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After All These Years Tribes One is Still Active

Tribes One was released in 1998 as an online first person shooter. Since then there have been many iterations of the once wildly popular game from Sierra.

It's hard to believe that a online game that was released when most of the gamers of the day connected by dial-up modem. The gameplay by modem connection was surprisingly responsive. With multiple servers now hosting games and the increase of internet speeds in general the Tribes One gaming experience has gotten better.

As mentioned above, there have been new releases of Tribes. Tribes Two released in 2001 with an attempt to sharpen the graphics and add new scenery to the gaming experience. With the added graphics load the game suffered in speed. Several independent game developors modded the code and consequently sped the gamplay up substantially. Tribes Two still has a following especially since it was released as a free download shortly after its' retail release.

Tribes Vengeance was released in late 2004 with a totally new game experience. The code was rewritten on the Unreal engine and retained its' signature player experience from the Tribes One release. Like it's two predessors Vengeance was highly promoted but was not received by the gaming community in spite of the upgrade in enviroment and maps. Vengeance was the pinnacle of graphics make over for the Tribes Franchise.

Enter the newest release, Tribes Ascend released by Hi-Rez Studios in April of 2012. In October of 2010 it was announced that Hi-Rez Studios would be the new owner of the Tribes franchise. I personally have not been able to play Ascend because of the older PC that I currently play Tribes One, Tribes Two and have played Vengeance on. I have to say that what I have seen of Ascend looks really promising especially considering other popular games that I feel are a total ripoff - Halo - of Tribes don't have that all important signature control that is the centerpiece of Tribes - The abilty to fly using your jetpack.

Jetpacks and the ability to fly first introduced in Tribes One has made gameplay a real challenge. Flying and targeting players in-air takes a lot of practice. Not only does a player have to be aware of energy in his jetpack but also has to account for the arc of the projectile that he is firing. This one signature ability makes the Tribes experience unique. I would suggest you check it out. CJE
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