Review: Warsow 0.42 - 25/04/2008 by Andrew
First Person Shooter

Warsow is a FPS with graphics in the thick outline style similar to Team Fortress 2, though the gameplay is more your traditional FPS with a few new twists, such as a dedicated 'special' button which allows you to dash and to jump off walls. The graphics in the game are supurb and the 'comical' feel to the players and levels really add to the gameplay. The 3D engine is based on Qfusion, which is in turn based on the open sourced Quake 2 engine.

0.42 was released on the 28th of February 2008 though wasn't able to sneak into Ubuntu 8.04, which has version 0.32. The good news is you can download an all in one zip file so you can play the latest version on whatever version of Linux you're running, including both 32bit and 64bit.

Warsow includes the usual game types such as deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag. It also includes a Tutorial mode, the quality of which is more akin to closed source games. Top marks here.

Graphically the game has one up on OpenArena as it can handle widescreen modes as well. It requires a bit more grunt than OpenArena, though shouldn't be a problem on even basic hardware. No joy for eeePC owners though, as it's been reported to slow down considerably during battles.

Sound wise this game also excels, in game voices, narrated tutorials and great sound effects and ambient menu music.

Gameplay is solely focused on online play as there is no single player mode. The closest thing to single player is to create your own server game and add bots. It would be great if there was a single player option with unlockable maps similar to how Quake 3, OpenArena, Nexuiz and UT2004 handle offline play.

Warsow also has a very passionate community and there seems to be no shortage of public servers and clans. Their website is also packed with information and a good resource, especially if you get into modding.

My only real complaint (apart from no standard single player mode) is the menu system. The options aren't descriptive enough to new comers. I'm really nit picking here, the game overall is brilliant.

85/100











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Plaster
5/07/2010 7:09:27 AM

your kidding right? this game is an absolute POS. terrible net code and lag compensation, and very very crappy weapons is almost an understatement. The is NO North American community at all. it's a list of empty servers hosted by the euro dev team. Last but not least, the models, a diapered pig???? you have got to bne kidding me,,,,,,

lewis
20/06/2009 4:15:07 PM

a better game is headshot online

Vadim P.
28/09/2008 5:27:16 AM

You can get warsow for ubuntu here too: http://www.playdeb.net/available_games.html

Andrew www.headshotgamer.com
29/04/2008 6:14:02 PM

The pictures have been updated and are now all in the highest possible quality! Thanks for the feedback btw.

AshyAssLarry
26/04/2008 11:48:05 AM

85/100 is a little low IMHO!!

KILLME
26/04/2008 2:54:10 AM

;) ye bumpmapping 16xAF high resolution n stuff just use the high++ config and btw imo cartoonrockets are a MUST in screens :P

Andrew www.headshotgamer.com
25/04/2008 11:01:16 PM

Oops - thanks for letting know so quickly. I'll update the pics with the settings set to max soon.

KILLME
25/04/2008 10:14:18 PM

ye you should take the screens with the highest settings possible :D

Pierre
25/04/2008 9:47:27 PM

Screenshots are not in high quality :(


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