Be ready to be humbled, because your opponents in Quake Wars: Enemy Territory are ready to humiliate you. Whether you sign in to one of the supposed n00b servers hoping to slaughter some fresh meat or you sign in to an expert, ranked server thinking you can hang with the big boys, you’d best be prepared to eat a little bit of crow before you start displaying anything approaching proficiency. Think you found a quiet little route to a capture-the-flag style goal? There’s a sniper who’s thrilled you’re dumb enough to try it. Think you can just go in, guns blazing and blow everyone away? Well, anyone who tries that needs to be knocked down to earth. Are you more of a pacifist, ready to take on the role of the medic, stealthily providing your team with much needed health and resucitation? Get ready for your team to get pissed at you once you die off too many times. And do you know what the best part is? You’ll keep coming back for more, because the first time you mow down an enemy grunt, it’s thrilling. The first time you manage to be instrumental to your team in achieving one of the many objectives of a given campaign, it’s thrilling. Hell, it’s even worth a laugh to see your name pop up time and again as the “least accurate” shooter. Something about the intricate, expansive maps and the importance of team playmakes Quake Wars: Enemy Territory a team-based first-person shooter you want to come back to again and again… no matter how many times you get fragged. [Amazon]
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