You will start the game by putting your IGN and choosing your faction. If you want the green stuff, choose the Enlightened. If you want to resist the force, choose the Resistance.
You will start at level 1. In order to level up, You have to acquire AP or Action Points. You can get these AP through deploying a resonator, linking a portal to another portal, creating a field, setting up Mods, destroying a portal, capturing a portal, and even submitting new pictures for a portal.
There are items used in the game. Resonators are used to capture and powering a portal. While the XMP’s can destroy the resonator and neutralize a portal. You only use resonators and XMPs when you reach the same level the resource has. Example, a level 1 player can deploy a level 1 resonator and fire a level 1 XMPs. while a Level 8 player can use level 8 resonators and XMPs and below. ADA refactor and Jarvis Virus are used to flip a certain portal. The use of this viruses varies on the player. You can use this strategically. There is a one hour limit before you can use another virus on the the portal flipped. Mods are used to enhance the portal. there Are 6 kind of mods, the shield, link amplifiers, heat sink, multihack, force amp, and turrets. Shields are used to help defend portals from XMP attacks. Link Amplifier is used to increase the Portal Link Range of a Portal.Heat Sinks can be used to decrease the duration between Portal hacks. The Force Amplifier is used to increase the Force of portal defense together with Tureets.
Power Cubes are used of XM that you can use to recharge your XM bar. portal keys are used to link a certain portal to another portal. Portal keys are also used to remotely recharge a portal. There is a special item that is called the Ultra Strike. This Item can only be hacked on a certain phone models.
There is also an achievement system which you will have when you reach a certain milestone in the game. You will get badges once you reach this milestones. Badges starts from bronze to silver to gold to platinum to black.
Verdict: I give this game a PLAY IT.
Ingress may be the best Augmented reality game so far. No need for app purchase, no ingame purchases. This game sets a good standard for future games using GPS. The game still lacks some mmorpg aspects but the potential of the game is really high. Yes, bugs are happening but updates are done frequently. Cheating and spoofing is a major the downside of the game. Because of the GPS function of the game, many players are tempted to cheat their way into the game. It is good to know that Nianticlab@Google is doing its very best to deal with this cheaters. Unfortunately also, the game is not applicable to some phone models and phones that has a small screen dimension.