Ladder competition for Wicked Interactive's Mission Against Terror (M.A.T.) has begun to heat up as 18+ teams have formed to do battle, thanks to the efforts of ladder-partner World Online Gaming League (WOGL). The competition, celebrating the fourth explosive week of the online shooter's open beta, began last week and runs through Sunday of every weekend through October 31, Halloween.
"We have a bunch of teams signed up already, but we have room for many more," said Stephen Tucker, CEO, World Online Gaming League. "The success of games like M.A.T. all come down to community support. So far, we've had a strong response."
"This has been an excellent run-up to Clan Mode, which we will be introducing very, very soon," said Sam Ho, Director, Wicked Interactive. "Teams that turn up so early on will benefit from points and other in-game rewards when the competition kicks in full-force. As anyone who has experienced our other titles know, we never fail to impress with the cool stuff we have up our sleeve."
- Format: 5v5
- Mode: Bomb Mode
- The Payoff: Points rewards to winning teams + other in-game surprises
- Ladder: http://www.wogl.org/index.php?page=mathome
- Official M.A.T. site: http://mat.subagames.com
The highlight of the open beta patch is the debut of one of MAT’s most popular game modes, the Phantom Mode. Phantom Mode is a spin-off of the highly popular Bomb Mode. In Phantom Mode, one team plays as the ghosts who are highly translucent figures that are difficult to see but are restricted to melee attacks only, and they’re out to bomb key locations around the world. The other team is identical to that of Bomb Mode-soldiers with anti-Phantom training who are out to drive the ghosts back and save these locations from being bombed.
Along with Phantom Mode are two brand new maps to keep the white-knuckled action of MAT fresh for the Closed Beta veterans. Black Mountain Institute is the first of the two, taking place in a research institute filled with highly confidential information about their origins that the ghosts want to destroy.
Tableland Base is the second new map, consisting of a tactical training facility for elite soldiers at a secret location somewhere in the Antarctic where soldiers are given special anti-Phantom training. The stakes couldn't be higher as the ghosts are out to keep their origin a mystery and prevent the training of new soldiers in the fight against them.
Complementing Phantom Mode and the new maps are brand-new items. These include various clothing options that will be available in the item shop. Players can also look forward to a handy C4 Tool Clamp that will speed up the act of diffusing the bomb. Weapon aficionados will love the new weapons to test out on the battlefield as well. The P90, the M249, a Flying Tigers edition MP5, an engraved XM1014, and the lethal Broadsword make their debut for open beta.
M.A.T. is set in a fictional time not far from our own, pitting two teams against each other all around the world. From the male civilian with a vengeance to a war-torn female soldier with something to prove, characters from all walks of life come together to fight for a common goal.
Gamers looking for a serious shooter will be glad to know that M.A.T. was the only first-person shooter game good enough to be sanctioned for tournament play in 2009 by the China Electrical Gaming Committee, a nationwide online gaming tournament organizer that is part of the All-China Sports Federation.
To enlist in the open beta, players must download the client from the game's official site or via the links provided by the game's affiliate partners: http://mat.subagames.com.
- Model: F2P
- Status: Open Beta
- Subgenre: First-Person Shooter
- Estimated Download: 834MB
- Official Website: http://mat.subagames.com
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