Made a Tribes: Ascend impression video. Not much discussion!

#1 Posted by xbob42 (514 posts) -

So as my thread title says, I haven't seen all that much Tribes: Ascend discussion out there. You can find some here and there, but I think it deserves a little more talk than it's garnered so far! So to do what little I can to help generate some buzz, I made an impression video the other day after having played the beta for about 3-4 days. (Watch in 1080p and stuff!)

While I've made quite a few basic videos (Mostly just boss kill stuff from my WoW days, my guild loved having that stuff and it was fun to make, so why not?) this is the first one I've ever actually voiced. So that explains the occasional background noise and such. My mic isn't horrible, but I think it's definitely time to get a new one. This video actually took a lot longer than I thought it would to make, having to go through an hour or so of footage and pluck out some fairly interesting (Nothing amazing.) stuff to present while I was talking. I originally wanted to match stuff in-game with what I was saying, but that would've meant recording even MORE footage! Seeing as how it was just a video for the boards I frequent (I've only posted here a few times, mostly about Endurance Run stuff cause I'm crazy, but this is my favorite gaming site overall, I think.) I didn't think I'd need to spend too much more time on it than was strictly necesarry.

So, besides the few black spots (My transition effect messed up twice somehow and I somehow missed it in editing and didn't want to re-render the video.) I think it turned out alright. I'm really liking this game, so lemme know what you think!

#2 Posted by Moustachio (1 posts) -

Oh my, good sir! What a terrific post and handsome video! I, as a fellow and separate human being, approve greatly of this! I say!

#3 Edited by BlinkyTM (1054 posts) -

Well, I trust your video is good because your white, your friend is whitish...I suspect something went wrong in the cloning process, and I'm white! So, my opinion of your video should be trusted too right?

Opinion: I'll do this when I get home...sitting in a hallway with a bunch of people right now lol!

#4 Posted by xbob42 (514 posts) -

Man, still can't generate much discussion about this game! If you're a PC gamer who loves PC-centric shooters that rely on speed and skill then this is totally for you. It's been SO long since we had a game like this. It's all slow-paced corridor shooters now. Even BF3 doesn't feel anywhere near fast enough.

#5 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@xbob42: @Moustachio said:

Oh my, good sir! What a terrific post and handsome video! I, as a fellow and separate human being, approve greatly of this! I say!

Using multiple accounts to promote your vids is frowned upon :P

#6 Posted by Maluvin (265 posts) -

Man I used to play Tribes 2 with my little brother so much. Love Tribes!

Great video and definitely has me interested in checking it out soon.

#7 Edited by xbob42 (514 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@xbob42: @Moustachio said:

Oh my, good sir! What a terrific post and handsome video! I, as a fellow and separate human being, approve greatly of this! I say!

Using multiple accounts to promote your vids is frowned upon :P

Um. Thanks? Do you have anything to contribute? Because I'm pretty sure spam is also frowned upon. I don't care if you watch the video or not, I want to talk about TRIBES ASCEND. I thought I made that kind of clear.

#8 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@xbob42 said:

@Ravenlight said:

@xbob42: @Moustachio said:

Oh my, good sir! What a terrific post and handsome video! I, as a fellow and separate human being, approve greatly of this! I say!

Using multiple accounts to promote your vids is frowned upon :P

Um. Thanks? Do you have anything to contribute? Because I'm pretty sure spam is also frowned upon. I don't care if you watch the video or not, I want to talk about TRIBES ASCEND. I thought I made that kind of clear.

I hadn't eaten lunch when I posted that comment and was a bit cranky :/

From what I saw when I skimmed through your video, the game at least looks like a pretty faithful recreation of Starsiege Tribes with some modern polish applied and I think that's a cool thing. I'll definitely sit down later and watch the whole vid from beginning to end.

Ascend is free-to-play, right? What part of the game are they monetizing?

#9 Edited by xbob42 (514 posts) -

Thanks! Sorry if I seemed a bit, er, brusque, I just picture comments like that as being made by like a kid wearing a deputy Sheriff badge, and deputy Sheriffs always ruin things!

Ascend is free-to-play, they're monetizing by allowing you to pretty much do what you could do in Global Agenda. That is, paying to accelerate token and exp gains and also to straight up buy gold which can be used to unlock classes instantly if that's the route you wanna go. Everything can be unlocked in-game, though, through normal play. They're still messing with the values, but the two current default classes, Soldier and Ranger, seem like excellent classes that only make you curious as to how the others play, encouraging you to play more. You can buy a Boost, which I believe is double XP and token gains, and spending absolutely any amount of cash makes you a permanent VIP, which nets you +50% token and XP gains, which stack with boosts.

I haven't paid a dime and I feel like my progress is going along just fine. That said, nothing seems prohibitively expensive SO far. We'll see, though! I like the model they have going, as I detail in the video. It's free-to-play but not pay-to-win, which is exactly why it's being accepted as an eSport. (As much as I detest the idea of eSports, they're probably good for gaming overall. I think the term eSport just sounds TERRIBLE.)

As for it being faithful to Tribes... Apparently a lot of hardcore Tribes fans are up in arms about the lack of customization (It's all classes.) but it doesn't really bother me in the slightest. Some things change, it's been a long time and they have to make somehow. It's not like their classes are limited or anything, there's pretty much every combination I could reasonably come up with. To me, this is Tribes, whether a hardcore Tribes fan thinks so... that's another thing, but if you just want Tribes with pretty graphics, then this is not that. This is a new game. As TotalBiscuit says "This is Tribes: Ascend. And it plays like Tribes: Ascend."

#10 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

Tribes Ascend Vs. Firefall (who is being made by the guys who created Tribes)

Go!

#11 Posted by xbob42 (514 posts) -

@Buzzkill said:

Tribes Ascend Vs. Firefall (who is being made by the guys who created Tribes)

Go!

If they're both free-to-play, you'll find me on both!

#12 Posted by DG991 (1344 posts) -

Tribes ascend would be as good as tribes 2 if it let you buy vehicles as freely.

#13 Posted by xbob42 (514 posts) -

I played some CTF and it seems as though you're totally free to buy whatever vehicles you want so long as you have the cash. Didn't notice any limits aside from that.

#14 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@xbob42: Okay, I'm at home now and itching to try out a new shooter that doesn't involve contemporary conflict. Is T:A still currently in closed beta?

#15 Posted by xbob42 (514 posts) -

It is, though getting into the beta isn't amazingly difficult. I got accepted same-day.

#16 Posted by Danteveli (1186 posts) -

Played a bit but its hard to just jump and get used to old school MP after all that COD and Battlefield

#17 Posted by Subjugation (4720 posts) -

I just applied for beta access, so we'll see how that goes. It looks interesting enough, although I don't have any previous experience with Tribes.

#18 Posted by xbob42 (514 posts) -

@Danteveli said:

Played a bit but its hard to just jump and get used to old school MP after all that COD and Battlefield

How soft gamers have become with their console babby shooters. :P

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