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Tribes 2 - Playing Tribes 2 Part 1
Now we'll get to grips with the guts of Tribes 2. In this
section I'll walk you through the things you'll need to know:
- Chat Screen.
Blue Text: General Game messages.
Green Text: Message sent to team only.
Light Blue Text: Message sent to everyone.
Yellow Text: Important team messages.
When you're down to 50% energy the meter will turn yellow. It goes red at
25%, and when it reaches zero you're dead!
Energy Bar - This
indicates the amount of energy you have available. Your jet pack and some weapons will not
function without sufficient energy.
Compass and waypoint indicator. The red line points to North. You can set waypoints in the
Command Circuit which will show up as a diamond. Especially useful on large maps.
When this is flashing red you're in range of the enemy sensors, and you'll have a nice red
triangle above your head :). Also when ever an enemy player has you in sight the sensor
will flash red to alert you as shown in the picture above.
Mission Time -
Displays the amount of time left before the game ends. In the screen above it's displaying
nine minutes and thirty eight seconds before the game ends.
Displays all weapons & ammo levels. Note ammo levels are also displayed on the
reticule (crosshair) as a small number.
Inventory - Displays
your pack, and other items like the number of mines you're carrying.
Depending on the game type, this gives details about the objective. In Capture the flag
game this will display info on where the flags are.
Pressing the 'Esc' (escape) key whilst playing
Tribes 2 will give you the options menu where you'll be able to change teams. You
can also vote on several issues:
- To change your team.
- To change mission.
- To change timelimit.
...You may get more options to vote for depending on the server you're playing on.
Right clicking yourself or another player's name will bring up a
small menu. This allows you to do several useful things; it allows you to mute
the player (useful if they're annoying you or putting you off the game with
ideal chit-chat) or vote to kick if you feel the player is
spoiling the game.
To answer a vote at anytime press INSERT key for yes and DELETE for no, or
alternatively ignore the message and you'll not vote at all.
(Click image left for a bigger image).
Capture The Flag (CTF): This is played with two teams, each with the goal of
capturing the other teams flag. Take the other team's flag and return it back to your base
- when it touches yours, points are rewarded. Of course the other team is trying to do
exactly the same! CTF games can be fast and furious with each team desperately trying to
hold on to their own flag.
mission has a number of objectives. These objectives will be shown on screen when
you start to join a server. Read the objectives and take note of all the information
displayed - it could help you and your team claim victory!
In Tribes 2 there are eight types of missions:
- Bounty: Bounty is basically an organised Deathmatch. Each player is
assigned one player at random - then you must hunt them down and frag 'em. Once each
player's target is eliminated another is selected and so it continues... Always keep an
eye out for the player whose target is you :).
- Capture and Hold (C&H): Grab an objective by touching the switch,
and try to keep it under your team's control. Points are awarded for holding onto
objectives for a set amount of time. Any defences associated with a captured objective
also come under the team's control.
Deathmatch (DM): This mode pits you against up to 15 other players, in a battle
to gain the most frags until the time limit is hit.
Hunters: Collecting flags is the key to this game. Every time a player is fragged
he will drop a flag. Collect these flags and at anytime enter the 'Nexus' to score points.
The temptation in this game is to tell yourself 'one more flag then I'll
go score...'. However, when you're killed you'll drop all the flags you've
collected! Knowing when to enter the 'nexus' without pushing your luck is the key to
Team Hunters: Same rules as for 'Hunters', but this time two teams battle
it out to try and rack up the highest flag totals. Again, don't get greedy!
Rabbit: There's one rabbit and the longer a player holds onto it the more
points he will score - but it's not that easy. The other players will all want to grab the
rabbit and the game soon turns into utter chaos :).
Siege: One team defends their base, and the other launches an attack. The
defenders have to hold out until the time limit is reached, without the attackers
breaching their defenses.
||Every player you see within one of your team's
radar zones will be identified with a triangle above their head. Green for a team
mate, red for the enemy. In general, anything in the game that's green is on your side.
You can tell how badly damaged individual players are by a small energy bar that
appears when your aiming crosshair is on them. Also players skins will show damage -
if their health is in the red then their skin will be bloody and full of holes!
Both team's base defences and stations (almost other things) will also show physical
damage, but you'll only see the health bar for your own teams items, and not the enemies'.
You may notice that the enemy have a different look to you. This is because there are
six 'tribes' in Tribes 2.
|Male / Female Skins
Each of these have their own style of amour. On public servers you're going to bump
into the Storm (white coloured armour), and Inferno Tribes (gold coloured armour) because
these are the default teams. On BarrysWorld we've changed the team names to 'Barry' and
Each player can select a skin on their setup screens. These will only be seen if you
select view personal skins in the game tab
on the settings menu. If you use any of the six tribes skins and
another player has this option enabled they will see your chosen skin.
Custom skins work the same way although either the server or the other players will
need to have the custom skin to see you wearing it. For example in most of these
screenshots on the guide you'll see I use a green BarrysWorld skin.
In Tribes 2 you can chose between one of three classes of amour:
Scout Armour - Image left: Bioderm
Max. Weapon Load: 3
Scout armour doesn't restrict your movement speed, but only allows
you to carry three weapons. You also won't be able to pick up and use some of the heavier
equipment such as portable turrets. But you can pilot vehicles, use the laser rifle,
and use the cloaking pack - something which the other two armour classes can't do. You
also start the game in scout armour.
Assault Armour - Image left: Female
Max. Weapon Load: 4
The Assault armour class slows your movement down by about 20%. You won't be able to use your jet pack for as long as you can with Scout Armour. However you will be able to use all equipment available in the inventory station and carry four weapons at a time.
Juggernaut Armour - Image left: Male
Max. Weapon Load: 5
The Juggernaut armour is for players who love to walk around like a brick wall, and it takes a huge beating to kill a player wearing it. The major disadvantage is the lack of speed. The armour offers massive protection, as well as the ability to carry up to five weapons and any piece of equipment in the inventory stations. This armour comes into its own when defending. It has 'this is my flag, and I ain't moving' written all over it. Trying to move one of these heavies is not easy.
In other games a jet pack is usually a special item that you can pick up from time to
time, yet in Tribes 2 everyone has one permanently! This means fights not only take
place face to face on the ground, they can take place absolutely anywhere.
Mastering the jet pack is the key to success in Tribes 2. One common problem players
face is jetting straight up. The right way to do this is; jump first then use your jet
pack. The wrong way? If you look up and use your jet pack, you'll just hover a
few centimetres above the ground.
Fighting whilst using the jet pack is not easy, but with practice you'll be able to
pull of flashy maneuvers and rain death on the enemy below :). Always keep an eye on
the energy meter - if you're flying high in the air and it reaches zero, you're going to
come down hard. Jet just before you land to avoid losing health.
You'll usually start with scout armour, a blaster, chaingun and the disc
launcher as default. Unlike other games where you can wander about and pick stuff
up, weapons and equipment in Tribes 2 have to be taken via an inventory station.
The number of weapons you can carry depends on your armour class: Scout = 3, Assault = 4,
Juggernaut = 5. The armour class also effects the type of equipment you'll have
access to. For instance, when wearing scout armour you can't carry and deploy
To select which armour, pack, weapons and equipment you want to use:
1 - Find a station, and before entering it...
2 - Press enter (on far right of the keyboard). You'll be faced
with the Inventory Screen which is pictured above. Here you can
select one of the predefined setups. Here you can create your own customised selections!
||3 - Once you've chosen your setup, walk into a station and you'll be equipped with the selection you made.
Remote inventory stations (such as the one pictured left) can be taken from
an inventory station and set up elsewhere, saving a team from having to track long
distances to re-arm.
Ammunition for all non-energy weapons is limited, so to restock you'll have to
access an inventory station now and again. You can also collect weapons and ammo off dead
players by walking over them. When a player dies they drop the last weapon they
More detailed information on all the weapons available in Tribes 2 can be found
and equipment here.
allows you to chat to everyone in the game. Press 'U' and type a message. All global
messages are coloured light blue.
Team talk is done via the 'Y' key, and all messages are in green.
Instead of typing text messages to players, in Tribes 2 you
can use voice commands! There is a huge list to chose from. Press 'V' and you'll be faced
with a menu with vocal commands for defence, attack, team,
There is a number of voice tones to choose from for both male, female, and Bioderm
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