A new Tribes based F2P shooter got into closed beta yesterday.
Tribes: Ascend (2012)
Starsiege: Tribes (1998):What the community says:
No beacons, insta base repair, health regen, no sensor gardens, no cameras, no portable inv, hitscan weapons (biggie!), spawn in gear, inventory & vehicle stations are non-destructable, jetpack is weak in comparison to T1/T2/TV, mortar reticle doesn't show range (TL useless), no JUMP button, can only bring 3 purchased loadouts into each game, good lord, I can go on and on and on. It's not Tribes...it's a nerfed version of COD/HALO/BF3 with jetpacks.
There's a whole list of stuff that is nerfed: Cap on class speeds, FF is off, Only two weapons per loadout, no customization, no modding, no mapping, discjump is nerfed (speedcap makes it worse), lights can be one-shotted and heavy capping has become the only way to get the flag reliabliy, chasing is practically impossible, 2 turrets only and if you switch class they disappear, no command console, no observer mode, no demo, screen blocking weapon reloads happen ever couple shots, etc..etc...
Tbh, I played T1 and T2 a total time of +- 6 years and...I couldnt care less about all of that except no jump button, no portable inv and spawn in gear. I even like the fact that you can only bring 3 loadouts in a game.
Only Tribes2 was a small success of the franchise and even that one wasnt that hugely popular compared to CS, Q3 and HL in those days. So instead I'm happy that they're keeping the game fresh and different instead of an exact copy from Tribes2.
They have made too many drastic changes to the loadout mechanics in this game. All of it to support their P2P model to sell classes. I understand they have to make money, but this is not "real" Tribes. Using minimized fixed classes and perks so they can make money by selling more classes is just sad...sad.. I wish they would change their mind and sell weapons or map packs etc. but its too late in the game now. Poor Tribes franchise. It never gets the remake it deserves.
As a Tribes vet, I don't expect this to be any good. Holding a button down to ski? Generators automatically repair after 3 minutes? I'm sure there are other crimes I'm missing. Fuck you, HiRez.
"If you guys aren't happy with what you're doing, please press 'I' and purchase some different loadouts." Please have your credit card ready.
When this PoS hits retail, it will become the laughing stock of all the Tribes games (It kind of already is if you've been paying attention). Even Vengeance was better than this garbage. HiRez is only interested in milking the shit out of gamers for loadouts (Free-2-Play what a joke). That might have been a good business model if the game actually had some potential. Even the testers say it blows compared to other Tribes games. I doubt that anyone developing Ascend has even played Tribes.
You guys have NOT been reading the HiRez forums, nor the TribalWar forums. This game is really, REALLY sucking hard right now. Go read their forums...they're ablaze with unhappy alpha testers and pissed off Tribes players. It's crazy watching the COO of a company get torn into shreds...
Shouldn't the description say "... see what's been SUBTRACTED from the classic franchise."?