Tribes: Ascend (Windows)

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Tribes: Ascend is a free-to-play multiplayer shooter, designed to be played primarily from a first-person perspective. The player can choose to switch to a third-person view if he so wishes. As part of the Tribes series, it gives the player the ability to ski on slopes and fly using the equipped jet pack. The premise of the game is rather simple and it features two different factions introduced for the first time in Starsiege: Tribes (Blood Eagle and Diamond Sword), fighting for the victory. Four multiplayer modes are available since the release of the game: Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Arena and Capture and Hold.

In Team Deathmatch, the first faction that reaches 100 kills wins the match. The kill count is doubled for the faction that is holding the flag. In Capture the Flag, the two teams must steal each other's flags and bring them back to their own base. The match ends when a team has captured five flags or when reaching the 25-minute limit. Capture and Hold pits the two factions fighting for the control of several points. Every five seconds, each team is awarded one victory point per dominated control point. The first team that reaches a preset number of victory points wins. The Arena mode is similar to Team Deathmatch, but the maximum number of players is limited to five per team. The teams have 25 respawns, which are wasted every time someone dies, plus one more life per player, once there are no more respawns. First team to deplete all their lives loses.

At the beginning of every match, the player chooses one class out of nine. The classes have unique weapons and equipment. Upgrades for these can be bought in exchange for XP that you earn at the end of every match or for real money. During the match, a player earns credits for killing or wounding enemies, completing objectives, repairing turrets and other structures, etc. Using these credits he can purchase and deploy combat vehicles, inventory stations, tactical strikes, orbital strikes, and so on.


Tribes: Ascend Windows And this is how it looks from the inside (Capture and Hold).
Tribes: Ascend Windows Main menu.
Tribes: Ascend Windows If you want to find a good reason for killing people in Team Deathmatch, stop it. There isn't one except increasing the kill count.
Tribes: Ascend Windows Shooting while skiing - this is why Tribes is so much fun (more Team Deathmatch).

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Critic Reviews (UK) Apr 16, 2012 10 out of 10 100
IGN Apr 19, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Clubic Sep 29, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Edge Apr 18, 2012 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Apr 17, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gamer Apr 12, 2012 88 out of 100 88
Game Sphere Jul 09, 2012 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) May, 2012 83 out of 100 83
Destructoid Apr 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 27, 2012 78 out of 100 78


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CalaisianMindthief (6137) added Tribes: Ascend (Windows) on Apr 14, 2012