Retro is a bit of a fluid concept, these days, so this month I’m going to be led by something more grounded: games I was given promotional T-shirts for half a decade ago that I’ve put into a plastic bag and dumped into the big charity bin outside the Co-op. Enter APB, then: an aborted attempt at GTA Online before GTA Online. Much hyped during its development, it was marred by instability at launch, died, then came back. Now it persists as a rough, free but brutally pay-to-win open world shooter. There’s a bit of fun to be had running people over, but APB’s fundamental shooting and movement mechanics are too rudimentary to make anything else enjoyable.
One auto, grand thieved.