Tribes: Ascend Review

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Yeah, that's the assassin's melee attack (I think the mercenary has the exact same attack, too). It's irritating, 'cause it's a lot quieter than the regular melee attack.

Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

Which is exactly what it isn't, if you've been paying attention. I regularly top the charts, and I haven't payed a scent nor played any of the other previous tribes games.

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

What are you talking about?

You can unlock everything with XP bar cosmetic skins, it's easy to do it as well.

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

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You sir are a disgrace to the International Fraternity of Lumber Barbers. I'm afraid I must insist that you return your axe and comb to your chapter head immediately.

Looks like the weapons detonate a much larger area than in the Tribes I played many years ago... and the jet packs seem to be tweaked for little effort as far as 'skiing' goes.

Tribes without the skill, eh?

Sigh.

The Crotch:

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

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You sir are a disgrace to the International Fraternity of Lumber Barbers. I'm afraid I must insist that you return your axe and comb to your chapter head immediately.

Senarrius:

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

What are you talking about?

You can unlock everything with XP bar cosmetic skins, it's easy to do it as well.

Excludos:

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

Which is exactly what it isn't, if you've been paying attention. I regularly top the charts, and I haven't payed a scent nor played any of the other previous tribes games.

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Serve 'em up day and night.

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Lumber Barber:

The Crotch:

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

...

You sir are a disgrace to the International Fraternity of Lumber Barbers. I'm afraid I must insist that you return your axe and comb to your chapter head immediately.

Senarrius:

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

What are you talking about?

You can unlock everything with XP bar cosmetic skins, it's easy to do it as well.

Excludos:

Lumber Barber:
Sucks that it's completely shameless pay2win though.

Which is exactly what it isn't, if you've been paying attention. I regularly top the charts, and I haven't payed a scent nor played any of the other previous tribes games.

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Classes and upgrades are cheap (and upgrades can only be purchased with EXP, not money, though you can use money to buy a booster to temporarilty increase EXP gains). Weapons are varying degrees of expensive (something like the soldier's eagle pistol is pretty easy to get, but the technician's thumper will take quite some time). Most of the weapons aren't really "better", though; they simply make the class better at a certain niche (exceptions exist, of course). Most technicians prefer to use the unlockable thumper because they like fighting indoors and the impact explosive works better there than their SMG, but the SMG is still a total beast and makes them awesome for supporting the HoF on the flag stand. Chasing/light defence pathfinders often favour the unlockable bolt launcher or its higher damage, but capping pathfinders who use their own weapons for rocket jumps usually stick to the default spinfusor to increase their survivability.

I've spent zero dollars and my doombringer doesn't suffer any for it. Made sure to unlock those land mines first thing, though. Doombringer grenades are turrrrrible.

And regardless of both EXP cost and strength of unlockable items, "pay to win" means that there are items locked behind a pay-wall. The only things that applies to in Ascend are skins.

Lumber Barber:

doesn't it take a ridiculous amount of XP points to unlock most items?

No it does not, only some replacement primary weapons cost a lot, 100k each. Classes and everything else is extremely easy to get.

There's also no point in going for a 100k weapon if you haven't played all the classes to know just which one you're exceptionally good at.

As a result you can have a nearly fully upgraded Technician class, and then decide to unlock the Thumper, which is a projectile explosive weapon, which replaces the sub machine gun.

It's not essential to the class but gives you rhe chance to play it a tad differently.

Heh. The patch they're introducing tomorrow looks pretty not-good, though.

Two offence-oriented updates in a row? Whole bunch of new stuff for one of the best classes in the game? Awwww yeah.

wow, it's like somebody looked at tribes, looked the tf2 surf maps, and decided the world needed a little more awesome in it.

Lumber Barber:

To unlock new items it takes a lot yes. T upgrade anything, it takes barely any xp at all. And 99% of the items you can buy are just there for customization, they are actually balanced very well. The only unbalanced pay to win gun right now is the Plasma gun, but that got released yesterday, so it'll be patched soon.

TO be honest Tribes is possibly one of the better cases of free to play. They provide a decent amount of good content when you start, offer free gold if you like their FB page, and you can get a ton of free XP for inviting friends. Essentially the free gold you get from just liking their page, will unlock you a new class or a new perk entirely for free. Its actually balanced very well.

Don't spend that free gold on a new perk or class; the gold:exp ratios are terrible on those. Spend the free gold on a weapon. Much more efficient.

cahtush:
As a pathfinder, that flagcap was painfull to watch.

maybe it's an "E-grab", no?

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