Greg Hasting's Tournament Paintball Max'd XBOX Review

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.5
Sound 6.0
Value 7.9
Distributor: Activision
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
December 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.9


Greg Hasting's Tournament Paintball Max'd

Possibly the first thing that we need to get out of the way is that this is not just a first person shooter. Paintball is a sport and the focus of the title is on tactics and skill, along with the basic rules of professional paintball. 

Whilst more of a weekend interest in Australia, paintball in the States is big news with proper teams and associations. This game follows the intensity of that scene with great player maps, graphics and gameplay that is a lot of fun as well. 

Rounding out with three solid gameplay styles of Elimination, Single Flag and Capture the Flag. The idea is obviously to take out the opposition whilst achieving set game objectives. The flurry of paintballs you send out into the game world is a hell of a lot of fun and necessary as you might expect as paintballs are not as accurate as a railgun! 

In single player mode, the game takes place around the world in 29 different tournaments that are sure to keep you playing for some time. One of the things that I enjoyed was the fact that these games are fast and frantic, not some of the drawn out affairs that never seem to end. There are options to give commands to your team through the communicator and if you don’t have one then just use the control pad. The response to even voice commands is pretty good and you won’t be gritting your teeth at your non responsive “team mates” during a hectic battle. 

My personal favourite type of gameplay was Capture the Flag where you have to steal the enemies flag and take it back to your base. Remember though, the flag will be vigorously defended, as should yours be as they are trying to get that as well. It sets you up to have to really sort out where your team is going to be located simply in order to have both attack and defence looked after appropriately. 

Game progression is solid and as you work your way up the ranks, you’ll go from a novice through to professional. The games AI adjusts itself according and the challenge level is well suited to your own level of gameplay, providing a fun experience that will force you to really think out your next move. There are no sudden jumps in the AI to where they become unbeatable all of a sudden which is welcome from some games of late where the difficulty levels have jumped from easy to nightmare almost in the blink of an eye. 

Online, the game supports up to 14 players and there are plenty of populated servers to have a ball in. Supporting voice, you can lay the smack down as you shoot away. The game servers seems to operate very well even on a slower ADSL connection with minimal lag even in densely populated maps, making for a fun time. 

I can happily say that most players will have fun with this game. Both the online and single player games are fun and worth the play. The graphics are a little flat but might also explain the fact that you can get away with virtually no lag. Give it a shot and see what you think!






 
 



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