GOTTA GO FAST, GOTTA GO FASTER, GOTTA GO FASTER FASTER FAFAFAFASTER
So myself and a bunch of friends decided to have a LAN over the weekend. While we were looking for games we decided to throw in some games we haven't played in awhile. While looking through my large game list, I came across Tribes: Ascend and man did I played this game like it was my job back in beta days. I loved every second of it, except for when a supid raider came and blew up my generator while I was trying to repair it from the last time they blew it up.
I remember when the game first game came out and there wasn't a lot of differentiation in the classes. I don't mean that as every class seeming the same. I mean it as, players on your team playing the same class. There wasn't a lot of different weapons and the perks were very one sided as well. The only real difference was how you wanted to play your character. The way you wanted to play was how obvious your perks were. That's standard practice is it not? The big thing about this was a lot of players on your team were a carbon copy of each other.
But now, there are a lot of new items in game now. I believe I saw like five different Spinfusors. I apologize for not having the exact number on this one. There are more than just your main items now as well too. New side arms, new grenades, special items and even some new perks. It's a lot more diverse now. Well, except for Technicians, they're still using the Thumper which is just as insane as it was back in the day. Your voice can even change now. Along with that every class has a new skin or two that you can use. It's cool to see subtle differences in the people on your team and those charging at you for your flag.
THERE ARE MORE! Thank you Hi-Rez! This was one of the main reasons that I stopped playing for so long. I was getting tired of playing the same three or four maps all the time. That's where the double edge sword comes into play. You HAVE to play the same maps over and over! Map awarness is more important in this game than most. Main reason for this? YOU GOTTA GO FAST! If you don't know the map by heart and you want to capture the flag, you're going to lose. Skiing is so important in this game that if you don't know where to ski you're never going to make it there and back quick enough to cap that flag.
The new maps are a welcome addition as well. I played two new maps that I've never played before. Thankfully, I play a Technician so it wasn't too awful for me. But even just a guy who's supposed to be going around and repairing everything, I was struggling. I didn't know the quickest ways to get to the gen room. Heck, I didn't know where the gen room was for awhile or even had any idea where the turrets were. Once I figured out where they were, my ski paths were all wrong and I was getting shot before I could make it there. This just shows that regardless of what class you play, you need to know the map.
For the record, the moment we were playing on Katabatic... I was dominating just like the old days.
The Game In General
It's still crazy infuriating. And that's not me saying anything bad. The biggest issue that I've always had with this game is the guns. Some of them are just a huge pain in the ass. There's just something super annoying of going into a base and having a Juggernaught shoot three "grenades" in your face and then watch you blow up. I understand the concept of Light/Medium/Heavy and yes they do need their place, but it'ssuper annoying getting blown up in the process. It's a personal problem and a game problem.
The other issue is the player base. It's not the best. There are two things that contribute to that. The fact that there isn't really a big player base anymore, which is quite disapointing. The other being that the players that have been sticking with it have ZERO PATIENCE for anyone who's new.
Overall: I still love this game. It may or may not have re-sparked my interest and I may or may not have been playing all the time when I got home from work. I wish Hi-Rez the best and hope that they keep expanding the game. It's a good sign that when I've been away from the game for so long that it's still good enough at the thighs that it resparks an interest that used to be huge and re-addict me to the game.