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||[May. 7th, 2006|04:12 am]
The Wandering Nomad
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So, remember those games that I mentioned yesterday, which I gave no context for at all? I downloaded all but one of them and played the crap outta them, here's what I think...
First of all, these games are both meant for online play, there's no single player campaign or in-game tutorial in either. Nexuiz has an "instant action" feature which lets you go head-to-head with some bots, but with Tremulous you're thrown right into the fray, lucky for you though, all of the keys are explained onscreen by default (which can be turned off later once you've learned them).
Tremulous is in a word, fun. Did you ever play Starcraft and wonder what it was like to be a Protoss? If so, this game is not for you. However, if you ever played Starcraft and wondered what it would be like to be a Terran or a Zerg, this game is definately for you. Tremulous combines RTS building and resourcing elements with FPS destroy-everything-that-moves-and-doesn't-look-like-you gameplay. The makers of Tremulous took everything fun associated with being an alien and stuck it into this game, freakish speed, wall-climbing, human-grabbing, acid-spitting, disgusting noises and an Overmind. As well as all of the good things about being a Space Marine, Flamethrowers, Mecha-suits, Repeater guns, Turrets. and packed them all into this game. Your teams actually level up, based on the amount of kills that you get, allowing you to spawn as more advanced fighters. A few things are missing though. Most of the levels are entirely indoors, which can get old after a while. There's no option to go into a third-person view, which could really help out first level aliens. A couple of the maps seem incomplete in areas, with lack of texturing. One thing that could really use some fixing is that you have to connect to a server in order to configure your options. On the main menu there is no "Options" section, only "Play" "Mods" and "Quit". Only after you connect to a server can you press escape and configure your controls, video and sound settings.
Nexuiz is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful, especially with the Bloom feature turned on. This game is the prettiest thing I've seen come out of any opensource project. The game itself is a throwback to a time when FPSes didn't have to make sense or be realistic for someone to play them. It's definately in the spirit of Quake III, Doom, and Duke Nukem. There's a good variety of weapons to choose from. Most have both primary and secondary fire. The game is extremely fast paced. The blood and gore is extremely overexaggerated to emphasize the fact that this is not in any way meant to be a simulation. The game does have one major problem, for me at least... Even after I dialed down all of the settings I still got major control lag, which is something that never happens with me. I really don't know what the problem here is, it caused me to lose more frequently than I otherwise would have. It's a real shame too, because I was having an otherwise wonderful time playing this.
Both of these games can be run off of a USB flashdrive in case you're in need of a distraction when you're away from home.
For those of you who can't stand FPSes, this is probably the last I'll talk about these games. For those of you who love FPSes, well, maybe I'll play you in Tremulous some time.
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