If you are like me, you see advertisements for free to play games all the time. Of course you don't actually look at them and they don't pique your
interest because they come off as generic and half-baked. The "edgeworld" ad on ATS is the perfect example. I suspected Tribes Ascend falls under
this category as they too have an ad on ATS. However, this game is definitely worth checking out if you have an interest in first person shooters.
Especially if you've gotten sick of the slow paced, modern fps that has become the norm*cough*COD*cough*
First, It's a free to play game. Normally that raises red flags for me because most f2p games lack quality and depth and often require purchase to
have fun. Not so with Tribes. The graphics are quite nice, everything(except for skins) can be purchased with in-game earned currency, and the
gameplay is truly fantastic. I've become a bit jaded with games over the past few years because of all the remakes and lack of innovation(and growing
up... slowly), but Tribes really feels different.
The first thing that struck me was the sense of speed. For the unfamiliar, "skiing" makes your character friction-less. Combine that with a jetpack
and a hilly landscape and you often find yourself cruising at 100-300 kph, getting huge air, and generally zipping around the map. Speed is the name
of the game in tribes which immediately separates it from pretty much every other fps currently on market, and it's reason alone to at least check it
out for a little bit.
The thing that really hooked me is the classes. There are 9 classes divided into heavy, medium, and light. Each class serves a particular role and has
a set loadout ranging from the nimble Pathfinder that serves as a flag grabber to a base clearing, mortar lobbing Juggernaut. Each class is generally
oriented to a particular role and generally counters other classes, but Tribes puts a heavy emphasis on skill so the classes mostly serve to provide
variety and change in pace. Sure you can upgrade your classes, but you only get better by playing better which provides a sense of accomplishment that
isn't found in games like RPGs where stronger gear=stronger character. New comers shouldn't be worried about being under powered as 3 classes come
unlocked and ready to do their job.
I truly enjoy this game and I haven't spent a dime, so I feel the need to recommend it to the ATS community because I don't want people to overlook
such a fun game and miss out.
Some fast Pathfinder flag capping action-