Posts Tagged ‘Tribes: Ascend’

Blue Plate Spectacular: Tribes’ Single Purchase Option

My other spinfusor is an everything ever.

For being the developer of a game all about lightning-quick reaction times, Hi-Rez could be accused of reacting rather, um, glacially. More or less since day one, Tribes Ascend‘s free-to-play pricing model’s taken flack for making new items prohibitively hard to come by, but recent months have finally seen the reigning king of Jetpack Mountain come down and deal with it. First, Hi-Rez halved XP costs for all unlocks last month, and now it’s focusing its Fixification Beam on the other side of the fence. The one that pays for things. In short, those people will soon be able to pay less for the same amount of things – and all at once, no less. Which is much appreciated, but I can’t imagine long-time players are enjoying the stinging red outline of a hand that’s now plastered across their faces.

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Trendspotting: How Gaming’s Changing In 2012 (Sez I)

No doubt there are big things yet to come from the last quarter of 2012, but even by October it feels like it’s been an uncommonly important, even vital, year for games. The hit rate of great things, expected and unexpected, has been pretty steady, but on top of that there have been major emerging trends as gaming starts to move out of the awkward transitional phase between olde worlde boxed sales and anything-goes online existence.

I’m really just ruminating on a truly fascinating 10-ish months to myself here, but see if you agree with – or better still can add to – any of these arguably defining aspects of the year nearly gone.
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Now With More German: Tribes’ ‘Marksman’ Update

Videogames!
The Tribes: Ascend updates keep on rolling out, and so too does evidence of Hi-Rez’s continued commitment to filling this game with strange stuff. Sure, they’ve already added disco, but now there are costumes. And elaborate backdrops. And German. But anyway, as long as the game keeps being good, we should not question the nature of these updates. And there are some pretty intriguing new toys in this update, so here we are.

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The Flag That Runs Like A Man: Tribes Ascend’s Blitz Mode

Wait, you mean I could've just shot you from far away? Is that seriously how guns are working now? Oh man, well don't I feel silly.

I have something to confess to you all: I’ve been living a withered up husk of an existence. I honestly haven’t played Tribes in weeks, and every other aspect of my life has suffered immeasurably for it. I’m a mess. A devastatingly attractive mess. But no more. Hi-Rez has revealed Ascend’s latest giant update, and I have turned the most vibrant of all colors: interested. See, in Blitz mode, the flag moves.

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Skiing Double: Tribes Ascend’s Twinfusor Update

Obviously, the Twinfusor's favorite game of all time is Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Can you remember when the last Tribes: Ascend update came out? I can’t – at least, not well. I mean, I recall a few hazy images of youthful innocence, but it’s as though they’re being beamed in from another lifetime or a place with an overabundance of haze. In reality, however, I just have vaguely worrisome memory problems probably stemming from the fact that I fell out of many trees as a child. Even so, it has been a while in Tribes time, but Hi-Rez has definitely made the Twinfusor update worth the (relatively) lengthy wait. In addition to the titular double-firing death-dealer, you’re also looking at two new CTF maps, a party system (finally!), improved matchmaking, and a billowing list of largely great balance tweaks.

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Making Progress: Tribes Ascend’s Accelerate Update

It seems like only yesterday that Nathan wrote these words in regards to unlocking gear in Tribes: Ascend: “item unlocks still present a rather intimidating series of (often literally) uphill battles.” The Accelerate Update flattens out those hills, or perhaps raises players to the top and allows them to roll down the other side. Well, sort of. The update addresses some frustrations by having gear upgrades unlock through use, although new weapons themselves will still cost XP or gold. There are 27 weapon variants coming as well, providing a place to spend all that surplus XP. The video below explains all.

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Let There Be Jetpacks: Hi-Rez On The Future Of Tribes

By most accounts, Tribes: Ascend‘s existence is quantifiably a Good Thing. It is, after all, a PC-exclusive (!) high-quality free-to-play first-person shooter (!!) that’s in no way spit-shining Call of Duty’s combat boots or leaping just high enough when it barks an order (!!!). Almost paradoxically, it’s managed to be both slavishly devoted to the series’ jetpack-jousting legacy while also paving the way for a new breed of F2P FPS. So much gloriously gleaming new, however, makes any lingering flecks of dust and mold stand out all the more. So sure, Tribes may be better than ever, but try telling that to a spinfusor-less Soldier whose already glacial XP gain has basically flatlined because the teams he joins keep refusing to work together. That in mind, I spoke with Hi-Rez about how – if at all – it plans to fix its capture-the-flag flagship’s most fundamental flaws.

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Latest Tribes: Ascend Update Brings Back Disco

RIP
You may have noticed something amiss in the above image. No? Are you sure? Then you might have Synesthesia: Disco Edition. And though that image and its accompanying video seem silly, they’re actually quite touching – given recent incredibly unfortunate events. It is, then, extremely awkward for me to now transition into discussing Cool Guns in a Rad Videogame, but, uh, here I go. Tribes: Ascend‘s “Staying Alive” update – whose name is all at once right and wrong in so very many ways – focuses on the Brute with two guns, a new pack, and more (!).

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Tribes’ Update Count Continues To Ascend With Tartarus

There were deer here once. But now, well... they're our intergalactic overlords, forcing us to wage constant and meaningless wars against each other for their own personal amusement.

Hmmm. Hrrrm. Ahhhh. Mmhmm. Huh? Oh, didn’t notice you there. I was busy pondering Tribes Ascend’s new Tartarus update, you see – because it’s caused my brain to pulsate and fire lightning down my spine, as is its custom. First, though, let’s get the basics out of the way: for zero of your pitiful gravity-obeying, jetpack-less dollars, you now have access to two new maps: the hilly, heavily forested Tartarus for CTF and the flatter, more enclosed Hinterlands for arena. You can also customize up to four loadouts that you can switch between on respawn mid-match.

Quick switch, meanwhile, allows you to map classes and loadouts to your keyboard’s number pad, so choosing what you’ll spawn as is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3 – unless you’re prone to mapping things in incredibly arbitrary fashions and then immediately forgetting, like me. Oh, and there’s a trailer. I’ve mapped it to the “read the rest of this entry” link… I think. Or maybe I put it in a single pixel on the image. Or, wait. Does RPS have any sacrificial podiums that summon spectral wolves? Actually, that one sounds most likely, now that I think about it.

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