This edition packages weapon DLC from ten previous expansions as well new featured content.
Release Date: Jun 27, 2012

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"Some say this game is dead or p2w, but it doesnt mean its not fun! go fast shoot stuff!"

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“...the most exciting first-person shooter I've played in years.”
100/100 – Eurogamer
“...stop reading right now and download this game.”
100/100 – Ausgamers
“A game that is just fun as hell.”
91/100 – Ten Ton Hammer

Special Edition

About This Game

Tribes: Ascend is the world’s fastest shooter - a high-adrenaline, online multiplayer FPS with jetpacks, skiing, vehicles, and multiple classes. The classic shooter franchise Tribes has been played by well over 1 million people. With Tribes: Ascend, the franchise is reborn – fast-paced, vertical, acrobatic combat combined with class-based teamwork and stunning sci-fi visuals.

Key Features:

  • Skiing: A slow soldier is a dead soldier. By holding down space bar you remove friction and build momentum to traverse large maps, hunt down targets, and escape enemy territory at intense speeds.
  • Jetpacks: Total freedom of movement and aerial, dog-fight like combat.
  • Class-Based Combat: Unlock up to nine distinct classes, each with unique weapon loadouts and abilities.
  • Player Progression: As you play a class you gain experience which is used to unlock class-specific skills and perks. You can also share the xp gained while playing a favorite class to progress other classes.
  • Escalating Intensity: In each match you earn credits for shooting down enemies or supporting your team’s objectives. Use these match credits to upgrade base defenses, access vehicles, or call-in tactical strikes. The longer you play, the more chaotic the match becomes.
  • Vehicles: Pilot the powerful Beowulf tank, the speedy two-person Grav Cycle or the versatile flying Shrike.
  • Beautiful, Massive Battlefields: Wage war in a variety of open environments including frozen wastelands, sprawling cities, and jagged mountains.
  • Don’t Fight Alone: Friend-list allows you to link up with others and establish supremacy online
  • Free To Play... but not pay to win: All items affecting game play can be earned by playing the game itself. Players can purchase optional Tribes Gold to unlock classes more quickly and/or skills more quickly. Players will also be able to purchase cosmetic skins with Tribes Gold.
  • Spectator Mode: Highly-detailed spectator mode allows you to zoom in on your favorite players, view player data, and switch between action hot spots on the fly.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 2GB (XP), 3GB (Vista, Win7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB free
    • Video Card: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 512MB video ram or better and Shader Model 3.0+ support. (ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher).
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Video Card: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 1GB video ram or better and Shader Model 3.0+ support (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560+ or ATI Radeon 6950+).
Helpful customer reviews
270 of 368 people (73%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
65.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
My favorite part is where no one plays this.

EDIT 2: Apparently people can mark reviews as funny now. Shazbot!

EDIT 3 : ( Rephrased some words below, because for some reason people actually read it. )


EDIT 1 ( MAIN PART OF THE REVIEW BELOW ):

Since people actually somehow managed to find this review, I decided to put at least a little bit of an actual review in here. Not a detailed one because I haven't played the game for a long time, but my personal information about the game.

(SIDENOTE: If you want a review that follows a linear flow of explaining information, this isn't the one. I mainly jump around from topic to topic, mostly because this came from the top of my head.)

( Sorry random OCD guy.)


Tribes:Ascend is a great game, but sadly, a lot of players are missing from the game because developers have moved onto SMITE and they abandoned this game a while ago.

They have made some changes to the game though, that has varied since the release of Tribes:Ascend. One thing they did was cut back on the amount of grinding required, which was really nice for F2P players. The game certainly isn't pay-to-win, but it is deterring to see that a playstyle you want isn't available for you. Most of the default stuff are mostly usable, but I do have to point out that the other weapons are just more fun to use. ( And sometimes more effective. )

The gameplay features high-speed combat, which will be very rewarding to those who value skill.
Coordinated roles and classes give the game a nice feel for it's objective based gameplay, and offers multiple different playstyles. Supportive roles, defensive roles, and offensive roles are ALL viable, and they all help you win the game. There's also a in-game voice communication system that slightly helps with immersion ( if you're into that sort of thing. )

There's also a few game modes ( many of which are probably dead. ).

My personal favorite is Capture the Flag, because it requires a variety of roles by the team.
Maybe you want to be the guy who grabs the flag at high speed.
Maybe you want to be the guy who sits on the flag and laughs at the guy who just died because he rammed into you at high speed.
Or maybe, you want to be like a sneaky ninja and blow stuff up. ( People included. )

The amount of skill required in this game is more than any normal FPS. You can't just aim down the sights of your gun and kill a guy in 1 second. You need to actually try to kill him, because 95% of the weapon in this game are not hitscan, which means you WILL have to shoot ahead of a moving target and if you want your projectile to even land CLOSE to him.

Experienced players will 'blue plate' someone. ( Blue plate is when you hit a poor guy directly with a spinfusor. )

Newer players may find it easier to use rapid-firing weapons until they're ready to try out the Spinfusor.

New players will also learn the term 'Shazbot!' ( Which will not be explained here. )

There is progression in this game, but they unlock different playstyles and weapons, rather than directly upgrading your weapons. ( Not counting some of the other things you can upgrade, but let's forget about those for now. )

You don't unlock a grip for your gun to reduce 15% penalty to accuracy, you don't get a scope and whatever, you'll actually want to unlock other classes and weapons. One of the classes has access to a fractal grenade ( the disco grenade ) and another class has invisibility. I'm not going to list every single class, but you get the point.

Weapons play a large part of Tribes as well as the classes. While a technician can put down a turret, some guy on a hill can make it rain explosives on him and clear the objective for a friendly to move in.

Sadly, you won't be able to unlock TotalBiscuit's voice unless you pay real money.


Yes. His voice is in the game.

You can also buy skins and stuff so you look different. Not like you'd show it off to anyone anyways.


You can also get credits or whatever to buy resupply points and call in orbital strikes.
Credits are only for the duration of the match, so feel free to call in the thunder.

As for performance, I've always had a problem on low-end PCs, so this isn't really the game you want to be playing on a low budget, but you shouldn't really have any performance problems if you have a medium to high end rig. There's a few performance.ini's on the internet somewhere if you really wanna play this on a potato. Trust me, I tried, and I at least went fast enough to kill something.


If you've read the original portion of the review, I joke about how no one plays this ( because no one does ) but that doesn't mean I don't want anyone to play it.


If you have slogged through this thing that steam calls a review, give Tribes a try. If you like it, tell your friends. Maybe it'll actually have some people playing it. ( Yeah right. )
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111 of 136 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
122.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
A flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. Tribes Ascend unofficially died within a year of its release, in large thanks to a very toxic community, but more so thanks to a very dodgy developer. Some would say it was doomed from the start with the unrewarding unlock system, and its very liberal use of micro-transactions, but what really killed the game was the "we didn't break through to a big enough market in the first year, so let's make something else" attitude from the studio. Tribes was pushed aside, all future support and updates were cancelled, with only the bare support of some multiplayer-servers remaining to squeeze out any additional funds, and instead Hi-Rez focused all of their resources on the continued development and support of Smite - a MOBA game.

Personally, Tribes Ascend was the best shooter experience I'd ever had. It was fun, it was exciting, it was difficult, and pulling off a flag grab, and capture, was among the most rewarding things I'd ever done in a videogame. I spent some 300 hours in the game, in- and outside of Steam, and I shelled out quite a few bucks too - because it was a free to play game that was so good, I wanted the devs to know it.

But in the end, Tribes Ascend simply went too fast for the devs.

[VGS]
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315 of 471 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
196.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
RIP.
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59 of 75 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
103.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Maybe you've heard the tales, of how Hi-Rez has abondoned their golden child. Whilst yes this is true, fear not! The gaming community has more than enough leverage to bring them back to this game and these are the reasons why. Don't worry there's a TL;DR at the bottom

Tribes Ascend is as unique as it gets when it comes to FPS. In Tribes the maps are so huge and its ski feature allows you to go so fast and at times you can sometimes feel adrenaline pumping through your veins. Add in the weapons which are mostly splash related and the only way to survive is to be moving. Stand still and you will die- not only does this make it the fastest pace shooter, it also means there will be no campers (except snipers, duh). The tactics, strategies and innovative ideas that spring up as to how to defeat the other side gives the game a lot of depth and lot of shazbots. To list all the features, I'd be writing a PhD, so to make my life easier, there's this: http://www.hirezstudios.com/tribesascend/home
Just because the game appears dead doesn't mean it's not good already. Sure things will seem a little empty but if enough people read this and enough people get into it, I guarantee we can change things.

All the classes blend together to create a synergy close to perfection and they individually cover so vast an angle that every class is needed and you will always see every class at work in a game. You won't see an entire team of Juggernauts because they'd be easily beaten by a nimble Pathfinder. Every class has it's pros and it's cons, and when put in a team form one mechanised unit that will steamroll the enemy. But you can also be flexible in that you won't have to stick to one class the entire time, you can switch it up. Sneaking in isn't working? Why not go in spinfusor toting and blow everything up? You don't have to invest too much into any one class and personally I find some of the starting weapons are amazing once you warm up to them. Spend hours trying them out. And if you like it, tell your friends to sign up, get the world united to bring this back, eh?

And of course, there's the one quintessential aspect of the game I haven't explored a lot. The fact that it's free! This is a lifesaver for anyone-stingy or not and oh boy am I glad it's free. For such an amazing game, so unique and so complex I was dumbfounded at first when I found out it was free. There are those who say it's pay to win but don't take any of that nonsense. NONE of the weapons are "better" than the starting ones, they're all different and suit different people or different scenarios. For the one class you may prefer blowing people to kingdom come with the satisfaction of seeing the killing blow, having your enemies blasted out of existence with you a mile away or gunning them down while chasing them and see them try to escape. With the multitude of weapons and items available, Tribes offers you the chance to try them ALL out in the practice mode so you can set your sight on a new weapon and grind and shoot your way to the top with a goal in mind. And when you've gotten every weapon you possibly want, or every item there is available, you don't stop or run out of steam *badumtsi* because you're always trying to be the best and the adrenaline rush, the satisfaction of a Blue Plate, a headshot, a melee or anything is reward enough.

TL;DR Not a moment in the game will you be bored and hours will fly by so quickly. So if you've played this before, but have felt defeated by Hi-Rez, get back on your feet or if you're completely new, go headfirst in and have a little faith. Login and start. Get your friends to jump in too. The more people we get, the more of the gaming community there are, the great ther chance of getting Hi-Rez's attention and bring this thing back. So spread the word, bring people into it, tell the gaming community and the world- even tell that random stranger on the road to. This game didn't deserve to end so quickly, so let's give it another shot.
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97 of 147 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Its like half arena shooter half Tony Hawk Pro Skater
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76 of 112 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
From Hi-Rez, they give you Tribes!

A quick jump around Future FPS

Controls and options are perfect for the PC Gamer

The connection is good

but hi-rez kind of left it for Smite, So don't expect any changes

Still a worthy download!
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,422.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
played it for a bit.

its ok
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100 of 164 people (61%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
hirez abandoned this gem for their cash cow moba
but BEFORE abandoning it they ♥♥♥♥ed it all up and made it just frustrating to play
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115 of 204 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
"Well-coordinated and heavily practiced Reddit team beaten by a rag-tag group of virgins run by a furry tripfriend and a BR with 140 ping."

The game started off as one of the best I played in 2011, but countless updates made made it p2w now though, we will never go fast again comrades, the dream is dead ;_;7
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
480.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
♥♥♥♥ hirez
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86 of 154 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This game gives shame to the name Tribes if you have ever played the original version. Tribes: Ascend focuses on quick play snatch and capture mechanics with very limited ability to defend the flag other than chasing down the enemy constantly, which is very difficult due to the 10 second captures skilled players can do.

In the original "Starsiege: Tribes", any player could set all the defenses with each team having a resource cap on the amount of defences that could be set. In Ascend, each class has their own defence abiliy and only 1 per player. So ASSUMING your team even sets down their defense ability, you have a very very small defense to block the enemy.

Another problem I have is Starseige used to actually make getting the flag difficult by putting them IN buildings with many turns and hallways so a player could not simply fly past it and grab it like in Ascend.

This game falls so short of actually being competitive it's just sad.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
A hassle to install and play via Steam. Would recommend downloading it off the official website instead. Sucks, I know. If you insist on playing it on Steam, though, see this thread: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2771011&page=2

Still a really fun game, though, but I didn't bother with the steam version.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
82.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Excellent game, wish HiRez still worked on it.
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
61.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
The best example of how you shouldn't make a modern old-school FPS.

This game introduced me to the Tribes series, and during beta and the first months after release it has been one of the best FPS I've ever played.
But it was ruined and later abandoned by incompetent (or just greedy, I don't really know) developers who couldn't manage the early and sudden success of the game, and made it a horrible pay to win hitscan fest with no anticheat, adding more and more unbalanced, overpriced and overpowered content instead of fixing the blatant flaws the game had, thus turning away both veterans and new players (who faced a huge paywall or hundreds of hours of grinding just to play the game with adequate equipment).

After a few months, nostalgia led me to try Tribes 2, which is the clearest example of why Ascend failed (classes, loadouts, wepon balance etc), but I eventually stopped playing it because of high latency and very low population.

I quit playing Ascend like 2 years ago, but right now, with all these upcoming/released new arena fps, it came to my mind and I realised that I don't really care about a new Unreal Tournament or all these Quake clones (that I surely will play and enjoy!), I just want a new Tribes game DONE RIGHT:

- no free to play model
- classes, physics, map designs and weapons have to be studied and analysed to provide the most balanced and fair gameplay
- content must be limited in order to keep the game balanced

All these features were mostly overlooked by Ascend's developers.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
It has been killed by the developer.
However we could band together and try to convince HiRez to open source it and give it to the community.
That would be the only way the game could even have a chance to live.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I want to give this game a good score, I really do. Well, first Ill just go over the pros+cons
Pros
-Very fast and unique shooty shooty gun gun gameplay
-Balanced maps with most of them being symmetrical and even
-Interesting guns and other items
-Large variety of classes

Now the Cons

Cons
-Games pretty much dead. Little to no larger servers as of 28/12/2014
-Small amount of glitches
-Devs have basiclly stopped working on it

Now the cons might not seem that bad right? Well this game hasn't gotten an update in almost 2 years.
Oh yeah and the lack of mod support.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
913.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
love tribes, hate hi-rez
the sad truth
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Tribes Ascend was an awesome game. I was playing it long before it made it's way onto steam but sadly Hi-Rez has decided to quit updating it in favor of Smite as I assume they figured they can make more money off that game instead. Although this game was free to play or as some say "Pay 2 Win" I'd have to disagree with the later part as the game required a good bit of fps skill to play and someone that just bought all the equipment could still be stomped on by a more skilled player.

But with the game long out of date and less than 150 players active I'll have to sadly say I would not recommend trying it out now as you would have missed the "glory days"
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Tribes used to be a great series, until Hi-Rez got a hold of it.
Sadly, Tribes:Ascend is only a mere shadow of it's predecessors.
While there's certainly some fun in the game, the lack of support for the last few years lets the game die slowly and painfully.
There are not many servers left and those that remain are mostly empty too.
It's a sad picture overall, for a game that had so much potential.

tl;dr: there's nothing like this game, but being a multiplayer game the lack of online players isn't really very positive for the overall gaming experience.
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39 of 73 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
twas once a fun game but now it is dead. wish more games had sking with guns at 1000000M/s. this was one of the few shooters that took any real skill that i know of but i guess modern "gamers" dont like games that require skill and would rather the game did everything for them.
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