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Tribes: Ascend

Well, well, well, we find ourselves here once more, eh old chap? Now I know I have talked about it before and I will again when the game actually comes out but for now I wish to go over it again. Now that Hi-rez have shown videos and people have actually played the game I think I’m going to chime in even though I have not.

While fishing around the internet I’ve found alot of complaints about the game, many completely justified. I shall list them for you in no particular order, ones with no basis I will put my response behind in parenthesis:

  • FTP (okay I don’t understand, because its free you’re afraid that the population will be huge with all these n00bs who don’t deserve to play will much stuff up? Get off you’re high horse.)
  • Micro Transactions (It’s not pay to win it’s an express lane to get weapons [I’ll talk about that in a bit])
  • 2 weapons per armor type.
  • Preset loadouts.
  • No mods
  • No private servers
Okay first I want to talk about micro transactions. As stated about they seem to be an express lane to get weapons which you’ll unlock naturally as time goes on, think TF2. Generally, I don’t like it, and alot of other people do not either because yes, one of the main appeal of Tribes was having everything from the get go. I guess I’ll also talk about the preset loadouts. Which is to say you wont get to make custom presets for yourself, I REALLY dont like the idea of this, and by “really” I actually got red in the face when I learned this.
I used several different light loadouts playing the compshop way back in the day. Seeing as I played a sniper I had different ones for different situations. I guess I wont be able to just switch my weapons on the fly to change how I want to play. Also, I guess I wont be switching weapons because I can only have two at a time, plus a melee weapon which of COURSE is insta kill.
More to the point after watching the videos from Quakecon (go check them out) I can say it LOOKS like it’s Tribes which is honestly more than I could say about Vengeance. No I wont talk about that abomination here. It does look like they are trying to make a new Tribes game, and I hope they succeed, but after reading online, finding people talking about it at Quakecon I can honestly say my resolve is shaken. It’s not that I don’t think it can be done but following in other companies footsteps instead of making your own?
Now I am NOT against microtransactions, quite the opposite, I believe under the right circumstances they can be good and amazing. Which is to say follow TF2 for it, don’t add anything you cant get normally in the game anyways, or if you do make sure it’s something completely cosmetic, not say $15 map packs.
I just don’t understand why it’s so hard to remake Tribes? How hard can it be to just remake Tribes 2? I just honestly cannot fathom it, and as time goes on I just get madder. If this one fails I mean honestly just let the franchise die, let some indie person take care of Tribes and actually listens to the community.
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a cry for help

Well seeing as I don’t have a job for the moment I’ve been trying my hand at what is called one of the hardest games ever made. Dwarf Fortress. I’m not gonna say I’m pro at it because I’m not by any stretch of the word because lets face it this IS dwarf fortress were talking about. Basically I couldn’t play the vanilla version of it, mainly because I dont wish to learn how to decode the Matrix and help Neo fight. ASCII can seriously go eat a damn dick, I get it it’s the only way you can show shit without my laptop dying. (BTW I am totally running it off of my external hard drive so I can take it anywhere.)

This is how it generally looks:

"I can't even see the Matrix anymore."

No please….just no. Look what I can tell you is I can see the roads, the dwarves the grass and the water. Besides that I’m just as lost as you are on this. So I downloaded a handy pack called: LazyNewbPack it comes with some new tilesets one being Ironhand and while it’s not great you can definitely see things and understand them, well more basic of things. I actually do see into the Matrix on this one and I can pretty much tell whats going on, since it is what I’ve learned off of.

only taken to show the difference I promise.

Oh god. So yea there you go. Dwarf Fortress is at it’s heart a story telling machine, sure you pretty much rule over you’re dwarves and lose in the most horrendous ways possible, but that’s just part of the story. Remember: Losing is fun! I will admit for awhile I was getting furious at my butcher dwarf who wouldn’t kill cats and dogs, even though I would tell him to find a live animal and designate them for slaughter. It was important to keep a dwarf from going insane, which ended up happening because my butcher wouldn’t do his damn job! Oh well I figured all that out now and am very slowly working on the fine points of the game.

Honestly I think when this fort eventually runs into some unforeseen horror which will more than likely slaughter my dwarves to the last (I still don’t know how to raise an army.) that my next fort will be even better, of that I have no doubt.  I have the knowledge now of what to take at the start and what is just plain silly. There is still alot of stuff that I just haven’t figured out yet unfortunetly, and I’m learning that very slowly. but for now I have a thriving fort and I’m having fun trying out different things and just learning how to do shit.

It is suffering though, generally I find myself consumed by it and then its four in the morning. But mah dwarves! It really is fun though, and I know I’ve been beating around the bush about what kind of game it is but thats hard to say…it’s a city builder with RPG elements…but pretty much every thing else is up to you the player. You make the world how you want, your dwarves are strong and if your will is as well, do it AND STRIKE THE EARTH!

Witcher 2

I’ll more than likely come back later on and talk about this game at a later date because my computer will probably have a heart attack if I try to run it more than an hour at a time. But what I can say is that it is quite the beautiful game even on medium before my computer complained incessantly and I was forced to turn onto low. And oh how it hurt me, but even on low it doesn’t look terrible. I should also say I haven’t beaten it yet, mainly because of overheating issues from the strain it puts on my computer.

The other thing that I must suffer through is just how HARD this game is, there are several points that I have come into gross contact with that I’ve just had to save the game and close it for awhile. But the game is jam packed of fun stuff, and boobs, well…less boobs than stuff. The amount of stuff and horrifying things I can do still baffles me, and the only thing I wish the game did better was explain things better. I spent a good hour and a half trying to beat the first part of the game because the explanation for blocking went by so quickly.

Basically it plays like IVAN for me a RPG in which I die in the most horrible, contrived ways imaginable. And I must say I enjoy it, if my computer wasn’t heating up to the point where I could cook food upon it I would probably enjoy it much more. The fact that I play my computer like a guy with a mental disability doesn’t help either, sometimes the judgement of god comes down when I put down traps and get caught in them myself, leaving me completely up to the mercy of enemies which only wish to eat and consume my face.

No. NO! I scream at my computer as I wander into a place I’m obviously not supposed to be and am cut down by wraiths that I just spent 10 minutes fighting, I did barely any damage to them. I guess thats my biggest qualm so far is that it takes me so long to feel like I can do something and inevitably my character gets eaten by fishmen and I need to do it all over again. It is an unforgiving game that doesn’t mess around and lets you know when you’ve made a terrible mistake. And that includes one of the only games I can think of where I said something to piss off a guy in a cut scene and I was killed in the cut scene. The fact I collect and jame my bags full of stuff to make new and better weapons and potions and junk like that.

I was carrying to much stuff one time and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why but as I went through my inventory I saw it. 50 lbs of lumber, “wut” I said in disbelief, and one would probably think I either sold it or left it behind. No, I couldn’t do that and hauled it all with me because there is obviously something wrong with me. Oh yea and like 30 lbs of stone or something. This game once I get the computer to run it will ruin my life, of that I have no doubt. I love this game.

Bulletstorm

I realize dear children that I am going to be late for this party since Bulletstorm came out in what? Febuary? January? But it is probably one of the most hilarious games I’ve ever seen. I say seen because I was an impartial observer to it, I watched my brother play because well…my hands are not good with controllers. Now hand me a mouse and keyboard and I will lavish upon you miracles.

The dialog for the game is hilarious, and I mean that in the best fashion possible. No allow me to quote one of my favorite lines in the entire game for you, because I know you will be impressed just as I was:

Trishka: Yeah? Go fuck yourself! You shit piles give chase, I will kill your dicks!
Gray: What? What does thet even mean? Your gonna kill my dick? I’ll kill your dick! How bout that, huh?

That…wow. I lost it and my brother actually had to pause the game because we were both laughing so hard. This is just one of the conversations that come to mind. I honestly see them just shoving the characters that would be talking into a sound booth and telling them to improvise with the most hilarious bullshit they could come up with. What happens is nothing short, for me anyways, of complete perfection.

From that you should know the game does not try to be serious AT ALL. No. It is an over the top frag fest where you try to butcher your enemies in the most ridiculous ways possible. Like:

  • Grabbing an enemy with the leash and kicking him into a cactus.
  • Kicking an enemy into a giant venus flytrap.
  • Kicking head eating pods onto enemies.
  • Crushing enemies witha giant dinosaur.

There are literally a “ton” of different ways to kill enemies and done with some of the best most outrageous weapons that I’ve seen in a long time. Come on a drill bore? Oh yes please. Bulletstorm I enjoy your ultraviolent ways.

My brother complains about the controls but I understand. I do know that there are generally accepted buttons which should be used for things like sprinting and crouching and kind of stuff but that was pretty much the end of the complaints I heard. But the game for both of us even me watching was some kind of hilarious and was just a orgy of action and carnage with a bit of expletives thrown in for good measure.

I wish it wasn’t as expensive as it was but I will probably pick it up when it comes down in price just a bit.

Hitman

It’s been awhile but I finally have something worth talking about, or raging about incoherently.

Square Enix is probably going to ruin the Hitman franchise, there I said it. Trying to keep it closer to the movies is in my opinion a terrible debacle since I don’t know of anyone who played the games who thought the movie did it justice. I’m not saying it needed to be word for word but a 47 with emotion? Come now, why you hurt me baby?

I should have seen this coming since Square Enix is basically hit or miss in my book. I honestly was holding out hope since the new Deus Ex is looking very true to the original, since you know…everyone hated the sequel. I Figured they would do the same for Hitman, maybe make it a bit more gritty and sharpen the graphics a bit. Blood Money was basically the best of the series and now it calls for a reboot? Why? To bring in an unknown demographic? Of who? Halo fanbois? Basically it’s this: you don’t need a good plot for Hitman. In fact thats what alot of people LIKED about Blood Money was it didn’t have to do with revenge or some other crap it was about 47 doing his job.

What makes it all the better is that the ending to Blood Money was left specifically open for the next game. But obviously we need to drag it’s good name through the mud for a bit more money.

I’m not going to hate on Square to harshly because they do make games that I like. I love Dragon Quest, I loved the Legacy of Kain series, I enjoyed Supreme Commander. I haven’t necessarily been a fan of the Final Fantasy games  since 9, since they just added more and more cutscenes to the games, I’m in the opinion that I play a game to play it not sit down with my significant other with a bowl of popcorn.

If everything that I’m hearing about the new Deus Ex is true they’re paying a very good picture for things to come but I just don’t see why they are taking a game which in my humble opinion didn’t need it and rebooting it. Besides the fact they hope to get people who go see the shit movie to pay for whats probably going to be a shit game, lets face it games based on movies? Don’t make me laugh I cant honestly say I’ve played a good one yet. I still don’t know how they managed to mess up the starship troopers game, shoot bugs don’t die. on THAT note I would love to see a Starship Troopers RTS, make my dream come true! Preferably with a topless Denise Richards cutscene.

And thats the word today, I got a few more game rants coming up in the next couple days, look forward to one about Brink, one about Duke Nukem Forever, one about Deus Ex, and who knows maybe I’ll even throw in some rants about new tech in the wonderful world of science!

Tribal Combat

I’m not going to say that I’m a video game reviewer, or a developer. And since the game(s) I’m going to talk about today aren’t out yet take what I say with a grain of salt yes? The games might be amazing, spectacular, worthy of praise. But we shall see, turn your jet pack on and walk through the door.

One of the first games I ever played for PC was Starsiege: Tribes, I believe the first was more than likely Starcraft.

I played, and forgive my french “the ever loving shit” out of this game. I remember sneaking down at night after I was supposed to be in bed to play with all the friends I had made in the game, to me this was my first MMO. And I say that because games with 200+ people on a server call themselves MMO’s, Tribes did it back in 98 with 250 people servers. The sheer insanity of maps with 250 people was staggering and awe inspiring. Tribes 2 did it as well but we’ll talk about that later. The server I played on was the comp shop and we were amazing I played with some of the best players I’ve ever seen. My brothers in arms, we were united under a single banner: Grandpimp, Carrion, Tornado, LittleMissTornado, Moosekiller, Kong. There are others but thats just a handful of us. The fact many of us moved off Tribes once The comp shop was shut down was a testament to not only what we meant to each other but no other server or mod could compare.

I eventually moved onto Tribes 2, and was fulfilled for a time. I never found a permanent server on Tribes 2 one that I could call my home, and I suppose thats really where my dilemma with it ends. It was an amazing game with all the weapons and options that surpassed the original in my opinion. Dynamix really outdid themselves and honestly I do think 2 expanded and was a better game than the original, the problem was I got there to late. There really isn’t much to say about it, but know I was playing the Tribes games well into my high school years. There is my resume for this shit okay? I played “the ever loving shit” out of every Tribes game. And yes…that does include Vengeance.

Vengeance was …. “different” I would say. They tried to take some of the more rampant complaints about Tribes and abolish them. For one thing you couldn’t leave the “map area” like you could in it’s predecessors. Another was a problem with my main area of expertise, the sniper rifle which used to have infinite shots had limited ammo and a maximum range that was less than most of the other weapons. A lot of the weapons were messed up to be honest, the “flame thrower” who’s actual name I don’t remember could kill lights very easily with a single shot AND it had infinite ammo. But really to top it all off pretty much as soon as the game came out all support for it was pulled and it pretty much died soon after.

Now I hear about not one but two new Tribes games? I’m not going to mix words, I found Vengeance to be a catastrophic blow to the franchise, and the stigma still surrounding it is something I would worry about.

The first I want to talk about is the MMO. Tribes: Universe as it will be called. My heart is aflutter thinking about it. I imagine it to be like planetside but hopefully without being as big of a resource hog. I could actually see this working well…a little too well. If it played similar to planetside it would be incredible. I can see it now!

Heavy Personnel Carriers flying in formation dropping people off as a massive ground war goes on underneath for a floating fortress. My favorite memory of Planetside was a battle I was in where literally a army moved to attack a forward base I imagine it to be like this, except with more flying  and disk’s flying in the air, more shazbots being yelled as I lift my arm into the air. I do have high hopes for the MMO because if it’s good and it feels like Tribes I could see my life being absorbed by it, but in a good way, like a man loves a woman…or vice versa.

Next up is Tribes: Ascend. It seems to look good so far and I’m glad they’re focusing on multiplayer and not singleplayer. It is as it should be. Now lets move into rant mode about Tribes shall we?

Tribes, I’m not sure exactly how one manages to screw up Tribes, but obviously it can be done ala Vengeance. Now I’m not saying Vengeance was a bad game, just…it wasn’t Tribes. you basically just need to lift Tribes 2 and put it in a new engine, undo the restrictions put on weapons and maps by Vengeance. Nothing needs to be taken away or put in, if you feel the need to put things in test them, I’m not gonna say V didn’t but well…it certainly feels like they didn’t. It’s not exactly rocket science, the reason tribes 2 worked was because it took everything, EVERYTHING, Tribes was and expanded upon that. I think it’s possible to do it again, in fact I want Hi-rez to do it again, I’m literally on my knees begging them to not completely mess up. Don’t try to beat the heavy players in the game industry, don’t make it some Call of Duty wanna be, just please, PLEASE make it Tribes. If you make it people will goto it, people will buy it I know I will.

I really want a new game that I love and feel like it becomes an extension of who I am, like a samurai and his katana. I realize I’m probably just kicking around in the dirt but I honestly do hope that the game is a success. I really hope that it’s good, and please show off some of the other Tribes as well, like the starwolf. It doesn’t just have to be about the Diamond Sword and the Blood Eagle.

I guess that’s it, I guess thats all I wanted to say. I’m sure you’ll see me rage about these games in the future or heaping praises upon them, let me put it this way: It will definitely be one or the other. As a bonus if you stuck around have some Firefall. It’s basically a spiritual successor to Tribes. Please let this be good too, but seeing as it’s going to be freeware I don’t know how to feel about it, and since it’s single player there a lot more that can go wrong. I hope I’m wrong I really do.