Conclusion: This new incarnation of Tribes seems destined for niche success and, in the long term, it will prove whether the combination of well-developed shooter mechanics, skiing and jetpack jumping can be sustained by drawing a large player base using the free-to-play model while persuading a limited number...
Pros: + Focus on movement, + Complex shooter mechanics, + Quick and deadly
Cons: - Deaths required to learn mechanics, - Lack of voice chat, - Locked content
Excerpt: I don’t want any of you to underestimate how important that feel is to the sum of Tribes: Ascend’s beautiful whole. In Tribes, you don’t move – you dance. Every dash for a flag is a smooth supersonic slide, every escape from a booby trapped generator room is a ballet.
Excerpt: Back in the late 1990's, most people I knew were playing Unreal Tournament or some version of Quake. However, through the various LAN parties I attended, I was introduced to Starsiege: Tribes.
Pros: Very solid fast paced shooter with a lot of versatility and various classes to choose from.
Conclusion: Concept: Reinvigorate the innovative shooter franchise by pursuing the free-to-play model
Graphics: It can’t compete with games like Battlefield 3 in the graphics department, but the art direction lends itself well to a number of different machines
Sound: Guns sound more electrical than gunpowder...
Excerpt: Lost amidst all the hoopla over the XCOM and Syndicate franchises being dusted off was news that a cult favorite first-person shooter called Tribes was being revived as a free-to-play experience.
Excerpt: Many gamers are understandably upset by the high price of a new game nowadays. Not all games, however, sell for full retail price. Some are even free, and Tribes: Ascend is one of these games. It’s also considerably more enjoyable than most online games for which you would pay money.
Excerpt: Wonderful, breath-clutching games of chicken happen along the z-axis in Tribes: Ascend. You’re hovering, the guy you want to kill is hovering, and you each have a few sips of battery juice left in your jetpack.