Tribes: Ascend Review

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illusionslayer

I wish the matching was a bit less random. I keep getting put in maps were a majority of the people are 5-10 levels higher than me.

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h e x e n

One of the best FPS's for the PC right now, if not the best. I enjoy it for the higher skill ceiling, which you rarely find in populated AAA titles these days.

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Gumby

I have played every Tribes game that ever was. When this was announced, I was hoping for T2 minus the bugs and with a graphic update. This game is very close to that. They took away some of the good stuff in Tribes 2 like VOIP, Siege mode, Bombers, and completely customizable loadouts. But they did make a very good game with excellent weapons/class balance. They also seem to be following the TF2 example of releasing class specific updates. I love the freemium business model. Tribes is an aquired taste and a perfect fit for the model. Play it and if you like it, spend some money on it. And anyone calling it a Halo clone is an idiot. If they are visually similar it is because Halo copied Tribes, not the other way around.

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noobstix

I almost wanted to try this out when it hit Open Beta but then my disinterest for MMOs kicked in and I really never got past the tutorial. Still, the only thing I think of when I see something about Tribes: Ascend is something like "xXx 360 NoSc0p3 5w4g 420 Ku5h M0nt4g3 xXx"

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kevaskous

Too bad it's nothing like that :D

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The Corrupted One

If Hi-Rez boosted XP gain by 20% then all would be good.

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Mortal_M

Buy something (at least the $10 pack) and you'll get an 50% XP boost for LIFE!
don't be cheap, the game is "free" but the devs need to pay rent too :)

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The Corrupted One

I do have VIP, I bought a 30$ pack the second I got the game (a terrible idea in retrospect, because it included a booster I pretty much wasted)
But XP gain is still way too slow.

A weapon costs at least 42000 XP, and when I am doing pretty well I will get 1500 XP a match, and that is a cheap end weapon.

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Modred189

Yea, the review really needs to mention the +50% xp boost from your first purchase. I bought in during the beta and was glad for the extra xp.

That being said, you really don't NEED to unlock anything to be competitive, and the guns you do unlock are really a lot like TF-2's alt weapons: they are always a give and take affair. The fusion mortar vs MIRV launcher is a good example. The fusion mortar does more damage in a smaller area, whereas the MIRV has a larger radius of damage, but does less in that space.

My number 1 wish is voice chat. I do a lot of flag running and nothing pisses me off more than when I am sliding in to the flag at 300kph, and some heavy llama grabs it before I get there. Or, I would like to, mid run, call for an airstrike from a teammate to clear the flagstand, etc.

But the game is really very good. The last time I spent this much time on a game was CS1.5.

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bobbean

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jaygregz

OVERRATED *CLAP CLAP, CLAP-CLAP* OVERRATED *CLAP CLAP, CLAP-CLAP*

Played the game. No way it's an 8. Considering it's free to play it's not horrible but given the reviews you would think that it's better than it actually is. I'll pay for my FPS and get a way better experience than this bad halo clone.

June 12th we get the new ghost recon on pc.. I for one am excited.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Someone likely got stomped....

Tribes was born years before Halo.

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The Corrupted One

It's a game whose ancestors inspired Halo...
On jet packs and skateboards at 100MPH.

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Peanut Fox

I've played quite a bit of Tribes and I have to say I don't really see how it's a Halo clone.

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Mortal_M

Specially considering that even Tribes 2 came before the first Halo

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kevaskous

+500000000000 Halo is a horrible game, most people who bitch about T;A are really, really bad at it, since it doesn't favor unskilled beginners at FPS, at all.

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jaygregz

I suppose I wasn't paying attention to the fact that Halo did come after the fact. None the less my viewpoint stands. And no I actually did pretty well in my brief couple hours of game play. I wasn't montage material but I certainly finished with a respectable K/D. Certainly wouldn't classify that as really really bad at it. Something was just missing for me. Also, I'm not particularly fond of Halo either but to me they did have a similar feel and my preference of the two would be in fact Halo.

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Mortal_M

Well... to each their own. :mrgreen:

However I'll tell you this... all my friends thought it was Halo when they saw me playing, but I think that's because Halo is more know than Tribes. Kind of like how many people think of COD whenever they see a FPS.

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Peanut Fox

I think just this stems from similar visual styles. Halo and Tribes play nothing alike. I guess if you've never played Halo before they may look similar. Battlefield could be mistaken for a Modern Warfare game I suppose.

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The Corrupted One

This game is great.

And like TF2 (which rewards teamplay even less), for some magical reason, people do seem to work together.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Been playing for a few hundred hours. It's better than Tribes 2, and especially better than that abortion those Team Warfare asshats hacked out, Tribes: Classic, or something like that. Tribes: Vengeance was a bad joke. This is the real deal, building upon the best parts of the first two games. This is the one to play.

I guarantee I've put in more time than the reviewer, but I don't understand his explanation of how ranks relate to available classes. Ranks have nothing to do with what classes you have to play. Rank is a rough approximation of how long you've been playing. Everyone builds experience points while they play, and these can be used to unlock character classes and equipment (you can take a shortcut and use real money, instead). It is true that new players only have access to three classes, but--and trust me on this--they don't want more than that. You want to learn the ropes with those classes before taking on other, more specialized roles.

The big drawback to the game is the size of the development team. They're constantly working to improve the game and add new content, but they can only do so much.

Integrated VOIP would have made public matches more fair, as they are frequently dominated by any small group of clowns able to communicate with each other through Skype, Teamspeak, Mumble, or what have you.

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Mortal_M

Very well said!

About the ranks, they kind of help you to get matched with people of your own skill level which is good, besides that I don't see any other purpose or downside other than for bragging.

People whining about it being unfair for the people who don't pay, well they need to stop being so cheap and at least buy the $10 gold pack to support the devs and to get the VIP status, at the end you can get the same stuff as a player who pays, the question here is how much is your time worth?

I did a video where I played with the first classes you get with no upgrades and I did well, specially considering that I didn't upgrade anything and was playing against people who had some upgrades, check it out here http://youtu.be/072TPBti8_A (did better as the Juggernaut)

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amirault0

Reminds me of playing the original halo for PC

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Nurface

Pay attention Halo (2001) came 3 years after Tribes (1998).

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

You couldn't jetpack in the first Halo, but, yeah, the aesthetic is definitely there. My kids thought I was playing Halo when they first looked over my shoulder.

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abowlofsoda

no voice chat is a godsend. i dont know how its a shortcoming.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

So you mute idiots. You have to do the same for the typed voice chat, already.

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Blues22475

Yes, especially when you get those people in the room who have all these random noises in the background going on and has their mic volume up super loud. Then you get those guys who don't know how to shut up or keep talking trash the whole match.

But in Capture the Flag, voice chat would be nice. Though, from what I seen, guilds seem to get around that by having their own vent/teamspeak server.

And a note to anyone on the fence about playing this game: play it. This is coming from a person who is generally awful at FPS in general (nor am I fan of it either).

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Mortal_M

And don't get discouraged, it has a vertical learning line, not a curve lol
but once you get the hang of it it is very rewarding, especially the first time you kill someone with the mortar with no line of sight.

And last but not least... if you like the game then spend some money on it, you'll get VIP status for life (gain 50% more XP) you get some cool unlocks with the money and you support the dev team (it's Free2play but at the end of the day the devs have bills to pay too)

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Blues22475

Agreed. Keep at it because you will get good so long as you attempt to learn the basics (Skiiing, leading and energy management). You could actually be okay if you fail at energy management (which I do lol).