back to the basics" is the slogan of
one of the most promising free first-person shooters (FPS). It rejects the ongoing trend for more realistic tactical shooters,
emphasis has been placed on fast action game play.
Indeed, Nexuiz is a deathmatch-centered game, even in singleplayer mode. There, all opponents are computer-controlled
Besides (team) deathmatch there are other playing modes which not only include the usual
Capture the Flag
and one-on-one tournaments, but some other variants as well:
- Domination: Two players or teams try to seize control of various points on a map.
- Last Man Standing: Here, the player who suffers the fewest deaths, not the player with the most kills, wins.
- Rune Match: Points are awarded for possessing runes, which convey both bonuses and weaknesses to the player's ability.
The bots, however, are certainly not too bright. Especially when equipped with explosive weapons like the rocket launcher, you often only have to wait until they blow themselves up.
Nevertheless, the singleplayer campaign mode is quite entertaining.
Besides playing alternately in a set of around twenty maps, there are
often modifications to the game rules that add another twist.
For example, one level includes reduced gravity and only sniping weapons.
You die when you run out of ammo.
The only downside of the campaign mode is that you cannot adjust the difficulty. So, while it is very challenging for beginners, an FPS expert will find it far too easy.
Spectacular lighting effects
The game is based on
which is a significantly improved version of the original
In particular, it adds realtime lighting and shadowing effects,
and other eye candy. The map format, however, is taken from
Quake III Arena
The downside of this is that Nexuiz has pretty hefty hardware requirements. Even with all advanced visual effects switched off, a decent 3D graphics accelerator is a must.
Nexuiz offers a total of nine weapons. Some are very straightforward to use, but the more powerful ones require a fair amount of training.
It might be debatable whether the rocket launcher is too powerful,
since missing rockets may be detonated remotely, inflicting
Players in the explosion radius will also be catapulted away,
this can be used as a tactical move.
So, if you like first-person shooters and have the proper hardware, you must have a look at Nexuiz. All others should buy a new graphics card and reconsider.
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