Tribes: Ascend is a free to play online multiplayer FPS. With a Sci-fi setting, it adds jet-packs and skis to make a game which is incredibly fast and a real buzz to play.
Moving in Tribes: Ascend is the first thing you have to get used to. In addition to normal FPS controls, holding Space will activate skis, so you'll slide over terrain, where as the right mouse button activates your jet pack. Using both together and the hills, you can move around maps at incredible speed, and it's loads of fun.
The result of this speed means you'll be shooting at fast moving opponents, and sometimes the feel approaches aerial combat! So, Tribes: Ascend is not your serious army shooter, rather a fast paced arcade game relying on your fast reactions to hit opponents.
The two game modes are classic death match and capture the flag. The latter is the most fun - the speed of Tribes: Ascend makes this very different to normal FPS games. Players will swoop through enemy bases, picking up the flag and disappearing in moments. As everyone can fly for a time, finding a good spot to camp out and snipe from is a short lived experience.
While Tribes: Ascend is certainly different, the tight gameplay is reminiscent of Quake or Counter-Strike. It's addictive and fun from the start, but learning the subtleties and tactics necessary to win takes time.