laughed out loud when I heard that bowlers considered
themselves athletes. Never mind that they are actually
lobbying for it to become an Olympic sport. What's
next? Olympic videogaming?
the next best thing to Olympic videogaming is the
result of a first-person shooter combined with a sport.
Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball is both a shooter
and a sport. It's non-violent fun for the entire family.
But it's challenging enough to frustrate even the
most ardent of hardcore shooting fans, especially
in the online tournament modes where you can compete
with some of the best in the world.
features two teams in a war. The only weapons that
can be used are paintball guns which are loaded with
paintball pellets that explode on contact, thus tagging
the enemy. They are non-lethal but leave an indelible
print on the victim marking him or her to be taken
out of play. The paintballs do smart when you get
hit and that's why protective gear is worn to cover
the eyes and other sensitive parts.
much as I didn't think this game would hold any interest
for me I was surprised at how well the format adapted
itself to the console. All of the matches take place
in confined areas, both inside and outdoors, so immediately
we have an arena with predetermined boundaries which
is something videogame programmers love. There are
all kinds of obstacles that offer cover, so the game
takes on more of a strategic challenge in confined
areas as opposed to a run-and-gun style of gameplay
with huge levels. Lots of time will be spent hiding
while keeping tabs on your enemies which are also
taking cover. You have to be careful when you make
a move because the enemy is also keeping a close eye
enable you to duck, crawl, crouch and dive. These
commands will have to become second nature to you.
The better you do in the games the more experience
points you will earn. You will also acquire top-of-the-line
equipment. Unfortunately you can't take your highly
developed character and high-tech equipment online.
In some ways this may be disappointing but it means
that you can go online immediately without having
to build your character and possibly getting smeared
by opponents just because they may have played the
single-player game longer than you.
didn't know that there were professional paintball
players. Do they hang out at the same club with Olympic
bowlers? In any case, there are some professionals
that you can choose to play on your team. There are
39 other characters that you can choose from, and
you will have to choose a handful of them for your
team in the single-player modes. The online modes
allow up to 14 players and as long as you've got a
good connection you won't have to worry about any
lag. As you might expect the modes include variations
of deathmatch and capture the flag.
takes some practice since the physics are very close
to real life. The paintball is a large projectile
and will therefore be more susceptible to resistance
and gravity. You will have to set your sights higher
for longer shots.
is not only allowed but it's encouraged. At the instant
that you get hit you have a split second to wipe the
paint off yourself. You must do this while the meter
is still in the green section. It's like getting an
extra lease on life if you can manage it. If you're
too slow you could be penalized for cheating. Oh the
presentation of this game is average, right across
the board. The animation, the environments, the sound
effects and the music remind me of a budget title.
At least the gameplay is above average and that's
aided by the solid mechanics which allows us good
control and great line of sight.
up your guns and get ready to paint the town, or someone,