Tribes Ascend Review
Ascend is a great entry into the Tribes series. The fast team based gameplay is preserved and modern features make it feel fresh.
Posted by Ben Thomas (nutcrackr) on Apr 27, 2012 - 9:30am EST (Apr 27, 2012 09:30)
Buying alternative weapons, like the MIRV launcher for the Juggernaut, may cost around $8 each. Or you can play for 2 hours a day, with $4 worth of paid boosts, and unlock that weapon in under a week. Impoverished gamers will need to play for about four weeks to unlock the same weapon without boosts. Buying 12 weapons using boosts is cheaper than a full priced game and the quality is comparable. With more weapons and skins being added the price to buy everything could skyrocket. However, if you are continually playing, the XP will keep accumulating
Being F2P opens the floodgates to a wider audience. One challenge is making this high skill shooter a viable long term option for new players. The immediate problem is the skill disparity between veterans and newbies. A hard problem to tackle in any online shooter, but better matchmaking and ranked games may alleviate the growing issue. Alongside the inclusion of many automatic weapons, Ascend draws inspiration from modern shooters. You can call in an orbital strike with credits earned during a match. Health regenerates without the flag, so multiple disc jumps along a route are common. Players can even select from perks that might give you an extra grenade or jetpack energy after taking damage. Ranking, badges and accolades freshen up the experience.
Ascend will change over the following months although it’s hard to see it changing as much as some other F2P shooters. The framework allows a natural expansion of classes with skins and weapons. New maps are going to be free, so as not to fracture the community. We will attempt to revisit the game in a few months to see how much has changed and if the game is still on the right track. Right now it’s easy to get into a game with good player populations. Ascend captures the magic of the series without feeling dated.