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

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March 30

Tribes: Ascend 1.3 - Patch Notes

  • Hellfire is now available to play for CTF and Blitz and has been added to all appropriate server map rotations.
  • Votekick percentage increased to 45%, up from 35%
  • Changed votekick message to include player who initiated the votekick.
  • "Vote by [votekick_starter]: kick [kickable_player]?"
  • Ammo pickups now yield the same 400 hp heal on all armor types when
    • Light - Heals for 400 HP, up from 300.
    • Medium - Heals for 400 hp, down from 462.
    • Heavy - Heals for 400 hp, down from 520.
      picked up.
  • Blueshift has been removed from map rotations by community request. This map will still be available to play on custom servers.
Equipment Changes
  • Automatic Weapons
    • All rapid fire weapons have had RNG based spread completed removed in favor for precise shots based on player skill only.
    • The following weapons have had their damage falloff values adjusted to 80% damage at range. This is to normalize the falloff between other similar weapons.
      • Falcon
      • NJ4
      • X1 LMG
  • Saber Launcher
    • May now fire without locking a target. This will result a dumbfire missile with no tracking ability, similar to the old Titan Launcher.
    • Tracking Missile
      • Target vehicle is locked with the same previous method and timing
      • Damage increased to 1350, up from 1200
      • Impulsed increased to 85000, up from 80000
      • Range increased to 360, up from 220
    • Dumbfire Missile
      • Impulsed increased to 85000, up from 80000
      • Range increased to 360, up from 220
      • Damage set to 370
      • Direct impact damage multiplier set to 2.0
      • Impulse set to 85000
      • Range set to 300
      • Speed set to 3000
      • Inheritance set to 50%
      • Size set to 15
  • Mortar Launcher
    • Mortar direct impact timer increased to 0.75 seconds, up from 0.5 seconds.
    • When hitting a vehicle the shorter timer is now used.
    • Damage lowered to 1300, down from 1400.
    • Direct hit bonus increased to 1.154, up from 1.0. Now deals 1500 damage on direct impact.
      Minimum damage decreased to 600 damage at max range.
  • Thrown Disks
    • Decreased damage to 350, down from 600.
    • Increased direct hit multiplier to 2.0, up from 1.5. Now deals 700 damage on direct impact.
  • Heavy weapons impulse reduction
    • The following weapons have had their impulse values reduced to 85,000 down from 90,000.
      • Heavy Spinfusor
      • Heavy Bolt Launcher
      • Heavy Blinksfusor
  • Plasma Gun
    • Fire interval reduced to 0.5, down from 0.6
    • Damage reduced to 270, down from 280.
  • NJ5 returns to Medium armor.
    • Fire interval set to 0.2
    • Damage set to 150
    • Falls off to 80% damage at at max range of 6000.
  • Impact Nitron
    • Increased radius to 400, up from 350.
  • Shocklance
    • Damage increased to 600, up from 500.
    • No longer drains energy for up to 250 bonus damage.
    • Damage dealt from behind remains at 2x.
    • Removed impulse given to hit target.
  • Fixed a long standing issue where beams from sniper rifles would not connect with a target when successfully hit at long distances.
  • Fixed an issue preventing players from equipping a repair tool at a repair station when they have the ELF gun equipped.
  • Fixed an issue where the Flak Cannon / EFG would not reload at various stages in its clip.
  • Fixed an issue where the Flak Cannon / EFG would award multiple kills on a single target.
  • Vehicle ejection speeds have been increased.
    • Light ejects at 50% vehicle speed, up from 40%
    • Medium ejects at 40% vehicle speed, up from 35%
  • GravCycle
    • Health reduced to 1400, down from 2200.
  • Shrike
    • Health reduced to 1400, down from 2800
    • Energy regeneration per second reduced to 10, down from 20
    • Reduced impulse from weapon to 2500, down from 10,000
    • Explosion radius reduced to 200, down from 250
  • Fixed an issue where many projectiles were being killed on direct impact with a vehicle and not dealing damage to them, especially while stationary.
  • Additional network optimizations to improve performance.
  • Tweaked load balancing logic to try and keep players on the same physical server between map transitions.
  • Lowered minimum mip settings to allow players to adjust their INI settings for extremely low texture resolutions.
  • Fixed an issue where the weapon HUD would turn back on after match completed even though it had been disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where the laser targeter target location wasn’t being properly set while in 3rd person camera mode.
  • Fixed an issue where empty perks were being shown in the spectator hud.

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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

    • 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
    • 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+).
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✾ ℛ𝔧⧜𝒆ℓ [VGHQ]
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
A really good game.

Apparently smite being more popular and this not receiving updates makes it bad somehow.

Yes, it is an old game, but that does not make it bad. The game is more than playable and if you're good at fast paced shooters then it most probably is a good game for you.
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( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
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( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I played the original Tribes a lot when it first came out. I like capture the flag games.
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( 57.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is an awesome version of Tribes if you loved the older games. This version brings back all of the old feel of the previous generations! However, there are way too many hacks these days and this game is plagued with them! Most all the active clans and elite players are using the hacks. Stay away from this game if you are looking for a real skill based game.
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( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is amazing. There really is no other FPS like it. It's fast paced, skill driven, and team centered. The one thing that makes it stand out from other games, is the jetpack flying and skiing on land mechanics. This in itself is a skill to be mastered, but one of the most important aspects of the game, and also one of the most fun. This game is hard to describe without playing, but I have played Tribes since the original a long time ago, and I know some longtime fans aren't very into this version, but I truly believe it has represented the franchise well. I only wish there were a bigger player base and a way to mod the game like the old Tribes. It's FREE! If nothing else, give it a shot! Don't be discouraged as it does have a pretty big learning curve, but when you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun!
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Papa Bless
( 40.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
If you forget your password you can't log bck in.
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( 34.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Extreme Sports : American lands
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( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
it's good but the only problem is that it's not popular, but otherwise it's a great game
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( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Dead game. Devs left this dead in the water to support Smite. It's a shame as Tribes was a really good franchise from Dynamix.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I actually played a lot of this game when it first came out, and it looked to be going well for a while. HiRez were chipping in pot bonuses for tournaments, promoting the game on streams and such, it could have been good.

Frankly the game had and has too many flaws to write an all-encompassing review including all of its many faults, but among the highlights have to be HiRez' complete lack of common sense, vision for the final product, and inability to listen to feedback from top players, even on trivial matters (I recall a forum thread pleading for replay-support, where some HiRez employee came in to basically say "we could do this, but we won't"), the redesigns and gross mismanagement of classes/loadouts, lack of decent balance for certain weapons, the GOTTA GO SLOW, the menu UI, the game's performance, the grind, the lies, the microtransactions, the...really, it's The Everything.

Then, years after the game had been aborted, they (I think it was like 1 rogue developer with community feedback and a lack of Jesus in his life) release a patch that is half idiocy and half comp mod, and now even the casuals who stuck with this mess for years don't wanna play the game anymore.

If you actually want a history lesson on why this game is dead, here you go. It's a fantastic tale of incompetence.

Despite all of this. the game could be fun for new players as a f2p title, if it had players. It doesn't. For good reason. Even the very few players it has are undeserved and probably nostalgic/poor people.
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Played this game ages ago and thought I would give it a try again. Safe to say its got the same problem which caused me to quit in the first place, once you get to level 10++ you get dumped into the "Big Boy" zones.

Here you will get your butt kicked and handed to you by people who have no life (they get so salty when you managed to kill them in some way) and have been playing this game for ages. The balence in this game is awefull to say the least.

It strikes me as very poor when you are level 11 and paired against people who are 40++. New players will enjoy this game at the start but around lvl 10 will drop off.

Some players are aslo cheap as ♥♥♥♥, by partying with a low level player then barge into the lvl 1 ~ 10 games and wreck everything including your fun.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
A very fun team-centered game with amazing game mecanics that can result in a very fun firefight/flag chase

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
179.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
ive had a weird relationship with this game. over the years ive played it on and off all the time, and let me say this i liked it always, however i never really got good at playing it. so i never really was able to compete with the really good players on a skill based level, however what that ment for me was just that instead of outplaying them i had to outsmart them which was defenitly not impossible, so in the end do i recommend this game? even with all the long time players that will borderline murder you in the 10+ servers? yes. but only under one condition: You have to have a friend that plays this game and who is good at it, so you can play together. trust me this will make your expierience soooooo much better even when playing against long time players.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
This is a great free to play game, its very fun and bug free. I do have a few problems.

1: VERY VERY VERY steep learning curve. The movment is very fast and all weapons have a projectile speed. You will have to master your predictions of your projectiles to get a good shot.

2: Slow progress. Leveling up is slow and hard. A game usually lasts 20 minutes to complete and usually dosent give you much experience.

3: It requires a HiRez account to play and that always takes time to get started.

But other than that I do recemend trying this. Also your starting items are very good and are mostly meta so you will not be out guned.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
204.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
It's like a game of connect the dots - except the dots are usually moving at 300km/h.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
In this game
U go fast
if u are not fast u are not good so get gud and come back when u reach speed cap
pm for personel training advice on going fast
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Poor Tribes. It didn't deserve to die that way.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
this game would have been better if theres a lot of people playing it
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