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Ouch! Have you ever been hit with a paintball that failed to burst into a vibrant color? The sting and accompanying welt is small reminder that the sport of paintball is a version of modern warfare; advanced firearms, military tactics, and a thirst for victory are parallels of a much more serious endeavor. Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball is the first game to simulate the extremely intense sport of professional paintball, which is a bit different than the game you and your friends may have played in the backyard with a few rusty old Tippmann’s. To be oxymoronic, tourney paintball is organized mayhem, and is a perfect fit for Live play. But is Activision’s and WXP’s GHTP up to the task and more importantly, unique enough to rip Live junkies away from Halo 2?
Greg Hastings might not be a household name but those who have been following the masters of a little sport called paintball know that this man is the Tony Hawk of the mock battlefield. Raising his marker (the sport’s lingo for the paintball gun), Greg and his teammates have dominated the field, splattering opponents with colorful paint pellets. Fun as the game is to play in person; it makes me wonder if Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball on the Xbox translates into gaming joy. The result, as it turns out, is actually quite surprisingly good.
I really had no expectations going into the review for Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball. Other than a few rounds of “laser tag” about 10 years I don’t regularly handle firearms or point them at people, other than in video games of course. But like any good reviewer I decided to do a bit of research which started with a few of my friends who actually do play paintball and a few of their friends who play it even more.
Paintball isn't a game I've been dying to see brought to Xbox, but I'm glad Activision brought Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball to the big 'box. Though not robust with gameplay options (there are only three game types), Paintball does have some impressive statistics: 19 tournaments, 20 locations, 179 field layouts, 145 pieces of licensed gear, 39 real life players (14 of them pros), 14-player head-to-head System Link and Xbox Live play.
The bottom of the game barrel is pretty much hammered together with terrible paintball titles. That may be in part because shooters and real-life paintball are both war simulations, making paintball-themed shooters a simulation of a simulation. Scientifically speaking, having that many layers of abstraction is bound to dilute the thrill of combat. Or at least that was our theory before Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball, which manages to combine the extreme sports and shooter genres with surprisingly good results.
Optisch biedere, aber realistische Paintball-Sim.
Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball laat dus jammer genoeg een wrange nasmaak achter. Aanvankelijk voelt de game erg verfrissend en accuraat aan, een ideale afwisseling tussen het standaard schietgeweld dat we reeds à volenté hebben zien passeren op de Xbox console, maar al gauw valt de game door de mand als vorm van langdurig entertainment. Niet zozeer omdat de game zelf tekort schiet, maar omdat de Amerikaanse paintball sport an sich niet attractief genoeg is voor een volwaardige, zelfstandige game. De sport is té oppervlakkig om dagenlang van te kunnen smullen en genieten. De game ligt gelukkig wel aan budgetprijs (€30) in de winkelrekken, waardoor geïnteresseerde paintball liefhebbers de titel zeker kunnen overwegen voor af en toe een korte gamesessie ...
On trouve de bonnes idées dans ce titre et un gameplay qui sait rester fidèle à la discipline qui l'inspire, mais il serait temps de se demander si le paintball a vraiment un intérêt quelconque à être pratiqué dans un FPS, un simulateur qui simule un simulateur, est-ce vraiment nécessaire ? Surtout avec une réalisation aussi fadasse.
I’ll play any obscure game out there. If it’s offbeat and a little out of the ordinary, I’ll be all over it. Yep, whether it’s a music mixing title like MTV Music Generator, or a casino game like Bicycle Casino, I am caught playing non-mainstream games whenever I can. So when I first heard about a paintball game coming to the Xbox, I was intrigued to say the least. Being the first game I would ever play of this “sport,” and one of the only in it’s genre, I can say that I was a bit anxious to check out this title; and with a name like Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball, you just know it has got to be good.