Good question, i always wanted to discuss about this.
From my point of view its mainly for keeping the image and being able to express yourself, and it lets you make things that are popular in real world. Since in APB players make their own content, even if there arent updates you can still make your own new outfits, themes, cars, symbols that follow the current real world trends, or older ones that you like.
I've lost count how many times i've heard a song or seen a picture/symbol/outfit and thought, dang i gotta have that thing in APB and show it off to everybody, they'll be so jelly and want it too.
If you wanted a game that follows trends, memes and others, and a playerbase too, this game lets you do that. Its also attractive to people like furries, trolls and other misfits who can easily be what they want here. The game lets you be truly unique, although only few people are.
Now consider that you are a good player, you are basically forcing your image onto other people. And if you aren't, you'll try to become better. If you are really good some will look up to you and even try to copy you. Thats the interesting part, being a trendsetter. It lets you be better than someone by more ways than just being a good player.
Imagine getting killed by someone in MMORPG for example, and see them wearing expensive outfit, its a nice outfit maybe, but everyone can get it more or less, and even if you do you get bored with it fast, you still arent unique, you just seem richer. But in APB if you see someone wearing a good outfit, you might want it too, but its unobtainable unless you practice to become a good designer or ask the player himself.
And even if you ignore the whole dressing/expressing barbie part, there are good chill gameplay modes like Fight Club, where you can easily play mindlessly and have fun. And even there if you are good player you are still making a name for yourself, because you keep seeing same players over and over. Small but dedicated playerbase is one of the key features of this game as well. This game also has very enjoyable gunplay, which motivated me to play more and keep playing. Some people also have bad time quitting APB considering how much money/hours they've spent and dont wanna quit it so easily, thats why some are begging for game's closure i guess, because its very hard to truly quit this and even people who force ban themselves come back eventually.
But in the end, there is no other game like APB. There are some games that can barely touch it by design, but still nothing is close.
Edited by fnqnaqybarylfanxr, 09 February 2018 - 02:04 AM.