I’m pretty sure most of you remember the good old days of FPS games, the days that you would never want to leave the house or do anything else for hours, or until your mom turned the pc/console off.
The days that a bunch of pixels, some explosions and a gray corridor filled with your friends was all you needed to have fun, A.K.A “The Good Old Days”.
FPS games were always fun, and i remember the day that Quake came out, ohhh the joy and frustration when a square shadow of what used to be a man/cyborg/skeleton etc exploded in the far end of the corridor and just as you started your victory dance you would get killed by another rocket from some asshole in the dark side of the moon.
The thing is most modern day games focus way too much on realistic effects and environments, and how to get blinded with a flashlight, instead of making the game fun. Games like Battlefield or Call of Duty are great games but they lack that felling we used to get from games like Quake, Unreal or Half-Life.
Tribes Ascend comes fourth to show us how to have fun again. From running with over 200Km/h and jumping into orbit for the 10th billion time, the game proves that modern day shooters can be fun once again and not just one big grey marathon after another. One second you are waiting for the game to start and the next you are gliding , flying and praying that you wont hit a tree and get killed by the enemies grenade launcher. From the minute you start playing it, you enter a state of trance making you useless to society for another couple of hours, and you know that you have to stop at one point but you want to kill that guy who’s hugging the flag and always kills you. The only thing most people would hate about Tribes is that it has few maps, 2 weapons per class, and a knife (which if pretty useless since everyone is like a hyperactive lab monkey). But if you loved 90′ FPS then repetition is not the problem so i assure you that fun will be had with this. So overall the game shows that you don’t need to show the player how to change the flashlight’s batteries or how to breath properly while running or how sucking your thumb behind a wall can heal and reattach your missing legs and that you can have fun with just ignoring the laws of physics in a 16 VS 16 massacre.
Tribes Ascend is a fast paced, instant action, game with many hours of fun and allot of angry soon to be x-friends. The only way the game could have been better is if Unreal had a baby with Quake.
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