fire. Sometimes it’s better losing the visual aesthetic of your vehicle to make it more combat effect. Secondly, make sure that you build your vehicle in a way that protects the cabin, if that is destroyed then the whole vehicle is and your part in that battle is over. Finally, put a car jack on your vehicle because if you get flipped over you’re a sitting duck for the enemy.

Crossout Review - You can build almost anything you can think of.
Once your dealer of destruction is built you can start blowing other vehicles up. At first, you’ll only be able to do missions but once you level up a few levels other game modes will be unlocked. The games modes you can play are:


This mode is where players fight against each other in a standard capture the enemy base or destroy all enemies’ formula. These can include AI Bots if there aren’t enough players. This will be a common occurrence as once you hit level 10 there is really no reason to play this mode when you can play Ranked against other players. Victory in missions gives you a chance at winning parts such as guns or wheels.


This is the true PvE mode where you team up with other players to do battle with the game. There can be a multitude of objectives as the games you can play changes frequently. A personal favourite of mine is Chase where you have to catch and destroy a convoy, just make sure you have a quick vehicle, or this specific raid will be nigh on impossible.


This is the main free for all battle mode, like raids there are several scenarios that can play out. As I’m playing during Halloween the main mission I’ve played is Witch Hunt which consists of 8 cars grabbing balloons and stopping the other survivors from getting them. These are immensely fun games and I found myself playing Brawls more than anything else.


If you’ve made your way into a clan then you can participate in Clan battles, these consist of 4 clanmates fighting the enemy clan to the death. I have only done one of these mainly because I didn’t find it as entertaining at Brawls, but this could be due to me not knowing anyone from the clan. If you have friends in your clan then play this mode otherwise, I’d avoid it in general.


This is where you’ll find the better players, they will bulls eye your best weapon or a fuel tank from the other side of the map leaving you a little upset and at a major disadvantage. The saving grace is that you will be match up against players with the same vehicle tier which is calculated by the parts you used to build your vehicle. Usually your level will depend on the quality of weaponry you are using as armour costs very few points compared to guns.

Crossout Review. The Dawn's Children add Hovercrafts recently
Once you hit ten reputation with the Engineers Faction you will also be able to choose a new Faction. You can choose between three, the Lunatics, The Scavengers and The Nomads, these enable you to craft different weapons, armour and other build pieces. The last two Factions can't be unlocked until you hit reputation ten with either The Nomads if you want to try the newest Faction Dawn's Children or The Scavengers if you want to join the Steppenwolf Faction..

The"Dawn's Children" were only added recently. This Faction has added a new dynamic to the game as it gave the options to build Laser and Plasma weapons which are powerful but overheat quickly. They also added the far more entertaining ability to build a hover vehicle. I would thoroughly recommend trying out the new Faction as soon as possible as hover vehicles are fun to use even though they are difficult to control at times.

Graphics and Audio

Starting with the graphics the first and probably most important part is how your vehicles look. Every part looks different, you have random pieces of scrap to use to build your vehicles. These vary from huge pieces like hard modules to smaller ones like broken radiators. You can add a paint job at the end to give your random mashup of parts a unified look although there’s just something satisfying about keeping it unpainted.

Crossout Review. The vehicle explosions look incredible

The game looks incredible when you’re in battle. The maps themselves won’t blow you away, there’s a little too much green on them for my liking and they are so similar that within a dozen matches or so you’ll have seen it all.

Although we’re not really here to watch the scenery pass by, we’re here to watch vehicles explode and bits of them scatter across the battlefield and that is where the game exceeds. There’s great animations as pieces of your vehicle are blown off and destroyed, you can see your bullets, plasma shots and whatever other projectiles you have hitting the enemy and tearing through them.

The music on the other is… odd, it’s hard to explain but the music feels so out of place considering the supposedly post-apocalyptic theme of the game. The music only plays when you’re in the garage and is an acoustic guitar strumming away which really doesn’t match that theme when your scouring through your amalgamation of parts to design your death machine.

When you’re in battle there is no background music which is great because there’s nothing competing with the gun shots, grinding as your vehicle moves and crunches as you slam into something.


Crossout was so very close to being on a par with my favourite free to play games but it’s held back by the micro transactions. While it is possible to be competitive without buying the in-game coins it’s very hard to compete with someone who has paid for all the best gear. I have no probably with free to play games having micro transactions but only if they are fairly priced and. Despite that flaw this is a very good game, building the vehicles is extremely fun and it’s so satisfying to see your death machine blow up the enemy. I’d thoroughly recommend this to anyone as it is a great game that can only get better.

+ An incredible amount of customisation – Not much in the way of innovation, there are games similar to this although not as well executed
+ The graphics are solid, the maps are good to look at and the vehicles explode spectacularly – The micro-transactions are a little too pricey for what you get but they give you a big advantage.  
+ Building the vehicles is incredibly fun and rewarding when you see it work on the battlefield


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    STAY AWAY ,PAY WALL ,MASSIVE SERVER PROBLEMS .wierd data farm in my pc ,gaijin agent makeing new files some random locations and always working on background .really F UP sytem…LOOK TODAYS DATE AND CHECK OUT OLD REVIEWS


    ALL GOOD YOUTUBERS LEFT because game development team ask them to lie and give wrong info about in game content , updates and the game.
    they dont like the WEAK WAY ,how developmet team start milking money out….they loos massive revenew and views so they stopp.




    THIS GAME IS DIEING last 6 months evry battle y play 4 bots and 4 players,
    in steam negative review are really popular and number is growing was 8k now 10,8k



    ingame have general chat ,last 2 years its been controlled by group of people because y see same names all the time to write some random stuff and false info about game update and they are TOXIC several those names are dev test player acc and they are there to make mess if some players wrote something bad and why they havent fix those long time thing ,then all these people start beeng massivli toxic w these players and then they ban these normal players and after that all the keep writeing bad stuff about that player and infinity BS…
    there are GM- GENERAL master or something and these are normal players who WILL BAN Y IN GENERAL CHAT IF Y ,KILL THEM IN BATTLE ,SAY MASSIVE SERVER PROBLEMS OR BAD DEVELOPE WORK IN GAME CONTENT,BS THINGS IN RAIDS ,Y KILL GM BEST BUDDY IN BATTLE AND THEY WROTE Y STUPID LETTER THAT Y ARE RETARDED AND SOME REALLY OUT OF CONTENT LETTER usally these are russians who wrote if y kill them ,and if y answer them with salty letter then some point y see y been banned 1 hour to 2-3 days …..like WTF ,REALLY wierd way NEVER SEEN THESE THINGS ,LAST 2 YEAR EVRY WEEK


    5+ MIN WAITTING TIME TO GET IN BATTLE .lately massivli y get 7 vs 8 and half team are bots so 4 bots and 3 players systerm dont connect 8th player in y team never seen this in enemy team,,..unfair MASSIVLI RIGGED matchmaiking ,IN GAME AI forceing you loos i you win several in row,so 10k powerscore goes aginst 13,5k powerscore, epic medium damage VS relic max damage guns.
    lately they change builds, all in battle are supper FRAGILE ,so in game AI forceing y loos , y team has 4 bots and 4 players ,bots dont shoot enemy just ram into enemy team builds and dieing END OF MATCH Y SEE BOTS 10 TO 50 SCORE POINTS ,players pop like no hp LIKE WTF ,WHY . i usally play 10k+ powerscore,so y have 1300hp at least.usally my team dies first 45 seconds and im getting match 8 vs 1 ,never seen this BS in this game,i play this game 5000+ hours

    evry battle y have 4 bots and 4 players and y will see wierd stuff ,bots dont shoot,our team bots stay in spawn area,bots are supper weak and some point massivli strong 2 shots and pop ,like wtf ,how


    4+ MINUTE WAITING TIME ,UN FAIR ,overpowered turrents 1 shot 3k hp gone ,stupid system now, in game AI force yo die and use repair kits if y have if y dont have then quick buy,LOOSING Y RESORCES ,small bots takes damage from 4 players who use legendary granade launchers and still bot manage degun 1 or 2 players like wtf THATS A MASSIVE DPS .they just dont die.BOTS decloaking y if y go invisible and change location,they just track y and ram you, never had these problems,now EVRY RAYD have.


    arbiter bot was used for stealing players stuff and sell them ,y loos massive amount guns, i loos 1 typhoon ,they needed a reason to force players to down load the APP ,and still y loos stuff in y inventory APP i just data farm its not working normally ,so they can get in y phone by 2 way authentivication app,ARBITER BOT IS ON ALL PLATFORMS

    YouTube™ Video: Crossout Plays You!
    Views: 30
    Are we getting played? Is free market a lie? What does this mean for the future of games? https://store.playstation.com/#!/tid=CUSA06848_00

    0.30-4+ HOUR WAITING TIME …in game market fully controlled by in game AI BOT,NO FREE MARKETING ,10%tax EVRYTHING ,long waiting time to sell simple decore max what i had was 4 hours FASTEST WAS 30 MINUTES to get my stuff to market,never seen this before.NOW I SEE IT EVRY WEEK.
    market was fun buy ,sell make profit NOW they nerf it so y dont make any profit like usally i DID ,evry singel thing what market had to make profit they destroy them all ,WHAT EVER Y DO THERE Y LOOS COIN AND ITS USELESS last 1,5 year,

    usally y farm materials and craft y see y storage value goes up and y know y have profit,NOW y craft and storage value stays same or less because the faction RENTING PRICE like wtf …
    pointless to craft anything now…no profit


    1.small video of LONG TIME YT player got banned by TOXIC system

    YouTube™ Video: Why Crossout is NOT worth it – Gaijin is full of scammers, frauds, liars & corruption STAY AWAY!
    Views: 9,412
    This is whole hour long video, explaining and showing you why russian company “gaijin” is something you should stay FAR away from. Their entire company is fully of greed and corruption.

    2.second one leaveing the game because bad,toxic development system

    YouTube™ Video: Resigning from Crossout
    Views: 92


    there is like so small player base left that hard to get in battle….

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    I spent $1000 on the game to only be harassed by a developer / super moderator being called a pay to win a piece of **** The moderators put out comments saying 90% of its American player base is cry babies and worthless. The company responds and said it was ok because it was just an opinion of the moderator and not that of the company but was posted on their forum in response to the developer. They respond to my review of the game “Regarding the unfortunate comments made by Beta Angel – he’s a born and bred American, so I’m not sure it can be viewed as xenophobia. This incident was discussed and he deeply regrets that opinion voiced in the heat of the moment.” nothing was done they regret it but it’s ok he was born in America? that’s like saying it’s ok I’m racist because I have a black friend. Now on steam, there is a guy who trolls everyone just sits there and insults people well today I seen he put a message acting like he was a mod and it was deleted right away and the same message was uploaded by a moderator. So I started a new thread and showed everyone and it was instantly removed the troll is a moderator and they hide on personal accounts harassing their player base. This is the worst tactic I seen from developers it’s sad when the guy even says I will not let anyone say anything negative about this game. https://steamcommunity.com/id/XXXGOODKILLAXXX/recommended/386180/

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    last update sucks big time, it’s a bot winning game.


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