Nexuiz Impressions - First Look

We take a first look at this revitalized arena shooter that will make its way to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network later this year.

The 2010 Game Developers Conference is over, but we still have coverage of games shown at the event, such as Nexuiz (pronounced "Nexy-wiz"), a formerly freeware PC shooter built on the Quake 1 engine that has been revitalized by a small independent team to be a multiplayer online console shooter for later this year.

Nexuiz was a freeware PC shooter that's being updated for online console play.

Nexuiz is an arena shooter of the style of the original Quake and Unreal Tournament multiplayer games. Like those games, it takes place on various maps that have weapons, health, and armor power-up items that regularly spawn in at certain points. The idea in these shooters is, of course, to frag everyone that isn't you while taking "control" of the spawns of important weapons and items to make sure you nab all the best guns and armor before someone else can pick them up. However, Nexuiz is not currently planned to be a free-for-all Deathmatch game but, rather, a team-based game. It's planned to ship with team-based versions of the classic multiplayer modes you might expect from a game like this, namely Capture the Flag and Team Deathmatch.

Along with blasting your enemies to bits in the game's various levels, Nexuiz will offer Unreal Tournament-style "mutators" that can affect either your own character's abilities or the physics of the entire match. You'll gain access to mutators in the game when you do extremely well in the match. Some combination of three different mutators will randomly appear onscreen for you, and you can pick only one. The team plans to release a great many of these mutators, such as health regeneration, low gravity, instagib, and many others with the game. The team may also release others along with maps as part of downloadable content updates at a later time. In addition, the team currently plans to implement "silver points," which are minor bonuses, such as small health bonuses (+5 to your maximum, for instance) that you can gain over time and will be persistent to your character but nothing that will really unbalance the playing field. Instead, the game will be all about organized multiplayer and will offer a full ladder system and clan support. It will also offer an in-depth stat system that will track not only your kills, but also many other detailed facts, such as how often you've died in battle, how many headshots you've picked up, and the like.

Nexuiz has been in development for about two-and-a-half months and will be released this summer on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

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Discussion

15 comments
Lee_Stricklin
Lee_Stricklin

I want you ALL to take a quick look at AlienTrap's forums before saying anything positive about this port. Almost ALL of the community ditched this game to start a new project because of the way AT went about in selling us out. EVERY SINGLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPER HAS LEFT THE PC VERSION OF THIS TO START A NEW PROJECT CALLED XONOTIC. Three guys decided to go behind the backs of a community that has actively developed this game for 5 years and as a result the community is now working on Xonotic.

Theamazing55
Theamazing55

I hope this doesn't have only 3 maps like certain downloadable MP FPS I bought recently. *Battlefield 1943*

Yams1980
Yams1980

yay another fps game, just what we need

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

Hope it can capture the feeling of Quake, loved that game.

aksboomer
aksboomer

My friends and I played this a bunch at our LAN gaming nights, gonna be a hit with us since we all have our own PS3.

SilvrSlayr96
SilvrSlayr96

Sounds good. BTW KO4U , it says how to pronounce it in the 1st sentence/paragraph

weirdside
weirdside

Love arena shooters. Love the original Quake and Unreal. Highly excited about Nexuiz.

KO4U
KO4U

Oh come on! how do you pronounce Nexuiz?! Call something-anything else!

hotnixESS1
hotnixESS1

Looks pretty cool. Freeware? No damn way.

fxandrei
fxandrei

i played this game a lot on the pc. it looked really well considering the engine it has. but i guess there was a lot of work put into it. i really loved it. its nice to see it coming to consoles.

clap-trap0095
clap-trap0095

never even heard of this! looks ok i guess. has a strange name though.

CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

AWESOME!!! This game is fantastic on the Mac, can't wait for it to come out on PSN in hi-def!

TongLong
TongLong

Looks cool! There are some great games on XBLA/PSN! I'm starting to like a lot of these titles a lot more than normal games! :D