ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 2.5 stars
Both the immense popularity of the "CoD: Modern Warfare" series and recent game releases such as "Tribes: Ascend" prove that twitch-based shooters are making a comeback. My only question is, why would the developers of "Nexuiz" create arena-based combat with a paltry 4 vs. 4 scenario when modern technology is capable of so much more?
Like many old-school FPS games, there isn't much of a story found in "Nexuiz." Perhaps the greatest mystery is why this Quake mod has such an odd name, and what the hell does it mean? Nevertheless, all players have to know is that they're participating in the intergalactic Nexuiz Competition, so try not to get killed!
This game is fast and furious from the moment the first match begins. Although it was started as a mod, the new version runs on the CryEngine 3, so it looks gorgeous and plays silky smooth. Fortunately, the controls are also very intuitive, and handy features like quick weapon changes make combat even faster.
One of this game's distinct features is the ability to use 'mutators' to alter game play. These are usually dynamic and activated by running over 'powerups' found throughout each map. Some mutators are quite minor, like temporary invincibility or forcing enemies to drop their equipment. Other mutators, like giving everyone jet packs or one-shot, one-kill weapons, have a greater effect.
Sadly, all the mutators in video game land can't help a mutiplayer title if no one is playing. Dedicated servers aren't available, and it's extremely difficult to find any active servers. In addition, none of the weapons are innovative, and most are simply generic renditions of weapons I've already seen in hundreds of games.
"Nexuiz" is a good effort at bringing a community-created mod to life, but the end result could use some work.