Tribes: Vengeance (Windows)

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Description

It all began when the Imperial palace was raided by the Phoenix Tribe - one of the many tribes that fight against each other, at the same time opposing the Empire. The young princess Victoria was abducted by them and got involved, against her will, in the continuous struggle between the Phoenix and the Blood Eagle tribes.

Twenty years later, Victoria's daughter Julia is determined to find the person who has killed her mother. Switching between time periods and characters, the player is able to see the story from multiple points of view and unravel the tragedy piece by piece.

Tribes: Vengeance is the third game in the Tribes series, and the first to feature a complete single-player campaign. The story is told through the eyes of six different characters over two generations. The game is a first-person shooter with an emphasis on futuristic weapons and robotic armor that includes a jetpack, which allows the character to jump into the air and fly for a limited amount of time.

Similarly to previous installments, gameplay often takes place in vast landscapes or large indoor environments. A characteristic method of movement known as "skiing" has been incorporated into the game's controls: if the player taps the jump button at the right moment, the protagonist will gain momentum and speed, allowing him (or her) to quickly and efficiently traverse large territories and perform high jumps.

In addition to regular FPS levels, the game also contains missions that allow the player to drive and pilot various vehicles, as well as levels with unique gameplay modes and challenges, such as a competition between the tribes, in which the playable character cooperates with teammates, defending a fortress against enemy forces, and others.

Multiplayer, an inseparable part of the Tribes series, has been updated for Vengeance. New vehicles, weapons and new game types are available out of the box for up to 32 players to compete with.

Screenshots

Tribes: Vengeance Windows An overview of the large arena in the single player campaign
Tribes: Vengeance Windows The armor stations will let you select preset armor and weapon sets on the battlefield. Here's medium armament.
Tribes: Vengeance Windows The beginning of the story introduces Julia.
Tribes: Vengeance Windows The interior detailing really gives a sense of people populating these areas. In this scene bunkbeds of Blood Eagles can be seen behind the lockers.

Alternate Titles

  • "部落:复仇" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Tribes: Zemsta" -- Polish Title
  • "Tribes 3" -- Informal Name

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User Reviews

Shakespearean drama in an FPS outfit Cor 13 (173891) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
This game is going to be in an fps hall of fame. Tyler Szabo (6) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Solid Tribes game, but could have been better. Chris Charabaruk (140) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

Critic Reviews

2404.org PC Gaming Feb 20, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
GameSpot Oct 06, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Zone Oct 05, 2004 87 out of 100 87
Gamigo Nov 24, 2004 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Action Nov 19, 2004 86 out of 100 86
games xtreme Nov 14, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 27, 2004 17 out of 20 85
Joystick (French) Nov, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Oct 27, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2004 74 out of 100 74

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Great stuff! Why is this game so unknown?.. 22 Daniel Saner (2595)
Jun 14, 2008

Trivia

The fictional Empire in the game has a lot of similarities with the Roman Empire: the characters have genuine Roman names (Tiberius, Victoria, Julia, etc.), the Empire holds "games", which are actually gladiator battles that attract millions of spectators, and so on. The Phoenix tribe doesn't have an obvious historical prototype, but it is interesting that most of its people (Daniel, Jericho, Esther, and others) have Jewish names. There are some subtler references to the prophet Daniel, with whom one of the game's heroes shares his name: a certain level in the game is called "Daniel, the Past: Judgment". The Biblical prophet Daniel was famous for his wise judgment; the name "Daniel" itself means "judgment of god". Those allusions only emphasize the tragic irony of the level's title.
Cyberzed (43) added Tribes: Vengeance (Windows) on Nov 16, 2004