Advantages Fast paced shooter | Variety of weapons and maps | Looks stunning
Disadvantages No team balancing | No Singleplayer | Could be useless if community dies.
Tournament shooters have been a little depraved recently since 2008’s Unreal Tournament III by Epic Games. The deathmatch settings with fast pacing will be bizarre to people used to the recent run of shooting games. You have no time to really check your target let alone picking your kills to get the best kill streak and quite simply, they aren’t as frantic these days.
As for structure, well 2 teams of four making up an 8 player match (good maths there…) and this is across nine maps with a variety of 9 weapons. These weapons are balanced and well crafted, especially the starting weapon which is a shotgun. It is powerful and a very reliable starting weapon that will make you think twice before picking up a sniper rifle or mortar. Along with that, there are rapid-fire weapons and hand guns, not to mention the rocket launcher too. You practically have 18 weapons on hand though, with each of the 9 having a secondary function (true Unreal Tournament style) so that they each feel individual and varied.Augmentations come in the form of Mutators which add a bit more depth to this chaotic shooter. Through completing actions like capturing the flag, pick-ups and killing sprees, players can then choose how they build their character, including regeneration to last longer or silly options like monochrome overlays to complicate matters further – adding to the challenge if you are THAT hardcore. Other ones come in the form of “invert controls” which can occur to the leading player so that they are then licking a wall rather than turning that corner with proficiency and speed. It sounds mean but these mutators are balanced and fair and it really just makes Nexuiz worth coming back to.
Graphically, well for a downloadable title it is superb – It uses the CryEngine 3 which some of you will recognize as the Crysis 2 engine from Crytek and it is the first downloadable title to do so. The various maps, be they in futuristic cities or amongst deadly, ancient ruins look stunning throughout as you unleash hell upon the other teams. Guns look detailed and interesting as well with the visuals once again helping here.Two modes are available, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, and while this may seem rather “barebones” compared to the variety of playlists you can find in shooters these days, it is the mutators that keep things fresh and interesting.
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